Smithie of the Month: Mary Guinn

Mary Guinn

Mary Guinn, Class of 2015

How long have you lived in Philadelphia?  I have lived in Philadelphia for over a year now. I love Philadelphia– it’s a large city but can feel very much like a small town depending on the neighborhood. Plus, it has great food and parks!

What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?  It would be a tie between Bar Bombón (18th and Moravian) and White Dog Cafe (34th and Sansom). Bar Bombón is a short stroll from Rittenhouse Square and is a small corner bar that has amazing vegan Puerto Rican food. I try to go there as often as I can make an excuse. White Dog Cafe is near Penn in University City and has delicious appetizers and desserts, but the best part is literally everything is dog themed. From the door handles to the stairs to the bathrooms, it’s dogs galore. It’s ridiculous and I love it.

What are you up to now?  I do conflicts research for a Am Law 100 firm. I love research–it’s like pulling on a thread on a piece of fabric. You keep pulling at strings until something gives and then you can do something new with the material you pulled! I also keep myself busy with volunteering, language study, and other hobbies.

What house did you live in on campus and what was your favorite thing about it?  I lived in Gillett all three years I was on campus. I had the same lovely senior single the entire time I lived in Gillett! It had two huge windows that let me see everything happening on Elm Street, which was fantastic during big storms or events on campus. Being able to check the weather before heading out was a huge plus!

Why did you choose Smith?  It had all the classes I ever wanted to take, it was in an adorable New England town, and was a Seven Sisters school! I was sold as soon as I visited campus! After submitting my application and meeting Smithies in my hometown, I knew I made the right decision.

Who was your favorite professor/what was your best class?  My favorite classes were all taught by Dennis Yasutomo in the Government and East Asian Studies departments. They were fascinating, fun and I learned a lot of new skills I still use in my day-to-day job–I was very lucky to take so many of his courses while I was at Smith!

Do you have a defining/favorite/most memorable/transformative Smith moment?  My favorite moment would probably be returning to Smith for my senior year after studying abroad for the previous 14 months. Felt like I was home. A bittersweet moment because I knew I’d have to leave again in the spring, but it felt great being back on campus, ready to start a new year. Every Smithie I’ve talked to seems to have had a similar experience– there’s something about the campus and Noho!

How did your Smith experience shape your life?  Smith gave me a lot of tools to make more of a difference, allowing me to put my own talents and skills to better use. It also opened my eyes to parts of the world I never knew about and gave me my “Smith family”– I’m very lucky to have very close friends from all parts of the globe. While they’re all now scattered again all over the world after graduation, we still are able to support and encourage each other from afar. Smithie friendships are so strong and it’s one of the most important parts of my Smith experience!

What makes a Smithie unique?  That indelible quality all Smithies have is hard to describe… probably a mixture of wit and drive. Smithies have a fantastic sense of humor, a quick mind, and a palpable drive to do whatever they’re passionate about. Smithies go hard or they go home!


Early Bird discount ends Friday May 18th

Friday May 18th is the Early Bird Discount Deadline for this year’s Annual Meeting at the Fleisher Art Memorial on Monday, June 18th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. In addition to meeting new Smithies, enjoying beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and electing new board members, the Fleisher will lead us in a screen printing class to make Smith themed tote bags and prints

Early Bird Ticket Pricing before 5/18:

$20 Members ($25 after 5/18)
$12 Young Alumnae (classes ’13-’17, $15 after 5/18)
Become a member before 5/18 at to enjoy a $15 discount!

RSVP: email
Payment: online via the Donate button at and indicate Annual Meeting OR mail your check to: SCCOP Treasurer, 2401 Pennylvania Ave Apt. 11A12, Philadelphia, PA 19130

And last but not least, May and June are election season for the Philly Smith Club Board! Nominate yourself or a fellow Smithie at

On the 18th at National Mechanics


EDIT: Due to excessive rain, we have moved the On the 18th to National Mechanics. We are reserving a table, so please RSVP if you are planning on coming!

This month’s On the 18th is a Satellite Reunion for those of us who will be in Philly this Reunion season! Wear white and/or your class color to Spruce St Harbor Park National Mechanics on Friday, May 18th any time between 6:00 and 8:00 to enjoy food, games, beautiful rainy weather, and even more beautiful company!
RSVP to for our host Michelle’s ’10 phone number or look for that Smith gear!



Sponsor a Book Award!


The Philly Club is underway sending this year’s Book Awards to recognize distinguished high school students in the greater Philadelphia area and invite them to apply to Smith College for free. Consider sponsoring a book award for just $20 to recognize an outstanding student in the area – and possibly a future Smithie!

2018 Annual Meeting

Save the Date:
Philly Smith Club Annual Meeting
Monday, June 18 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The Fleisher Art Memorial, The Sanctuary
719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Early Bird Ticket Prices Below

This year our Annual Meeting will be hosted at The Fleisher Art Memorial, a Philadelphia treasure and one of the country’s oldest nonprofit community art schools.

