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Activist and Educator Michaela Walsh to Speak at Rosemont College on October 4

Rosemont College is pleased to announce that Michaela Walsh—an activist, scholar, mentor, educator, and author—will speak to the College community as a guest of President Sharon L. Hirsh, PhD on October 4, 2018. The event – Founding a Movement: A Conversation with Michaela Walsh – will take place in the Rotwitt Theater on campus at 7:30 pm, with a reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

The first female partner of Boettcher & Company and the first woman manager of Merrill Lynch International, Michaela Walsh was also a member of the Founding Committee of Women’s World Banking, where she served as the organization’s Founding President from 1975 to 1990. She has been a member of the Women’s World Banking Board of Trustees since it was established in 1979 and currently serves as an Honorary Board Member for Life.

Prior to her roles at Women’s World Banking, Walsh served as a project director for the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and as a program associate with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Walsh is also the author of Founding a Movement: Women’s World Banking 1975-1990, a history of the organization’s background in microfinance and its contributions to supporting women entrepreneurs around the globe.

“We are delighted to welcome Michaela Walsh to Rosemont College for this year’s Presidential Lecture,” said Dr. Lisa Dolling, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Rosemont College. “Both Ms. Walsh and moderator William Bohnett have a wealth of knowledge to share, and we look forward to an inspiring conversation with members of the Rosemont community and beyond.”

Throughout her career, Walsh has maintained a commitment to education and service. She was an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College, where she also established and directed the Global Student Leadership Program. Her board appointments have included The Synergos Institute- a New York City-based non-profit that works with foundations, NGOs, governments, and multinational corporations globally to combat poverty-- and Union Theological Seminary. She has also served in many advisory roles in a wide range of governmental and social justice organizations over the decades. In 2006, Walsh served as chairperson of the 59th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference.

Walsh has been widely recognized for her commitment to development and philanthropy. She has been honored with the Woman of Vision Award of the National Organization for Women, the UN Development Program’s Paul G. Hoffman Award for outstanding work in development, and was recognized by the Women’s Funding Network.

Philanthropist and venture capitalist William H. Bohnett will serve as moderator of the lecture. 

Bill Bohnett is president of Whitecap Investments, LLC, where he specializes in venture capital, real estate, and equities investing. As a former partner in the international law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright, he developed and maintained an extensive global corporate securities practice. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Council on Competitiveness, a D.C.-based non-partisan, non-profit organization.  

From 2009-2018, Bohnett  served as a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and remains Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He sits on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Council of Competitiveness, and is a Board Member of American Forests, the nation’s oldest conservation organization. He has served on the boards of The Synergos Institute, City Harvest, The Island School and NY Sun Works, and was a former member of the National Council of the Environmental Defense Fund and Visiting Fellow of the World Resources Institute. Bohnett was a founding investor and member of the Board of Directors of GeoCities, an internet community company that went public in 1998 and was subsequently acquired by Yahoo!

This event is funded by the Mary and John Norcini Lecture Fund.

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