Smith College Medalists

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2022 Medalist

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S. Mona Ghosh Sinha ’88, Advocate for gender equality

Mona Ghosh Sinha is a champion for gender equality in business, politics and society. Originally from Kolkata, India, she has parlayed a career in the corporate world to leverage business tools and build sustainable social justice organizations that uplift women’s leadership. Founder of the Feminist Circle Fund and the Asian Women’s Leadership University, Sinha is the board chair of Women Moving Millions and of the ERA Coalition Fund for Women’s Equality. She is an executive producer of “Disclosure,” a documentary film on trans rights. With a focus on strategic planning and governance, she serves on the founding boards of the Smithsonian Women’s American History Museum and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, and is on the advisory boards of Apne Aap International, the Museum of Natural History, Columbia Business School Tamer Center and the Columbia School of Public Health Global Mental Health initiative. A trustee emerita of Smith, she was vice chair of the board of trustees and co-led the $486-million Women for the World campaign. Sinha has been widely honored for her vision and leadership: among others, Columbia Business School—her graduate school alma mater—has recognized her with the Horton Award for Excellence in Social Enterprise.

2021 Medalist

Smith Medalist Mitsuro Claire Chino ’88

Mitsuru Claire Chino ’88, President and CEO of ITOCHU International Inc. and managing executive officer of ITOCHU Corporation

The youngest and first female executive officer of any major Japanese trading company, Mitsuru Claire Chino leads ITOCHU International Inc., the North American flagship of ITOCHU Corporation, a leading trading company. Chino joined the Fortune Global 500 company in 2000 and has been a champion for women’s causes there; among her achievements, she helped to start a corporate diversity program within ITOCHU in 2004. Prior to joining ITOCHU, she was a partner at an international law firm. Chino has been widely honored for her work: the World Economic Forum named her a Young Global Leader, Yale University named her a Yale World Fellow, and she has received awards from Asia Society and the U.S. Japan Leadership Program. In 2018, she received the eighth annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award from the California Lawyers Association. She earned her J. D. degree at Cornell Law School, where she serves on the advisory board.

2020 Medalist

Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows ’88, Bishop, the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows made history in 2017 with her election as the first black female diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. A national leader on issues related to diversity, women’s leadership, gun violence and immigration, Baskerville-Burrows is a bridge builder who brings people together across the divides of race, class, religion, political ideology, nationality, sexual orientation and identity. She has worked in cities and communities across the country, and is now the spiritual leader of nearly 9,000 Episcopalians in central and southern Indiana.

2019 Medalist

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Lydia Tenaglia-Collins ’88, television and film producer

In 2003, Tenaglia-Collins co-founded Zero Point Zero Production with producing partner Chris Collins. Together they created and executive produced the Peabody and Emmy award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown for CNN. They have since grown ZPZ to a 150+-person company producing hundreds of episodes of television across numerous series, including the Emmy Award-winning Mind of A Chef, Emmy-nominated The Hunt with John Walsh, and the award-winning Meateater with Steven Rinella. Along with Chris Collins, Tenaglia-Collins oversees all creative development for ZPZ; she has executive produced content for Netflix, CNN, Discovery Networks and PBS and for brands such as MasterCard, Breville, Sonos and Yeti. In 2016, Tenaglia-Collins directed the feature documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up for theatrical distribution by The Orchard. In 2017, Tenaglia-Collins produced the feature documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, which also premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up for theatrical distribution by NEON Super LTD. Tenaglia-Collins was nominated and elected in 2017 to serve as VP of Television for the Producers Guild of America.

2018 Medalist

Rebecca Rabinow ’88, Curator

One of the nation’s leading museum curators—and one of the few women to lead a major art institution—Rebecca Rabinow last year was named director of the Menil Collection in Houston after serving for many years as a member of the curatorial staff at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, most recently as curator in charge of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art. In her 17 years at the Met, Rabinow helped organize more than 20 special exhibitions, including “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde” (2011-12), which received the Dedalus Foundation’s inaugural Exhibition Catalogue Award and the Frick Center for the History of Collecting’s Biennial Prize; “Matisse: In Search of True Painting” (2012–13); and “Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection”(2014–15), which earned the Association of Art Museum Curators’ First Place Award for Excellence for its catalog, as well as the New York State Historical Association’s Henry Allen Moe Prize. A graduate of Smith and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, Rabinow chaired the Metropolitan Museum’s Forum of Curators, Conservators and Scientists in 2014–15.