Virtual Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

The Philadelphia Smith Club is delighted to invite you to our first ever virtual Annual Meeting! In addition to electing a new board and hearing what the club has been up to, Rally Day Medalist and Philadelphia resident Dr. Jensen author of “The Teenage Brain” will be speaking. Please RSVP to for the Zoom link.

The Teenage Brain
Rally Day Medalist Dr. Frances E. Jensen ’78 is the Professor and Chair of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She is the first woman to lead University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Neurology, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Her research focuses on how epilepsy affects brain development, aging and cognition; and she has authored more than 150 manuscripts. As director of translational neuroscience, she has mentored numerous trainees. Beyond her academic role, she is the author, with Smith College Medalist Amy Ellis Nutt ’77, of the New York Times bestseller “The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults,” and she lectures widely about the teen brain at science museums, through TEDMED and in other venues.
Consider joining the board!
This is the time of year when we elect new board members! The board meets monthly to plan events, coordinate book awards, distribute care packages and generally keep the club running. In an effort to put together a board that is representative of the alumni network, we’d especially like to encourage recent grads, older alums, and alums of color to join. We welcome candidates with any level of experience – it’s a great first board to be on (it’s my first one). Join the board to get more involved and shape the future of the Philly Smith Club!
We are hoping to fill the following roles:
  • Communications – manage social media accounts, update website, communicate with the Alumnae Office
  • High School Recruiting – working with long-time board member Carolyn, attend college fairs and help get more Philly-area students to apply to Smith.
  • Board Member at Large  – attend most board meetings, participate in and host events. We would like to get 3 additional members to fill this role.
If you wish to nominate yourself or if you want to learn more about the board, please email Julia at

Fundraiser – Flowers for grads!


We hope everyone is doing well in these difficult times and encourage you to reach out to the club if we can help in any way. We had our first virtual tea on Friday and are excited about offering more in the near future! In the meantime let’s do something special for this year’s Smith graduates!

The Smith College Club of Philadelphia would like to send flowers to this year’s Smith graduates living in the Philadelphia area. Traditionally, Smith graduates would get a rose for their Ivy Day march, but this year, on-campus graduation events have been canceled due to the pandemic.  We’d like to send a celebratory bouquet and are asking for donations of any size towards this endeavor.

We have 18 graduates on our list.  Please help us by donating any amount to this PayPal link. All donations will go directly towards the cost of purchasing and delivering the bouquets. (Unless we collect more than we need, in which case any additional proceeds will go towards next year’s care packages.) Flower arrangements range between $25 and $50, and the types of flowers that we send will depend on how much we are able to raise.  We understand that this is a difficult time for many, and appreciate any donation of any amount.


Three Little Words: Understanding Medicare for All

7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 6th, 2020
225 S 18th Street, Philadelphia, 7th floor

Katherine A. Schneider, MD, M.Phil., FAAFP
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization
Smith Class of ’86

Tickets: $5 pay what you wish
RSVP: We need an RSVP list for the doorman, so please RSVP to no later than Feb. 1st

The phrase “Medicare For All” means something unique to everyone, including the authors of no fewer than about a dozen very different bills that have been introduced in Congress. When big health policy ideas make it into important public discourse, Dr. Schneider loves to contribute to the national dialogue by helping people understand the issues at more than a three-word slogan level, but not requiring a PhD.Using nonpartisan educational content mainly from the Kaiser Family Foundation, Dr. Schneider will help you inform/develop your own opinions based upon accurate information.

Dr. Schneider’s Biography
Nationally known for her work in the field of accountable care and patient engagement, Dr. Katherine Schneider’s mission is to deliver better health, better care, and sustainable cost in the communities that we work in, live in, and serve. She believes passionately that the time has finally come for the business model of healthcare to align with care models that further this mission. As President and CEO, Dr. Schneider provides leadership, strategic direction and ongoing administration and management for all aspects of the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization.

Previously, Dr. Schneider was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Medecision, population health and care management technology for providers and health plans. She has also previously held senior physician executive roles at AtlantiCare (NJ) and Middlesex Health System (CT), with responsibility for population health, including ACO’s and other value-based payor partnerships, community health status improvement, chronic disease management, a provider-owned health  plan, and employee health and wellness.  She is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University. She is a board-certified Family Physician with an additional degree in Epidemiology and is also in the first cohort of US physicians to achieve subspecialty certification in Clinical Informatics in 2013.

Dr. Schneider is a former member of the National Advisory Council to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a current board member of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), and advisory board member to KLAS and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Dr. Schneider is a resident of Center City Philadelphia along with her physician husband, rescue dog, and occasionally one of her four young adult daughters/stepsons.


