Martha Goldberg Aronson '89, Executive Vice President & President of Global Healthcare, Ecolab, Inc.
Martha Goldberg Aronson is Executive Vice President and President of Global Healthcare for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments in more than 160 countries. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2012, she was Senior Vice President and President, North America, at Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the healthcare industry. Before Hill-Rom, Goldberg Aronson worked at Medtronic in numerous general management positions in the U.S. and Europe, and led several functions.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Goldberg Aronson was an associate consultant at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, based in Boston. She graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989. At Wellesley she was named All-American in Division III tennis, as well as Academic All-American. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1995.
Goldberg Aronson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hutchinson Technology and the Guthrie Theater. She also serves on the Board of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, where she is Secretary/Treasurer. She previously served on the Board of the MN Opera, the Minneapolis Club, Friends of Wellesley College Athletics, and is currently a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable and the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. Martha was named to the Edina High School Hall of Fame and the Edina High School Athletic Hall of Fame. She also received the Women In Business and Industry Leader Award in 2009 from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
Goldberg Aronson lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Dan, and their three sons, Sam (13), Robbie (10) and Max (7).
Shiva Balaghi, Laya Khadjavi Visiting Professor of Iranian Studies, Brown University
Shiva Balaghi is a cultural historian of the Middle East, who teaches Art History and History at Brown University as the Laya Khadjavi Visiting Professor of Iranian Studies. Balaghi is a Contributing Editor of Jadaliyya and a Trustee of the American Institute of Iranian Studies. Her books include Saddam Hussein: A Biography (2005); Picturing Iran: Art, Society, and Revolution (co-edited, 2002); and Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East (Co-edited, 1994). Balaghi has published widely on Iranian visual culture and contemporary Islamic Art. She is currently completing a book on knowledge and power in Iran. Before coming to Brown, she was Associate Director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU for a decade. She has taught at the University of Vermont and the University of Michigan.
In Fall 2013, she is teaching Gender, Empire and Nation in the History Department. In Spring 204, she will be teaching Culture and Power in Iran in the History Department and War, Revolution, and Art in the History of Art and Architecture Department.
Amy Banzaert, Visiting Lecturer in Engineering, Wellesley College
Amy Banzaert is Wellesley's first engineering professor. She received her S.B., S.M., and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Her present work is focused on developing and expanding Wellesley's introductory engineering opportunities with a particular emphasis on humanitarian projects that benefit under-served communities locally and internationally. Her courses include Fundamentals of Engineering and Making a Difference through Engineering. These classes provide students with project-based opportunities to learn engineering problem-solving, estimation, creativity, and product development, and to understand how these skills are applicable across disciplines.
Professor Banzaert's research interests are focused on engineering education and on the development of consumer-oriented technologies that can benefit under-served populations. Her doctoral research determined the viability of waste-based cooking fuels intended for use in developing countries, considering combustion emissions and field feasibility. Her work demonstrated that carbonized fuels made from agricultural waste have promise from an emissions and socioeconomic standpoint and certain household and industrial waste fuels have hazardous emissions. She has also published work exploring the benefits of the use of service-learning in engineering education, finding particularly positive outcomes for women.
Robert S. Berg, Professor of Physics, Wellesley College
Professor Robbie Berg is the Chair of the Wellesley College Department of Physics. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Berg has a long-standing interest in laser spectroscopy. His latest project involves optical studies of new materials that hold great promise for creating new kinds of electronic devices. For example, he is studying a particular type of atom-sized defect in diamond called an "NV center" that is of interest because it is possible to optically monitor and manipulate the quantum state of a single center. He has also worked with a number of students and other Wellesley faculty (Glenn Stark and Tom Bauer) in a project that uses lasers to trap and cool rubidium atoms.
Learning Through Designing
Since 1996 Professor Berg has collaborated on a series of projects with the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, working to develop new technologies that, in the spirit of the blocks and fingerpaint of kindergarten, expand the range of what people design and create—and what they learn in the process. For example, he helped design a new generation of "programmable bricks" called Crickets that enable kids to build all kinds of robotic inventions.
Katherine M. Blakeslee '65, Global Program Advisor, National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine
Katherine Blakeslee has worked in international development beginning at the International Planned Parenthood Federation in London. On her return to the United States, she joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where she has held a number of senior positions. As Associate Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination, she led policy development in: economics, private sector development, population and health, rural development, agriculture, democracy and governance and human rights. She served as senior policy advisor on conflict prevention, mitigation and peace building in the Office of the Administrator. Her most recent position at USAID was Director of the Office of Women in Development where for ten years she served as the Agency’s senior expert on gender and development and as the coordinator of USAID’s anti-human trafficking activities. She has traveled and worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2012, Katherine Blakeslee has been seconded from USAID to the National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine where she is focused on global violence prevention and child exploitation for commercial sex and labor.
Katherine Blakeslee and her daughter are graduates of Wellesley College.
In addition to her international work, she is a watercolorist and Member-at-Large on the Board of the Foundry Gallery, a cooperative artist gallery in Washington DC.
Dan Brabander, Associate Professor of Geosciences, Wellesley College
Dan Brabander holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Binghamton University and a Ph.D. from Brown University. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Parsons Lab at MIT where he applied geochemistry tools to large-scale environmental engineering challenges around arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh and metal biogeochemical cycling in urban watersheds.
