Simmons president to speak at Women’s History event

‘Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment’ presentation set for April 3

March 12, 2012
  Helen Drinan

The theme of National Women’s History Month 2012, which is celebrated every March, is Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment. Fittingly, the speaker chosen for the UMass Medical School Women’s History Month celebration has first-hand experience influencing both.


Helen Drinan is president of Simmons College, one of the premiere women’s colleges in the country, and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, another. She is also a respected leader in health care and business. Drinan will talk about her own leadership experience, shaped by her tenure as senior vice president of human resources at Caritas Christi Health Care and as executive vice president of human resources at BankBoston Corporation, where she received national recognition for compensation, work-life and diversity programs she developed.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 3, in the Lazare Auditorium (S1-607) at 3:30 p.m., with a reception immediately following. The program is sponsored by the Professional Women’s Committee, the Women’s Faculty Committee and the Women’s Leadership Work Group. To RSVP, send an email to Fernanda Gama at

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