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Miss Hall’s invites a variety of speakers each year to speak and meet with students in a variety of settings, including Commencement, classroom discussions, and community-wide gatherings, and to address alumnae and friends of the School at annual events such as the Woman of Distinction Award presentation in New York. Artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, educators, and government officials are among those who have taken time to address the MHS community.

List of 7 items.

  • Artists & Entertainers

    • Josephine R. Abady, Artistic Director, Berkshire Theatre Festival — Commencement, June 1986
    • Joan Brooks Baker ’62, Photographer — Open Lecture, May 2009
    • Joline Godfrey, CEO, Independent Means Inc. & co-Founder, An Income of Her Own — Money Matters Facilitator, October 2009
    • Frances Hesselbein, Chairman of the Leader to Leader Institute & 1998 winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — Woman of Distinction, April 2006
    • Stefan Lorant, Photojournalist & Filmmaker — Commencement, June 1978
    • Arnošt Lustig, Filmmaker, Professor of Film & Literature, American University — Spectrum Series,* May 2002
    • Jackie Mow, Filmmaker & Producer — Campaign Kickoff Symposium, October 2009
    • Tina Packer, Founder, Shakespeare & Company — Commencement, June 1996
    • Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst for NPR, Political Commentator with ABC News, Syndicated Columnist and Author — MHS Woman of Distinction, April 2011
    • Robert Urich, Actor — Commencement, June 1987
    • Martha Wheelock ’59, Documentary Filmmaker — Commencement, June 2004
    • Oprah Winfrey, Television Host, Actress, Producer & Philanthropist — Commencement, June 1990
  • Attorneys

    • Janice Reals Ellig, Partner, Gould McCoy Chadick Ellig — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2003
    • P. Keyburn Hollister ’56, Attorney at Law, Gobel & Hollister — Board of Visitors Convener, October 1999
    • Thomas Kelly, Chief of Staff, General Counsel, Executive V.P., N.Y.P.A. — Freshwoman Ethics
    • Renee M. Landers, Counsel, Ropes & Gray — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 1999           
    • Virginia Stanton Smith, Attorney at Law, Grinnell, Smith LLP — Freshwoman Ethics, February 2008
  • Authors, Editors & Communicators

    • Julia Alvarez, Author & Writer-in-Residence, Middlebury College — Humes Euston Hall Dedication
    • Suzanne Bates, President, CEO Bates Communications — Commencement, June 2007           
    • Roy Blount Jr., Author — Commencement, June 1983           
    • Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Magazine — Woman of Distinction, April 2008                        
    • Pamela Gerloff, Ph.D., Author, Dignity for All — Board of Visitors Convener, October 2005
    • Nancy Gibbs, TIME  Editor-at-Large — Campaign Kickoff Symposium, October 2009
    • Lucy Grealy, Writer, Poet, & College Instructor — Commencement, June 2002
    • Sally Helgesen, Leadership Dev. Consultant & Author — Campaign Kickoff Symposium, October 2009
    • Dr. Jean Kilbourne, Author, Filmmaker & Social Theorist — Woman of Distinction, April 2007
    • Joanna Krotz, Advocate, Entrepreneur & Author — Campaign Kickoff Symposium, October 2009
    • Sara Laschever, Author, Women Don’t Ask — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2009
    • Anna Quindlen, New York Times Columnist — Alumnae Weekend, “Second Century Forum,” May 1996
    • Susan Schulz, Editor-in-Chief, CosmoGIRL! — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2005
    • Susan Scott, Author: Fierce Conversations — PAaLS Lecture, February 2008
    • Rachel Simmons, Author & Fall 2008 MHS Scholar in Residence — Board of Visitors Keynote
  • Athletes

    • Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Gold Medalist — Commencement, June 1999
    • Nancy Lieberman-Cline, Basketball Star & Athlete — Cross Center Dedication, September 2000
    • Dr. Donna A. Lopiano, President of Sports Management Resources — Campaign Kickoff Symposium, October 2009
    • Victoria “Tori” Murden McClure, Scholar, Athlete & Global Adventurer — Commencement, June 2001
    • Sam Rutigliano, Former NFL Coach — Commencement, June 1985
    • Heidi Voelker, U.S. Olympic Ski Team Member — Commencement, May 1994 
  • CEOs, Advocates & Entrepreneurs

