Newsletter: Issue, Spring 2017

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Letter from the President

Dear ANHW Members,

Happy New Year! We are excited to welcome a large influx of new members who joined us during Women's Weekend back in November (see article below). It was wonderful to meet new and old friends at this event. 
On March 8 (International Women's Day) ANHW is partnering with the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program and the Harvard College Women’s Center to sponsor a talk by Dr. Teresa Chahine, Social Entrepreneurship Program Leader at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Chahine’s topic is “Building Social Ventures: 12 Steps Towards Creating Sustainable Change.” The talk, free of charge, is open to all alumnae/alumni, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as the interested public, on Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 p.m., Fong Auditorium in Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard.
Dr. Chahine states that her “two passions are sustainable development and social entrepreneurship,” conducted under corporate, non-profit, or government auspices. We hope that you can join us for this exciting event! (Click here for more details.) 

For those unable to join, we are concentrating on forming ANHW chapter and discussion groups in cities outside Boston, NYC, and DC. If you are interested in being involved in establishing such a group in your area, please contact Joan Schwartz at
In the meantime, we thank all of you for your membership and encourage you to support one another in the months ahead. 
Jessica Pesce 

Harvard Women's Weekend

The long anticipated first Harvard Women’s Weekend hosted November 4-6 was a smashing success! With an advisory group representing a wide variety of Shared Interest Groups, the weekend offered a good mix of events geared to addressing women’s concerns within the university and the world beyond, and thereby creating a stronger community of Harvard Women.

Now our goal is to reach out to the alumnae body to build on the energy initiated and to make our voice and commitment stronger. If you were unable to join us for Women's Weekend, you can access content from the weekend here, including comments from the advisory group members, videos of panel discussions, opening remarks, and more.

We are delighted ANHW had a primary role in bringing this weekend to fruition and we hope you will connect with your classmates and colleagues to expand ANHW and to continue the conversations. Please email us your suggestions for future events and activities for pursuing this goal.

Part of the ANHW Steering Committee, from left: Joan Baer, Betsy Hatfield, Acey Welch, Lisa Goldman, Gaby Schlesinger, Jessica Pesce, Vasu Ganju

NY Chapter Updates

The ANHW NYC chapter has reached 275 members in the New York City area, and counting! Many members were able to connect with one another during an informal “happy hour” event at Union Fare in Manhattan in early October. We are continuing to seek volunteers for our steering committee to help with event planning and communications, and we have an exciting line-up of activities in the works for 2017, including a seminar to focus on personal finance, a beauty event, and other opportunities for education, networking, and professional development.

To join the NY Chapter, email

DC Chapter Updates

The DC Chapter has worked on connecting with our membership (now at 235) through a series of five social networking events held at local bars/restaurants and a summer picnic. We also volunteered with N St. Village, a local charity that feeds day center women, and co-hosted a tour of the Seward-Belmont House and Museum, now the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, with the Harvard Education SIG. 

To join the DC Chapter, email

Toronto Chapter
If you are living in Toronto, Canada or will be in the Toronto area over the coming year, please contact Talia Varley who will be starting a local chapter and will reach out with upcoming event information. Connect with Talia via email at

Save the Date!

Celebrate International Women's Day with ANHW!

Join us for a lecture with Dr. Teresa Chahine on social entrepreneurship on March 8, 5:30PM at Fong Auditorium, Harvard University

Click here for more details.

Contact us if you would like to get involved. We are looking for excited members to help establish new chapters, organize discussion groups or social events, and more!

Support ANHW today!

Because ANHW does not collect dues, we welcome tax-deductible gifts to help cover operating expenses and to provide assistance in projects and events.  Your support will allow us to expand our programming.

Donate online, or mail checks made out to "Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women, Inc." to:
91 George St.
Arlington, MA 02476