2015 Recipients

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 Thursday evening, February 12th, the 2015 awards were presented to this year's recipients (see below) in front of students, alums, faculty, staff, and loved ones at Wellesley’s Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall. Click here to view the photos of the ceremony, and here to watch the video.

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C. Tracy Orleans

Suzanne Ciani ’68
Electronic Music Pioneer, Composer, Recording Artist

Suzanne Ciani ’68 is an award-winning composer, recording artist and record label executive in the electronic and acoustical music industries. Her music, renowned for its romantic, healing, and aesthetic qualities, has found a worldwide audience, and her concert performances include numerous benefits for humanitarian causes.


Jean Kilbourne ’64
Media Activist, Filmmaker, Author

Jean Kilbourne ’64 is a leader in the contemporary feminist activist movement. She is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work over the past 40 years raising public awareness of how women and young girls are portrayed in the media. Kilbourne’s work was among the first that explored the connection between advertising and public health, including its relation to tobacco and alcohol addictions, eating disorders and violence towards women. Simply put, Kilbourne changed the way we view advertising.


Nancy Kornblith Kopp ’65
Effective Politician, Distinguished Public Servant

Nancy Kornblith Kopp ’65 is the consummate public servant. She began her political career serving 27 years in the Maryland state legislature where her colleagues named her one of the ten most effective members. In 2002 she was elected State Treasurer and is now in her third consecutive elected term. She is only the second woman to be elected State Treasurer in Maryland and currently the only woman serving in a Constitutional Office in the state.