Reunion 2021

We miss you in the Purple Valley, but this year has shown more powerfully than ever that Williams is so much more than a campus.

While we've had to take a pause from in-person gatherings, we've been celebrating the Bicentennial of the Society of Alumni through digital-first programs and initiatives. As we enter Commencement & Reunion season, we celebrate COMMUNITY, and the many ways we cultivate who we are to each other.

In this spirit, join us for a series of live virtual programs throughout the month of June (and beyond!). Browse the archives. Read and share your EPH story. We look forward to when we can welcome you back to Williamstown, but in the meantime, we continue to connect and build community, no matter the distance.

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Live Programs

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

8:00 pm ET

Leading in Time of Change

Among the defining realities of the past year were a global pandemic, a racial reckoning and a democracy in question. What do three Williams College alumni who are seasoned executives of complex organizations have to say about leading through times of national and global upheaval? How do the defining moments of our time influence their approach to evolving and transforming their respective organizations? What discoveries have they made about themselves and their organizations while leading through change?

Adena Testa Friedman ‘91, President & CEO Nasdaq

Jonathan Kraft ‘86, President of the Kraft Group

Clarence Otis ‘77, Retired CEO of Darden Restaurants and Current Board of Director for Verizon Communications, VF Corporation, Travelers, MSF Funds, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Thursday, June 10, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

A Conversation with Williams President Maud S. Mandel

Society of Alumni President Kate Boyle Ramsdell in conversation with President Mandel

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm ET

Piano Bar Sing-a-long with Dan Krass '05

Hop on over to Facebook and enjoy an hour of live music. Requests welcome! Singing of "The Mountains" at 9:30pm EDT.

Friday, June 11, 2021

12:00 pm ET

Bicentennial Meeting of the Society of Alumni

199th Annual Meeting of the Society of Alumni with Society of Alumni President Kate Boyle Ramsdell ’97.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

8:00 am - 9:00 am ET

Global Gatheround Networking Event

Thursday, June 17, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Dwelling of the Gallant

A celebration of nearly 50 years of coeducation at Williams

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

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

After more than a year of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and cancelled trips (& reunions!), 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. Four 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.

Learn more about the panelists below:

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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.

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Stewart Verdery ’89 is the founder of Monument Advocacy, a boutique government relations, strategic communications and public affairs firm, whose client roster includes a number of travel industry providers.

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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.

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

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Class Connections

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50th Reunion Chair: Rob Farnham

Class of 1971 Reunion Launch (Class Meeting): Friday, June 11 @ 5-7 pm

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Welcome from President Mandel
News from class leaders, classmates overseas & others
Review of Class Survey
Preview of upcoming documentary featuring women graduates & exchange students
Virtual Cocktail Hour by house affiliation

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Class Officers: Budge Upton, Jonathan LinenRobert Rubin, Palmer Bessey, John GouldCharles J. Randolph

1966 ReZOOMin: Friday, June 18 @ 4pm ET

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Class Officers: Tim Weinland & Bob Sleeper

1961 ReZOOMin: Thursday, June 3 @ 2pm ET

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Class Officers: Vernon Squires, Robert Schumacher, William KerrThomas Lincoln

1956 ReZOOMin: Friday, June 4 @ 3pm ET

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Class Officers: Don Gregg & Bradford Purcell

FAQs

Why is on-campus Reunion 2021 cancelled?

Due to the ongoing health and safety concerns posed by Covid-19 and the remarkable planning required for an on-campus Reunion, an on-campus gathering is cancelled for June 2021. For more information about the College's response to Covid-19 visit: http://www.williams.edu/coronavirus/

Will there be virtual Reunion events in June?

Please visit the Bicentennial of the Society of Alumni site and Virtual Ephs for a calendar of digital programs and engagement opportunities offered for alumni and friends throughout 2021. In addition, class-specific programs will be shared over class listserves.

Has a plan been developed for the classes impacted by cancelled in person reunions to have gatherings when the conditions are safe?

The college will assess opportunities to bring affected classes back to campus to mark their reunions once the conditions on campus and in the world allow for large-scale gatherings. Our hope is to provide opportunities for alumni to return to campus, although these gatherings will look and feel different from a traditional June Reunion. We appreciate everyone's patience as we wait to assess the safest opportunities to bring alumni back to campus.

How will we learn about the College's plans?

We will reach out to impacted classes via class listservs and hardcopy mailings as plans develop. Please be sure your contact information is up-to-date in the Alumni Directory.