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Wenny Kusuma '80, Country Representative for UN Women Nepal, will present the keynote address, "Women’s Leadership on Human Rights:  Our Voice, Choice, and Safety" at the 2017 Miss Hall’s School Board of Visitors program.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women is a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels. UN Women works for the empowerment of women and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace, and security.
Photo from Phnom Penh Post.


This event is open to the public. Those interested in re-imagining girls-centered education are welcome to attend.

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Contact Lynelle Weaver, Manager of Advancement Partnerships

About The Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors created a venue for an exchange of ideas on the future of education in this country, specifically the education of girls and young women. By convening this meeting of
educators, civic and community leaders, and professionals, Miss Hall's School gained fresh insights from those outside the School and stayed abreast of national and global trends. The dialogue informed the School's ongoing work with students.

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  • Past Keynote Speakers and Themes

    Keynote: Mary Maples Dunn – Former President, Smith College
    Keynote: Linda Wilson – Former President, Radcliffe
    Dollars and Change: Financial Frontiers for Women and Girls
    Convener: P. Keyburn Hollister ’56 – Attorney at Law, Gobel & Hollister
    Keynote: Renee M. Landers – Counsel, Ropes & Gray
    Learning to Lead
    Convener: Barbara Dowd – Director of Programs, Independent Means, Inc.
    Keynote: Dr. Paula Rayman – Director, Radcliffe Public Policy Center
    Changing Families, Changing Schools
    Convener: Lisa Ryerson – President, Wells College
    Keynote: Dr. Robert Evans – Clinical and Organizational Psychologist; Executive Director of The Human Relations Service
    Girls and Leadership: Planning for the Future
    Convener: Molly Shepard ’64 – Principal and Founder, The Leader’s Edge
    Keynote: Christine M. Shelton – Co-Director, Smith College Project on Women and Social Change; Associate Professor and Chair of Exercise and Sport Studies, Smith College
    Straight Talk: Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say
    Convener: Ann Sanders – Executive Director, The New England Women’s Fund (NewFund)
    Keynote: Janice Reals Ellig – Partner, Gould, McCoy, Chadick, and Ellig
    Inspiring Boldness: Girls Taking Action
    Convener: Bruce Buxton – Head of School, Falmouth Academy
    Keynote: Sheila Johnson, LLD
    Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow
    Convener: Pamela Gerloff, Ph.D. – Former Editor of More than Money Journal
    Keynote(s): Susan Schulz – Editor-in-Chief, CosmoGIRL! and Marie C. Wilson – President, The White House Project
    2030: What Will Leadership Require
    Keynote: Dr. Marcia Brumit Kropf – Chief Operating Officer, Girls Inc.
    Program Leader: Wendy Krom – Community Consulting Services
    The Co-opting of Girl Power: Exposing Marketing Stereotypes
    Convener: Christine M. Shelton – Professor of Exercise & Sport Studies, Smith College
    Keynote: Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D. – Professor of Education & Human Development, Colby College
    Girls and Secrets: Getting Beyond Relational Aggression
    Convener: Naomi Levine – Founding Chair and Executive Director, NYU George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising
    Keynote: Rachel Simmons – Scholar in Residence; Author of The New York Times bestseller Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

    Knowing How to Ask: Girls Learn to Make Things Happen
    Convener: Dr. Deborah Merrill-Sands, Dean of the Simmons School of Management, Boston, Massachusetts
    Keynote: Sara Laschever – Author of Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want
    Broad Spectrum, Purposeful Action: The Female Vision
    Convener: Dr. Laura Schweitzer - President, Union Graduate College
    Keynote: Sally Helgesen - co-Author of The Female Vision: Women's Real Power at Work

    The Role of Mentoring in Women's Leadership
    Convener: Christine Shelton, Chair of the Exercise and Sports Studies Department at Smith College
    Keynote: Dr. Regina O’Neill, a Professor at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School

    A Seat at the Table
    Convener: Dr. Mary H. Grant, MHS Interim Dean of Academics and Faculty
    Keynote: Ilene H. Lang, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, Inc.

    Convener:  Dr. Mary H. Grant, MHS Interim Head of School
    Keynote:  Evangelina Holvino, Ed.D.

    Convener: Becca Hajjar ’89, MHS Trustee and Alumnae Council President
    Keynote:  Katie Higgins Hood, CEO of The One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Reynolds Love

    Keynote: Gina Coleman, the principal at Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and former Associate Director of Admission/Director of Diversity Recruitment at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts
    Click here to read more about Dr. Coleman's remarks and the day's events.
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