Women of Influence

Introduction by Susan Sward
Photos by Toby Burditt and Erin Mulvehill

Profiles of some of the 40 Influential Women are available below. More profiles are being added soon, so check back again.

Four decades after women were first admitted to Saint Mary's College, many female graduates have gone on to make spectacular contributions in a wide array of professions – from inner-city education to law enforcement.

Often, graduates say, two crucial forces were behind their achievements — their Saint Mary's education and, before that, the words and examples of their parents.

As the College marks the 40th anniversary of women's admission, the Saint Mary's Women in Philanthropy Committee is honoring 40 influential female graduates. The women will be honored at an on-campus gala on Nov. 6.

Typically, the women are modest, emphasizing how the College helped mold them into the people they are. Yet their passion about their work shines out in their words, and the influence they have had in their respective careers and lives is remarkable.

40 Years/One Night, a "Gaela" celebration recognizing the 40 Influential Women of Saint Mary's, will be held on Sat., Nov. 6 in the Soda Center. It begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a raffle and a silent auction. The keynote speaker will be Kristine Carlson, co-author of the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. Go to stmarys-ca.edu/womeninphil for tickets and more information.