Cambridge in America held its spring event, with the theme of “The Meaning of Success: Insights from Women at Cambridge.

Cambridge in America continued its series of events featuring top women of Cambridge with a half-day event on Saturday, March 21 at the Waldorf Astoria, Park Avenue, New York.

Three Cambridge Heads of House were amongst the featured panelists, including

Churchill Master Dame Athene Donald DBE, FRS, Fitzwilliam Master Nicola Padfield MA, Dip Crim, DES, and Murray Edwards President Dame Barbara Stocking DBE.

They were joined by panelists Camfed International founder and President Ann Cotton OBE and Sylvia Hewlett, Girton alumna and founding President and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, and MC and moderator for the panel discussion, Sarah Dunant, Newnham alumna and award-winning author.

President of Wolfson College, Sir Richard Evans, and his wife, Dr Christine L Corton, were also in attendance.

The new Chairman of the Cambridge in America Board of Trustees, Dr Alan E Smith (Christ's 1964), welcomed attendees, which included graduates from nearly all of Cambridge's 31 Colleges.

The panelists explored 'the meaning of success' and built on discussions held in Cambridge last year during the launch of a book focused on the subject. Each panelist shared examples from their lives—both professional and personal—that forged their interpretation of the definition of success.

"Know yourself well enough to know what suits you," Dame Barbara Stocking said during her talk. "Be honorable in what you do and be passionate."

The panel discussion yielded a lively debate and discussion with the audience. The event also featured a networking session over tea and pastries and an after-event drinks reception in the stunning Vanderbilt Room at the Waldorf Astoria.

The event was the second in the Meaning of Success series, preceded by a breakfast talk led by Newnham College Principal Dame Carol Black in January. Future events will also feature leaders from Cambridge, as well as alumni of Cambridge in the USA and Canada.


A number of inquiries about acquiring the book were received – from about 30 attendees! -- and they are now winging their way to America.

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