Exceptional Foundation. Remarkable Life.


At Bryn Mawr, our goal is to help women succeed by empowering them. We are dedicated to providing girls and young women with the opportunities they deserve. Our students question, lead, achieve and succeed, and they are passionate about lifelong learning. They live deliberate, considered and consequential lives, with the resourcefulness and self-awareness to make choices for themselves. They know where they want to go and how to create the lives they want to live. They are dynamic, joyful, energetic, powerful and smart women who care for the world.
 
We make a promise to each of our students: Bryn Mawr will give you an exceptional foundation upon which to build a remarkable life. But what exactly does a remarkable life look like? There are many different answers. Check out the alumnae profiles below to see some of the many ways in which our alumnae go on to impact their communities, and our world.

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  • Abby Smith '88, Education Policy

    After graduating from Yale University, Abby Smith '88 moved to North Carolina to work as a first grade teacher in the Teach for America program. The experience had a profound impact on her, cementing her interest in public education and setting her on a path that would eventually lead to her appointment as Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, D.C. Here, Smith discusses her work and how Bryn Mawr shaped her view on the kind of education that every child deserves.
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  • Tia Butler '94, Human Resources

    After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in anthropology, Tia Butler ‘94 worked in public relations before returning to school to complete a master’s degree in Human & Organizational Learning at The George Washington University. After graduating, she joined the Department of the Navy. As the Director of the Executive Management Program Office in the Office of Civilian Human Resources, Butler oversees staffing for the nearly 400 executives across the Department of the Navy. She has served on the Alumnae Board at Bryn Mawr and is the chair of her 20th reunion committee.
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  • Frances Ayers '04, Fashion Design

    As a senior at Bryn Mawr, Francis Ayers ’04 found a way to incorporate her love for fashion into her studies by completing an Edith Hamilton project entitled, “A History of Handbags: The Power of the Purse.” After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Ayers enrolled in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. During her junior year, she earned an internship at Ralph Lauren in New York. The internship was so successful that Ayers was offered a full-time job after she graduated, and she is still with the company.
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  • Catherine Bittar ’09, Education Reform

    Catherine Bittar ‘09 knew when she started her college search process that she wanted an academically rigorous school where she could continue her dance career. As a student at Duke University, Bittar found her niche as a public policy major with a focus in education reform. After graduating, Bittar worked first with CEOs for Cities before moving to the KIPP Foundation. Outside of work she puts her dance training to good use as a volunteer “Dancing Star” for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Ball.
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  • Stephanie Rotolo '09, Global Health

    As a student at the Duke University Global Health Institute, Stephanie Rotolo ’09 traveled with a professor and a handful of other students to the west African country of Togo to do fieldwork. “I quickly realized that two months was not enough time to really understand the rich culture and to get deep into a research project,” Rotolo says. Her answer: apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to spend nine months in Togo studying the use of biomedical and traditional healing practices. Here, she reflects on her work and how her Bryn Mawr education helped her get to this far-flung destination.
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"Bryn Mawr taught me the importance of being independent and having my own voice, as well as what it means to be a leader. It was also at Bryn Mawr where I developed my curiosity for the world around me. I was always encouraged to ask questions and reach for new experiences."

- Stephanie Rotolo '09

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  • Derrica McCullers '99, Marketing

    Derrica McCullers ’99 attended Fordham University, where she majored in communications and journalism with the dream of becoming a writer. After graduation, she got a job at TIME Inc., in the Business Department of “Sports Illustrated for Kids.” There, she had the opportunity to work with the marketing department. She soon realized that marketing would allow her to write and be creative, but from a different side of the business. Today, she is the marketing director for Salon Media Group, based in New York City.
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  • Kirsten Prettyman Adams '91, Independent Education