He currently holds an appointment as a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health where research questions focus on the intersection of environmental health and medical geosciences. At Wellesley, his courses help students develop a toolbox of skills to frame and analyze complex environmental systems. He teaches a core course Environmental, Health, and Sustainability Sciences and upper level courses in Isotope Geology and Environmental Geochemistry. In Fall 2012 Professor Brabander and Olin College of Engineering colleague Professor Rob Martello developed and co-taught a transdisciplinary course Paradigms, Predictions, and Joules: A Historical and Scientific Approach to Energy and the Environment that focused on the "grand challenges" at the interface between energy and the environment through the disciplinary lenses of the history of technology and environmental science. Key components of all these courses is the creation of a research-rich setting where qualitative and quantitative modeling skills are honed through project based learning. In 2010, he was awarded the College’s Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Brabander has published over 20 peer-reviewed scholarly articles with recent work featured in numerous media outlets including NPR, ABC news, the Boston Globe, and Time Magazine. His current research focus is environmental geochemistry, health, and the quantification of lead exposure pathways in the built environment. Applications include fate and transport studies of contaminants in watersheds and urban settings and sustainable urban agriculture.
Nicholas Burns, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Nicholas Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Faculty Chair of the school’s Middle East Initiative, India & South Asia Program, and is director of the Future of Diplomacy Project. He writes a bi-weekly foreign affairs column for the Boston Globe and is a senior foreign affairs columnist for GlobalPost. He is also Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and a Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group. He served in the US Foreign Service for twenty-seven years, during which time he was appointed Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador to NATO, Ambassador to Greece, and State Department Spokesman. He worked on the National Security Council staff as Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs for President George H.W. Bush.
Dan Chiasson, Associate Professor of English, Wellesley College
Dan Chiasson is an Associate Professor at Wellesley College and the author of three books of poetry: The Afterlife of Objects (2002), Natural History (2005), and Where's the Moon, There's the Moon (2010). A book of criticism, One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America, was published in 2006. He reviews poetry regularly for the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review and formerly served as a poetry editor for the Paris Review. He has received the Whiting Writers' Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.
Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director, Future of Diplomacy Project/India & South Asia Program, Harvard Kennedy School
Cathryn Clüver is the Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century. In 2013 she assumed an additional role as the interim Executive Director of the India and South Asia Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
She looks back on a ten-year career in international journalism and communications, during which she covered global affairs, most notably EU politics and business and the aftermath of September 11th, working as a producer and writer for CNN-International based in Atlanta and London.
She served on the management team of the European Policy Centre in Brussels, where she was the Deputy Editor of its public policy journal, Challenge Europe and the think tank’s Communications Director, before joining Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as Senior Journalist and consultant in 2005. There, she worked on public policy issues (demographic change, urban competitiveness, green energy) and advised both the consultancy’s Chinese and French offices on branding and communication strategies working in Shanghai, Beijing and Paris.
Her past research work and writing has focused on comparative immigration systems and border control in the European Union and the US. She has lectured on EU communications policy and European competitiveness and cohesion at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of Nancy, France and her alma mater, Brown University. In her current role, she examines negotiation practice and the impact of technology and communication on diplomatic actors. She serves as a commentator on diplomatic issues, transatlantic relations and immigration policy for Quartz Magazine/Atlantic Monthly, Al Jazeera America, ABC radio, Wall Street Journal Radio and on German television and radio, including on ARD and PHOENIX.
Cathryn holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Hauser Fellow in Nonprofit Management and recipient of the Donald K. Price award for academic excellence and community service. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she received a Masters Degree in European Studies and of Brown University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations and French Civilization. Cathryn is an elected member of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors, serves on the Advisory Council of the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University and was named a Truman National Security Fellow in 2011.
For nearly thirty years, Ophelia Dahl has worked as an advocate for the health and rights of the poor. In 1983, aged 18, she volunteered for an ophthalmic organization in Haiti’s Central Plateau. It was in Haiti that she met Paul Farmer, and since then they have worked to bring health care to the destitute sick, beginning in the former squatter settlement of Cange. The principle that motivated Ms. Dahl and her colleagues was simple: everyone, whether poor or affluent, deserves to benefit from the same high standard of medical care.
Partners In Health (PIH), a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts and dedicated to addressing health inequities and social injustice, was formally founded in 1987. Ms. Dahl, a co-founder and trustee of PIH, currently serves as its Executive Director. She has also served as chair of PIH’s board since 2000. Expanding on the work started in Haiti, Ms. Dahl has traveled to and supported the establishment of major PIH projects in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, the urban United States, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi. Today, PIH operates over 60 hospitals and health centers in these countries with a staff of 128 in Boston and more than 12,000 colleagues worldwide.
Under Ms. Dahl’s leadership, PIH has forged groundbreaking successes in treating the diseases of the poor and promoting health and human rights in areas of the world that have been ravaged by political conflict, poverty, and international neglect. Providing antiretroviral medications to AIDS-afflicted patients in places like Haiti used to be viewed as utopian and unrealistic by international health experts; today, the effectiveness of PIH’s community-based model has been lauded around the world, prompting an explosion in requests to the organization to share its expertise and to play a greater role in global health advocacy.
A graduate of Wellesley College and a writer herself, Ms. Dahl also serves on the board of her family’s foundation to honor the work of her father, the late writer Roald Dahl, and is engaged in philanthropic works in the United States and her native England.
Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Rangita de Silva de Alwis directs the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary Clinton and now institutionalized at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The WPSP at the Wilson Center has now grown to affiliate with over 75 government entities and academic institutes around the world. Prior to her position at the Wilson Center, Rangita was the Director of International Human Rights Policy at the Wellesley Centers for Women and Faculty at the Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College. She was also the inaugural Susan McGee Bailey Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She was a Fulbright Specialist at the Asian University for Women in the summer of 2012.
