Uncommon Women Series: Entrepreneurs- Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Have you ever thought about starting your own business?

Maybe you thought your idea wouldn’t take off or you weren’t sure how to make a go of it?

Join us on Tuesday, November 15th for our next installment of the Uncommon Women Series. Come learn how two of our own Mount Holyoke entrepreneurs took their ideas and started their own small businesses in the Washington DC area.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:00 pm – Networking
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Program
Location: The Trust for the National Mall, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 370

Register here!

Celebrate Your Right to Vote!- MHCDC/Seven Sisters Election Night Viewing Party, Tues. Nov 8

right-to-voteNo matter what side of the aisle you’re on, a women’s right to vote is something we all support.

Join MHCDC and our other Six Sisters for a special Election Night Watch Party at Policy in DC, where we’ll be wearing white in honor of the suffragettes and watching the results roll in. Friends, family, co-workers, and genial strangers are welcome! We’ll also have a raffle for MHC alumnae, where you can win some fancy MHC swag.

British news network, ITV (affiliated with NBC), will also be onsite, broadcasting live throughout the evening. If your bucket list includes being on television, here’s your chance. UK-based MHC alumnae have been put on alert to watch ITV for election night results.

RSVP so we have a head count, and come join your fellow Sisters for this exciting, first-of-its-kind election.

Come celebrate with us!

22nd Ivy & 7 Sisters Tennis Tourney- Saturday, November 5, 2016

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 6:45pm

The Yale & Harvard Clubs of DC have invited interested tennis players to participate in a Winter Indoor Mixed Doubles Tennis Party on Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 from 6:45 to 11:45 p.m. at the Four Seasons Tennis Club in Merrifield, VA.

No partner is needed.  Advanced registration is $25 and admission at the door is $30.  Contact Kuni Matsuda (Harvard) at Stardust@smart.net for more information.

Creating Autumn Cocktails- Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday, October 27 at 7pm

Take a break and join your fellow MHC alumnae with your own cocktail creation!

Whether you prefer a classic Manhattan or something a little more unexpected, this class will be help you find the right cocktail for a chilly evening, autumn get-together or holiday celebrations.

Due to space constraints, the class will be limited to 12 alumnae. To cover the cost of food and drinks, the class fee is $5 per person. All attendees must be 21+.

Register here!


Roving M&Cs- Sunday, November 6, 2016

Please join the Mount Halso-cookiesolyoke Club of DC for its 2nd Roving M&Cs event on Sunday, November 6th from 3 – 5 p.m.

Zanethia Eubanks (’94) has graciously volunteered to host the event at her house at 18 Lloydminster Court, North Potomac, MD 20878.

November’s event theme will be Thanksgiving to celebrate our achievements and thank one another.

RSVP today and bring a snack or drink to share.
Corrected link: https://goo.gl/forms/H7SUiWm8YzfrqK2P2 

If you have any questions, please contact Maiko Nakagaki (maiko.nakagaki@gmail.com).

Roving M&C’s will be a potluck event taking place on the first Sunday of every month. Future M&C’s will feature a talk by an alumna on a subject of her choice. If you are interested in hosting or speaking, please email Maiko Nakagaki (maiko.nakagaki@gmail.com).


Alumna Spotlight: Rebecca Lenn ‘07

Rebecca Lynn '07

Rebecca Lenn graduated from Mt. Holyoke in 2007. The night before Laurel Parade she was determined to commit “Bread and Roses” to memory. Eight years later she is still struck by the harrowing verse, “Our lives shall not be sweetened, From birth until life closes, Hearts starve as well as bodies, Give us bread but give us roses”.

In the years since graduation, the Political Science and Chinese Studies double major has worked to minimize misinformation and sensationalism in American media. Rebecca is currently the Director of Outreach at Media Matters for America. The non-profit, progressive research and information center is dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in American news media.

