NEW YORK—The Columbia Athletics’ Women’s Leadership Council will celebrate its 10th Anniversary next week with its annual fall 2017 event held on Thursday, October 5 at Barneys in New York City. This year's Women’s Leadership Council fall event will honor the founders of The Council: Lisa Carnoy '89CC, Donna MacPhee '89CC, Philippa Portnoy '86BC and former Columbia Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education Dr. M. Dianne Murphy.


Those in attendance will hear about the council’s impact from the perspective of coaches, alumni and athletics staff. Speakers will include current Columbia field hockey coach Caroline Nelson-Nichols, former soccer player Joan Campion ‘92CC and former basketball player Katie Day Benvenuto ‘03CC. Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Physical Education Peter Pilling will also speak to the group.


Founded in 2007, the Columbia’s Women’s Leadership Council is a leadership giving recognition society for women. Since its inception, Council members have contributed over $3.6 million in leadership support to the Athletics annual funds. In Fiscal Year 2017, The Women's Leadership Council contributed more than $580,000 and comprised of 162 members making it the most successful year to date.


In Fiscal Year 2015, new levels of membership within the Council were rolled out: Silver membership, marked by cumulative annual gifts of $2,500 or more to The Fund for Excellence and/or Columbia Athletics’ 31 varsity sports programs over the course of the fiscal year (July 1-June 30), and Blue & White membership, marked by cumulative annual gifts of $1,000.


Alumnae, parents, or fans of Columbia Athletics interested in joining The Women's Leadership Council are invited to attend. To RSVP for Thursday’s event, please click here:


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