Rangita has worked globally with a vast network of over 70 academic institutions and government entities to develop innovative human rights initiatives around the world. She leads the Women’s Leadership Network in Muslim Communities at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She helped convene the Asia Cause Lawyer Network in India and the Women’s Watch- China. She has worked in partnership with China’s leading women’s rights advocates on new developments in gender and law reform in China for over 10 years. She has testified twice before the Congressional Executive Commission on China on the status of women’s rights in China. She also advised UNICEF, UNFPA, and UNDP on state accountability under the relevant treaties and the intersections of the different treaties. Most recently, she developed a Gender Supplement to the U.N. Secretary General’s Guidelines on Disability and report to the World Bank on Women’s Voice and Agency. She is a Gender Advisor to Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice and National Assembly. She has published with the United Nations (Child Marriage and the Law; Girl Child Labour; The Status of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Legislative Compliance in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; and the Intersections of the CEDAW and the Convention on the Rights of the child) and in law journals including in the: Yale Journal of Law and Feminism; Texas Journal of Gender and the Law; University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Journal; Duke Journal of Gender and the Law; UCLA Pacific Rim Journal; UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Relations University of Washington’s Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal; and Michigan State Journal of International law. Rangita has created several Gender and Law curricular for China’s academic institutes and a curriculum and materials for the Asian University for Women’s course on Women Leading Change in Asia. Rangita has a Doctorate in Law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School and was a Teaching Fellow with the European Law Research Institute at Harvard Law School and a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She served on the Advisory Group brought together by UNIFEM and UNDP to develop United Nations Evaluation Guidelines and on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Democracy Network, IRI. She is an honorary professor of China Women’s University. She received an Outstanding American by Choice Award from Secretary Janet Reno for her global work on women and children.
Elizabeth R. DeSombre, Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies, Wellesley College
Elizabeth R. DeSombre (Beth) works on international environmental politics and law, with a focus on issues of the global commons. Recent projects have involved the regulation of international fisheries, the impact of flag-of-convenience shipping, protection of the ozone layer, and global environmental institutions generally. She has published six books.
Her current book project (while on sabbatical) has the working title of Why Good People Do Bad Environmental Things (with the implicit subtitle: “and what to do about it”), looking at the sources of environmental behavior. She is also an award winning singer-songwriter with two CDs, about to begin recording a third.
Sahana Dharmapuri, Independant Gender Advisor
Sahana Dharmapuri is an independent gender advisor with over a decade of experience providing policy advice and training on gender, peace, and security issues to USAID, NATO, The Swedish Armed Forces, The United States Institute for Peace, international development consulting firms, and NGOs. Ms. Dharmapuri has garnered numerous awards for her work on women, peace and security issues. She was appointed a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011-2013) and an Investing in Women in Development Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development (2003 to 2005). In 2000, Ms. Dharmapuri was invited by Women in International Security Conflict Management and Peace and His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s Foundation for Universal Responsibility in New Delhi, India to conceptualize and facilitate their first conflict-transformation program for young women from India and Pakistan. In 1999, Ms. Dharmapuri was selected to be a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Her writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Human Rights Quarterly, The Global Responsibility to Protect Journal, The Global Observatory, The Providing For Peacekeeping Project, and Parameters: The Senior Professional Journal of the US Army. She received a Masters Degree in Middle East Studies and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 1997, and her BA from The University of Chicago in Anthropology in 1992. Ms. Dharmapuri a member of the US Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace & Security, and is co-founder and Vice President of the Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development Alumni Network of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Kitty Bartels Di Martino, Senior Advisor to Albright Stonebridge Group
Kitty Bartels Di Martino is a Senior Advisor to Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm. Ms. Di Martino brings to bear her experiences in forming an investment fund for emerging and frontier markets in Africa and from communications and media in both the private and public sectors to provide unique perspectives for clients seeking to navigate the intersection of business and public policy.
From 2009 to 2011 Ms. Di Martino served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. In this role, Ms. Di Martino managed a top-to-bottom strategic review of public diplomacy tools and functions. The review allowed for greater alignment of resources and personnel to support U.S. foreign policy, national security and national economic interests outlined by the President and Secretary of State.
Prior to 2009, Ms. Di Martino worked in partnership with the Global Environment Fund to develop and launch the GEF/African Growth Fund, a private equity fund focused on providing expansion capital to small and medium-sized businesses across the complete value chain of the consumer goods and services sector in key African markets.
From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Di Martino served as Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Discovery Communications, the parent company of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and TLC. In this role, Ms. Di Martino helped to promote focused executive execution against a clear strategy of launching and delivering high-quality content to a broad set of US and international audiences. Ms. Di Martino joined Discovery in 2001 as Director of Corporate Affairs & Communications.
Previously, Ms. Di Martino was staff to Madeleine K. Albright, first when Albright served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and then when she was confirmed as the 63rd United States Secretary of State. Serving the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Department Spokesman James P. Rubin, she coordinated Secretary Albright’s participation in media interviews, public affairs events and foreign travel. In 2000, Ms. Di Martino was named Director of Communications for Albright.
Ms. Di Martino holds a Bachelors of Arts degree with Honors in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago.
Paola Cecchi Dimegli, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Paola Cecchi Dimeglio (Magistere-DJCE, LL.M., Ph.D.) is a post-doctoral researcher at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School as well as a senior fellow at the Program on Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. She is also a research affiliate at UC Hastings and at Stanford University (Gould Center) where she did her Ph.D.
Her academic focus is on the evolution of the legal profession in the 21-century and the effects of gender, culture and organizational behavior on international strategic alliances. She published several leading articles and books on these topics. In her studies, she applies both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Dr. Cecchi Dimeglio is also involved in public policy issues related to negotiation, gender and diversity policies through her work for international organizations and governments among which the European Union, the UN, the Malaysian government and the city of London and is sitting on several scientific counsels for various organizations and conferences, among which the European Association of Judges for mediation (GEMME-France).