    Kirsten Prettyman Adams ’91 earned a degree in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College; while there, she was also named a Presidential Scholar. Adams went on Yale University to earn a master’s degree in Environmental Studies. Inspired by her Bryn Mawr experience, Adams became a teacher, then moved into administration. She served as the Head of Upper School at both the Hockaday School in Texas and McDonogh School in Maryland before becoming Head of School at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Virginia.
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  • Megan Burker '02, College Athletics

    After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Megan Burker ’02 went on to Stanford University. She quickly made a name for herself on the lacrosse team, including becoming the first player in the team’s history to be named an IWLCA National All-American. She led the Cardinals to three conference championships, started every game of her career, and was named the team MVP in 2005 and 2006. Burker captained the U.S. National Teams Developmental Squad from 2006 to 2008, then became the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Virginia Tech. She was named head coach in 2011.
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  • Miranda Hall '07, Playwright

    After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Miranda Hall ’07 attended Georgetown University, where she was the recipient of the 2009 McTigh Prize, awarded each year to an outstanding undergraduate who has demonstrated superior achievement in scholarship and service to Georgetown and the community. A lifelong performer and artist, Hall interned at Center Stage in Baltimore before being accepted to the prestigious playwriting program at the Yale School of Drama – one of only three applicants, out of hundreds, to be admitted. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in playwriting.
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  • Rebecca Thomas '06, Outdoor Education

    Rebecca Thomas '06 attended Colorado College after graduating from Bryn Mawr. Since she graduated, she has traveled around the world, leading service trips as well as a safari in Africa, including a bid to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Read Rebecca's reflection on why she loves what she does, and how Bryn Mawr helped her get started.
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"I always appreciated the diversity of our class, and the respect that existed for one another. It’s something I emphasize on my team, and that I consider one of the pieces of my Bryn Mawr experience for which I am most thankful."
- Megan Burker '02

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  • Jordy Kirr '07, High School Athletics

    Jordy Kirr ’07 attended Georgetown University, where she majored in English and played lacrosse. As a freshman, Kirr started all but one game, earned All-American honors from WomensLax.com, was selected to the IWLCA All-Rookie squad and won the Sheehan Stanwick Rookie of the Award, among other honors. After graduating, Kirr went on to Marquette University, where she worked as an assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse team and earned a master’s degree in Sports Leadership Management. Kirr returned to Bryn Mawr in August 2015 to serve as assistant athletic director and head lacrosse coach.
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  • Meagan Perry Occhialini '00, Financial Services

    After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Meagan Perry Occhialini ’00 attended Gettysburg College, where she majored in political science and also played field hockey. She joined the financial services industry, working first with John Hancock Life Insurance before moving to Sun Life Financial in Boston. She has stayed connected to Bryn Mawr, most recently serving on the Reunion Committee for the Class of 2000.
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  • Molly Ness '95, Higher Education

    After graduating from Johns Hopkins, Molly Ness '95 worked with Teach For America in East Oakland, California and learned firsthand about the difficulties facing many public schools and their students. This experience inspired Ness to resume her own education, earning a PhD in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. Today, Ness is an associate professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on reading comprehension instruction, the instructional decisions and beliefs of teachers and how struggling readers are approached in the classroom.
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  • Nancy L. R. Bucher '31, Medicine

    When Dr. Nancy L. R. Bucher ’31 began her schooling at Bryn Mawr, she faced a unique problem: as an only child, she often did not catch common childhood diseases. So, when other children at school became ill, she was kept home. “I loved school, and I loved to go to school,” she says. “I hated being kept home. I would have rather gotten sick!”
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  • Richelle Parham '86, Marketing

    Richelle Parham ’86 has always been a trailblazer. At Bryn Mawr, she incorporated her love of fashion into a unique Senior Convocation, complete with a runway and models showing off the work of a local designer. As an undergraduate student at Drexel University, she was the first to graduate with dual degrees in Marketing, from the business school, and Design and Merchandising, from the school of design.
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"Bryn Mawr taught us to be risk takers, and to try new things. The education helps you to tap into your imagination and realize that anything is possible. I think that opportunity is a precursor to being a visionary or an innovator.”
- Richelle Parham '86

