MAPS had the honor of attending the Philanthropic Roundtable for the third time. On Wednesday afternoon, four of the MAPS girls drove with English teacher Anne Rubin (Supervisor of MAPS) and Alison Basdekis (Director of Horizons) to New York City. Later that night, the remaining two MAPS girls made their way via the MetroNorth train after a lacrosse game. At 11pm, we all convened at the Four Points Hotel in SoHo, tired but excited for what the next day held.
After a quick and delicious breakfast at Angelique Cafe, we made our way to the Kimmel Center, laughing all the way (the weather was perfect). Our girls were delighted to see former Head of School Jeannie Norris, with whom we reminisced and discussed the excitement of the Roundtable. Finally, we sat down with notepads and pens in hand, ready to be inspired.
The panelists included Ms. Charlotte Beyer (Founder of The Institute for Private Investors and President of The Principle Quest Foundation), Ms. Patricia P. Jackson (Executive Director of College and Foundation Partnerships), Ms. Jill Kafka (Executive Director of The Partnership for Inner-City Education), Dr. Jane McAuliffe (President of Bryn Mawr College), and Ms. Christine M. Pina (Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Hartford). Head of School Dr. Jablonski opened the floor to a fascinating discussion about starting out as a young philanthropist, the difference between female and male giving habits, successful stewardship, not being afraid to make oneself known as a giver, and how to “amplify” one’s giving. We walked away with the positive impression that we could each be givers as young women with the right budgeting and level of confidence.
Afterwards, we had free time to eat a delicious Thai lunch, casually stroll in SoHo, and reflect. We returned to the Kimmel Center for the cocktail party, where we introduced ourselves to successful alums both young and old and listened to their stories. At 6:30, Trudy ’13 introduced Dr. Jablonski, who presented the Woman of Distinction Award to Dr. Linda C. Babcock. Babcock addressed the audience with a powerful presentation about women in business and the distinct inability to propose successful a negotiation to a boss. She included that women could save close to $800,000 in their lifetime by successfully proposing a small negotiation. The room filled with questions, one particularly from Evie, ’14 who asked, “What happens if you propose a negotiation and your boss says no?” To this, Babcock told Evie to ask “why”; there should always be a helpful answer that helps the asker strategize for future negotiation.
At 9pm, our MIRA Pilot made its way back to Miss Hall’s. We are appreciative of the experience, and we look forward to returning next year.