She is currently the co-chair of the American Bar Association, International Committee on the Future of ADR and is chairing the committee on Law & Gender for the United Nations Global Compact project (Women’s Empowerment Principles/PRME project) in which she contributes to public re-commitment and debate on the role of educational institutions in closing the gender gaps and simultaneously building awareness with future leaders and the community overall.
She earned a JD, LL.M., and a Magistére-DJCE degree in Common and Civil Law and a Ph.D. in Political Science & Law (Summa Cum Laude) while studying at universities in France, Belgium, and the U.S.A.
Bonnie Docherty, Lecturer on Law, International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School; Senior Researcher, Arms Division, Human Rights Watch
Bonnie Docherty is a lecturer on law and senior clinical instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School. She is also a senior researcher in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch.
Docherty specializes in disarmament and international humanitarian law. She has done extensive field research on the civilian effects of war and has worked on the negotiation and implementation of multiple treaties. She has played an especially active role in the campaign against cluster munitions. More recently, she has been at the forefront of the emerging movement to ban fully autonomous weapons. Docherty has additional expertise in the field of human rights and the environment, focusing on the effects of mining and climate change. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her A.B. from Harvard University.
Claudia J. Dumas, President & CEO, Transparency International – USA
Claudia Dumas is the President and CEO of Transparency International –USA. Ms. Dumas has more than 25 years of public, private and not-for-profit experience in anti-corruption, corporate compliance, rule of law and international finance law. She has developed and integrated anti-corruption, legal system and commercial law efforts into a broad range of initiatives in developing and developed countries.
Prior to joining TI-USA, Ms. Dumas served as the first Executive Director of the World Justice Project, a multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the rule of law globally through joint actions by stakeholders from over fifteen fields, including business, education, government, law and public health. Her work at the World Justice Project included directing the development and testing of a new worldwide rule of law index.
Previously, Ms. Dumas spent seven years as the Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Europe & Eurasia. In that capacity, she negotiated and oversaw efforts to assist the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union implement judicial system, commercial law and anti-corruption reforms. She has worked closely with governmental and non-governmental bodies, and served as U.S. delegate to the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies Steering Group. From 1984 to 1998, Ms. Dumas practiced international commercial and finance law with Shearman & Sterling, IBM and Citibank, N.A., where she structured and negotiated business and financial transactions in a wide range of industries.
Ms. Dumas received her A.B. in Economics from Wellesley College and her J.D. from the Cornell Law School, where she also served as senior editor of the Cornell International Law Journal.
Sue Enquist, former Head Coach, University of California, Los Angeles
Sue Enquist spent 37 years at UCLA as a player, coach, and administrator. In 2006, she retired as the winningest coach among all NCAA Division I Softball programs. She has more national championship titles (11) than anyone in Division I Softball history and has coached more Collegiate Softball Olympians (15) than anyone in NCAA Softball history.
As a player, Enquist held UCLA’s career batting title for over two decades, with a .401 average. She was UCLA’s first All-American in softball and was a member of the first UCLA softball national championship team. Enquist also played on the USA national softball team earning a World Championship gold medal in 1978.
As an administrator, Enquist co-developed the John Wooden Leadership Academy in the UCLA Athletics Department for student athletes and coaches. She was also a member of the inaugural 1993-96 USA softball national team staff, which prepared the team for Olympic gold in the Atlanta games.
Enquist owns two businesses, Sue Enquist Coaching, LLC and Championsfestival.com, which provide a leadership curriculum for corporations and educational institutions. She has made presentations to the United States Olympic Committee, ESPN, espnW, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Toyota, Adidas, Wilson, Louisville Slugger and many others. Enquist is also a consultant for multiple corporations regarding safety, design and innovation in the sporting goods industry.
Enquist frequently serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and is the recruiting education director for the National Collegiate Scouting Association. She serves on several boards, including espnW, National Pro Fastpitch, the Women’s Coaches Alliance, Women in Sport & Events and the Natasha Watley Foundation.
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Chief of Organizational Excellence, United States Olympic Committee
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley was named chief of organizational excellence for the United States Olympic Committee on June 18, 2013, and officially assumed the position in August 2013. In her current role, Fitzgerald Mosley oversees athlete career programs, the athlete ombudsman’s office, diversity and inclusion, human resources, facilities, NGB organizational development, security, and strategic planning. She also serves on the International Olympic Committee Women and Sport Commission, a role she undertook in March 2012.
Fitzgerald Mosley previously worked in a variety of roles for the USOC from 1995 to 2001, including director of the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (1995-97), director of U.S. Olympic Training Centers (1997-2000) and director of public relations programs (2000-01). Following her departure in 2001, she became the president and CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications.
In July 2009, Fitzgerald Mosley assumed the position of chief of sport performance for USA Track & Field. There, she managed national teams, championship events and high performance programs. Her four years with the organization included the 2012 Olympic Games, where U.S. track & field athletes garnered 29 medals, representing the highest medal count for the U.S. in 20 years.
Previously, Fitzgerald Mosley held stints with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (program director, 1993-95) and Special Olympics International (regional director/sports marketing manager, 1991-93).
At the 1984 Olympic Games, Fitzgerald Mosley became the first African American woman and just the second American woman to win Olympic gold in the 100-meter hurdles. The 14-time All-American is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the Penn Relays Hall of Fame and the University of Tennessee Lady Vols Hall of Fame.
A 1984 graduate of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, Fitzgerald Mosley is a member of the University of Tennessee Alumni board of directors. In addition, she is a past chair of the Women’s Sports Foundations Board of Trustees and was formerly a member of the USOC board of directors and Athletes’ Advisory Council.
Fitzgerald Mosley lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., with her husband, Ron, and their two children.
