As part of Defy Expectation: The Campaign for Bryn Mawr, the College is asking alumnae/i and supporters why they support the campaign and what their Bryn Mawr experience means to them.
Q: Earliest Bryn Mawr memory?
"When I arrived, I learned I was one of nine freshman women assigned to a coed floor in Merion. My floor mates and I bonded quickly, and I loved my time in that dorm. But I came from a family of five sisters, so my father was quite concerned, and my mother immediately bought me a hooded, floor-length, terrycloth robe."
Q: Why a women’s college?
"I didn’t choose Bryn Mawr because it’s a women’s college, though I was probably ripe for the picking since, at the time, women’s rights were being championed in ways we hadn’t seen before. I chose the College for its beautiful campus, the intellectual rigor associated with the curriculum and faculty, and its semi-urban setting near a train to the city. I just loved the feel of Bryn Mawr."
Q: Influential professor?
"Professor Stephen Salkever. He’s still my lifetime favorite.
Q: How did you end up a securities lawyer?
"I went to law school to eventually become a diplomat, but I grew frustrated with international law. Since the ’80s were a boom period for securities regulation and the capital markets, I found myself doing oil and gas work, junk bond financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Before I knew it, I was a securities lawyer, and I have never looked back."
Q: What advice would you give to students today?
"Know that where you go and how you get there can be very different from what you envisioned, and that’s OK."
Q: How did Bryn Mawr prepare you to defy?
"In the early years, I was one of very few women in the field and experienced a lot of sexism. You had to be tough to work with these guys and, looking back, I realize that I was better prepared than many of my female peers. Bryn Mawr had already taught me how to articulate my intellectual point of view and defend my perspective. Confidence was ingrained in us at the College, so I was ready to go."
Q: Why does Bryn Mawr still need to play this role?
"It is no less important today. Some young women seem to think that, if there was a war of the sexes, it’s over and the battle is won. But the #metoo movement has shown us that equality has not been obtained and sexism continues, even if more subtle, today."
Q: Why did you choose to endow a scholarship with your $1 million Campaign gift?
"I’m excited that Bryn Mawr continues to attract so many amazing young women who want to lead in their worlds. I want to help sustain it so that today’s students have access to the same education and experiences I had. The College doesn’t just grow on a vine without any nutrition or care. We all need to tend to it."