In addition to enjoying the beautiful Sanctuary space, the Annual Meeting is also our Board Elections! If you or a Smithie you know wants to bring their talents and passion for Smith to Philadelphia, the Club Board is waiting for you! Nominate yourself or a fellow Smith at

Ticket Pricing:
• $15 recent alums (classes of ’13-’17)
• $25 members
• $35 non–members

RSVP: email
Payment: online via the ‘Donate’ button at and indicate Annual Meeting OR mail your check to the club treasurer at: SCCOP Treasurer, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. Apt. 11A12, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Agenda Includes:
• Delightful company of Philly Smithies
• Wine, beverages, hors d’oeuvres
• Review of the Club Year
• Electing new board members
• Screen printing class with a Fleisher instructor to make Smith and Philly themed tote bags and paper prints

April 18 Spring Care Package Packing



Reunion is almost here! Which means spring final exams are almost here for current Smithies. Join the Philly Smith Club on Wednesday April 18th from 7-9 pm to pack and send finals care packages to current Philadelphia Smithies! To RSVP and receive the address of our meeting (in Society Hill), please email

Your club dues make this support of current Smithies possible. If you are not already a member and would like to become one, join online at

The Power of Our Voices


Do you need help landing a job? Are you reluctant to ask for a raise? Do you tend to back-down when you hear a ‘no’? Negotiations are part of everyday life. Do your negotiation skills measure up?

Jamie Lee ’04 from She Negotiates will be in Philadelphia on March 19 to coach local alumnae, parents and friends on effective techniques for negotiating with a win-win attitude. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to use the Power of Your Voice to produce important changes in your life.

In addition, Serena Williams ’81, vice president of the AASC Board of Directors, will bring you the latest news from Smith. We hope you will join us for this special event!

Monday, March 19, 2018
6-8:15 p.m.
Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA

6 p.m.    Registration and reception with light refreshments
7 p.m.    Keynote address: Jamie Lee ’04
College update: Serena Williams ’81

The fee for this event is $25 for alumnae and parents, $20 for recent graduates (2008-2018J), and $30 for guests.

Click here for more information and to register.

If you have questions, please email or call 413-585-2668.

Philadelphia Smithies at Smith’s Women of Color Conference

Have you heard about Smith’s Women of Color Conference: Persistence, Possibilities & The Power of Our Voices from April 13-15, 2018?! This two-day event connects distinguished alumnae and faculty of color with dynamic speakers, workshops, and current Smith students for an exciting weekend of personal and professional development.

The Philadelphia Smith Club would like to support Philly area Smithies who wish to attend or already planning to attend! Scholarships are available from the Club to cover the cost of early registration.

Contact the Philly Club at by Feb 28th to express interest or for more information.


A Conversation with Joan Countryman: Educator, Author, Social Activist, Leader

On February 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Smith College Club of Philadelphia will welcome Joan Countryman as our guest speaker. The meeting will be held at 22 S. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Smith’s long history of graduating women who take leadership positions is particularly timely now as more and more women are speaking out and stepping up to take active roles than ever before. We are fortunate to have an opportunity to listen to and converse with a woman who has been a leader and activist in women’s education, the liberal arts, and civil rights efforts for her extensive professional career.

Joan Countryman was Head of Lincoln School, a Friends School for girls in Providence, Rhode Island from 1993 until her retirement in 2005. From August 2006 until March 2007 she served as a consultant and Founding Head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. She then led the Atlanta Girls’ School in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously,  Joan had served as Assistant Head for Academic Planning and Director of Studies at Germantown Friends School where she taught mathematics from 1970 to 1993.

Joan grew up in Philadelphia, entered GFS as a third grader in 1948 and was the school’s first African-American graduate. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master’s from Yale University, and studied at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright scholar. She has received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College, Moore College of Art, Roger Williams University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Currently, while Joan maintains an active pursuit of several of her longtime interests, she is a leader in promoting the advantages of city living for older people and in creating communities where residents can age in wise and healthy ways.

Our evening will include hearing some of Joan’s thoughts on her experiences and interests and dialogue with her about topics relevant to the goals of the Smith College Club of Philadelphia. Come ready to listen and share your thoughts and ideas. We’re looking forward to a lively conversation.

Please RSVP to Margie Lord (’73) by Friday, February 16, 2018. Email: Landline: 215-923-9059.

Specific directions will be sent  upon receipt of RSVP.

NOTE: Have you heard about Smith’s Women of Color Conference from April 13-15, 2018?

The Philadelphia Smith Club is interested in supporting members who want to attend. Contact the Club at for information.

Care Package Packing for Current Smithies

The holidays are around the corner! But before the current Smithies can enjoy a relaxing winter break, they have a round of finals to complete. Help us send them a little holiday cheer and exam-time encouragement by joining us Tuesday, December 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. to assemble winter care packages. To RSVP and receive the address of our meeting (in Society Hill), please email

Your club dues make this support of current Smithies possible. If you are not already a member and would like to become one, join online at