wip-logoPresident’s Annual Newsletter November 2017

Letter From the President, Erin Bloom Slattery

As the newly elected President of Wellesley-in-Philadelphia, I am delighted to write to you about the state of our club and introduce our new board. First, I’d like to send our special thanks to our out-going board members, including Jennifer Minton, Michele Lee, Miranda Casiano, and particularly our long-time President Alicia Templeton, for their time and dedication to our club. Our club exists because of the efforts of our generous volunteer board.  At this year’s annual meeting we elected four new board members and welcomed back five returning board members.

We are looking for additional alums to serve as regional at-large board members so we can fully represent our large geographic constituency. Volunteers serve as club leaders who help organize events and outreach programs, participate in mentoring and admission opportunities, and serve their community. We are particularly interested in volunteers from Delaware, South Jersey, Bucks County, or the Main Line. We would love for you to consider joining us on the board.

For more information, please contact Erin Slattery at WIP-President@alum.wellesley.edu.

The Wellesley Alumnae Association advises that the mission of Wellesley-in-Philadelphia is:

  • To nurture alumnae friendships—Wellesley women enjoy one another's company and can be a rich source of support for one another.
  • To promote continuing education and intellectual stimulation through Wellesley's commitment to lifelong learning.
  • To assist the Office of Admission by identifying qualified high school students and cultivating their interest in Wellesley.
  • To participate in a dynamic network of women who bring a wealth of career experience and knowledge to alumnae facing decision points in their professional lives.
  • To enhance Wellesley's image through community involvement. To demonstrate in a public way the value of a Wellesley education and to fulfill our motto of service to others.

Treasury & Membership Update

Sophia Bunyaraksh, our loyal Treasurer and Membership Chair, reports that the Club’s finances are in good shape due to the support of our club members whose dues fund our programming efforts. We had 99 dues paying members in Fiscal Year 2017 which ended in June. We are setting a goal of 110 dues paying members for FY2018! We are grateful to Club members whose dues support our programs.  Thanks to those who have already paid this year’s dues.  If you haven’t yet paid, please click HERE to pay using our secure server. Note: If you pay your dues online, you’ll receive a reminder 60 days before your next year’s dues are due!

We greatly value all of our supporters and hope you will consider joining the club or renewing your membership!

2016-17 Programming Highlights

In addition to our own schedule of events, we continue to participate with the 7 Sisters Alumnae Group.

Thanks to our hostesses and volunteers who made last year's events possible:

  • 125th Anniversary Party at the Independence Beer Garden
  • Summer Send Off hosted by Paige Talbott and Jennifer Minton
  • Parent/Student Gathering hosted by Jennifer Minton
  • Election Night Watch Party at the Little Lion organized by Kieran Pechter and Hayley Lenahan
  • Post-election Potluck hosted by Michelle Lee
  • Holiday Party hosted by Sophia Bunyaraksh
  • Cookie Swap hosted by Hayley Lenahan
  • Multiple theatrical events at the Players Club of Swarthmore
  • Wellesley Fund Event coordinated by Hayley and the College
  • Movie Screening of "I am Not Your Negro" hosted by Erin Slattery
  • Admitted Students Event hosted by Jennifer Minton and Erin Slattery
  • Huber Exhibit at the Art Museum with Kathleen Foster organized by Hayley Lenahan
  • Annual Meeting hosted by Debbie Cohen


Interviewing prospective students and supporting high school recruiting efforts are a huge part of our club’s commitment to Wellesley. Here are this year’s key stats:

21 interviews conducted

18 Philadelphia area students admitted

11 area students enrolled

61% yield

A big thank you goes out to all who volunteered to interview during the 2016-17 recruiting season. Your participation in this program makes a real difference in our recruitment efforts!

