Smith College Club of Phoenix holds annual Rose & Ivy Brunch


The Smith College Club of Phoenix held its annual signature event, the Rose & Ivy Brunch, Sunday, Jan. 10, at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley.

Invitations went out to Arizona Smith alumnae, current students and families, and prospective candidates.

The format for the event was a mini-salon. The salon menu featured table host-alumnae speaking informally about their careers.

Judy Pelham, Smith College trustee, shared news from the college; Deborah Sussman, of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, spoke on her life as a writer and as a writing workshop facilitator; Sara Gordon, private banker, chose the topic, “Financing Your Life: Trends for Women”; and Rebecca Pringle, with Local First Arizona, spoke about its goal to support locally owned businesses and to educate the public on the economic, cultural and civic benefits of strong local economies.

In addition, Daisy Vargas, current Smith sophomore, shared her aspirations and campus experience as the first member of her family to attend college. During discussion, guests were encouraged to table-hop to enjoy the separate presentations.

Since its founding in 1871, Smith College has provided women of high ability an education of uncompromising quality. The Smith College Club of Phoenix represents alumnae from the Valley to northern Arizona. It seeks to encourage young women of promise to consider Smith.

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