Carol Rollie Flynn '77, Managing Principal, Singa Consulting
Carol Rollie Flynn is the Managing Principal of Singa Consulting, a professional services firm that provides intelligence, security, and leadership consulting, training, and coaching to governments and the private sector. A 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Ms. Flynn held senior executive positions at the CIA including Director of the CIA’s Leadership Academy, Director of the Office of Foreign Intelligence Relationships, Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, and Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Ms. Flynn is also an adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute where she teaches a graduate seminar on Intelligence and Public Policy. She serves as Adjunct Staff at Rand Corporation and is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Coach Federation, Ms. Flynn has a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and has completed executive leadership programs at Duke University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.
Stacie Goddard, Jane Bishop '51 Associate Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College
Stacie Goddard's research engages with core issues in international security, and in particular the study of the causes and conduct of war. Her book, Indivisible Territory and the Politics of Legitimacy: Jerusalem and Northern Ireland, asks how territory becomes indivisible: Why is it politicians appear unable to divide territory through negotiation, leading to violence and war? Currently, she is researching whether concerns about legitimacy affect states' decisions to balance power—for example, if the United States' position as the lone superpower depends on whether or not the international community sees its foreign policy as legitimate.
Along with her introductory courses on world politics and international security, she teaches an advanced lecture course called Weapons, Strategy, and War, which examines how the interaction among politics, culture, and technology affects the conduct of war. She also teaches a seminar that explores the rise and fall of great power politics. She hope to engage students with questions of why wars occur, how wars are fought, and how war shapes, and is shaped by, political processes.
Professor Goddard is also a member of the Governing Council of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association, the primary organizational body for international relations scholars.
Alden Griffith, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Wellesley College
Alden Griffith is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley. His research interests in plant ecology include invasive species, plant-plant facilitation, and the effects of climate change. How are nonnative plants interacting with natives, and what does this mean for population growth/decline? To what degree does climate regulate plant populations and determine invasion success? Much of his research combines field-based experimentation and observation with quantitative population modeling in order compile a thorough systems-level understanding at scales relevant to management.
Beyond his ecological research, Alden has examined matters of communication and misconceptions in climate change science. More broadly, he is interested in the difficult question of how to promote critical thinking and scientific literacy in an age with unparalleled access to both information and misinformation. We live in a fascinating time, where scientists find themselves in an awkward place: highly respected by the public according to polls, yet often marginalized in the decision-making process in today's polarizing political atmosphere.
Alden received his B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to his current position, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, teaching courses in Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences.
Joseph P. Joyce, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
Joseph P. Joyce is a Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, and the Faculty Director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. He joined the faculty in 1981, and served as Chair of the Economics Department from 1994-1998. From 1999-2006, he was the Director of Wellesley College’s Social Sciences Summer Research Program, which received funding from the National Science Foundation. Professor Joyce’s research deals with issues in financial globalization.
Professor Joyce's book, The IMF and Global Financial Crises: Phoenix Rising?, has been published by Cambridge University Press. His articles have appeared in many journals, including the Journal of International Money and Finance, Review of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Economics & Politics, Journal of Macroeconomics, Review of World Economics, and World Development. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of International Organizations and the Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy. At Wellesley he teaches courses in international macroeconomics, the economics of globalization and macroeconomic theory.
Professor Joyce received a B.S.F.S. degree cum laude in international affairs from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University. He held internships at the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve Board, and visiting positions at Harvard's Center for International Affairs, the Brookings Institution, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the International Monetary Fund.
Sarah spent a year in Uganda as a Michael Rockefeller Fellow, conducting research on gender and economics in fishing communities around Lake Victoria in East Africa that was published in the Food Policy Journal. Sarah is a Truman National Security Fellow and Co-Director of the Boston Regional Truman Chapter. She serves as a member of the Allocation Committee and an Ambassador for the Boston Women’s Fund, as Secretary-Elect of the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association, as a Food Tank Advisory Board member, and as a judge for MIT’s Ideas/Global Challenge competition. Sarah graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard College.
Nannerl O. Keohane '61, Senior Scholar, Princeton University
Nannerl O. Keohane is a senior scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 1981 until 2004, Nan Keohane served as president of Wellesley College and then Duke University. Her publications include Thinking about Leadership (Princeton University Press, 2010); Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University (Duke University Press, 2006); Philosophy and the State in France: The Renaissance to the Enlightenment (Princeton University Press, 1980) and Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology (co-edited with Barbara Gelpi, University of Chicago Press, 1982).
Professor Keohane has taught at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University, as well as Wellesley, Duke, and Princeton. She is a member of the Harvard Corporation and the board of trustees of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She received her B.A. at Wellesley College, M.A. from St. Anne’s College, Oxford (as a Marshall Scholar, Class of 1961), and Ph.D. on a Sterling Fellowship from Yale University. Nan Keohane is married to Robert O. Keohane, professor of political science in the Woodrow Wilson School; they have four children and nine grandchildren.
Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben, Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps; Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains, United States Navy
Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben, CHC, USN, is the 18th chaplain of the United States Marine Corps and is the deputy chief of Navy chaplains. A native of Warrington, Penn., Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Md., in 1982. In 1986 she received her master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., and entered active duty.
From 1986 to 1989 Kibben served with Headquarters and Service Battalion, Security Battalion, the Brig, the Marine Corps Air Facility, and the President’s Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1 in Quantico, Va. Her next assignment was the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., from 1989 to 1991. Following the academy, she reported to USS San Diego (AFS-6) in Norfolk, Va., where she was the command caplain from 1991 to 1993. Chaplain Kibben served as the Chaplain Corps historian at the Chaplain Resource Board between 1993 and 1995, before being sent for a year of study at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va. In 1996, after receiving her master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, she began her four-year assignment with Second Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, N.C., and made deployments to Turkey and Norway. From 2000 to 2002, she was the doctrine writer for religious ministry at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va.
