“What do you want to be when you grow up?” As soon as children can talk, it seems, they’re asked this question. At first, their ideas about a career might come from tv and movies. But eventually, they need more realistic ideas about what possibilities are out there. Where do students get ideas about careers? From parents, certainly, and from their Baldwin teachers, who often showcase women of achievement in a variety of fields. And, occasionally, from interactions with our accomplished alumnae. But most students have little idea of what career possibilities are out there, and what real jobs look like across a range of industries.
This year, we’re building on the ways we’re already exposing students to career possibilities by introducing a new speaker series, called “Women on the Rise: A Baldwin Speaker Series Supported by the Ruth Hochberger ‘68 Fund.” This series, launching Monday, December 5, will showcase women who are leaders in their professions. These women will talk about where they are, how they got there and what they’ve learned along the way.
On Monday, December 5, renowned opera singer Monica Yunus will be joining us at 6:30 p.m. in the Simpson Center. Her concert and recital performances have taken her all over the world — in countries ranging from Spain to Bangladesh, Guatemala and Lebanon and in performances with legendary singers such as Plàcido Domingo, José Carreras and Andrea Bocelli. Ms. Yunus is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is the Co-Founding Director of the Sing for Hope charitable organization based in New York, whose mission is to make the arts available to all. Artists of all types volunteer their talent to communities in need and make art radically accessible.
For her contributions to the field of arts activism, Ms. Yunus has been honored to give special performances at The United Nations and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, and received a 2009 DOHA 21st Century Leader Award in the category of Outstanding Humanitarian. She will be speaking to us about her career and humanitarian work.
On Wednesday, March 15, we’ll be joined by JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital at The Jewish Museum in New York City at 6:30 p.m. in the Simpson Center. JiaJia has more than eight years of experience working at the intersection of integrated marketing, branding, design, social media, web, e-mail, mobile and multimedia content strategy for modern and contemporary art — making museums and cultural organizations more accessible through technology. Fei has been written about in many art news venues for her unique style and approach to digital media and marketing strategy. Fei has a BA in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College. She has lectured on the growing importance of social media and digital marketing strategy at CultureGeek, Fundación Proa, College Art Association, Sotheby’s Art Institute, New York University, TEDx Martha’s Vineyard, MIT Media Lab and Museum Connections Paris. She sees social media as a way to connect people to contemporary art and takes her cues from organizations like NASA whose goal is to help people better understand space and makes use of social media to do so.
Finally, we’ll round out the series on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room, with Sarah Robb O’Hagan, entrepreneur and businesswoman, currently CEO of ExtremeYou, a company dedicated to providing individuals, groups and companies the information and resources they need to achieve what she calls extreme success. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” Sarah is an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands, but if you ask Sarah, she’ll say she’s in business to help individuals and teams achieve their potential.
Sarah is a passionate advocate for an active lifestyle and believes the lessons learned from sports and fitness can be applied to improve performance in the workplace. She has served on Hillary Clinton’s US State Department Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports and is a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She is also an active member of the World Class New Zealand Network, as she remains committed to helping the country’s development, international competitiveness and economic growth.
All three of these women have much to offer our Baldwin students, parents and the larger community as they share their successes and failures and range of experiences in the arts, technology and sports. We’re excited to be launching such a great initiative, aimed at showcasing female role models that our girls can emulate. We hope you will all join us.