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Seven Sisters Alumnae Association 
MARCH 10, 2021
The First EVER Seven Sisters Comedy Night was a HUGE Success!
With over 415 tickets sold, we had what someone said "was their best night of the pandemic" and heard that "we need to do this more often!" Thank you to Annie Wright, BMC, for organizing and hosting. 

The first hour of the evening was a Drink Making Lesson by Riana Whitney, Smith '14 for both a non and alcoholic drink...AND then a round of Trivia by our MC Sophia Fredo, BMC '19.
The crowd was entertained by THREE Seven Sisters Comedians: Alice Cutler, Vassar '99; Rohita Kadambi MHC '11 and Ashley Gavin, BMC '10. There was laughter, there were clean & dirty jokes & lots of school songs that were sung!  

We have listed all the TALENT Venmo info below, as we had tip jars going for each of them through out the evening!
Feel free to tip them now if you missed the other night. 

If you need a virtual bartender, Quiz Master or comedian for an event, here is how to reach our
Seven Sisters talent from last week! 

Riana Whitney Olson SC ‘14
Venmo: @riana-olson
The cooking website I co-founded is https// (the drink recipes can be found there!)

Sophia Fredo BMC ’19
Venmo: @Sophia-Fredo

Alice Cutler Vassar ‘99
(917) 771-4001
Venmo is @Alice-Cutler
Paypal is

Rohita Kadambi MHC ‘11
(260) 433-2745
Venmo is @RohitaKadambi
Paypal is

Ashley Gavin BMC ‘10
(917) 596-4959
Venmo is @ashgavs
Paypal is
TIKTOK FOLLOW @ashgavscomedy.
Career Pivots: TECH

Thursday, March 11th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM EST
This event is intended to help alums interested in tech as a potential career, working in tech, or looking to make a career pivot into tech. All panelists included have made career shifts into the technology industry from seemingly “non-traditional” backgrounds, i.e. not a developer. The goal is to demystify the industry, enlighten attendees on the opportunities available to them, particularly those that are in non-technical fields, and to encourage more women to consider careers in tech.
Grace Kung ’10 (Mathematics, Economics) – Finance to Tech transition
Sarah Capasso-Kosan ’11 (Anthropology) – Legal to Venture Capital
Mina Bansal ’17 (Economics) – Fashion to Data Analytics
Emily Tong-Sanchez ’13 (English, Education) – Non-profit to Enterprise Tech
Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13 (History) – Account Executive, Amazon Web Services
Winnie Hien ’12 (Mathematics) – Technical Consultant, HubSpot
WHAT: Career Pivots: Tech, hosted by Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13 and Winnie Hien ’12
WHEN: Thursday, March 11th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM EST.
WHERE: Please 
RSVP HERE. A Zoom Link will be provided upon registration AND on the day of the event. (We have a pre-event survey built for attendees upon RSVP as well.)
HOW MUCH: $20.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Isidora Delizo Armentrout ’13 at
The Zoom calendar on the website links directly to the Programming
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Upcoming Programming - New Additions! 
Financial Wellness for Women

KAREN VAN VOORHIS, Smith Alum and Financial Planner is back! Come learn about the basics of financial investing and also what aspects of finances affect women the most! All questions welcome! 

Tuesday, March 16  7pm EST 
Wednesday, March 17  Noon EST 

(same content, different times)
Join us for a webinar that will address the particular aspects of our financial lives that affect women in particular. Learn about the obstacles facing women, coordinating finances with a partner, how to teach kids about money, how to hire a financial planner, and more.

About Karen:
Karen has been a financial planner and advisor in the greater Boston area for 25 years. She advises individuals and families on a wide range of topics including investment management, retirement planning, tax management, insurance coverage, college planning, and charitable giving. Karen has been an active member of the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts for several years, and has been on its board for the past three. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and has been a Certified Financial Planner (CFP ® ) certificant since 2002.