RDML Kibben spent the next year at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as a senior fellow, and in 2002 she received her doctorate of ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. From 2003 to 2006, she was assigned to U.S. Third Fleet serving as the fleet chaplain responsible for the training and certification of all Carrier Strike Group and Expeditionary Strike Group Religious Ministry Teams. In 2006, she deployed as an individual augmentee serving as the command chaplain, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan. Upon her return, Chaplain Kibben reported to the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains, first serving as the director for force structure and community management and subsequently as the executive assistant to the chief of Navy chaplains.
Chaplain Kibben’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with one gold star, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, and the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars.
Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Olin College
Robert Martello began researching America's transition from crafts to industry while a Ph.D. student in MIT's Program in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 and in the same year started working at Olin College in Needham, Mass., where he is now a professor of the history of science and technology. Martello chaired Olin's Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Committee for many years and helped to shape Olin's curriculum, taking particular pride in its interdisciplinary and self-study components. He has written several papers and offered numerous presentations on his National Science Foundation–sponsored educational research, which explores connections between interdisciplinary education, student motivation, and self-directed project-based learning.
Martello has also written several articles on the subject of industrialization, and his book, Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere and the Growth of American Enterprise, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010. This book combines a biographical narrative of Paul Revere's long manufacturing career with a comparison of America's managerial, labor, technological, and environmental practices before and after the revolution. Martello has more recently started researching Benjamin Franklin's printing career, investigating Franklin's many impacts upon early American printing as well as the ways his artisan experiences set him apart from America's other founding fathers. Martello has enthusiastically presented these new interpretations of Revere and Franklin for over 30 historical societies, libraries, and other public audiences.
Martello attempts to connect theory to practice in both his education research and his studies of early American industry. He has recently offered workshops for American, Chilean, and Guatemalan universities and K-12 schools, suggesting techniques for fostering intrinsic motivation through interdisciplinary project-based learning experiences. He is also the university scholar for two Mass Humanities grants aimed at developing new history of technology exhibits at the Paul Revere House and USS Constitution Museum.
Sally Engle Merry '66, Senior Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women
Sally Engle Merry is a senior scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women and the Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University. She is also the Faculty Co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law and past president of the American Ethnological Society. She is the author or editor of eight books and over one hundred articles. Her recent books include Colonizing Hawai‘i (Princeton, 2000), Human Rights and Gender Violence (Chicago, 2006), Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective (Blackwells, 2009) and The Practice of Human Rights, (co-edited with Mark Goodale; Cambridge, 2007). She received the Hurst Prize for Colonizing Hawai‘i in 2002, the Kalven Prize for scholarly contributions to sociolegal scholarship in 2007, and the J.I. Staley Prize for Human Rights and Gender Violence in 2010. In 2013 she received an honorary degree from McGill School of Law and was the focus of an Author Colloquium at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. She is an adjunct professor at Australian National University. She is currently writing a book on indicators as a technology of knowledge used for human rights monitoring and global governance.
Helen Mountford, Deputy Director, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Helen Mountford has been deputy director of the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since late 2010. She joined the OECD as an environmental economist and policy analyst in 1997, and was head of the Division on Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Development from 2006 to 2010.
Her work at OECD has included a leading role in the preparation of the 2001 and 2008 OECD Environmental Outlook reports, as well as analysis of policies in the areas of water pricing, biodiversity incentive measures, market-based instruments, and reform of environmentally harmful subsidies. She developed analysis on the economic crisis and green growth that underpinned a 2009 OECD Declaration on Green Growth, which was adopted by Ministers of Finance and Economy, and is leading the OECD work of fossil fuel subsidies that has been an input to discussions by G20 Leaders.
Prior to joining the OECD, Mountford managed a local recycling company in the U.K. and worked for an environmental NGO in Australia. She is a national of the United Kingdom and the United States, and has master's degrees in environmental economics from University College London and in environmental management from University of Melbourne.
S. Joanne Murray '81, Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs
Joanne Murray is the executive director of the Center for Work and Service at Wellesley College and the director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, Wintersession and Internship Programs. The focus of Murray’s work is on preparing students for citizenship and leadership in an increasingly complex and interdependent global environment.
The Albright Institute, named to honor Madeleine K. Albright, the United States’ first female Secretary of State and Wellesley College alumna, class of 1959, supports the College’s mission of educating students who will make a difference in the world. Launched in 2010, the Institute combines the intellectual resources of faculty from Wellesley College, researchers from the Wellesley Centers for Women, and leading alumnae practitioners and other experts in the fields of international relations and public policy to engage selected student participants—Albright Fellows—in an intensive, three-week, Wintersession course followed by a summer internship in global affairs.
Prior to the founding of the Albright Institute, Murray had been instrumental in building the College’s internships and service learning programs, which annually fund more than 300 Wellesley students to participate in internships in over 35 countries and throughout the United States. Through a partnership with the dean of the College, Murray co-founded the Tanner Conference, which is premised on the belief that greater understanding of the learning that takes place off-campus, combined with critical inquiry into the purpose, value and effect of such learning—has the potential to move liberal education in new directions.
Among Murray’s other accomplishments at Wellesley College are her roles in the creation of the Cultural Advising Network, the development of the multi-faith chaplaincy, and a review of the College’s Honor Code and General Judiciary.
Murray is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership in a new global context and the author of numerous articles that address emerging organizational and management issues. She earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
Mimi Murray, Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Springfield College
Mimi Murray, Professor at Springfield College, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. During her six year as head coach of women’s gymnastics at Springfield College, her teams were undefeated in dual meet competition, won five Eastern Championships, and three Division I national Championships. Dr. Murray coached the USA Team for the World University Games, was named “Coach of the Year” in gymnastics, and has been a commentator for ABC’s Wide World of Sports and NBC’s Sportsworld. She has been recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation as one of five “Pioneers” in women’s athletics. Her textbook, Gymnastics for Women, is considered an authoritative source in sport.
