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
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.