The (amazing) Network: Wellesley’s illustrious alumnae—sort of intimidating at first, but then just inspiring.
April Alumnae Gatherings for Admitted Students
See if there is an alumnae gathering for admitted students in your area in the coming weeks. If so, we invite you and your parents to join us. It's always fun to meet alumnae, in part because they're still as excited about Wellesley as the day they graduated!
Wellesley's Illustrious Alumnae—Just a Glimpse
The co-founder of Zipcar. A NASA Space Shuttle pilot and commander. Korea's first female ambassador. A former COO of Colgate-Palmolive. Two secretaries of state. Several Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. The cofounder of City Year. The director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. The executive director of Partners in Health. And so on. There are thousands more doing less headline-y things; you will meet them; you will rely on them for guidance and sustenance and actual shelter. Here's the important part: they were once exactly where you are.
- Read about the powerful Wellesley College Alumnae Association.
- Browse through the most recent electronic issue of the Alumnae Magazine
- Watch brief videos on The Wellesley Network - the most powerful women's network.
- See also recent Alumnae Achievement Award Recipients (pictured at right), as well as all recipients.
- Lean about the the work of Halima '10 in Niger, the benefit of a Wellesley education by pediatrician Hannah '01, the inspiration Jane '78 felt running past Wellesley in the Boston Marathon, as well as the story behind the Pamela Daniels '59 Fellowship, which addresses "What would you love to do?"
Wellesley Alumnae in the News
See Alumnae in the News and read about Romania’s newest finance minister; script coordinator for the addictive Netflix series, House of Cards; ground-breaking start-up businesses, Gates Cambridge Scholarship winner; Google policy analyst in Forbes prestigious 30 Under 30; recipient of American Musicology Society prize; all-women archaeological team excavation, vampire series author; NYC First Lady; funder of Human-Computer Interaction Lab; most contributors to Teach for America Corps; elegant, sustainable clothing design firm founders; rare wildlife sighting in Russia, member of Obama's Economic Council; and many more.
An Extraordinary Network Ready to Help You
As a Wellesley graduate, you'll join an extraordinary network, a sisterhood for a lifetime. Our extensive network will help with career or graduate school exploration or searches. Many students find internships through alumnae, and young graduates often find their first job or apartment thanks to an alum. While the Wellesley student experience is fantastic, it is the supportive network of alumnae who make the all-nighters and 25-page papers all worth it in the end! Browse internships at the Center for Work and Service. Read about the College's introduction of the next generation of the Wellesley Alumnae Network on LinkedIn.
Stories from College and Beyond
In case you haven't seen The Invaluable Wellesley – what it's worth: stories from college and beyond. Alumnae answer questions including: What made you choose Wellesley? What was the most important resource you used? What advice would you give to someone who's looking at colleges right now? Read more about about Halimatu Hima Moussa Dioula '10 working for the United Nations Offices in Niger.
Notable Wellesley Alumnae
It's still just the tip of the iceberg, but take a look at what some of our notable alumnae have accomplished. See also: recent Alumnae Achievement Award recipients and, what a few young alumnae are doing.
Madeleine Korbel Albright - 1959 - Former U.S. Secretary of State; former U.S. ambassador; was Wellesley's 2007 commencement speaker. See the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs.
Katharine Lee Bates - 1880 - Author of the anthem “America the Beautiful”
JudyAnn Bixby - 1973 - President's Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health
Marian Burros - 1954 - New York Times food columnist and cookbook author
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera - 1991 - CNBC host and anchor; named one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanic Women in America"
Robin Chase - 1980 - Cofounder and former CEO of Zipcar
Madame Chiang Kai-shek - 1917 - Former first lady of the Republic of China
Hillary Rodham Clinton - 1969 - U.S. senator from New York; former first lady; 2008 presidential candidate, U.S. Secretary of State
Alecia DeCoudreaux - 1976 - President, Mills College
Marjory Stoneman Douglas - 1912 - Champion of the Everglades and founder of Florida's environmental movement
Persis S. Drell - 1977 - Physicist best known for her specialty in particle physics; named one of the "50 Most Important Women in Science" by Discover Magazine
Nora Ephron - 1962 - Film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and blogger
Laurie (1992) and Michele Geronimo (1997) - Cofounders of Secure Sponsorship
Ellen Rubin Gordon - 1952 - President and COO, Tootsie Roll Industries
Heidi Howkins - 1989 - Professional mountain climber/expedition leader
Rosemary Jordano - 1984 - Founder of ChildrenFirst, provider of backup childcare for corporations
Lois Juliber - 1971 - Retired vice chairman and former COO, Colgate-Palmolive Company; named one of the “Top 25 Managers in the U.S.” by BusinessWeek magazine
Amalya L. Kearse - 1959 - Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, New York; first African American woman to serve on the Second Circuit Court
Nannerl Overholser Keohane - 1961 - Former president, Duke University and Wellesley College; professor of political science, focusing on extensive research in political philosophy, feminism, and education
In Ho Lee - 1960 - First female ambassador in Korean history (in Finland and Russia); president of the Korea Foundation; renowned foreign affairs expert
Ellen Levine - 1964 - Editor-in-chief, Good Housekeeping magazine
Ali MacGraw - 1960 - Academy Award-nominated actress
Judith Pearlman Martin - 1959 - Syndicated columnist and author “Miss Manners”
Pamela Melroy - 1983 - Astronaut/NASA Space Shuttle pilot and commander; currently serves on the Wellesley College Board of Trustees
Geneva Overholser - 1970 - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Anne Patterson - 1973 - recent U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, considered the second most powerful women in U.S. diplomacy, after Secretary of State and Wellesley alumna Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Dr. Vivian Pinn - 1962 - Director of research on women's health at the National Institutes of Health
Jennifer Eplett Reilly - 1985 - Cofounder of City Year
Sonya Rhee - 1998 - documentary filmmaker (shown on PBS and in film festivals)
Cokie Roberts - 1964 - ABC News correspondent; National Public Radio senior news analyst; Edward R. Murrow Award winner
Desiree Rogers - 1981 - recently named one of the 50 most powerful African-American women in business by Black Enterprise and one of the "Top 25 Women to Watch" by Crain's Chicago Business.
Diane Sawyer - 1967 - Television broadcast journalist (ABC and CBS); anchor of ABC World News
Susan Sheehan - 1958 - Pulitzer Prize-winning author; staff writer for The New Yorker
Lynn Sherr - 1963 - Emmy Award-winning ABC 20/20 news correspondent; serves on the Wellesley College Board of Trustees
Kathy Simon - 1965 - Founder and principal of an all women architectural firm, SMWM
Joan Wallace-Benjamin - 1975 - CEO of The Home for Little Wanderers
Lori Wallach - 1986 - Director, Public Citizens’ Global Trade Watch
Linda Wertheimer - 1965 - Award-winning National Public Radio (NPR) senior national correspondent; former host of NPR’s All Things Considered, currently on the Wellesley College Board of Trustees
Bing Xin - 1926 (master's degree) - Famous Chinese poet, essayist, short-story writer