"The key engine of change is conversation."*
During my three years as chair of YaleWomen, I have had the great honor of writing the piece that opens our quarterly enewsletter. June 30th marks the end of YaleWomen’s fiscal year, my term as chair, and my penning of these pieces. This has been an extraordinary year, marked by many different conversations — some seemingly simple, some on a larger scale, but all thought-provoking — through which Yale women alums have connected, ideas have been ignited, and the world has been transformed.
In her remarks at the March 2019 Award for Excellence celebration, Ellen Gibson McGinnis ’82, inaugural chair of YaleWomen, said, “Reflecting on what YaleWomen means to me, I have come to believe that building community is the heart of what we do and is at the intersection of all of our goals. Yale women can change the world. The women to whom we are about to give our awards have changed the world.…You can change the world, and my challenge to you is to take action in your own life, to use your power, and our collective power, to do the same.”
The stories this issue tells are about conversations and change, including one in which we say goodbye to Council members whose terms of service will come to an end on June 30th and hello to others whose terms will begin July 1st. Our new chair, Jennifer Ebisemiju Madar ’88, will lead YaleWomen into and through the pivotal years ahead as we move towards and into our second decade.
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With many thanks to you for helping YaleWomen be all it has become in eight short years,
Susan E. Lennon ’85 MPPM
* Evan Wolfson ’78, Founder and President, Freedom to Marry, in conversation with Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL at the Yale Alumni Association's March 2019 conference, Impact: Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Through Social Change