Pen y Groes Seminars Offer Lunch, Conversation With Accomplished Professionals in Various Fields

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 4:03 pm.

President Jane McAuliffe will soon launch the 2011-2012 Pen y Groes Seminar Series, which will bring small groups of students together at Pen y Groes, the president’s house, to meet with accomplished professionals for informal conversation about their field of work, career paths, and connections to their undergraduate experience.

The seminars, which take place over lunch from noon to 1:15 p.m., are open to all Bryn Mawr students; guests this year include women who have achieved top positions in engineering, technology, public health, and business. The president will announce each seminar in an e-mail to students seven to 10 days before it takes place. Those who are interested in a place at the lunch table will be asked to respond, and invitations will be extended on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first Pen y Groes Seminar of the fall will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The guest of honor will be Aline O’Connor Funk, a leading expert in improving agricultural productivity and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.  She is currently a consultant for the Africa-based Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, a joint project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.  Funk formerly served as the CEO of Channel Bio Corp., one of the largest row crop seed companies in the USA, where she focused on farmers’ needs, service and education.  Prior to co-founding and working at Channel Bio Corp., she worked in the field of international financial services, in which she concentrated on developing sound business management practices for global business.

The roster of future guests for the series:

Nov. 4: Maxine Savitz ’58, a retired general manager of the engineering company Honeywell/Allied Signal.  She currently serves as the vice president of the National Academy of Engineering.

Feb. 13: Rita Colwell, Ph.D., an environmental microbiologist and distinguished professor at the University of Maryland, who received the Stockholm Water Prize in 2010 for her contributions to solving water-related public-health problems.

Feb. 24: Sally Susman, the executive vice president of policy, external affairs and communications at Pfizer, Inc.

April 17: Genevieve Bell ’90, an Intel Fellow at Intel Labs and the director of interaction and experience research at Intel Corporation.

Several additional speakers are planned for this year’s seminar series and will be added as schedules allow.  Hoped-for  additions to the roster include an alumna who has acted in a number of popular movies and television shows; a federal judge; an alumna managing a major international investment fund; and the head of human resources at a Fortune 500 company. New speakers will be announced in the Campus Weekly (the weekly newsletter to students from College Communications).

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