• Smith College is invited to the Washington National Opera (WNO) Alumni Night

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:30pm
Location: The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Cost: $59 and $79 tickets
Contact: Corrina Sowden ’07 (

Join the SCCW and other DC-area alums for this season’s riveting performance of Tosca, at the Kennedy Center! There is a pre-performance backstage tour and post-performance reception.

Use the link below and enter in our unique Smith discount code (33836) to purchase tickets online (you may also do so over the phone or in person at the box office):

Find more information on the WNO’s production of Tosca here:

Commencement Viewing Party and Brunch

Sunday, May 19 at 10:00am
Location: 518 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Contact: Corrina Sowden ’07 (

Please sign up to bring food/drink items using this spreadsheet

Join us for a potluck brunch to watch Smith’s Commencement ceremony at 10am, Sunday May 19. You can get to know your fellow Smith alums in DC at an alum’s house near Shaw/Howard Metro. Feel free to bring your favorite brunch item and add it to the Google doc (so we can try to have a variety).

Ai-jen Poo – an activist and social innovator whose groundbreaking leadership on domestic workers’ rights and family care advocacy earned her the MacArthur “genius” grant – will deliver the address at the Commencement ceremony. You can read more here:

See you there!

Book Talk with Rebecca Clarren ’97

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00pm
Location: Solid State Books, 600F H St NE Washington DC
Cost: Free
Contact: Corrina Sowden ’07 (

Called an “impressive debut,” by The Washington Post, and “important reading,” by MediumKICKDOWN is the story of two sisters and their effort to save their family’s ranch after the sudden death of their father. Full of vivid details that describe the strain, challenge and beauty of this moment in the contemporary American West, the daily round of ranch work is at the forefront of the book. Through their relationships with an Iraq war vet and others in their small town, they learn to trust themselves, each other and their land, finding strength through kindness. In the vein of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong, KICKDOWN tells a gritty tale about rural America.

Award-winning reporter and novelist Rebecca Clarren has been writing about the rural West for twenty years. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize, an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, and nine grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, has appeared in such publications as MotherJones, High Country News, The Nation, and Her debut novel, KICKDOWN (Sky Horse Press, 2018), was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She lives in Portland, OR, with her husband and two young sons.

Smith College Club of Washington Book Club Meeting

Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 2:00pm
Location: Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free
Contact: Corrina Sowden ’07 (

The club meets at the National Portrait Gallery the first Sunday of each month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The SCCW Book Club usergroup on Google is the primary means of communication regarding book club updates. If you are interested in joining the book club, please join the Google Group. It’s never too late to join!

Becoming by Michelle Obama (2018) 448 pages

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her-from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it-in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations-and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Know Your Strengths / Own Your Career

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:15 am to 3:30pm
Location: CASE Headquarters, 1307 New York Ave. NW (partially on “H” Street between 13th and 14th)
Cost: Free

Join us for a full day of professional development in DC! The Smith College Office of Alumnae Relations is offering two workshops for alumnae – you can attend one or both workshops.

Please register here by May 31:

9:15am-12pm – Know Your Strengths/Know Your Power

Coffee and light refreshments provided.

Are you curious why you make certain decisions? Do you wonder why some things are naturally easier for you? Would you like to be more productive in your daily work life? StrengthsFinder is an assessment tool to help you become aware of the natural ways you think, feel and behave. A strengthsfinder code to take the assessment before the event will be provided free of charge.

During this workshop you will:

  • Gain an increased self-awareness of your unique strengths
  • Find your natural talents & how to turn them into strengths
  • See how understanding your strengths will help you better connect to alumni and potential donors
  • Learn how your strengths can enhance your ability to achieve your personal & work life goals.

12pm – 3:30pm Own Your Career

Lunch provided.

