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Lincoln in Los Angeles: National Conference and Lasting Connections

This week, faculty, staff, and alumnae celebrated the magic and power of Lincoln School on a national stage. Three teams of presenters shared wisdom and best practices at the National Coalition of Girls Schools’ 2019 Dream Dare Do Conference in California. With an array of presentations that focused on current students and curriculum, campaigns, and engaging alumnae, the conference was a fabulous time to showcase our community and bring two groups of local Lincoln alumnae together to connect in the spirit of sisterhood. 

The Dream Dare Do Conference is dedicated to encouraging girls’ aspirations and creative thinking in order to grow, “by ensuring girls are inspired to challenge limits, explore new possibilities, embrace innovation, and seize opportunities. Girls’ schools are the perfect environments in which to spark, incubate, and launch the next generation of female makers, inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs.”

The three Lincoln sessions were:

Future Anything She Can Dream: Attracting Families, Inspiring Students, Engaging Alumnae

Ashley Rappa, Director of Marketing & Communications; Sue Farnum, Director of Admission & Financial Aid; and Molly Garrison, Director of Advancement | Lincoln School

Using the Handmaid’s Tale to Bridge the Gender Gap in Computer Science

Heather Swift, Computer Science/Robotics Teacher; Martha Douglas-Osmundson, English Department Faculty, Shakespeare in the City Coordinator; and Emma Stenberg, English Teacher | Lincoln School

Reimagining Your Portfolio of Work: Addition by Subtraction to Fuel your Future Success

Molly Garrison, Director of Advancement, and Courtney Trafton, Associate Director of Advancement | Lincoln School

Woven into two of the presentations was the core of the oft-mentioned phrase at Lincoln that “girls need to see it in order to be it.” After all, who better to help launch the next generation than the outstanding women who have come, and led, before them? On Monday and Tuesday evening, following full conference days, faculty and staff hosted area Lincoln alumnae for fun and inspirational dinners in Pasadena and Los Angeles respectively. 

“This was such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our alumnae in a variety of ways,” said Courtney Trafton. “By day, we shared the value and power of connecting students to our alumnae network, and our alumnae with each other, with hundreds of girls’ school peers. And at night, we put that ethos into action and heard firsthand how Lincoln has shaped the lives of our graduates, and continues to do so.”

Miriam Tinberg '10, who attended the dinner in Los Angeles, spoke directly to the power of her Lincoln education: “In reconnecting with Lincoln this week in LA, I was overwhelmed with a sense of self-assurance, community, and support from the staff, faculty, and fellow alumnae around me. I’m at a transition point in my career and the conversations and overall atmosphere reminded me how powerful the Lincoln support system is. I felt such love and kinship to everyone there. I will always see Lincoln as my anchor.”

In the city of stars, it was a great opportunity to let all areas of Lincoln—past, present, and future—shine brightly.

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