She began her career as a political fellow at the Eleison Group, a consulting firm dedicated to helping political, non-profit business and government leaders better understand and build relationships with America’s faith communities. Here, she began to understand the role of media in shaping and distorting the debates that happen, both in the halls of Congress and in homes over the dinner table.  If left unchecked, misinformation can hinder potential solutions-focused conversations about issues such as poverty, climate-change, and gun violence. Rebecca was excited to join the Media Matters team in 2010 to work with community leaders and advocates to confront the spread of lies and extremism in print, broadcast and online media.

We asked Rebecca to tell us one Mt. Holyoke life lesson that she hadn’t thought she would use, but finds that she does.  She stated that she feels one’s profession and career path should always be guided by a strong sense of vocation. “Own what you’re passionate about and how you’re going to live out that sense of purpose before deciding what the next chapter of your current job or career looks like.  And be open to more than one option when exploring how you hope to bring about change in the world.”

When she’s not changing the world by empowering communities to combat media misinformation, Rebecca can be found enjoying the warm weather and a bourbon slush at Front Porch in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  “Memo to DC folks who refuse to head outside of the city:  you’re missing some gems in Virginia!” That said, when she needs an M&Cs treat, she can’t resist an OMG bar from Baked and Wired in the District.

Know an alum to spotlight!? Send us an email at communications@mtholyokedc.com.

2016 Cherry Blossoms to Laurels Sendoff Reception

MHC DC is excited to host our annual Cherry Blossoms to Laurels Sendoff Reception for new and returning Mount Holyoke students, their families, and area alums. RSVP today!

When: Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)

Where: Home of Kim Sienkiewicz ’88 and Julia Sienkiewicz ’20, 5116 Waukesha Road, Bethesda, MD 20816

This will be a great opportunity to meet new and returning Mount Holyoke students and connect with local Mount Holyoke alumnae.

Alumnae are asked to bring a small appetizer or dessert to share (enough for six people). Beverages will be provided. Please let us know how many guests you will bring and what dish you plan to share so that we don’t all show up with the same thing!

Questions? Contact Alumnae Admissions Rep: Ann Lyles MacPhail ’91 at annlyles@yahoo.com or (408) 410-6211.


Weekly Events Update – June 13, 2016

Two great events this week – plus the new slate of club officers and committee volunteers has been announced. Please plan to join us this week and at Annual Meeting to elect the club’s newest leaders!

Tuesday, June 14
MHC Lynk and Summer Intern Welcome Reception

Help us welcome this year’s DC summer interns at a networking reception. Wendy Swire ’85, author of Anytime Coaching and a professional executive coach, will make brief remarks during the reception.

This event is cosponsored by the Mount Holyoke Club of Greater Washington, DC, the Career Development Center, the Weissman Center for Leadership, the Office of Advancement, and the Alumnae Association. Special thanks to Sally Donner ’63 for her generous support of the MHC in DC program.

Register here.

Wednesday, June 15
Eighth Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game

Please join the Mount Holyoke DC club at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball game, between the women Members of Congress and the women of the DC press corps (aka the Bad News Babes). Proceeds from the game go to support the Young Survival Coalition, a foundation to assist young women diagnosed with breast cancer. No matter who you are supporting this election cycle, we can agree that the women who make Congress run and the women reporting it deserve our support! So let’s get out there and root for our women change makers!

Register here to purchase a ticket to sit with the MHC club

You can also go to the official website to purchase tickets for the after party at H street country club or to make a donation to the cause.

Tuesday, June 28
DC Club Annual Meeting and Networking Event

Join us for the 2016 DC Club Annual Meeting, where we will also elect the newest Club directors and committee members and of course have a chance to socialize and network. The slate of new club officers includes Radley Emes ’00, President; Lauren Ruffin ’03, Vice President; Alyssa Sheets ’15, Secretary; and Ann Croft ’15, Programs Committee Chair. The full slate can be found on the club website.

Register here.

Tuesday, July 12
Uncommon Women: Women in Public Service with Ruth Ernst ’84 and Zanethia Eubanks ‘94

The DC Club’s Uncommon Women series continues with a focus on women in public service.

