Recognizing alumnae who have brought honor to themselves and to Wellesley College through their outstanding achievements.

2015 Alumnae Achievement Awards

The Achievement Awards, which have been presented annually since 1970, are the highest honor given to Wellesley alumnae. On Friday evening, October 14, 2016 the WCAA will present this year's Alumnae Achievement Awards to the following three recipients. All alumnae and the public are welcome to attend this prestigious event.

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Maria Morris Hambourg Barlow '71
Photography Champion, Preeminent Art Scholar, Curator

Maria Morris Hambourg Barlow, the founding, adjunct and consulting curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Photographs, has revolutionized the field of photography. She has brought many innovative, daring, stimulating and relevant exhibits to the Met during her twenty year tenure. She has vision. She sees photographs, textures, patterns and colors unlike any other.

Marian Burros '54
Transformational Food and Lifestyle Journalist

Marian Burros is an award winning reporter and the author of numerous cookbooks catering to chefs at every skill level. Two of her cookbooks, Summertime Cookbook and Pure and Simple, have won Tastemaker awards, and she is a three time winner of the Hearth & Home magazine Vesta Award. The author of eleven cookbooks including Elegant But Easy, The New Elegant But Easy, Freeze With Ease, Come for Cocktails, Cooking for Comfort, Summertime Cookbook, Pure and Simple, Keep It Simple, You’ve Got It Made, The Best of De Gustibus, and 20-Minutes Menus, Burros is a food icon with a strong following by those who consider her a food expert.

Debra Knopman '75
Engineer, Complex Problem Solver, Policymaker

Debra Knopman is the Vice President and Director at RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment (JIE). She has a background in Chemistry, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering, and her current work involves protecting the future of our natural environment. Knopman has led a distinguished career with experiences in the U.S. Senate, the Department of Interior, the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Progressive Policy Institute, and RAND justice. Knopman is abundantly published in scientific, political, and water conservation journals. Her publications include ‘Research for a Long-Term Gulf Restoration Plan: Options for Governance and Funding’ and ‘Identifying and Reducing Climate-Change Vulnerabilities in Water-Management Plans.’