From pups to full-grown companions, come see how world class dogs transform into essential companions for trauma assistance, hearing, developmental disabilities and other therapy work. Meet representatives from NEADS (formerly known as National Education for Assistance Dog Services) and their furry friends to learn more about this organization and how these dogs come to be providers of independence, confidence, companionship and therapy.
Suzanne Bossert P19, 21, ordained Protestant minister Maestro, ADA-certified assistance/therapy dog
You voted. Now what? This panel will discuss the many ways to engage beyond the ballot box, and will empower you to take the next step in joining the civic engagement movement. Civic engagement promotes the health of democracy and the quality of communities around the world. It also takes on numerous forms. It can be political or non-political, based in individual volunteerism or organizational efforts, and may involve direct services, advocacy, education, politics, philanthropy, group associations and more. Hear from women who have dedicated their professional and personal time to civic engagement, and who will teach all of us that there is no one way to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and no better time to get engaged!
Courtney Caruso '05, senior associate at Hogan Lovells LLP Karen Middleton ’84, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Catherine Minahan ’11, corporate relations manager at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program Marynee Pontes ’12, senior program coordinator for a Competitive Inner City Natalie Weeks ’04, Strategy & Partnerships director of the Athens Partnership
During her years as a therapist, Cybill S. Goldberg LICSW, P21, P25 has found that the common theme amongst her clients is not their diagnosis or their problems but their deep desire for Calmness, Clarity and Connection. In this session, Cybill will discuss how CALMNESS is found in the compassionate exploration of how we respond instead of react to life's challenges; how CLARITY is the courageous journey inward to our authentic self while learning how to live aligned with our values and goals; and how CONNECTION is the work we do towards becoming honest in healthy, rewarding and loving relationships with ourselves, others and the larger world. She will highlight the neuroscience of how our brains interfere with our ability to access these principals and provide techniques on how to overcome the hurdles. The format of this panel will be interview style by Cybill's daughter, India-Rose Goldberg '21.
Cybill S. Goldberg LICSW, P21, P25, private practice clinician
Three Dana Hall alumnae from different decades will share their professional paths and discuss why and how they have pursued a career in architecture. Each panelist is in a different phase of her career and will share the challenges and rewards of being a female in a male-dominated field. Panelists also will discuss the unique design projects they are working on in three different cities, and provide tips and guidance for other women who are considering this line of study and work.
Eugenie Kwan ’06, project architect at the Cuningham Group
Susan Eschweiler ’74, vice president and principal of DES Architects + Engineers
Nina Schatz ’11, architectural designer at Goody Clancy
Join members of the BINA Farm Center and Dana Hall students for an informative and interactive session on equine assisted activities and therapies. BINA Farm Center brings together individuals with and without special needs by offering a variety of inclusive enrichment programs that help them to both thrive personally and make their best contribution towards the communities in which they live. In addition to a discussion, you’ll see horse therapy in action at the Karen Stives ’68 Equestrian Center.
Jenna Kaplan, associate director and a therapeutic riding instructor at the BINA Farm Center
Dale McCarthy, executive director at the BINA Farm Center
Passion and talent for writing can open doors and lead to diverse and exciting opportunities — both professional and personal. Hear from three Dana alumnae who have used their skills to find success in a range of writing fields, including freelance writing/editing and screenwriting, music journalism, and long-form fiction. They will share practical tips and advice, as well as insights about their process, what has inspired them, and the valuable lessons they have learned and continue to learn.
Christina Blake ’18, published author and first-year student atStony Brook University
Jana Friedman Brown ’90, freelance writer, editor, and screenwriter
Marissa Lorusso ’09, writer and editor at NPR Music
Julia Bucci, PhD, chair of the Dana Hall English Department
Hear from seasoned professionals, undergraduate and graduate students as they discuss what sparked their curiosity and interest in our environment and its resources. Want to know what it’s like to study glaciers in Antarctica? Learn about environmental policy and drinking water preservation? How interests in meteorology, environmental science and environmental paleontology converge? Then join us for this enlightening and informative session.