Do you feel stuck in your career? Learn the three things you need to do now to get your career off the sidelines! Doing something new can feel like a daunting task. Perhaps your work no longer matches your values or interests.  Maybe you’re coming back to work after a break. Considering a move up to an executive-level position. Or are you looking to begin slowing down as you head towards retirement? Join us for a powerful, practical, and inspiring workshop designed to help you through the essential four things you need to do to Own Your Career.

During this workshop you will:

  • Own your accomplishments
  • Own your power
  • Own your needs
  • Get out of the box and look at your career from a new angle
  • Find inspiration and motivation to make a change

Presenter Colleen DelVecchio is currently the Director for Alumnae Engagement at Smith College, focusing on strategically engaging alumnae with the college through professional development, volunteerism, advancing women’s leadership and connecting with current Smith students. With over twenty years of experience in organizational change, strategic management, career counseling, training and staff development, Colleen has always used a strengths-based leadership model to guide her work. Her background includes extensive development of curricula for in-person and e-learning experiences around strategic thinking, mentoring, career choice, board development, volunteer management, public speaking, and developing innovative non-profit programming. Colleen has provided technical assistance to non-profits nationwide on organizational change and start-up program development. She has also taught public speaking at UMass Amherst and volunteer & board management at Bay Path University. Colleen is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and holds a BA in psychology from Boston University and a MA in nonprofit management from Bay Path University.

SCCW Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper

Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00pm
Location: In the home of Nancy Orvis ’76, address will be given to those who RSVP
Cost: Free
Contact: SCCW Office (

Please join us for the SCCW Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner Party on Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 5:00 – 8:00pm, at the home of Nancy Orvis ’76.

Please confirm your attendance, along with what food specialty (appetizers, entrees, fruit and green salads, sides, and desserts, with serving utensils) or beverage (wine or beer) you would like to contribute, to the SCCW Office ( or 202-836-7244). Also, when you respond, provide your name, class, and contact information. Kindly respond by Monday, June 3.

1919 to 2019: A Panel Discussion on American Voting Rights

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm
Location: TBD in Downtown Washington, DC
Cost: Free
Contact: Sarah Flores Shannon ‘17 (

This panel discussion with area experts will focus explicitly on the contributions of black women during the suffrage movement while also uplifting the current realities of voter suppression in communities of color. For more information please reach out to Sarah Flores Shannon ‘17 at

The White House Historical Association at Decatur House Reception and Talk

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 5:30pm Reception, 6:00 to 8:00pm Lecture
Reception Location: Decatur House, 748 Jackson Pl NW, Washington, DC 20006
Lecture Location: White House Historical Association, 740 Jackson Pl NW, Washington, DC 20006
Cost: Free, but RSVP is necessary! Limited to 30 people.
Contact: by June 10 to Corrina Sowden ’07 (

The White House Historical Association invites Smith College Club of Washington members to attend the June 25 lecture on the Suffrage Movement that is part of the 2019 Lecture Series, White House History with Ann Compton. Compton, an award-winning former ABC News White House correspondent, will lead engaging and informative conversations on the history of the Executive Mansion. The lecture will be hosted at the White House Historical Association’s Carriage House in Washington, D.C., and followed by a reception with light refreshments. There is also a special reception for Smith College Club of Washington members prior to the lecture at 5:30 PM.

This lecture will be hosted in conjunction with the Supreme Court Historical Society and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society as part of the National Heritage Lecture and will cover the history of women’s suffrage in the United States. From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 – allowing women the right to vote – the Executive Mansion played a major role as the fulcrum for first amendment activity. As we approach the centennial of the 19th Amendment, author of Suffragists in Washington, DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote, Rebecca Roberts, will look back at the pivotal years leading up to this significant moment in the history of gender equality.

The event is free. If you would like to make a donation to the White House Historical Associate, here is a link:

Upcoming Events


  • June 17 and June 20: Reception and talk by Tim Johnson, the head of The Botanic Garden of Smith College
  • July 7: Book Club The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • July 16: A Private Tour of the Old Korean Legation Museum

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