As a sport psychology consultant, Dr. Murray has served with the USA Equestrian Team (Los Angeles Games). USA Field Hockey Team (Atlanta Games), and worked with many professional, collegiate, and high school athletes as well as coaches. Dr. Murray has made over 350 presentations worldwide and has 51 publications. Her strong academic credentials, experiences, and knowledge combined with her outstanding coaching successes make her a uniquely qualified expert in the area of sport psychology.
She has further served in various leadership positions, a few of which include: President of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), Vice President of the United States Collegiate Sports Council (USCSC), President of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) and currently as the President of the International Council of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance (ICHPER-SD).
Dr. Murray has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions such as the Luther Halsey Gulick Award (AAHPERD’s highest honor), the R. Tait McKenzie Award, Honor Awards of AAHPERD, ICHPER-SD, and NAGWS, Ethics Fellow of the International Institute for the Study of Sport, and is a member of the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Andrea Purse, Vice President for Communications, Center for American Progress
Andrea Purse is the Vice President for Communications at American Progress. Andrea comes to American Progress after managing the TV and Radio outreach for the John Edwards for President Campaign. Prior to the campaign, Andrea spent time on Capitol Hill as the press secretary for Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and press advisor for broadcast media for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
This is Andrea’s third position here at the Center, as she previously served as the Director of Media Strategy and, before that, as the radio coordinator, managing the radio studio and booking American Progress staff and fellows on radio shows. She has also worked in communications and government relations for the Campaign for America’s Future, Rhode Island Kids Count, and the Children’s Defense Fund, and was chosen for the 2012 Atlantik Brucke Young Leaders Program.
Lawrence Rosenwald, Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature, Wellesley College
Lawrence Rosenwald is the Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature at Wellesley College. He received his B.A. (1970), M.A. (1971), and Ph. D. (1979) from Columbia University. He has taught at Wellesley College since 1980, has taught in the Wellesley Peace and Justice Studies Program since 2000, and has co-directed that program since 2001.
Professor Rosenwald has published essays on pacifism, nonviolence and literature, civil disobedience, and war tax resistance, and has himself been a war tax resister and member of New England War Tax Resistance since 1987. His current projects include an anthology of American antiwar and peace writing for the Library of America, and a comparative study of the relations between nonviolence and literature.
Inela Selimović, Visiting Lecturer in Spanish, Wellesley College
Inela Selimović holds B.A. degree from the University of the South-Sewanee and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky.
Selimović's research focuses on the literary and cinematic constructions of urban spaces, citizenship performances and human rights in works of mostly contemporary Latin American writers and filmmakers. Her studies of Latin American fiction—and particularly Argentine fiction—have broadened out into several avenues of research on New Argentine Cinema, centering specifically on the intersections of gender, trauma and urban youth subjectivities’ displacements. Her recent publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Revista Hispánica Moderna, Confluencia, Human Rights Quarterly and in edited book volumes. Apart from language and cultural studies-focused courses she teaches at Wellesley College, Selimović’s teaching draws from her research on Latin American contemporary film and media, urban writing, and human rights. In addition to her academic pursuits, Selimović has remained involved with sociopolitical and cultural movements in her homeland (Bosnia and Herzegovina). She has led several human rights-related projects at the United Nations Security Council, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bernard Sheahan, Director for Infrastructure and Natural Resources, International Finance Corporation
Bernard Sheahan is responsible for IFC’s investments and global engagement in the power, transport, utilities, mining and oil and gas industries.
Bernie has served as IFC Director of Strategy, with responsibility for the development of IFC’s operational strategy and business plans, incorporating sustainability into IFC’s activities and the development of the Equator Principles. Bernie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.
Patricia Sulser '79, Chief Counsel, International Finance Corporation
Patricia Sulser is a Chief Counsel at International Finance Corporation, the private sector investment arm of the World Bank, where she has worked since 1992. She is based in Washington. She is the Global Lead Lawyer for IFC InfraVentures, a $150 million internally managed fund established by IFC in 2008 to fund and proactively develop private and public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in the poorest World Bank countries. IFC InfraVentures addresses one of the most significant constraints to private investment in infrastructure projects in these countries, including the limited availability of funds and experienced professionals dedicated to private infrastructure project development. Infrastructure projects on IFC InfraVentures’ agenda include hard infrastructure such as power (especially renewable power), wastewater treatment and water supply, ports, airports, roads, and airports, as well as so-called “soft” infrastructure such as healthcare facilities and hospitals and schools—all critical to countries’ economic development and the World Bank Group’s agenda of bringing people out of poverty.
Ms. Sulser has been involved in the financing of complex infrastructure projects for her entire career at IFC and before in private practice in the New York, London and Hong Kong offices of Shearman & Sterling. She leads the IFC Legal Department Public Private Partnership practice group and coordinates with colleagues from around the World Bank Group and other development financial institutions on the G20 and World Bank Group PPP agenda.
Ms. Sulser is also a certified mediator and has provided legal support for IFC’s establishment of mediation centers around the world. In addition, she actively promotes the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in PPP and infrastructure projects around the world. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Dispute Board Federation and various other institutions specializing in alternative dispute resolution, and is the ADR thought leader for the IFC Legal Department, which supports the use of ADR not only in commercial dispute avoidance and management but also as a tool to engage meaningfully with communities affected by World Bank Group projects.