Allie Balter ’10, PhD student at Columbia University studying glaciers and climate change Kira Jacobs ’87, water quality scientist Samantha Richard, Environmental and Earth Science and Biology major and part-time weather observer and educator
Meghan Gayton, Dana Hall English teacher and Green Team advisor
Four entrepreneurial alumnae will share their career paths and discuss why and how they pursued a culinary arts career. Each of their journeys is quite unique with the common thread of a love of food and an entrepreneur spirit — each panelist has started her own company! Hear from a bread baker and traveling personal chef in Wisconsin, the founder of a full-service Maine catering company, a nutritionist and life coach who helps with the nutritional needs of individuals with health concerns, and a pastry chef and teacher who currently shares her love of cooking with children. Learn about some career paths in the world of food and cooking!
Lizz Branson Fabel ’74, bread baker and personal chef
Peggy Smith Liversidge ’78, founder, Kitchen Chicks Catering
There is no better time than now for women to pave their own paths to success. This entrepreneurship panel features four trailblazing Dana Hall alumnae, who will share their experiences breaking through personal and industry ceilings to succeed on their own terms. From nonprofit to design, our speakers will offer advice to students and women pursuing their own entrepreneurial dreams. Whether you are a budding businesswoman, or already run a successful venture, this discussion is sure to leave you inspired.
Alyson Glavin ’10, co-owner of Pure Design Works
Jennifer Matthews ’05, creative entrepreneur and marketing strategist
Deborah Saint-Clair ’04, co-founder/COO, 100 Ways of Giving
What is it like to work in show business? Behind the camera? In front of the camera? In theater? Coming from all corners of the entertainment industry, this group of alumnae covers many facets of theater, film and television production. Although four have the title of producer, they all have very different jobs, and there is one common theme: they all love what they do. The members of the panel, which also includes one actress, will discuss their jobs, how they got there, what it’s like to be a woman in the field, the importance of finding a mentor and the influence Dana Hall has had on their career paths. Time permitting, other topics will include: education and skills, the role of location, career ups and downs, television in the digital age. You will come away with a better understanding of why they don’t call it show art.
Susan Dangel ’69, television producer
Candy Kosow Gold ’74, theater producer
Annika Noelle ’05, actress
Diane Sabatini ’79, movie producer
Hannah Van Winkle ’99, television producer for The Today Show
Liz Fenstermaker, Dana Hall School Performing Arts Department Head
Individuals who work in the mental health industry have the opportunity to make a valuable and positive impact on others. From clinical research to one-on-one counseling to mind-body therapies and forensic evaluations, this panel will explore the many career tracks in the industry.
Alexis Altman ’11, licensed certified social worker
Jen Carey ’10, doctoral degree candidate in clinical psychology
Alison Farlow MacKinnon ’79, P19, licensed mental health counselor
Carlann “Lannie” Smith Welch PhD ’73, psychologist
A neuroscience-based process developed at Duke Integrative Medicine provides a roadmap for individuals to discover, articulate and achieve their goals for health and well-being. Based on the premise that lasting change is possible, this process works with the brain’s wiring rather than against it. Integrative Health Coaches guide clients through this process in the context of a supportive, client-centered partnership. Learn the techniques they use and gain insight into how you can achieve and sustain your ideal health.
Science and technology are advancing at a rapid pace, which leads to new and exciting discoveries made every day that greatly impact one’s health. These innovations not only have significant effects within the walls of a hospital, but they can also have more intangible effects, impacting health inequities and health policy. This panel will explore the career paths of women making these valuable advances.
Emily Cohen PhD ’02, completing her postdoctoral training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
Sienna Durbin ’11, third-year student at Harvard Medical School
Tikikil (Tiki) Firdu MD ’94 is an obstetric hospitalist at Capital Health Hospital
Sophia Geffen ’09, Masters of Public Health (MPH) student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
"Dana offers many great opportunities including a trip to South Africa every other year. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be visiting South Africa, let alone with some of my closest friends. The trip enabled us to interact with real South Africans as they experienced their real lives, an opportunity I could never have had as a tourist."