Washington is in many ways a company town – and the company many Washingtonians work for is the US government.

Join us for a discussion of the public service careers of two fascinating alumnae: Ruth Ernst ’84, Senior Counsel in the U.S. Senate Office of the Legislative Counsel; and Zanethia Eubanks ’94 is Team Lead for Baseline Studies in the Office of Public Health Science in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service.

Register here.

Sunday, August 14
Cherry Blossoms to Laurels: New Student Send Off

The Mount Holyoke Club of Greater Washington is pleased to invite you to our Cherry Blossoms to Laurels Sendoff Tea for Mount Holyoke students, alumnae and families. This is a great opportunity to meet our new and returning Mount Holyoke students and connect with your local alumnae club.

Alumnae are asked to bring a small appetizer or dessert to share (enough for six people). Beverages will be provided. Appreciation to Kim Sienkiewicz ’88 and incoming first year Julia Sienkiewicz ’20, who are opening their home to the club for this event.

Register here.

Other Events of Interest

June Cooking classes at Bazaar Spices

Monica Grover ’99 has recently opened a new Bazaar Spices store in the Atlantic Plumbing Building, joining her original store in Union Market. Cooking classes are being offered at both locations throughout June.

Find more details here about how to sign up: http://www.meetup.com/Spicy-DC-Where-DC-Spice-and-Herb-Lovers-Connect/


Friday, June 24
Boomers to Busters Rooftop Summer Soiree
Happy hour with fellow alums. Details to come.

Other Announcements

Have a job or internship prospect that you want to share with Mount Holyoke students?
The Mount Holyoke Career Development Center is pleased to circulate announcements to current students. Send announcements to Lyonnet@mtholyoke.edu.

Have you paid your dues? Please do!
The DC Club strives to offer as many no or low cost events as possible so that all alumnae can participate — something made possible by club dues. If you have not yet done so, please pay your dues so that we can continue those efforts: http://mtholyokedc.com/dues/. Not sure if you’ve paid your dues, email club Treasurer Mary Augusta Thomas ’73 at treasurer@mtholyokedc.com.

Women’s Colleges Listserv
Young alumnae from the Seven Sisters and other women’s colleges have created a listserv for DC-based alumnae of women’s colleges. The hope is that the listserv will foster connectivity amongst regional alumnae (of any women’s college), and will expand the offering of information and resources made available to alumnae (including job announcements, housing leads, notable events, and the like). You can sign up for the group, Women’s Colleges Alumnae of Washington, DC, here: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/dcwcalumnae.

Feel free to share with anyone you know who attended a women’s college.

New MHC DC Board & Committee Slate

The Nominating Committee respectfully submits the following slate of candidates for election at the Annual Meeting to be held June 28, 2016.  Each candidate has been fully informed of the responsibility and rights of the position for which she has been nominated, and she has indicated consent to serve if elected.  Members may submit additional nominations as outlined in the bylaws.

President (Term to June 30, 2018)

Virginia “Radley” Emes ’00, Washington, DC.   Property Manager, Emes Investments.  J.D, Catholic University School of Law.   Association:  Alumnae Trustee Committee 2014 – present; Chair, Nominating Committee 2013 – 2016; Member, Nominating Committee 2010 – 2013; Young Alumnae Representative 2002-2005.  Class:  Reunion Chair 2000 – 2005; Vice President 2010 – 2015; Member, Nomination Committee 2009-2010; Class Agent 2000-2001, 2002-2003; Reunion Gift Caller 2001-2002.  DC Alumnae Region:  Chair, Nominating Committee 2010 -2013; Board of Directors 2007 – 2008.  Awards:  Young Alumnae Loyalty Award 2007.

Vice President (Term to June 30, 2017)

Lauren Ruffin ’03, Washington, D.C.  Director of Development and Institutional Advancement, National Center for Children and Families. J.D., Howard University School of Law. DC Alumnae Region: Chair, Membership Committee, 2015 – 2016; Programs Committee Member, 2014 – 2015. Class: Reunion Co-Chair, 2004-2008.

