Pushing Boundaries While Embracing Diversity and Our Values 
Friday March 31, 9-10:15 am, Campus Center Carroll Room

Cultural competence is necessary to recognize the multidimensional nature of culture and the complexity of the human experience.  Expand your understanding of the effect various cultural influences have on an individual’s worldview and gain an increased understanding of those we perceive as different, further building respect and rapport with others.   

Kamilah A. Jones, PhD ’15, LCSW is a Senior Social Worker at the US Veterans Administration in Atlanta.  Dr. Jones completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work at Clark Atlanta University.  Dr. Jones has also completed clinical training fellowships at Yale University and Emory University.  She has thoroughly enjoyed providing services to children, adolescents, college students, adults, families and groups.  One of her favorite quotes, “I’m not anxious to be the loudest voice, or the most popular. But I would like to think that, at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, and an effective hope of the hopeless.”

Tide and True – Principles of Success
Friday March 31, 11:45-1:15 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room

The most-asked question Paige receives after having completed two of the world’s most difficult and rare marathon swims is “How do you do that?”  In this motivational talk, learn about the mental tools and personal philosophy Paige uses that can apply to every aspect of your life, so you, too, can cross your own metaphorical oceans.

Paige Christie ’15 likes to “go big” in life. Whether that’s setting her sights on and completing the two greatest marathon swims in the world, devising a more ethical approach to end-of-life healthcare, being accepted to law school, or mentoring youth in underserved communities, Paige would rather choke on greatness than live in mediocrity. Paige was the 2015 Smith Athletics Woman of the Year, and Marly Pineda Award Recipient. Paige currently lives in Southern California and spends her time training the next generation of swimmers, working on effective campaigns with her swimming sponsors, philosophizing, and finding the nearest Dunkin Donuts.


Leaving Boundaries Behind
Friday March 31, 4:30-5:30 pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

Have you ever taken one reasonable step, then another reasonable step, and then found yourself beyond the boundaries of reason? Skiing 750-miles across Antarctica to the South Pole and rowing a boat alone 3,333-miles across an ocean are less about pushing boundaries and more about leaving boundaries behind. Leaving them behind requires endurance, resourcefulness, and a willingness to work hard at work that is worth doing.

Tori has served as President of Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. since July, 2010. Previous to her presidency, she served as Vice President for External Relations, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs and as Corporate General Counsel for several years. Tori earned her A.B. from Smith College where she served on the Board of Trustees. She earned a Masters in Divinity from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University. She was admitted to the practice of law in 1995 and is a lawyer in good standing with the Kentucky Bar Association.

Professionally, Tori has worked as Chaplain at Boston City Hospital, the executive director of a shelter for homeless women, as a public policy assistant for the Mayor of Louisville, and she worked for Muhammad Ali to assist with early efforts to create the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.

Tori is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first woman and first American to travel over land to the geographic South Pole, skiing 750 miles from the ice shelf to the pole. An avid mountaineer, Tori has climbed on several continents and she was the first woman to climb Lewis Nunatuck summit in Antarctica. She is a fully certified Emergency Medical Technician in both urban and wilderness areas. She is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) semester courses in Alaska and Kenya. She serves on the Board of Trustees for NOLS.

Tori is the recipient of multiple international honors. Thor Heyerdahl presented her with the Peter Byrd Trophy; Tori was the first woman to be honored with this award. In Paris she was recognized along with Lance Armstrong by L’Academies des Sport for significant sporting achievement. At the Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films, the French documentary “Beyond Limits – Tori Murden,” took the prize for the “Best Foreign Adventure Film,” and Dr. Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich awarded Tori with a Russian chalice for extraordinary achievements. Stories about Tori have appeared in more than ten books and thirty major magazines. Tori has appeared on national television shows including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN Domestic and International, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Exhale with Candice Bergen, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The Rosie O’Donnel Show, Inside Edition, The 34th Annual Victor Awards (Fox Sports Network), The Discovery Channel, “Storm Warnings,” “Beyond Limits – Tori Murden” French Television TF-1, The Travel Channel “World’s Most Dangerous Sporting Events,” and National Geographic, “Base Camp.”

When You Can’t Get in the Door, Climb Through the Window
Saturday, April 1, 12:15-1:30 pm, Campus Center Carroll Room

Sara will share her journey in television, from an entry level production job to an on-air correspondent and daily talk show co-host.  Hear how she learned – and navigated – the entertainment business while staying true to herself and keeping her eye and heart on what matters most.


Sara Haines joins ABC’s Emmy® Award-winning daytime talk show, “The View,” as a co-host beginning in Season 20. Haines is also a correspondent for ABC News and pop news anchor for the weekend editions of “Good Morning America.”

Prior to joining ABC News in 2013, Haines was part of the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today Show,” alongside Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, a position she held from 2009-2013.

In 2008, she began online reporting as host of’s entertainment video blog, “Backstage Pass,” interviewing countless celebrity entertainers, actors and musicians for the blog.

Haines joined “Today” in 2002 as a production coordinator. Prior to joining NBC News, she was a member of NBC’s Page Program.

Haines graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in government. She is a native of Newton, Iowa. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, Max, son Alec and dog Trixie.