Alumnae Day 2020

Virtual Alumnae Day - October 24, 2020

Reconnect • Reflect • Redefine the Path Forward

The last several months have been challenging and uncertain times. As individuals, and as an institution, we have had to pivot, embrace change, redefine 'normal', and navigate unchartered territory, all things Winsor has a long history of doing since its founding over a century ago. The work has not always been easy, nor is the road ahead, but as a community, we continue to come together to support one another, and to reflect on where we have been, what we have learned, and what we can do to drive positive change.

Join us for our first Virtual Alumnae Day, and be a part of the conversation, and the path forward. View the schedule below, and we hope to see you all online on Saturday, October 24, 2020!

Revisit Alumnae Weekend 2018

Virtual Alumnae Day Schedule - October 24, 2020

Welcome and Remarks
Beth Peterson ’80, P ’11, Director, Alumnae Engagement
Audrey McAdams Fenton ’93, P ‘26, President, Winsor Alumnae Association
9:30-10:30am Back to Class: Experience Distance Learning with Winsor Faculty. Alumnae will choose to log in to join one class:
Books as Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors.

Lisa Stringfellow
, Lower School English Faculty (Class I and II), Class I Co-coordinator, and Educational Technology Educator.

Join in an exploration of Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s metaphor of children’s books as “windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors” and learn how this analogy is foundational to our literature study in English I & II. Just like Class II students, we’ll look at recent statistics regarding diversity in children’s publishing and discuss how the numbers impact their ability to find books that may mirror their own identities and experiences or allow them to peer through windows into the worlds of characters different than themselves. We’ll discuss excerpts of recently published books that our students love and share ideas about how adults can support the reading lives of children. 
A Wordsworth and Tennyson Sampler: Poetry for the Romantics and the Victorians

Jennifer Slingerland Skeele ’71, P ’98, ’02
, English Faculty
Fly Me to The Moon: A Morning of Intriguing Space Adventure.

Lisa Reynolds, Mathematics and Science Faculty
10:45–12:00pm The Path Forward: Building an Anti-Racist Community. A panel discussion of shared experiences and the path forward moderated by Kendall LaSane ‘05.
1:00–1:30pm Sarah Pelmas, Head of School. Remarks and awarding of the Julia Lyman Simonds ’17 Award
1:45-3:00 p.m The Future (of Wealth) is Female: Seizing Control of Your Financial Well-being. Join fellow alumnae to discuss how women have become economic powerhouses, controlling more wealth than ever before in the U.S., and how and why we must invest in ourselves, our families and our communities. 
  • Jenni Leisman Dessert '95 - Leisman Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Ashley Marlenga Herbst '01 - Director, J.P. Morgan Private Wealth Management
  • Adrienne Penta Lissner '96 - Managing Director and Executive Director of the Brown Brothers Harriman Center for Women & Wealth
  • Jillian McGrath '02 - Financial Advisor, AB Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Class Reunion Speakers
  • 25th Reunion Speaker Melanie Kahn ’95
  • 50th Reunion Speaker Lea Donovan Watson ‘70
3:30–4:00pm Celebration of Life with Kate Baker-Carr ‘80 and Sarah Pelmas, followed by Closing Remarks.
Evening Sip and Dish!
Class gatherings by Zoom. Zoom links will be distributed by each Reunion Committee. 
We hope to see you online on Saturday, October 24!  Click on the RSVP link at the top of the page to let us know if you plan to attend some or all of the sessions.  

Questions? Contact Beth Peterson, Director of Alumnae Engagement, at