Secretary (Term to June 30, 2018)

Alyssa Sheets ’15, Washington, D.C.  Consultant, Booz Allen.

Membership Committee Chair [Still Pending] (Term to June 30, 2017)

Susan Diegelman ’95. Alexandria, VA.  Marketing Director, AT&T.    Class:  Advancement Volunteer

Member, Communications Committee (Term to June 30, 2018)

Jessica Lazar Bates ’01, Chevy Chase, MD.  M.L.S., Georgetown University.  Digital Media Producer, UN Foundation.   DC Alumnae Region: Board Member.

Member, Communications Committee (Term to June 30, 2018)

Sofia Durrani ’06, Alexandria, Virginia.  Graduate Student, GW University (public health sector).  Class:  Advancement Volunteer.  DC Alumnae Region:  Communications Committee Volunteer.

Member, Membership Committee (Term to June 30, 2018)

Julie Stull ’73, Kensington, MD.  Former Director of Alumnae Relations, Stone Ridge School; formerly worked in real estate and mortgage banking.  Class:  Reunion Committee.  Other long-term volunteer activities:  Stone Ridge School, President of Alumnae Board and National Organization liaison; Operation Smile, DC Chapter of Goodwill Industries, Kensington Park Library.

Member, Membership Committee (Term to June 30, 2018)

Zanethia Eubanks ’94, North Potomac, MD.  M.P.H., Lieutenant Commander, US Department of Health and Human Services. Mount Holyoke Club of Atlanta:   Program Chair (2004-2005).

Member, Nominations Committee (Term to June 30, 2018)

Esther Nasjleti ’92, VA.  M.S., Computer Science, George Washington University.  Computer Consultant.  Association:  Member, Nominations Committee (2015 – 2017); Advancement volunteer.  Class:  Advancement volunteer; member, Class Reunion Committee.  DC Alumnae Region:  Chair, Membership Committee, 2013 – 2015.

Member, Nominations Committee [still pending] (Term to June 30, 2018)

Julieta Macias ’86, Derwood, MD. M.S.W., New York University; Ph.D., Adelphi University. Life Coach.  Alumnae Association:  Alumnae Admissions Volunteer; (NYC), 1991- 1992, 1995-1997.

Member, Nominations Committee (Ex officio) (Term to June 30, 2018)

Erin Ennis ‘92, Washington, DC.  M. Int’l Affairs, The Catholic University of America. Sr. V.P., US-China Business Council.  Association:  Board of Directors; Classes and Reunions Committee Chair; 2010 – 2013, Member, 2006 – 2009; Reunion Task Force Chair 2010 – 2011; Volunteer Recognition Task Force 2010.  Class: Class Agent, 2011 – 2012; Class Cornerstone Chair 2011; President, 2002 – 2007; Nominating Committee Member 1997-2002; Class Reunion Chair 2012. DC Alumnae Region: President, 2014 – 2015

Chair, Program Committee (Term to June 30, 2018)

Ann M. Croft ’95, Alexandria, VA.  Social Worker, M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.  DC Alumnae Region:  Book Award Coordinator 2012 – 2014; Secretary 2014-2016.  Class:  Head Class Agent 2002 – 2004, 2000 – 2002, 1995 – 1999; Reunion Gift Chair 2004 – 2005, 1999 – 2000, 1996 – 1997; Class Agent, 2006 -; Reunion Dinner Chair 2009 – 2010.

Member, Program Committee (Term to June 30, 2018)

Maiko Nakagaki ’07, Washington, DC.  Program Officer, Center for International Private Enterprise/U.S. Chamber of Commerce. M.A., Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), International Relations & International Economics.  DC Alumnae Region: Member, (2007-Present).

Member, Program Committee (Term to June 30, 2018)

Julia Karron ’15, Washington, DC.  Legal Assistant, Reisman Karro Greene. Class: Commencement Committee Co-Chair, 2015.