Sundays with Smithies Book Club Launch

Would you like to meet with other Smithies to discuss novels by diverse authors? Have you always wanted to join a Smith book club, but could not make weeknights work in your schimage (1) 2edule? Join the new Sundays with Smithies Book Club! We will be meeting each month on a Sunday afternoon to talk about that month’s book in a local café. Come to our inaugural meeting on November 17 where we will discuss A Tale for the Time Being, but Ruth Ozeki ’80 and figure out what to read in the coming months. ALL Smithies welcome! Let us know you’re coming by sending an email with your name/class year to Can’t come but still want to join? Email so we can let you know about upcoming dates and books. 

–Liz Borland ’97 and Brigid Barrett ‘05

First meeting: Sunday, November 17, 2019

Time: 3-5pm

Book: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

Location: Charterhouse Café and Gallery, 620 S. 9th street (between South and Bainbridge)

Note: Easy free parking nearby in the Whole Foods garage

Volunteer with fellow Smithies at Share Food Project

Food Share Projectfoodshare

Saturday November 2, 2019
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

2901 West Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Come do a service project with Smith Alums and their families! Share is a nonprofit organization which focuses on food distribution, education, and advocacy. Every month Share Food Project’s emergency relief programs bring food to over 600,000 low-income Philadelphia families. Last spring, the Smith College Club of Philadelphia helped out at Share and packed approximately 500 boxes of food that was distributed to low-income seniors. For more information about Share:

Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes. Do bring family members. Children are encouraged to attend to as long as their parents supervise them. Share has a large free parking lot and is near multiple Septa bus routes.

We are hoping to get a great turnout of Smith Alums and families!! To join us, please contact Pam Kim ’87 or 734-846-4397.

Apple Picking & Fall Festival

Join us for Apple Picking and Fall Festivalimage (1)

with Smithies and Friends!

October 26, 2019
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA 19063

The Smith College Club of Philadelphia invites you to pick apples and enjoy fall festivities at Linvilla Orchards. Linvilla has apple picking, a fall festival with food and games (corn mazes!), a petting zoo, pony rides, a playground, hayrides, and more. Board Member Carolyn Trench ’07 is hosting; find her by the entrance to Pumpkinland. Children and friends welcome, but sadly, Linvilla does not allow dogs. There is no fee to attend, just the cost of your own apples/pumpkins/donuts/funnelcake/game tickets, etc.

RSVP to Carolyn Trench ’07,, by October 25

Happy Hour Networking for Smithie Professionals- September 25th

Smithie Happy Hour Networking Event
Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 6:00-8:00 PM
The Smith College Club of Philadelphia is hosting a happy hour for Smithie professionals looking to meet other alumnae living in and around Philadelphia. Board Member Liz Mincer will be hosting and will have a sign indicating our group. There is no fee to attend, just the cost of your own food and/or drink. 
Location: Harper’s Garden
31 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA
No need to RSVP, just show up!

Andrea Hairston: Fall Faculty Speaker

Andrea HairstonWe are excited to welcome our Fall Faculty Speaker: Andrea Hairston, Professor of Theatre, Professor of Africana Studies and class of ’74 to Philadelphia on October 5th at 2pm. Professor Hairston is the artistic director of Chrysalis Theatre and has created original productions with music, dance, and masks for over thirty-five years. In addition to writing plays, Professor Hairston has spoken and written extensively about Octavia Butler, theater and film, and pop culture.

unnamed.jpgProfessor Hairston will be discussing her novel Redwood and Wildfire and the research that went into the book. She will do a reading from the book and then be available to answer questions and lead a discussion on science fiction, Afro-futurism, and her current projects. There will also be time for chatting with fellow alums and feasting on tasty snacks and drinks.

Neighborhood House, 20 N American Street, Philadelphia

Bring friends or family and RSVP today to

Tickets are Pay What You Wish with a suggested price of $10 for members and $15 for non-members (wish you were a member?). Use the button below to pay, or pay at the door.


NOTE: We recommend reading Redwood and Wildfire in advance of the talk, but you’ll be able to follow along either way. We are excited to see you there!

Afternoon Tea on the 18th

RSVP Today for Afternoon Tea on the 18th!

Sunday, August 18th,
from 2:00-4:00pm at the home of
Madeline Elwell, 720 W. Sedgwick Street

smithMissing Smith traditions? Come join us on the 18th of August for an afternoon tea with your fellow Philadelphia Smithies! Bring your favorite tea or snack, and we will share about our week (or month or year!). There will also be games! Accessible by bus and train, and lots of on street parking. Friendly old dog on site!

RSVP to or 267-495-7976


Rowboating at Bartram’s on July 18th

UPDATE: The event is on!! See you there 🌕

Full Moon Rowboating

The Smith College Club of Philadelphia invites you to Full Moon Rowboating at Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse on Thursday July 18th at 7:00 pm. Go for a row in a boat built by Philly youth, enjoy refreshments, DJ, special percussion performance by Drum Like a Lady.

Location: 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19143 follow signs for the boathouse
Time: Thursday July 18th at 7:00pm

Event is free! Guest and kids are welcome!

If you have trouble finding us at the event, contact Julia Signell ’14 at