In case you missed it…
All School Multicultural Committee Speaker Series: On November 6th, 2023 the All School Multicultural Committee (ASMC) and the Fieldston Alumni Network (FAN) held a remote professional impact panel focusing on building community in the workplace with ECFS alumni. Panelists included Vanessa Ross '10 (Ralph Creative), Elizabeth Lefever '12 (YouTube), Max Kessler '05 (Google), and Elbert Garcia '93 (National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy). Student participants included Remy Lipman ’24, SharJah Bojii ‘26 and Malia Ali ’27. View the recording here.
Fieldston at the Forefront of the entertainment industry: On October 24th, 2023 guests heard from alumni experts Maxwell Whittington-Cooper '13, Hillary Robbie '04, Tracey Bing '87, and moderator Janey Feingold '10 who shared advice on how to break into the entertainment industry and discuss their experiences working in this field. Check out the recording of this virtual event here.
Life After Fieldston: On September 19th, 2023 guests heard from alumni Jacqueline Weitz '17, Karina Cruz '11 and Lance Taubin '06 as they discussed how they transitioned from Fieldston to college and beyond, and answered questions from current students, parents, and recent graduates. View the recording here.
ECFS All Stars Community Basketball Event on March 11, 2023 families, alumni, faculty/staff, and friends filled the Fieldston campus with orange pride at the first-ever ECFS All Stars Community Basketball Day! Check out photos from the event here.
Alumni Professional Impact Series | Climate Justice On March 7, 2023 we held a discussion on climate justice and how climate change disproportionately affects those who are most vulnerable. Joining us were Alec Appelbaum '89, Matthew Cullinen '04, and Keerti Gopal '17 along with two student moderators from the Environmental Club. View the recording here.
Alumni Professional Impact Series | Food Insecurity On January 18, 2023 three of our alumni, Olivia Horwitz ‘14, Jillian Lubarsky ‘01 and Ethan Kent ‘94 discussed the challenges around and potential solutions to food insecurity. The panel was moderated by two Class of 2025 students, Alexander Bromfield and Nathanial Rozoff. View the recording here and see below for a list of organizations you can get involved with.
City Meals on Wheels
The Farm School NYC
Food Bank NYC
IRC Community Garden
Secrets of the Holiday Season in NYC Tour: Untapped New York's Chief Experience Office, Justin Rivers delivers a virtual tour by tracing the history and secrets of some of New York City's time-honored holiday traditions. Watch the recording here.
Fieldston at the Forefront of Writing. This event featured alumni authors Allison Gilbert '88 and Joan Morgan ’83. Gilbert wrote “Listen, World!,” a biography of Elsie Robinson, the most influential newspaper columnist you’ve never heard of, and Morgan wrote “She Begat This: 20 Years of the MisEducation of Lauryn Hill.” Both discussed their writing journey and gave practical advice to aspiring authors. View the recording here.
Alumni Professional Impact Series | Healthcare Inequity On November 7th , three of our distinguished alumni working in healthcare, David Himmelstein '68, Ana Cepin '91 and Ivette Hernandez '82, came together to discuss the inequity they've seen in their work and shared ways that we can help make change. Watch the recording here.
Fieldston at the Forefront of Writing. This event featured alumni authors Allison Gilbert '88 and Joan Morgan '83 discussing their recent books and giving practical advice to aspiring authors. View the recording here.
The Evolution of Girls' Sports at Fieldston. Recalling that in the 1960s the girls’ sports program provided so much less than the boys’, Gus Ornstein ’94, ECFS Director of Athletics; Diane (Schuie) Schumacher, Physical Education teacher in the 1970s; and Diane Toth, Physical Education teacher and girls field hockey coach, discussed how Title IX changed the athletics department and strengthened the culture of girls’ sports at the School. They were joined by Kevin Webb ’88, Title IX Training Manager at Howard University. This event was suggested by members of the Class of 1970 who wanted to hear about Fieldston past and present through the lens of an athlete. View the recording here.
Fieldston Reunion Returns: The 2022 Reunion Returns was a great night! More than 300 alumni gathered on the Fieldston campus to reconnect with classmates and faculty. Click here to see photos from the event.
Alumni Professional Impact Series | Women Changemakers: Gains and Challenges on the Journey for Gender Equity On March 9, 2021 three trailblazing graduates shared their experiences, achievements and the importance of women's equity and the intersectionality with other causes. Our alumni panelists were Nicole Isaac ’96, Vernice Miller-Travis ’77, and Sheryl WuDunn ’77. You can watch the recording here.
Alumni Professional Impact Series | Our Journeys Here: Origin Stories. On November 18, 2021, we kicked off our speaker series with the All School Multicultural Committee (ASMC). Three Fieldston alumni- Dorcas Lind-Gehlaut ’85, Cynthia Pettersen ’79, and Jason Varghese ’12 - shared their story of how their family came to America and how it impacted their life before, during, and after Fieldston. Watch the recording here.
Fieldston Film Series “Dating and New York”: Jonah Feingold ‘09, Director, was interviewed by current Fieldston student Susanna Audi ‘24 prior to the virtual screening. Participating alumni learned about Jonah’s inspirations, how the movie was produced with the help of a fellow Fieldston classmate, and how Fieldston influenced his career. The Q&A, followed by the movie, was a successful beginning to a series we hope can highlight the array of creative Fieldston alumni who work behind or in front of the camera, in all aspects of film. Please reach out with any ideas or recommendations for future events!
Alumni Professional Impact Series | Philanthropy: Bridging Economic and Racial Injustice
This second event of the 2021-2022 Alumni Professional Impact Series was a great success. Four Fieldston graduates working in non-profit philanthropy spoke to fact that each one of us can be a giver and make an impact. Our alumni also shared insights into how donors and organizations can leverage their resources to help bridge economic and racial injustices. Learn more about our panelists and watch the recorded panel discussion here.