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Smyth Leadership Lecture Series

Venus Williams and Gordon and Mary Beth SmythThe Smyth Leadership Lecture Series is made possible by the Smyth Foundation, an organization established by former Mary Baldwin College Trustee H. Gordon Smyth and his wife Mary Beth Smyth (MBC ’47).

Past Smyth Lecturers:

2007
Venus Williams
World-Renowned Tennis Champion

2006
Benazir Bhutto
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan

2005
Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland

2004
Judy Galloway ’69
President of New York City-based marketing company The Young Group

2003
Dominique Dawes
Former U.S. Olympic gymnast

2002
Mary Catherine Bateson
Clarence J. Robinson professor of anthropology and English at George Mason University

2001
Jean Sherman Chatzky
Journalist, author, editor

2000
Cokie Roberts
Political commentator for National Public Radio and ABC

1999
Louise Rossett McNamee ’70
Advertising executive, named “Leader and Legend” by AdWeek magazine

1998
Mae C. Jemison
First African-American woman to go into space

1997
Geraldine A. Ferraro
Former U.S. congresswoman and first woman nominated for vice president by a major party