Funding for the WPSP Institute was equally provided by Mount Holyoke, Simmons and Smith colleges. The Institute was made possible in partnership with the Women in Public Service Project, which is committed to building the efficacy and leadership capacity of women worldwide with the goal of achieving 50 percent representation of women in all spheres of public service by 2050 (“50 × 50”). The WPSP is housed at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., which provides a nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact.

The WPSP Institute was strengthened by the contribution of many people and organizations who shared their energy, ideas and expertise, and we recognize the many ways in which the Institute benefited from their time and commitment. We are grateful to the following for their engagement in this important and far-reaching effort.

Institute Organizers

Offices of the Presidents

  • Lynn Pasquerella (MHC ’90), president, Mount Holyoke College
  • Sonya Stephens, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Mount Holyoke College
  • Helen Drinan (MHC ’69; Simmons ’75, ’78); president, Simmons College
  • Katie Conboy, provost and senior vice president, Simmons College
  • Kathleen McCartney, president, Smith College
  • Marilyn Schuster, provost and dean of the faculty, Smith College


Additional Supporters

  • Abigail Disney and Peace is Loud for their donation of a copy of the documentary film series Women, War & Peace for each delegate.
  • Dell Inc. for its donation of a laptop and software for each delegate.
  • The Smith College Project on Women and Social Change for its contribution through the Jill Ker Conway–Kathleen C. Ridder Summer Workshops Fund.
  • The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court; Attorney Tom Ambrosino, executive director of the Supreme Judicial Court; and Blanca Tosado, head administrative assistant for the Supreme Judicial Court, for their support in organizing the luncheon at the John Adams Court House.
  • Mary Rinehart, director, Division of State House Tours, for coordinating the delegates’ tour of the State House.
  • Carol K. Mack (MHC ’60), one of the playwrights of SEVEN, and Jon Western, Carol Hoffmann Collins ’63 Professor of International Relations and Five College Professor of International Relations, for organizing the performance of SEVEN.
  • Kathleen Anderson, president of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce; Alan Bloomgarden, director of Community Engagement, Mount Holyoke College; Maria Cartagena, assistant director of Student Programs, Amherst College; and other community leaders for their vision in creating the visit to Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Photo by Ben Barnhart