Alumnae Lives

A photo portrait of Tisha Gomes CE/DS ’98
Winter 2019
As the executive director of MIT’s Seminar XXI for over 16 years, Tisha Gomes CE/DS ’98, manages an elite program designed to educate and connect national security leaders.More
A black-and-white photo portrait shows Wendy Chen '14 in a tight close-up.
Winter 2019
Being a storyteller comes naturally to Wendy Chen ’14, who grew up hearing her grandparents’ stories of the past and of traditional Chinese myths. Telling those stories—of family, history, culture, identity—is exactly what she does through her poetry.More
A photographic portrait of Susan Richards Windham-Bannister ’72
Winter 2019
In 2008, soon after Susan Richards Windham-Bannister ’72 agreed to lead the newly created $1 billion Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, her mother asked her an understandable question: “This is a big job. … Do you know how to do this?”More
Two students wearing hijabs (head scarves) enjoy food at the Al-Muslimat 30th anniversary celebration.
Winter 2019
Al-Muslimat (“the Muslim women,” or ALM) celebrates its 30th anniversary this year as a vibrant organization that serves students from many different cultural backgrounds, countries, and religious traditions—comprising roughly 6 percent of the student body.More
A photo portrait of Kavindya Thennakoon ’19
Winter 2019
On Oct. 11, 2013, the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl, Kavindya Thennakoon ’19 addressed Sri Lanka’s Parliament about the state of girls and young women in the country.More
A group of young alums sitting around a table hold up their copies of "Little Fires Everywhere"
Winter 2019
Hadley Chase ’15 and Gabi Vesey ’18 of the Washington Wellesley Club say that there’s no substitute for reaching out to alums directly, and when they show up, letting them know that you value their presence.More
Leslie Salmon Jones plays drums as alums dance around her
Winter 2019
It’s early on a Saturday morning on the first day of BLUEprint, the WCAA’s annual fall leadership training for alumnae volunteers. But this isn’t your usual session on how to run a reunion. Two dozen…More
The cover of "Island Hopping" shows a seaside living room open to the sun and air, filled with casual furniture and a wicker swing.
Winter 2019
Amanda Redd Lindroth ’84, an interior designer based in the Bahamas, has published her first, lavishly illustrated book, Island Hopping, which showcases island lifestyles and casual interior design.More
An image of the cover of Crystal M. Fleming's "How to be Less Stupid About Race," is an all-type collage of remarks typical to race-related conversation--such as "What are you?" "That's Reverse racism!" and "I don't see color."
Winter 2019
Readers who believe in a post-racial America, in being color-blind in racially diverse situations, who are hoping for a kumbaya moment, are not going to have those needs met by Fleming’s book. But if they’re willing to let go of what they think they know about race and prejudice, Fleming will provide a bracing trip through how we do—and don’t—discuss race.More
2018 Alumnae Achievement Awards
Winter 2019
Wellesley’s highest honor was presented to Camara Jones ’76, a physician who has been a champion of racial and economic health equity, and quantum astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala ’90, who is part of the team that detected gravitational waves.More