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  • Amna Hashmi '12, Politics

    Over the course of her 10 years at Bryn Mawr, Amna Hashmi ’12 learned many things. But one of the most important lessons Bryn Mawr taught her, she says, “is that there is value in my perspective, and that I have a responsibility to serve my community.”
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  • Judy Sullivan Palfrey '63, Medicine

    Judy Palfrey ’63 doesn’t shy away from challenges—she tackles them head-on. She attended Bryn Mawr in the early sixties, during the burgeoning Civil Rights movement, before the school allowed African American students to enroll. “I was very distressed about the fact that the school was not integrated,” she recalls.
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  • Heather Hay Murren '84, Financial Services & Cancer Research

    At Bryn Mawr, Heather Murren ’84 cultivated a strong sense of self and a driving curiosity about the world around her. According to Murren, what made Bryn Mawr special was that it afforded students “the ability to explore many areas of interest intellectually and academically.”
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  • Jessica Berg '90, Non-Profit Management

    Jessica Berg ’90 knew at an early age that mediocrity was not an option for her at Bryn Mawr. “It was the norm to do well, so that became my norm,” she says. “I wanted to do my best. It was a way of life — it was not optional.”
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  • Nina Sheth '06, Humanitarian Aid

    As a freshman at Bryn Mawr, Nina Sheth ’06 faced her first formal research paper. Some of her classmates were daunted by the assignment, but Sheth remembers being excited. “That was the first time that I’d ever been able to pick my own topic to research in depth. I wrote about Islam in the seventh century, a topic I continued to explore in college as well.”
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“Bryn Mawr taught me that there is value in my perspective, and that I have a responsibility to serve my community.”
- Amna Hashmi '12

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  • Corinne Funk Hammons '93, Non-Profit Administration

    Corinne Funk Hammons ’93 first found her passion for public service as a student at Bryn Mawr. After graduation, she attended Harvard University, then went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. In May 2015, she was appointed the CEO of Little Flower Children and Family Services, a non-profit that serves children, families and developmentally disabled adults across New York City and Long Island. Now, Hammons oversees more than 600 employees who provide services to nearly 2,000 people each year.
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  • Grace Beehler '39, Financial Services

    When Grace Beehler ’39 first met T. Rowe Price in person, she remembers him as being “very serious. He wasn’t interested in chit-chatting about social affairs,” she recalls. “He just wanted to hire good workers.”
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  • Katherine Martien Sullivan '74, Medicine

    Dr. Kathy Martien Sullivan’s career as a neurodevelopmental pediatrician took root in a laboratory in the basement of the Garrett Building. She was in sixth grade and her class was studying the cardiovascular system. “It was probably the first time I realized that the human body was just incredible,” she says. “It started me thinking about becoming a doctor.”
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  • Keirston Woods '96, Real Estate Law

    Keirston Woods ’96 had a strong interest in politics and community organizing, an interest she put into action through her volunteer work with the NAACP Youth Council.
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  • Marni Sommer '90, Public Health

    Marni Sommer ’90 has always been tremendously grateful for the opportunities afforded her during her years as a Bryn Mawr student. In fact, it was this appreciation, and the desire to ensure that more girls all over the world have access to the same empowerment through education, that inspired her most recent project: a book addressing puberty and menstruation for girls in impoverished countries in Africa and Asia.
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“Connecting with Bryn Mawr is important because my experience here was a really good one. I want to make sure that I am giving back – or paying it forward – and that the experience here is evolving into the best experience it possibly can be for the students who are here now.”
- Keirston Woods '96

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  • Andie Woloszyn Kully '95, Fashion Design