FINANCIAL WELLNESS  - Tues., March 16th 7pm EST: 
(formerly @Smith and now @MHC and with own her coaching practice)
Rock Your Strengths
Thursday, March 25th NOON ET

We've all had those days where everything seems to go just right - where we’re truly rockin’ it. Based on the Clifton Strengths assessment, learn how to have more days that you are maximizing your potential, reaching your goals and raising more money. Gallup research has shown that employees who use their strengths are six times more engaged in their jobs and three times happier in life - and who wouldn’t want that? Colleen will walk you through some simple steps to recognize your strengths and be more confident in rockin’ them each and every day. 


  • Learn to leverage the way you naturally make decisions, communicate and get things done

  • Let go of the desire to be well-rounded

  • Use your strengths to meet your goals and your team’s goals

Making That Cold Connection
Thursday, April 1, 2021 at NOON ET

How do you get someone you don't know to talk to you about
their career? Or to help you with yours?
If you’ve ever sent an email to someone you don’t know and did not get a reply, this workshop is for you!

Program will cover the following key points:

  • Find the right people to connect with
  • Turn a cold connection into a warm one
  • Write a script for introducing yourself and asking to connect

About Colleen: 
Colleen DelVecchio, Principal Consultant and Coach, 
Colleen DelVecchio Consulting

Colleen is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach with a passion for empowering individuals and businesses to leverage their strengths and navigate increasingly complex business environments. With over twenty years of experience in strengths-based leadership, organizational change and staff development, she guides teams to maximize each person’s ability to increase their impact, performance and job satisfaction.  Colleen is well known and respected in the Seven Sisters circles for her time at the Smith Development/Career Offices and now as a part of Mount Holyoke's Career and Alumnae Development teams. 

Faizun Kamal, MHC Alum

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @7p EST
Find The Right Franchise For You: A Business Model for Success

In this pandemic, executives who've lost their jobs, or are afraid of getting laid off, are exploring buying a franchise as a viable alternative to the corporate rat race. Many others are exploring business ownership as a proven alternative to build an additional income stream.
In this one-hour webinar, Franchise Coach & Best-Selling Author of the #1 book on franchises, Faizun Kamal will show you:

+ Why this is the right time to invest in your own franchise
+ How to determine if franchising is the right option for you
+ How to find your "Perfect Fit" franchise through a proven 6-step process
+ How to fund your franchise business
... and escape the 9-5, generate wealth & live life on YOUR terms!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @7p EST
Franchise Your Business: A Proven Strategy for Growth & Success
Are you an entrepreneur and have run your business for at least a year? Have you ever thought about turning your business into a national franchise brand? Is this the right growth strategy for you? 
In this one-hour webinar, you will learn:
- why franchising is the growth strategy for entrepreneurs, especially during a global pandemic
- the reasons for and benefits of franchising your business, 
- and understanding if your business is “franchise-able”.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Faizun Kamal, Franchise Coach, The Franchise Consulting Company, MHC Alum 
Faizun Kamal is a nationally renowned public speaker, best-selling author and sought-after franchise coach. Her best-selling book, “The Right Franchise for You: Escape the 9 to 5, Generate Wealth, & Live Life on Your Terms”, is the guide that thousands of clients have used to find their “perfect fit” franchise!
On LinkedIn:     
On Twitter:        
On Facebook:   
By email:          

The first 3 people to sign up for the workshops and attend will receive a complimentary copy of Faizun's best-selling book! 


Jane Israel, Wellesley Alum
Jane Israel, LLC Clothing Line

I became a corporate lawyer (specializing in tax) after graduating from Wellesley and I had a hard time finding clothes that were office appropriate, but also stylish and well-made. Most of what I saw was frumpy or looked cheap or both. And none of it inspired my confidence - that feeling you get when you know you look great! I knew I could do better for women who wanted to look authoritative and stylish in their business environment. I founded Jane Israel, LLC, a clothing line that designs chic, modern business attire for women. Right now I'm working on my second collection which will be out in the fall. The collection will feature two tops made out of lightweight stretch wool fabric imported from Italy, with pockets. Perfect for your next video calls!