Barbara Tannenbaum, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University
Barbara Tannenbaum teaches courses in public speaking and persuasive Barbara Tannenbaum communication in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and is a faculty member in the Brown/IE Executive MBA Program. She is a recipient of the Brown University John Rowe Workman Award for excellence in teaching in the humanities, the Brown University Undergraduate Teaching Award, and eleven time recipient of the Brown University Senior Citation/Hazeltine Citation for excellence in teaching.
In addition to leading the popular course Persuasive Communication, Barbara provides communication workshops for senior administrators, graduate students, Brown University Career Services, The Brown/Trinity Consortium, The Brown University Third World Center and many student organizations annually.
Barbara provides regular communications workshops at The Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, the Athena Institute at Barnard College, The Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Outside of academia, Barbara Tannenbaum consults to global business and professional leaders on effective communication. She has advised senior political leaders including elected officials at the state and national level. In addition to global corporations, her clientele includes the Council of Chief Judges of the Appellate Courts of the United States, The California Supreme Court, The Florida Supreme Court, The International Monetary Fund, MFA Boston, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Sharon Taylor, Director of Athletics, Retired, Lock Haven University
Sharon E. Taylor served as Director of Athletics at Lock Haven University from 1988 to 2012; she served as interim director in 1987-88. Taylor was responsible for coordinating and directing LHU’s 18 intercollegiate sports. The majority of Bald Eagle and Lady Eagle teams competed at the NCAA Division II level, with the exception of the field hockey and wrestling programs, which competed at the Division I level.
The former women’s field hockey coach at LHU, Taylor earned an impressive 333-96-27 record at the helm of the Lady Eagles from 1973-95, making her the winningest coach in Lock Haven University history. Only the second field hockey coach in LHU’s first 50 years of the sport, Taylor guided The Haven to six national championships (one AIAW and five NCAA), seven Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles and seven additional national championship or semi-final appearances. In 1995, in her final season as head coach, Taylor led the Lady Eagles to a perfect 21-0 record and her final PSAC and NCAA Division II crowns. In addition, her 1979 lacrosse team won the first Division II National Championship sponsored by the United States Women’s Lacrosse Association (USWLA).
Organizationally, Taylor was President of the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA), the national governing body for the sport in Olympic and Pan American competition, from 2001 through 2006 when a structural reorganization eliminated the position of president. From 1987 through 2000 she represented USA Field Hockey on the board of directors of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Taylor also served as President of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW), and as Vice President for Division III of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Additional administrative experiences include terms as President and Vice President of the College Field Hockey Coaches Association, a member of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse and Field Hockey Committees, a U.S. Delegate to the International Federation of Women’s Hockey Associations (IFWHA) and the Federation Internationale de Hockey (FIH), and as a consultant to the President’s Commission on Olympic Sport. Due to positions held, she served on numerous committees in the NCAA and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Peter Thomson, Environment Editor, Public Radio International
Peter Thomson has been covering the the environment for more than 20 years and signed on as The World’s environment editor in 2008.
Peter's a public radio "lifer" who first got hooked on radio journalism in high school, while listening to and then interning with Danny Schechter the News Dissector at Boston's legendary WBCN. After subsequently failing in careers as a housepainter, waiter, bike messenger, oyster shucker and DJ, he eventually found his way back to radio news at WFCR in Amherst, Mass., where he soon became a regular stringer for NPR. After stints at WBUR and Monitor Radio in Boston he really found his groove when he was hired on as the founding editor and producer of NPR’s groundbreaking new environmental news program Living on Earth, in 1991. In nearly 10 years at the program, Peter helped establish Living on Earth as the preeminent broadcast source for environmental news and helped the program earn numerous awards and honors. He also reported for the program on issues from oil and natives on Alaska’s North Slope to solar power development in rural Morocco.
In 2000 Peter left Living on Earth to travel around the world by surface with his brother via Siberia, from which he was lucky enough to escape with enough material to turn into his acclaimed 2007 book Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal, about the world's largest and deepest lake. Sacred Sea was dubbed “superb” and “compelling” by the New York Times, but his favorite work to date is his radio documentary on a hot dog stand in Oakland, California, Original Kasper's: The Hot Dog Stand that Saved a Neighborhood.
Peter's work has received more than two dozen awards. He’s been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, and the International Reporting Project, with whom he traveled to China in 2010. He served 15 years on the board of Directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists and currently sits on the advisory board of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting.
Peter lives in a super-efficient, Deep-Energy-Retrofitted 100 year-old Boston triple-decker with his wife, Edith and his very curious 4 year-old daughter, Eleanor Rose. He is often found nursing one basketball injury or another but doesn't have the sense to stay off the court.
Franklyn Turbak, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Wellesley College
Franklyn (Lyn) Turbak is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Wellesley College, where he has been since 1995. He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Computer Science from MIT.
Lyn's passion is the study of programs and programming languages, which is at the heart of both his teaching and research. His interests include the design, analysis, and implementation of expressive programming languages, graphical representations of programs, and the visualization of computational processes. He is co-author of the textbook Design Concepts in Programming Languages.
In his courses and programming environments, Lyn embraces constructionist learning principles that encourage people to view themselves as designers and inventors. Together with Robbie Berg in the Wellesley Physics Department, he developed the Robotic Design Studio course for introducing liberal arts students to engineering. He has also taught Wellesley's Introduction to Engineering course, which serves as a bridge to engineering opportunities at Olin College and MIT. In Fall, 2011, he created a new course, Inventing Mobile Apps, in which students without previous programming experience designed and built apps for Android smartphones using App Inventor, a visual programming language in which programs are composed out of blocks that snap together.
Lyn currently leads two research projects: TinkerBlocks, whose goal is to create more expressive block programming languages; and Rapid Prototyping For Everyone, whose goal is to increase accessibility to the laser cutter, vinyl cutter, and 3D printer in Wellesley's Engineering Studio.