    As someone who spent 13 years at Bryn Mawr, Andie Woloszyn Kully ’95 has an overwhelming wealth of memories from her student years. But a few stick out, including one of Phyllis DeSmit, her Lower School physical education teacher. “When we ran around the field she would say, ‘Girls, don’t cut the corners. If you cut corners on the field, you’ll cut corners in life,’” Kully recalls. “That’s something that I’ve always remembered and have taken to heart.”
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  • Jenn Brookland '01, Writing & Editing

    Shortly after joining Creative Associates International, an international development firm, as a senior writer and editor, Jennifer Brookland ’01 traveled to a school in Tajikistan to document the organization’s work there. One moment, in particular, brought home how different her upbringing was from what children in Tajikistan experience. “I went to the bathroom, and it was just a slat of wood with five holes in it,” Brookland remembers. “I thought, wow – can you imagine being at Bryn Mawr and going to the bathroom with four of your friends?”
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  • Kishia Powell '92, Engineering

    During her years as a Bryn Mawr student, art was always an interest for Kishia Powell ’92. At one point, she thought she would try a career in interior design. But, says Powell with a laugh, “My mom wouldn’t allow me to choose that as a career path because she said I was already good at changing my room around.”
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  • Polly Donaldson '75, Government

    As the executive director of the Transitional Housing Corporation (THC) in Washington, D.C. for ten years, Polly Donaldson ’75 has seen the toll that it takes on a family to have to move into a homeless shelter. “You only go into a homeless shelter if you have absolutely no other place to go,” says Donaldson. But she has also experienced the joy that comes with helping a family begin their journey out of hardship. “It wasn’t like we were transforming them by waving a magic wand,” she remarks. “It was about giving people the foundation from which they were going to be able to change their lives.”
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  • Teresa Surichamorn '97, Business Analytics

    During her 12 years at Bryn Mawr, Teresa Surichamorn always loved math, so it’s no surprise that she is still crunching numbers today. Beginning at global agency Analytic Partners, and now at the Clorox Corporation, Surichamorn has worked with well-known clients (from Citibank to Hidden Valley Ranch), helping them to reach consumers. Her quantitative analysis assists brand and marketing teams in determining effective promotional strategies.
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“I learned in the classroom, I learned on the playing field, and I just treasured those days. Bryn Mawr gave me confidence to be myself, and also gave me the skills early on to do all the things I do now.”
- Polly Donaldson '75

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  • Hilary Harp Falk '97, Conservation

    Hilary Harp Falk ’97 began her career in environmental advocacy at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, before becoming a senior policy analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, focusing on large-scale ecosystem restoration. Subsequently, she created and directed the Choose Clean Water Coalition, a 230-member advocacy organization focused on protecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Falk is now regional executive director for the Mid-Atlantic with the National Wildlife Federation, where she leads program work in wildlife conservation, coastal resiliency, water policy, greenhouse gas reduction and education.
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  • Jane Strachan '91, Emergency Relief

    When Jane Strachan ’91 graduated from college in 1995, she wasn’t completely sure about her career direction. What she did know was that she wanted to help people.
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  • Maddie Brightman '13, Sports Journalism

    From a very young age, Maddie Brightman ’13 was certain about the career she wanted when she grew up. “I went to my first sports broadcasting camp when I was 10,” Brightman says. “I knew for a really long time that was what I wanted to do.”
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  • Melanie Lyons Whelan '95, Corporate Management

    Melanie Lyons Whelan ’95 is a woman on a mission.

    When Whelan first stepped into her current role as the CEO of Soul Cycle, the New York cycling chain with a devoted following, in the summer of 2015, the company was on the cusp of embarking on the daunting process of filing its IPO.
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Located in Baltimore, Maryland, The Bryn Mawr School is a private all-girls kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school with a coed preschool for ages 2 months through 5 years. Bryn Mawr provides students with exceptional educational opportunities on a beautiful 26-acre campus within the city limits. Inquisitive girls, excellent teaching, strong student-teacher relationships and a clear mission sustain our vibrant school community where girls always come first.