May 2015 Articles

Anassa Kata

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of Martha Gonzalez-Cortes ’94 to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan. Gonzalez-Cortes is the CEO of Gonzalez-Cortes & Associates LLC. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr, Gonzalez-Cortes has a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from Stanford University.

In its List of 100 People to Watch in 2015, W&V, Germany’s leading magazine for marketing, advertising, and media, has named Caroline Drucker ’03 one of 13 “young and creative” thinkers changing that country’s marketing landscape. Drucker heads international brand communications for Etsy Germany.

On March 13, published “How to Manage for Collective Creativity,” a talk presented at TEDxCambridge by Linda Hill ’77. By 5 p.m. that day, it had amassed more than 35,000 views. One month later, it had more than 900,000. In it, Hill discusses the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside daily work and giving every great idea a chance. The talk is based on the book Collective Genius, which she co-wrote. Photo portrait by Mitch Weiss.

Writing in The New Yorker, Jonathan Franzen recently featured the work of the Amazon Conservation Association in an article called “Climate Capture.” Hannah Stutzman ’01 is the executive director of ACA, an NGO focused on biodiversity conservation and promoting scientific research in the Andes-Amazon region of Peru and Bolivia. “The article has received attention for Franzen’s statements on climate change,” says Stutzman. “But he also makes important points about landscape-scale conservation projects, especially regarding tropical forests. Certainly, we at ACA think that global-scale efforts are equally valuable, but I think Franzen seeks to stir up a healthy debate, and hopefully it brings welcome attention to the need for both.” The article can be found at

In our last issue, we announced that Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig ’87 is being hailed for her series of exclusive reports exposing major security lapses at the Secret Service. Since that time, Leonnig has not only garnered a prestigious George Polk Award but also won a Pulitzer for that reporting. “I feel a little strange being the centerpiece of [the Pulitzer] because it involved so many other journalists and involved so many risks by public servants who entrusted me with their confidence and their information,” she said. In April, she also received an award from the White House Correspondents’ Association at its annual dinner.

For many years, Lady Marcelle Quinton ’52, Wendy Tiffin ’55, and Faith Johnson ’65 have led the Bryn Mawr Club of the U.K. On their retirement from leadership this past January, President Cassidy expressed Bryn Mawr’s gratitude: “Together you have helped to create a vibrant Bryn Mawr presence in the lives of our alumnae/i in Britain, nurturing our shared experience of intellectual curiosity and strong bonds of friendship. You have also reached out to students and young alumnae studying abroad. Thanks to Wendy’s patience and hard-won experience of working through the complications of Gift Aid, you have allowed alums in the U.K. to increase their generous financial support of the College. You have hosted visiting presidents, staff, and faculty, and you have made those of us at the College feel welcomed and supported during our travels. On behalf of my predecessors as well as myself, I extend the College’s deep gratitude and appreciation for your leadership of the Club over many years and for your affection for this extraordinary institution.”

The Protein Society has given University of Michigan chemistry professor Anna Mapp ’92 its Emil Thomas Kaiser Award in recognition of her contribution in applying chemistry to the study of proteins. Regarded as a landmark accomplishment, her work on protein-protein interactions has been used to inspire the design, synthesis, and screening of small molecules to provide molecular-level insight into how genes are regulated at the transcriptional level.

After more than 30 years, Dorothy Samuels ’73 recently announced her departure from the editorial board of The New York Times. During her tenure, Samuels brought her immense intellect, no-nonsense style, and sharp wit to a wide array of legal and social policy issues. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, she briefly practiced corporate law with a Wall Street firm and also served as executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Photograph by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times.

The Women’s City Club of New York has recognized Lynne Meadow ’68 as a Gotham Visionary Leader for her influence on New York City culture. The artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club since 1972, Meadow has been responsible for directing and/or producing over 450 New York and world premieres. Barbara Joelson Fife ’52 presented the award. Photograph by Anita Shevett.