Letter from the President of the Alumnae Board

It’s been an illuminating year for women around the world. Tech companies came clean about the vast shortage of women in leadership and engineering. The media questioned why women’s earnings are just 77% of men’s overall. And we heard about shocking social and physical injustices to women in different parts of the world. On the bright side, it was the year that some major corporations began to take serious steps toward creating better workplaces for women, and Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to further girls’ rights to education. While the society around us considers how best to improve conditions for women nationally and globally, Cap and Gown remains steadfast in celebrating and fostering women leaders. We not only commend leadership, but also service to our communities. We recognize the power of human connections to make our lives more fulfilling and, in fact, to help us live longer. We create opportunities to connect with one another. Most of all, we support one another. To me, Cap and Gown is the most inspiring and welcoming community of overachieving women that I can imagine. I feel immensely honored and fortunate to be a small part of this very special community and have the opportunity to serve all of you. In the name of supporting one another, I’d like to issue a challenge to each and every of you, no matter where on the globe you call home: make a Cap and Gown connection. We are starting to facilitate this by piloting regional events, but you can also start by looking up Cap and Gown alumnae near you...

From the Incoming President of the Alumnae Board

As I think back on my very first experiences with Cap and Gown, 11 years ago, I remember my initial amazement at how exquisite it all seemed. Every event drew fascinating speakers and appeared to run flawlessly, down to every last detail like the rose petals on the tables and the pins for each new member. I recall my surprise, at those first few events, at how the Cap and Gown alumnae had gone out of their way to create something beautiful and thoughtful, just for my fellow inductees and me. This was an organization of accomplished women who I didn’t even know yet, but who evidently cared deeply about my well-being and success. These women had extremely impressive backgrounds, yet were invested in changing the world for the better. These women joined Cap and Gown for life and continued to support it for decades on end. This organization was nearly 100 years old, had thousands of alumnae already, and even had its own logo. It was clear to me then that Cap and Gown women mean business; they are the Real Deal. Today, I feel honored and humbled as I begin my first year as Cap and Gown Alumnae Board President. Building upon Cap and Gown’s impressive legacy is no small responsibility, and one that I take very seriously. Like last year, we’ve outlined our plans for the year in terms of guiding principles and specific goals, with just a few small variations: Guiding Principles We will focus on events/activities that are unique to Cap and Gown. We will focus on high quality events; less is more. We...