We are excited to announce our 25 Events for our 25th Reunion initiative! Our goal as a Board is to have 25 events head of our 25th reunion. These will be a time to convene around issues/experiences that were brought up during our reunion in June 2021.
Running List of Events
For Greater NY/NJ Area Classmates: 5k in Memory of an Alumna
Sunday, October 15, 2023
Tiki Wilson is running in a 5K in memory of Dr. Bonita Stanton ’72 (whose daughter is Maggie Clemens ’00). Join her! Click this link for more information.
Who Loves to Laugh?! An Online Event with Jenny Caplan
Sunday, October 22, 2023, 8PM EST/5PM PST
Our amazing Class Secretary, Jenny Caplan is giving a talk on her book "Funny You Don’t Look Jewish" with the Wellesley Jewish Alumnae. To sign up for this Zoom event, click here. Join us in showing some green ’01 pride and hear all of Jenny’s funnies!
Drop-in Zoom Hour
Sunday, October 29, 2023, 2pm EST/1PM CST/11AM PST
Join us for a class Zoom drop-in. Come say hi and share how your Walktober is going and cheer your classmates on! Or come to tell us what your Halloween plans are, or aren’t. Perhaps we will have an in-depth debate of the virtues of various Halloween candies - is it really okay to give out DumDums as a Halloween treat? We’ll be chatting about all the important things in life. Click this link to join. We look forward to connecting!
Class Council Open Meeting (June 28, 2003)
This Zoom event was a Board meeting open to all.
DC-Area Class Mini-Reunion IN PERSON at Glen Echo Park (Sunday, June 25, 2023)
Coordinated by Kristen Looney, Molly Mattessich, and Marisa Van Saanen, the three classmates arranged an informal gathering at Glen Echo Park.
For those who have not been there, there are picnic tables, a beautiful Carousel, and a playground: https://
Zoom Event- Drop in and say hi! (Sunday, June 11, 2023)
We are hosted another opportunity to drop in on an open class Zoom just to say hi! We can make use of break out rooms if you want to coordinate with a group of friends and use this time to (re)connect.
Preparing for Life's Unexpected Events - A Practical Discussion with classmate Wallis Wilkinson (April 26, 2023)
While life can throw the unexpected at us, there are some practical steps you can take to protect yourself and loved ones financially. What are these insurance options? How do you figure out what is best for your situation? To approach an answer to those questions, we had a discussion with Wallis Wilkinson Tsai, our classmate and founder of AboveBoard Financial.
For a recording of the conversation, see the May newsletter for the link.
Trivia! Trivia! Trivia!!!! With Han Pham ’01, of course! (March 26, 2023)
Once again, Han hosted a very fun event for our class.
Aging & Menopause Conversation with Dr. Lauren Cadish '03 and Dr. Anna Koteff Burns '03 (March 19, 2023)
Many folks joined for a converastion on aging, menopause, and gynecologic health with urogynecologist Lauren Cadish '03, whose practice focuses on educating, evaluating, and treating women with pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and other pelvic floor disorders. Also there was physical therapist Anna Koteff Burns, '03, who has spent more than a decade as a pelvic health physical therapist and has expanded her practice to include coaching women and new mothers from the postpartum period to treat the whole person.
For the recording of the conversation, please see the April Newsletter for the link.
Book Discussion! (January 29, 2023)
We had a book discussion of the following books:
- Being Mortal by Atul Gwande
- At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life by Samuel Harrington
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care by Angelo Volandes
Living an Intentional Life in 2023 (January 8, 2023)
This was our second go at Tiki’s great event on living an intentional life.
From the Newsletter: "In 2022 we had a wonderful class discussion lead by VP Tanyka Wilson about living an INTENTIONAL life. It really kicked many of us off to a great start for 2022. So it was with great anticipation that we continued this conversation as 2022 became 2023. Just a few weeks ago a number of us gathered virtually and had an inspiring conversation about embracing the JOY in our lives. Personally I have found both of these events to be energizing for me and have stayed with me throughout the year. I am really looking forward to how JOY journeys with me through 2023."
Celebrating the Light (December 18th)
We spent part of an evening to hearing about our classmates' winter holiday traditions. Classmates shared thoughts on how to bring light into our lives when it is literally and/or figuratively dark.
Estate Planning for You and Your Family (November 5, 2022)
Wellesley Alum Elizabeth Schlesinger ’05 (Washington University School of Law '08) is an estate planning attorney who will speak to alums about how to go about the basics of financial and estate planning both for themselves and their parents Thanks to the 17+ classmates who have already signed up to attend! This will be recorded for class members who cannot make the time slot.
Recap: How to Have Hard Conversations: A Discussion About How to Have End of Life Conversations With Loved Ones
October 2022 saw the first in our class's series on aging: learning how to approach end-of-life planning with our loved ones. The conversation was led by Kate DeBartolo '06, Senior Director of The Conversation Project (TCP) (do we want to link to the org’s website?), an organization that has created tools and guides to help us communicate about the kinds of care we -- or our loved ones -- want, and don't want, so those wishes can be respected and understood. Kate led a lovely, engaging, and thought-provoking conversation with twenty members of our class. For those wishing to listen, or listen again, please click below for the recording. You do not need a Wellesley login to open the file.
View recording of event here.
A Toast to Madeleine! (June 30, 2022)
A Toast to Madeleine! As we near the July 4th Holiday, let’s Zoom together with some champagne to toast one of our generation’s SHEroes, the incomparable Madeleine Korbel Albright (‘59). Join us as we reflect on what she meant to us as a class and how she has inspired our personal, professional, and political lives, as Americans and/or citizens of other nations and the world. As we move forward in 2022, may we always ask: What would Madeleine do?
For extra credit, before the event, if you have not yet done so, we encourage you to read her autobiography: Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir - found here or at your local bookstore.
Wear Red, White & Blue for a fun group photo! (We know the timing is a bit tricky - we’re trying to work across lots of time zones, hopefully you can grab 10-30 minutes from your day to pop on!)
Holidays, Traditions, and Climate Conversation (April 24, 2022)
Join us to talk about our spring traditions and holidays and share our climate stories with each other. We’re really looking forward to seeing you and hearing from everyone.
Mocktails Event Recap (February 6, 2022)
More than two dozen classmates and guests attended a fun hour with Theresa Tribble & her son, Victor Ferrara. Victor, age ten and already an accomplished mixologist, led the gang through two delightful mocktails: an orange ginger fizz and a basil lime spritzer. Such was his inspiration that many guests have already repeated and riffed on his original recipes!
With attendees ranging in age from five to 45, all had 100% fun! Stay tuned for future programs, including wine tasting with Emily Wilson, and future cocktails & mocktails with Victor, Theresa, and Emily.
"2022 in One Word" (Sunday, January 9, 2022)
From Tiki, our VP and organizer of this event: I’m not big into resolutions. Personally, I think resolutions do not work,. However, I believe in choosing one word to be a theme for the upcoming year. My word for 2021 was intentionality, which meant I had to get clear on what I wanted even in the middle of a pandemic.
I want to invite everyone in our class to join a conversation about what our words for 2022 will be. This program gives us an opportunity to explore ways to be consistent with ourselves in a world that consistently throws us off-balance. Some of us are thriving, surviving, or somewhere in the middle, let's talk about it! Please join me as we get curious about what 2022 has in store for us. This will be the start of Class of 2001's #25for25 initiative.