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The Conway Center offers a slate of programs and activities focused on creative thinking, problem solving and interdisciplinary teamwork, as well as the development of personal finance and business leadership skills.

Conway Center and Integrative Learning Calendar

Interactive Workshops

Innovative Strategies Workshops

Sept. 28; Oct. 14; Nov. 2
5:30 - 6:30p.m | Nielson Library 103

Unlock your creativity while building your problem-solving skills. This hands-on series will help you learn to recognize opportunities presented by the problems around you, how to rapidly generate and test possible solutions, and assess the value your solution may have to others. *Space is limited; dinner provided.


FinLit Fridays

Sept. 24; Oct. 15; Nov. 12; Dec. 3
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. | Neilson Library 103

10/15 Topic: Material Safety and Navigating Financial Anxiety
Oftentimes we are thrown into "adulting." This can cause fear and anxiety. During this workshop we will discuss strategies for managing financial anxiety by discussing topics like banking, credit, and borrowing (debt). This is all to help us better understand what material safety looks and feels like and how you can secure it for yourself. *Space is limited to 32 (lunch provided; RSVP on the SSN required.

Special Events


#DC2022 Mixer

Oct. 20, 2021
5:30 - 6:30p.m | Neilson Library 103

Interested in creating a start up? Have a venture idea you want to develop? Join us on October 20th at 5:30 p.m. in the Conway Center to learn more about the draper Competition, enjoy snacks, and a chance to win the raffle!

*Food will be provided, space is limited.

Annual Elizabeth Miller Lecture Series

Established through the thoughtful generosity of Elizabeth Miller ’81, this lecture series brings emerging leaders from the nonprofit and business sectors to campus to inspire and educate current Smith students. Invited speakers are leaders who can articulate why and how taking an income risk is important as they strive to create change.

Fall 2021 Lecture: Risk Taking and its Rewards:  From Wall Street to the Coffee Farm

Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. (Registration Required)
Margaret Nyamumbo ’11 will talk about her journey from Kenya to Smith and leaving a lucrative career in investment banking to start a coffee company with a mission of empowering women producers. She grew up on her grandfather’s coffee farm in Kenya before attending Smith and went on to obtain her MBA from Harvard. Kahawa 1893 is the first black & woman-owned coffee brand to be distributed by Trader Joe’s and any major retailer.


2021: Seed, Weed, Bloom: Cultivating a Wild and Precious Life
Simran Sethi ’92, an independent writer and scholar and 2009 recipient of the Smith College Medal, will talk about her commitment to unearthing difficult stories while nurturing a taproot of joy and possibility.

2019: From the Graveyard Shift at Alamo-Rent-A-Car to the White House
Anne Lewis ’82 served as a special assistant to President Clinton on the National Economic Council and was twice confirmed as an assistant secretary of labor. In 2007, she founded Anne Lewis Strategies LLC which she has grown into the premier digital marketing agency for progressive nonprofits and Democractic presidential candidates. The company was acquired by Infogroup LLC in 2017; Anne continues to serve as its president.

2018: Moxie, Fear, Fun and Face-Plants in a Life of Change
Busy Burr ’83 started her career in a very traditional way: investment banking, Stanford Business School and back to investment banking. Advice from her father and (soon-to-be) wife gave her the courage to leave a lucrative investment banking career and leap into the unknown. Busy will talk about how curating experiences through trial and error and uncertainty, crises in confidence, improvisation and joy have played a role in her varied life. 

2017: Dedication of the Jill Ker Conway Innovation Center and Elizabeth Miller ’81 Lecture
Diane Hessan is a successful entrepreneur, researcher and author. She is the founder and chairman of CSpace, which for the last decade has been one of the hottest companies in Boston’s innovation economy.

2016: Redefining Success - Smith College Women's Leadership Conference
Caroline Clark ’85 is an award-winning journalist whose experience spans print, digital and television outlets. In her 19 years at Black Enterprise, she has served in a number of senior leadership and editorial roles, and as editorial director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, she determines the editorial direction and theme of the nation’s largest annual conference targeting African American women executives. She is the author of Take a Lesson: Today’s Black Achievers on How They Made It, What They Learned Along the Way, and Postcards From Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail.

2014: Risk Taking and its Rewards - A conversation on advocacy and social change
Erinn McGurn ’94, co-founder and executive director of SCALEAfrica; Kimberly Scott ’91, associate professor at Arizona State University School of Social Transformation and executive director of COMPUGIRLS; Staci Williams ’81, attorney and judge-elect of the 101st District Court. Moderated by Susan Etheredge, professor and chair of Smith College Education and Child Study.

2013: Risk Taking and Its Rewards - A conversation on leadership and entrepreneurship
Jeannie Cho Lee ’90 and Annie Morita ’90 talk about their choices and challenges since leaving Smith. Annie Morita is chief of staff at Oriental DreamWorks Film & Television in Shanghai, China. Jeannie Cho Lee is founder of, a site that aims to lead intelligent and insightful discussions about food and wine in Asia.

2012: Risk Taking and its Rewards
Megan Gardner ’98 is the chief executive officer of Plum District overseeing all areas of the business including sales, marketing, operations, technology and business development. Megan launched her career on Wall Street as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank and Soundview Technology, primarily focusing on technology clients. Dr. Katrina Gardner hails from the Badlands of North Dakota and comes to medicine after being a primary school teacher in Nepal for five years. She attended the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and now plans to practice full-spectrum rural family medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics. She and her husband are excited to be completing the remainder of her residency while living in Colville as part of the Rural Track Training Program.

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