businessLeading Through Change: Women in Nonprofit Leadership

A Program of Wellesley@Work


Join Wellesley@Work for a panel featuring Wellesley alumnae who are leaders in the nonprofit sector. Our esteemed panelists will share their career paths and experiences leading a variety of nonprofit organizations – from foundations, to institutions of higher education, to social service and youth development organizations. The panel will focus on how the speakers have led their organizations through periods of growth and change, and their advice for aspiring leaders.

DATE: Monday, June 12, 2017

TIME: 6:30 PM - Networking Reception

7:15 PM - Program


The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Hamilton Fish House

21 Stuyvesant Street

New York City

Please note, there are steps at the venue, and no elevator available. If you have questions about accessibility, please email


The evening will include Q&A and a networking reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Featured speakers include:

betty-pforzheimerElizabeth Strauss Pforzheimer '59

Betty has been a community volunteer since high school. She has served as a Trustee of 12 nonprofit boards, including Wellesley College, Bank Street College of Education (Chair), New Alternatives for Children (Founder & Chair), Literacy Volunteers of New York State (Chair), the Westchester Community Foundation, and the New York Public Library Volunteers.


Lalaura-sparksura Sparks '97

Laura was recently appointed President of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Previously, Laura served as Executive Director of the William Penn Foundation, a $2 billion private foundation focused on education, the arts, public space and the environment. Prior to her service in the nonprofit sector, she worked in community development finance. She has served on a variety of advisory boards, including the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Board for Community Development, Credit Committee and the Capital Formation Committee for Living Cities.


lannia-smallLannia Small ’05

Lannia is currently the Deputy Executive Director for the NYC Center for Youth Employment. The Center is a public-private partnership that aims to connect young New Yorkers to more opportunities for career exposure, summer jobs, quality skills-building programs, supportive mentors, and thoughtful guidance towards college and a career. Prior to joining the Center, Lannia worked for many years as strategy consultant specializing in non-profit management and corporate sustainability. Some of her clients included Asia Society, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Nestlé, Pfizer, and BHP Billiton. Lannia holds a B.A. in International Relations and French from Wellesley College, as well as Masters degrees in International Affairs and Business Administration from Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris.

cathywoCathy White O'Rourke ’71
Cathy currently serves as President of the Board of Kaufman Music Center, in addition to being an active chamber musician. She is also a director of Life Insurance Company of Boston and NY. She retired several years ago from a second career as a fundraiser at The Children’s Aid Society, following a 25-year career as an investment banker at numerous firms, including Everen Securities, Dean Witter, Bankers Trust and Merrill Lynch. Cathy holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a MM in piano from Northwestern University.



The panel will be moderated by Brooke Bryant '03, Past President of the New York Wellesley Club. Brooke serves as Director of Development at Kaufman Music Center, with prior positions in fundraising at Hospital for Special Surgery, The Cooper Union, and iMentor.

NYWC’s Wellesley@Work Series
Fatimah Gilliam ’96 and Rosa Fernández ‘07, Career Co-Chairs

The Wellesley@Work series is for Wellesley alumnae at different stages in their careers – from recent graduates, mid-careers, and those reentering the workforce to senior professionals. Wellesley@Work provides a platform where Wellesley alumnae can network, gain access to professionals in a broad range of industries, and learn leadership, career, and business lessons from emerging leaders and senior executives. The NYWC encourages alumnae from across fields to not only attend these events, but also to be more proactive in driving their career success. The NYWC looks forward to seeing growing participation from Wellesley alumnae.

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Event Details...


6:30PM - 8:30PM Mon 12 Jun 2017 ( Timezone: Eastern )


The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Hamilton Fish House
21 Stuyvesant Street
New York, NY 10003

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