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Advertising Exec to Be Smith Commencement Speaker

Advertising guru Rochelle “Shelly” Lazarus ’68 will address the graduating class of 2005 for Smith College’s 127th commencement ceremony on May 15.
Lazarus, who has appeared in Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of the 50 most powerful women in American business every year since 1998, is the chair and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. She joined Ogilvy in 1971 in account service and worked in every product category. She was appointed to her present position with the firm in 1997.

A psychology major at Smith, Lazarus later earned her master’s in marketing from Columbia Business School -- one of only four women in her class of 300. She recently received Columbia’s Distinguished Leader in Business award -- the first woman to be given that honor.

In addition to excelling in business, Lazarus is an active member of many boards, including the World Wildlife Fund, General Electric and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She retired from the Smith College Board of Trustees in 2003, after having served as chair for five years.

Four other accomplished women will also be receiving honorary degrees: Hari Brissimi ’48, leader in global refugee work; Julie Foudy, Olympic gold-medalist in soccer; Gwen Ifill, veteran print and broadcast journalist; and Mary A. Simmonds ’71, physician and prominent breast cancer specialist. See www.smith.edu/commencement for more information.

 
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