Andrea Bowman Katie Congress
Elizabeth Surin Kristin Wong
Emma Dentinger Maura Tucker
Erin Slattery Sarah Mohtes-Chan
Hayley Lenahan Stephanie Kim
Kathleen Clair Tina Kauh
Katie Barnett Una Graonic

We continue to have an urgent need for volunteers to attend our admission events and communicate our enthusiasm for the College to prospective students and their parents! If you are interested in interviewing prospective students or representing Wellesley at a local college fair, please contact Sue Disman at WIP-Admissions@alum.wellesley.edu


Since 1982, Wellesley has used the Book Award program to honor young women in their junior year of high school who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership in their community. The awards are sponsored by W-I-P and provide an opportunity to both recognize local students and to introduce them to Wellesley College. Last year, we presented 28 copies of the Norton Book of Women's Lives, featuring beautiful blue linen slipcovers with the Wellesley seal embossed in gold on the cover, to outstanding young women at 22 local high schools. The Book Award is a critical tool for spreading the word about Wellesley to parents, teachers, students, and guidance counselors. Please consider sponsoring a Book Award at just $30.

Schools participating in the book award program include:  Abington Sr. High School, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Agnes Irwin School, Central Bucks High School East, Central High School, Episcopal Academy, Interboro High School, J.R. Masterman School, Jenkintown High School, Mastery Charter School – Thomas Campus, Methacton High School, Moorestown Friends School, Moorestown High School, North Penn High School, Olney Charter High School, Penncrest High School, Pennsbury High School, Philadelphia High School for Girls, Shipley School, Tatnall School and Upper Darby High School. 

Some of these schools have participated in this program for many years.  Please contact Kerry Wagner Woodward at WIP-BookAward@alum.wellesley.edu if you have questions about the program or have a contact at a local high school that you wish to see included in this program..


Taylor Pasteur is our new Young Alumnae Rep. She organizes events aimed at recent grads and maintains our Young Alumnae Facebook.  We often co-sponsor and participate in activities with the Philadelphia Seven Sisters Club. Please check out the W-I-P Young Alum Facebook group for the latest information. Contact Taylor at WIP-YoungAlumnae@alum.wellesley.edu with your ideas and suggestions.

2017-2018 CLUB EVENTS

November 4th Volunteer at Love Your Park Day with the Barnard Club, 10am- noon, Saunder’s Park, 325     N 39th Street, Philadelphia. To register, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/loveyourpark

December – Annual Holiday Gathering (specific date TBD)

December 17th – Cookie Exchange hosted by Hayley Lenahan in Center City

January 7th – Board Meeting

February – Valentine’s Day Dessert Party (specific date TBD)

March 25th – Board Meeting

April 22nd – Admitted Students Welcome Event

In addition to our annual events, the W-I-P board is planning new programming to appeal to broader groups of alums across geographies and classes. We are looking for opportunities to help connect people, build and strengthen friendships, and have fun! If you are on Facebook, I encourage you to sign up for the Wellesley-in-Philadelphia group where we post club news, plan informal get-togethers, and offer local advice.

As we build a stronger Wellesley community in Philadelphia, please share your ideas, news, life celebrations, concerns, and requests for support with the Club. We wish to support our community and demonstrate the power of the Wellesley Effect here at home.

With gratitude and warm regards, I am

         Sincerely yours,

Erin Bloom Slattery '99

Wellesley-in-Philadelphia, President

Many Thanks to our  Dedicated Board


Sue Disman (1986)


Book Award Chair

Kerry Wagner Woodward (2006)


Sophia Bunyaraksh (1974)



Erin Bloom Slattery (1999)


Programming Chair

Hayley Lenahan (2012)



Laura Faulkner (2006)



Sophia Bunyaraksh (1974)



Anne Strano Fox (1987)


Young Alumnae Representative

Taylor Pasteur (2015)


Vice President

Kieran Pechter (2004)



Heartfelt thanks to our retiring board members. Alicia Templeton, Jennifer Minton, Miranda Casiano, and Michele Lee.