My website is  or you can download my free guide on how to project confidence, competence, and clout on your next video call at
Virtual (& Real) Boutique Travel to Italy 
Elizabeth Namack, Smith '91

My name is Elizabeth Namack, Smith class of 1991, and I have boutique  travel business which specializes  in Italy. 
I have some zoom virtual experiences planned for March (two lectures which are free of charge and one virtual cooking class in which there is a payment request). 

March 6 2021 - The Making of Michelangelo’s David - A virtual talk about Renaissance Masterpieces (already passed)
March 20 2021 - March Morsels Cooking Class  Pasta and Ragu - A virtual cooking class demonstration 
March 27 2021-  The Bargello Museum in Florence - A virtual Talk - One of the overlooked gems in Florence 

Here is the link to the signup page on the website and more detailed information for the first March event:

About Elizabeth: Elizabeth Namack, Smith College Class of 1991, has been living in Florence for more than 25 years. Her academic studies in Art History originally led her to Italy and she holds a BA in Art History and Italian Literature from Smith College a MA in Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University and a Diploma in painting restoration from an Italian institution, Palazzo Spinelli. Her passion for all things Italian led her to work in leisure travel in this incredibly diverse country. Elizabeth shares with guests the marvels of magical Florence in addition to accompanying discerning travellers throughout the peninsula. As an officially authorized city guide of Florence, Elizabeth offers private visits to local museums and monuments, off-the beaten track neighbourhood walking tours, specially arranged culinary and wine tastings and visits to artisans’ workshops, and breathtaking countryside walks in the nearby Florentine and Chianti hills. She owns the boutique travel company 
'No One Is Forgotten" by Winter Miller, Smith '95
The Radio Opera
(was formerly performed in person in NYC in July 2019)
From Winter: 
Our Radio Opera in Development is streaming now until April 24th!!! Come experience our first glimpse, presented by HERE as part of their #stillHERE online offerings.

Your ticket will give you unlimited access throughout the entire period- so you can listen again and again!! Tickets are pay what you wish starting at $5. Proceeds go directly back to the project. Once you've purchased your ticket, you will receive an email with a link to the presentation and a login code. 

Reserve your tickets here:

The presentation will include Act 1 of the Radio Opera, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and supporting content surrounding hostage advocacy and support for journalists’ freedoms. We continue to raise awareness of the need for protections for freedom of speech and hostage advocacy.

Music by Paola Prestini and Sxip Shirey
Libretto by Winter Miller 
and more...
The Mount Holyoke Club of NYC is cordially inviting all 7S alums to a belly dancing class
Event: Belly Dancing Class with Jaida

Date and Time: 6pm ET on Wednesday, March 24th

Join us for a fun belly dancing class with Jaida, followed by a short performance by our wonderful instructor and a Q&A session.
No prior dancing experience is required!  Dial-in instructions will be provided 
upon registration on Eventbrite.
Belly dancing has many health benefits: it builds core strength, improves posture, aids in digestion, and helps relieve stress. It also unites us on a quest to understand the power of sensuality and its physical and spiritual implications.

Jaida is a New York-based dancer who began her dance journey at Serena’s Studio. She has performed in many of Serena’s off Broadway productions, the famed Egyptian Gardens Supper Club on Times Square, and the United Nations Arab Gala. Jaida has also performed at private events along with superstars Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mary J Blige, Anita Baker, Sean Puffy Combs, Nas, and Lady Gaga.

Suggested donation: $5-15 to Jaida's Venmo (Linda@jaidadancer) or PayPal account (

The Annual Seven Sisters Gift Guide
The Annual Seven Sisters Gift Guide was so popular, that we are including the link in this Newsletter. From the SHEROES Art Series to Masks to College Artwork and more, there is something for everyone!

This Seven Sister alum spent time as a child in an iron lung machine and went on to be a pioneering AIDS researcher in the 1980's...
Email your answer to
(If you have won a Trivia Contest in the last 12 months, you can't win more SWAG!) 

Last Newsletter Trivia: 
This Seven Sister alum was a founder of ZipCar and grew up in the Middle East...

Answer: Robin Chase, Wellesley
Read more about her here:
Congratulations to our Winner 
Chavie Sharfman Sosa, Barnard, '15

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