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The Wellesley Effect - Chicago Style is April 2 SOLD OUT

The Wellesley Effect - Chicago Style

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Chicago Wellesley Club 1891 - 2016



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Thanks to our many supporters. This historic event now is SOLD OUT.


♦ Alumnae, spouses, parents, all friends of Wellesley College welcome ♦ Saturday, April 2, 2016

University Club of Chicago

76 E. Monroe St., Chicago

$125 Sponsor ticket

$40 Regular ticket

♦ Space is limited ♦



(Cannot attend? Make a gift to our 125th Anniversary Celebration)

Or, mail a check payable to "Chicago Wellesley Club" to:

Chicago Wellesley Club

P.O. Box 310

Wilmette, IL 60091


11:30 a.m.: Sponsor luncheon with Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly and Lynn Sherr '63, former Wellesley college trustee, journalist, author
1:00 p.m.: Panel One: The Wellesley Effect – Chicago Style
Ali Barthwell '10 Janet Diederichs '50 Ann Jones '82 Kelly Saulsberry '00 Tasha Seitz '91 * Moderator Cecilia Conrad '76
2:00 p.m.: Break. Speed Meet (Like speed dating, but it is new alumnae connections you make.)
2:30 p.m.: Panel Two: The Wellesley Effect – Chicago Style
Alison Chung Joy Dickson '92 Taylor Holloway '08 Caroline Grossinger '90 Elizabeth Richter '66 Moderator Laura Sue D'Annunzio '85
3:30 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m.: "Vision for Wellesley’s Future" Lynn Sherr '63 interviews Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly
4:30 p.m.: Museum of Wellesley Memorabilia opens

5:00 p.m.: Reception - cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, open bar
5:30 p.m.: Raffle winners announced. Performance of “America the Beautiful” by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo soprano; and Deborah Moldover '09, piano.

7:00 p.m. Reception concludes

Sponsor benefits Sponsors and sponsor-level guests are invited to begin the afternoon at a luncheon with President Bottomly and Lynn Sherr '63.  Sponsors will be listed in our program and receive a gift of our 125th Anniversary silk scarf.125th_scarf_final_400

Special features

Panel discussions: Chicago alumnae in diverse fields and from multiple generations discuss the effect Wellesley alumnae have had on Chicago because of the effect Wellesley had on us. MEET OUR PANELISTS

Speed Meet: It's like speed dating, but it is new alumnae connections you are making.

Raffle: We’re raffling off Wellesley College Enamel Box #100 to support the Chicago Wellesley Club Scholarship Fund. The box is officially “retired,” but there is one left and it could be yours. Free domestic shipping. Five 2nd Prizes of "America the Beautiful - The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song", by Lynn Sherr, winners must be present to receive the book.
Memorabilia: Enjoy a display of Wellesley College memorabilia and photographs through the decades. Items provided by Wellesley College Archives and Chicago-area alumnae.

Music: Special presentation of "America the Beautiful" by Susan Stetson '78, mezzo-soprano; and Deborah Moldover '09, piano. Last verse sing-along.

Stay: Make a weekend of it. Reserve your overnight room at the University Club, based on availability. Call 312-726-2840, ask for Reservations, and mention Chicago Wellesley Club event.

Getting There The University Club of Chicago entrance is on Monroe Street at Michigan Avenue ♦ Valet parking $25 or discounted $15 self-park with University Club validation in the Grant Park NORTH garage ♦ Need a ride/offer a ride, contact Map

Attire Business casual to festive, Wellesley blue or class colors encouraged ♦ Complimentary coat check



  • Alison Chung – technology consultant, entrepreneur

  • Alison “Ali” Barthwell ’10 – actor, author

  • Joy Dickson '92 – public school teacher

  • Janet Wood Diederichs ’50 – public relations consultant, entrepreneur

  • Caroline Grossinger '90 – automobile dealership owner

  • Taylor Holloway ’08 - architectural designer

  • Ann Jones ’84 – fencing coach, librarian

  • Elizabeth “Libbet” Dunlop Richter ’66 – communications consultant, entrepreneur

  • Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry ’00 – government, public policy implementation

  • Tasha Seitz ’91 – chief investment officer, consultant

  • Cecelia Conrad ’76 (moderator) – managing director, fellows program

  • Laura Sue Cohen D’Annunzio ’85 (moderator) – talent acquisition, career coach


We thank the members of the 125th Anniversary Planning and Advisory Committees


Helen Kriz Marshall '77 - 125th Anniversary, chair

Patricia Mell '75 - Chicago Wellesley Club, president

Dianne Goren Radtke '75 - Chicago Wellesley Club, treasurer

Courtenay Wood '76 - Chicago Wellesley Club, member


Laura Daignault Gates '72 - Wellesley College Board of Trustees, chair
Alison Chung - Wellesley College trustee
Debora  de Hoyos '75 - Wellesley College trustee
Sandra Polk Guthman '65 - Wellesley College trustee
Susan Koenigsberg Lucas '83 - Wellesley College trustee
Diamond Sharp '11 - Wellesley College trustee
Victoria Herget '73 - Wellesley College trustee emerita
Alecia DeCoudreaux '76 - Wellesley College trustee emerita
Betsy Wood Knapp '64 - Wellesley College trustee emerita
Georgia Murphy Johnson '75 - Wellesley College Alumnae Association, president

Pier Rogers '75 - Wellesley College Alumnae Association, board member
Karen Williamson '69 - Wellesley College Alumnae Association, past president

and Past Presidents of the Chicago Wellesley Club
Prue Richardson Beidler '67

Ann Bernstein Burnstine '53
Alison Chung

Courtney Graham Donnell '67
Laura Daignault Gates '72

Sally Grenville '75

Phyllis Douglass Hayes '77

Victoria Herget '73

Virginia Green Highstone '61

Helen Kriz Marshall '77

Caroline Paschen McConnell '53
Pamela Ohman '80
Elizabeth "Libbet" Dunlop Richter '66

Jean Schifflin Sampson '53
Beth Schmakel Weiss '74
Simonne Bloom Wysockey '55

The Chicago Wellesley Club thanks the Wellesley College Office for Resources for generously co-sponsoring this special event.

Menu Information may be had HERE. The University Club will have allergy warning signs displayed on trays as hors d'oeuvres are passed.