Jadwiga Sebrechts to Receive Award for Inclusive Leadership and Social Responsibility

Jadwiga Sebrechts, Ph.D., President of the Women's College Coalition, is being honored for her leadership and commitment to women's higher education by Pine Manor College, a women's college in Chestnut Hill, MA. The college will present Dr. Sebrechts with an award for Inclusive Leadership at a reception at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, October 19, at 6:00 p.m. where women and leadership will be discussed.

Sponsored by the Center for Inclusive Leadership and Social Responsibility at Pine Manor College, the Inclusive Leadership Awards are designed to honor women who have demonstrated collaboration, innovative thinking, and a commitment to social responsibility in their workplaces and communities. Pine Manor College President Gloria Nemerowicz will present the award.

According to Mary Ann Tinklepaugh Fish, Washington Representative of the Office of Federal Affairs for New York State, Pine Manor College alumna and member of the college's Board of Trustees, "We are proud to present Dr. Sebrechts with this award that recognizes her strong contribution to women's education and leadership." Dr. Sebrechts is the fifth recipient of this prestigious award that has also been given to The Honorable Juliette Clagett McClennan, former U.S. Representative to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women; Lynn M. Martin, former Secretary of the Department of Labor and former Congresswoman from Illinois; Shelley Looney, U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medalist; and, Jodi Beldotti, President of the Yellow Brick Road Project.

As president of the Women's College Coalition, Dr. Sebrechts is a national voice for women's colleges across the country. Dr. Sebrechts oversees research on gender issues in higher education and plays a crucial role in national higher education policy initiatives. She is the coordinator of the Coalition's public awareness ad campaign, "Expect the Best From a Girl. That's What You'll Get." Her professional life has been geared towards promoting the equality of women's opportunities in higher education, particularly in the fields of math and science.

Prior to assuming the Coalition's directorship, Dr. Sebrechts was the Associate Director of the Association of Yale Alumni for six years, where she was responsible for Yale's continuing education programs and all alumni communications. She was also an instructor in Yale's French department for five years, where she did her doctoral work.