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25th Anniversary Book Club Meeting

posted Mar 7, 2019, 1:51 PM by East Bay Smith Club

Eleven East Bay Smithies, representing an almost sixty year-span of graduation years, gathered at the Oakland home of Sherrill Lavagnino for our 25th Anniversary book club meeting on March 7, 2019. The book club first met on March 30, 1994, inspired by an idea generated at the EBSC fall potluck. Several women present at the 25th anniversary meeting had been coming to meetings since 1994, and they shared fond memories from the club's past, such as how they would invite people to meetings via US post in the days before the internet. Sherrill made an incredible book-shaped lemon cake that attendees enjoyed as several toasts were made, to the people who keep our club running - meeting hosts and especially our coordinator, Karen Bardsley - and to past members of our club who are now departed. Afterwards we enjoyed lively discussion of this month's choice, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. At the end of the meeting, attendees each contributed $5 to support the college's Mary E. Wilson Scholarship Fund, a tradition that raises about $500 for the fund each year. More information about the EBSC Book Club can be found on our book club webpage.

25th anniversary cake 

March 13 Self-Advocacy Event and Networking Opportunity

posted Mar 2, 2019, 10:59 AM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Mar 2, 2019, 11:11 AM ]

Join the Smith College Business Network on March 13 for an evening of connecting with Smithies in business

If not you, who?  Self-advocacy is about getting what you deserve. You will never get ahead unless you know your value.  Join us for a dynamic evening of discussion and networking with Smith industry leaders. Panelists will discuss how to advocate for ourselves at critical career junctures in order to build salary, portfolio and responsibilities.  Continue the conversation with industry-specific networking facilitated by table hosts.

Schedule of Events
6:00 PM Registration & reception 
6:30 PM Welcome and introduction from Debbie Duncan '77, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Smith College
6:35 PM Panel Discussion on Self Advocacy with Q&A 
7:20 PM Industry specific networking facilitated by table hosts 
8:20 - 8:30 PM Closing Remarks from Martha Galley '79 and Amanda Wallis '74, Co-chairs of the Northern California Business Network Advisory Board

Visit the event website for bios of our panelists and industry table hosts

Domenico Winery
1697 Industrial Road
San Carlos, California 94070

On-site parking is available

Alumna: $20
GOLD Alumna (2008-2019J): $10 
Parent or Guest: $25


President McCartney in SF

posted Jan 17, 2019, 9:49 PM by East Bay Smith Club

On Tuesday, January 29, join the college  for an evening of connecting with Smithies in business. President Kathleen McCartney will start the evening with recent news from Smith and discuss the many ways Smith is encouraging innovation and supporting women's entrepreneurial ambitions. For the keynote presentation Jenn Maer, '93, will share how empathy is one of the most important tools businesses can use to solve problems and adapt to an ever-changing landscape. She'll offer real world examples from her work at IDEO, as well as tips on how to incorporate empathy into your own work.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
6 p.m. Registration and appetizers/drinks
6:45 p.m. Welcome and update on Smith today from President Kathleen McCartney
7:10 p.m. Presentation on The Business of Empathy from Jenn Maer '93
7:50 - 8:00 p.m. Closing remarks
Location: Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
Fee: $20 for alums, parents and guests; $10 for alums in classes 2008 to 2018 (Tickets are nonrefundable.)

Join Us At The Oakland Women's March

posted Jan 17, 2019, 5:36 PM by East Bay Smith Club

This Saturday, January 19, we'll once again be joining up for the Oakland Women's March. Meet us at 10:45 am at the corner of 12th St. and Oak St. to march in the parade together. Family, friends, and other women's college grads are welcome. Call or text 510-406-6636 if you can't find us. The Women's March FAQs contain helpful information about preparing for the day. Hope to see you there!

Private exhibition tour at SFMOMA

posted Jan 16, 2019, 6:54 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino

March 14, 2019 6-8pm

Hi East Bay Smithies! We have a fantastic opportunity to have an exhibition tour at the SFMOMA with alumna Robin Clark ‘87, Director of the Artist Initiative at SFMOMA and Smith College Museum of Art Contemporary Art Curator, Emma Chubb. This event will have Bay Area Smithies coming at the end of the day for a unique tour of the exhibitions slated, one of which will be traveling to the Smith College Museum later in the year and offers a way for Smithies interested in the arts to come together for a one hour tour 6:30-7:30 pm. And for those who want to continue the conversation, the Museum is open until 9 pm and there is a cafe. The price is just the price of admission to the SFMOMA and we will gather together at 6 for a meet and greet prior to the tour. Please RSVP to

Cal Women's Basketball Event

posted Dec 10, 2018, 3:05 PM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Dec 10, 2018, 3:06 PM ]

The East Bay Smith Club is going to the Cal Women’s Basketball game on Saturday, December 22nd! The game will be at 12pm at home on the UC campus against UConn. This will be a fun, low-key event and all are welcome. RSVP to the Facebook event by joining our Facebook group, If you are not on Facebook and would like to come, email club president Stacia Wyman ( and let her know how many tickets you will need. She will be buying a bunch at the group rate—just $10! She can be reimbursed electronically or in person at the event. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Page Going Away

posted Dec 9, 2018, 9:47 AM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Dec 9, 2018, 9:47 AM ]

The East Bay Smith College Facebook page will be retired at the end of 2018. Please join us instead in our Facebook group, accessible at, to stay in touch with the club in a more private setting. If you are already a member of our group, you do not need to take any additional action. Thank you!

Fall Potluck 2018

posted Nov 10, 2018, 6:37 PM by East Bay Smith Club

Our annual Fall Potluck will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the home of Deebie Symmes '81 in Berkeley. For details and to RSVP, please visit or email See you there!

2017-2018 Annual Report

posted Nov 3, 2018, 9:17 AM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Nov 3, 2018, 9:18 AM ]

The annual report contains updates on everything happening with the club, including details about this year's potluck, a book club update, and information on open board positions. Click below to access the PDF online. Enjoy, and see you at potluck!

Save the Date: President McCartney in San Francisco

posted Oct 12, 2018, 4:10 PM by East Bay Smith Club   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 4:10 PM ]

This winter, President McCartney is embarking on a six-city tour to share her ambitious vision for making a Smith education the most powerful form of the liberal arts. She will be in San Francisco on January 29, 2019. More information to come! Questions? Please contact:

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