Williams SoA Bicentennial Events

Upcoming Events

You're officially invited! Join us for digital-first programs celebrating the Society of Alumni Bicentennial. These events are designed to be thematic, organized, relevant and enjoyable—and each month will usher in a new theme for exploration and engagement.

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purple spot graphic with text that reads as June, Community. As we welcome the Class of 2021 to our alumni family, we celebrate and examine who we are as a community and the many ways we cultivate who we are to each other.

Dwelling of the Gallant

The act of dwelling – taking up space and creating space for others – is the cornerstone of the college experience. For the women who first came to Williams, dwelling was an act of gallantry, an act of intellectual curiosity and an act of love. In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Society of Alumni and 50 years of coeducation, join us for powerful reflections and discussion among four Williams women who have charted fascinating personal and professional paths forward–

Meg Lowman ’76 serves as Director of TREE Foundation and as a National Geographic Explorer.

Adrena Ifill ’91 is an award-winning communications entrepreneur and producer who connects storytelling and advocacy.

Jiayang Fan ’06 has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2016, writing and reporting on China, American politics, and culture.

Jessica Bernheim ’16 serves as Head of New Product Development for North America at Upfield, a global plant-based food company.

Past Dwelling of the Gallant events: 201520162017, 20182019, 2020

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Williams @ Work – Travel Outlook for a Post-Pandemic World

After more than a year of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and cancelled trips, it’s clear that consumers are eager to begin traveling again once vaccines are widely distributed. Despite pent-up demand among business and leisure travelers alike, habits and behaviors acquired during Covid times – not to mention the psychological impact of the past year – will certainly impact the way people move about the world in the pandemic’s wake. Three alumni with deep expertise in various facets of the industry will help us unpack the trends that are already emerging and their short- and long-term impact on travel and tourism.

Jennifer Washburne ’86 is the director of business development & client management at Generali Global Assistance, which includes travel insurance and assistance among its care services.

Jeninne Lee-St. John ’98 is the editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia. From her base in Bangkok, she oversees the magazine’s coverage of destinations, hotels, food and drink, culture and other travel news across Asia-Pacific.

Mark Rothman ’05 is the CEO of Magma Global, a luxury and corporate travel concierge with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

Purple Prose Author Talk: Amanda Eyre Ward ’94

Grab your copy of our summer “All Alum-Authors” reading selection The Jetsetters, and register now for a special talk featuring the New York Times bestselling author Amanda Eyre Ward ’94 in conversation with writer and life coach Zahie El Kouri ’93. You do not need to be a member of Purple Prose: A Book Club for Ephs to attend this author talk, but you can join the online forum at any time to connect with fellow alumni and members of the Eph community as we read and discuss The Jetsetters from May 27  to July 30. Participation in Purple Prose Book Club is free – you just need a copy of the book!

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The Gifts of Summer: A Mini-Retreat

Join facilitator Liana Thompson Knight ’01 for a two-hour mini-retreat using the metaphor of summer’s gifts as an entry point to deep reflection, stillness and renewal. Sessions will include both conversation and opportunity for reflective practice (writing, drawing…) Your reflections will be grounded in your own experience, fueled by insights from poets and other artists. Attend one session or both; they will be related but independent.

July 28 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm ET
August 10 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm ET

Liana Thompson Knight ’01 is a Circle of Trust® facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal®.

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