    • Jane Allen, Educator & Community Leader in Williamstown, Mass. — Commencement Speaker, June 2008
    • Gabriel Bol Deng, “Lost Boy of Sudan” & Advocate for Sudanese Education — Spectrum Series,* April 2010
    • Amber Chand, Local Entrepreneur, Educator, and Author — September 2014
    • Barbara Dowd, Director of Programs, Independent Means Inc. — Board of Visitors Convener, October 2000
    • Tiffany Dufu, President of The White House Project — Commencement, June 2012
    • Dr. Robert Evans, Executive Director, Human Relations Service — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2001
    • Rodney Glasgow, Director of Diversity and Community Relations, Worcester Academy — Spectrum Series*, February 2008 and November 2010
    • Sarah W. “Sally” Goodrich, Educator and Founding Director of the Peter M. Goodrich Memorial Foundation — Commencement, June 2010
    • Katie Higgins Hood, CEO of the One Love Foundation — Keynote Speaker, Board of Visitors, October 2014
    • Charles Joffe-Halpern, Executive Director of Ecu-Health Care & President of the Board of Health Care for All — Freshwoman Ethics, March 2008
    • Sheila Johnson, LLD, Founder, Black Entertainment Network & Philanthropist — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2004
    • Dr. Marcia Brumit Kropf, Chief Operating Officer, Girls Inc. — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2006
    • Ilene H. Lang, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Inc. — Keynote Speaker, Board of Visitors, October 2012
    • Naomi Levine, Founding Chair and Executive Director, NYU George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising — Board of Visitors Convener, October 2008
    • Laura A. Liswood, co-Founder, The White House Project — Commencement, June 2000
    • Dr. Susan Love, President of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation — MHS Woman of Distinction, April 2010
    • Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director, National Women’s History Project — Centennial Keynote, May 1998
    • Somaly Mam, Founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation & Human Rights Advocate — Spectrum Series,*November 2010
    • Takaaki Morikawa, Hiroshima Survivor — April 2011
    • Megan White Mukuria, CEO & Founder, ZanaAfrica — January 2013
    • Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the UNFPA — Commencement, May 2009
    • Dr. Paula Rayman, Director, Radcliffe Public Policy Center — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2000
    • Alexander Rosner, Holocaust Survivor — April 2015
    • Catherine Samuels ’65, Director, the Program on Law & Society, The Soros Foundation — Commencement, June 2003
    • Ann Sanders, Executive Director, New England Women’s Fund (NewFund) — Board of Visitors Convener, October 2003
    • Anne-Marie Slaughter, President & CEO of the New America Foundation and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University — MHS Woman of Distinction, April 2015
    • Molly Shepard ’64, Principal and Founder, The Leader’s Edge — Board of Visitors Convener, October 2002
    • Isabel Carter Stewart, National Executive Director, Girls Inc. — Commencement, June 1997
    • Penpa Tsering & Kalaya’an Mendoza, Grassroots Coordinator, Students for a Free Tibet — Spectrum Series*, November 2008
    • Marie C. Wilson, President, The White House Project — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2005
  • Educators & Scientists

    • Linda C. Babcock, Ph.D., James M. Walton Professor of Economics at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University — MHS Woman of Distinction, April 2013
    • Shabana Basij-Rasikh, co-Founder and President of The School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) — Commencement, June 2014
    • Edward J. Bloustein, President, Bennington College — Commencement, June 1966
    • Leon Botstein, President, Bard College & Conductor — Commencement, June 1980
    • Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., Professor of Education & Human Development, Colby College — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2007
    • Bruce Buxton, Headmaster, Falmouth Academy — Board of Visitors Convener, October 2004
    • Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU — Klein Center Dedication, October 2001
    • Jill Ker Conway, President, Smith College — Commencement, June 1981
    • Dr. Elizabeth Debold, Consultant to the Girls’ Leadership Project at MHS — 2006 to 2012
    • Mary Maples Dunn, Former President, Smith College — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 1997
    • Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars —Woman of Distinction, April 2009
    • Evangelina Holvino, Ed.D. — Keynote Speaker, Board of Visitors, October 2013
    • Dr. Mae Jemison, First African-American Woman Astronaut — Commencement , June 1993
    • Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Chair of the Pathology & Clinical Lab, Berkshire Medical Center — AP Science Classes, June 2009
    • John M. Kemper, Headmaster, Phillips Academy — Commencement, June 1961
    • Nannerl O. Keohane, Ph.D., Former President of Wellesley College and Duke University; Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor at Princeton University, MHS Woman of Distinction, April 2012
    • Millicent McIntosh, President Emeritus, Barnard College — Commencement, June 1965
    • Thomas C. Mendenhall, President, Smith College — Commencement, June 1962
    • Dr. Deborah Merrill-Sands, Dean of the Simmons School of Management — Board of Visitors Convener, October 2009
    • Thomas E. O’Connell, President, Berkshire Community College — Commencement, June 1968
    • Susan P. O'Day ’77, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer with The Walt Disney Company — Commencement, June 2013
    • Rose R. Olver, Professor, Amherst College — Commencement, June 1988
    • Dr. Regina O'Neill, Professor at Suffolk Univerisity's Sawyer Business School, Keynote Speaker, Board of Visitors, October 2011
    • Anne Gary Pannell, President, Sweet Briar College — Commencement, June 1967
    • Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mount Holyoke College — November 2013
    • Martha E. Peterson, President, Barnard College — Commencement, June 1969
    • Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, Wells College — Commencement, June 1995 & Board of Visitors  Convener, October 2001
    • Rev. Seymour St. John, Headmaster, The Choate School — Commencement, June 1964
    • Lynne Duncan Schwabe, English Professor, UCLA — Commencement, June 1991
    • Christine M. Shelton, Co-Director, Smith College Project on Women and Social Change & Associate Professor and Chair of Exercise and Sport Studies, Smith College — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 2002 & Board of Visitors Convener, October 2007
    • Dr. Laura Schweitzer, President, Union Graduate College — Convener, Board of Visitors, October 2010
    • Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman, President of Princeton University — Woman of Distinction, April 2005
    • Linda S. Wilson, Former President, Radcliffe College — Board of Visitors Keynote, October 1998
  • Government Officials & Politicians

    • Deborah “Arnie” Arnesen, N.H. Gubernatorial Candidate — Commencement, June 1998
    • Silvio O. Conte, U.S. Congressman, Massachusetts — Commencement, June 1970
    • Benjamin B. Downing, Massachusetts State Senator — Freshwoman Ethics, January 2008
    • Jacob K. Javits, U.S. Senator, New York — Commencement, June 1979
    • William “Smitty” Pignatelli, Massachusetts State Representative — American Gov’t & Politics Class
    • Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt — Commencement, June 1960
    • Robert Steck, Political & Corporate Consultant — Commencement, June 2005
    • John W. Swan, Premier of Bermuda — Commencement, June 1989
    • Jane M. Swift, Former Massachusetts Governor — Commencement, June 2006
    • Paul E. Tsongas, U.S. Senator, Massachusetts — Commencement, June 1982
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