WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley College will honor three alumnae
Thursday, February 21, for the significant contributions
they have made to their respective fields of corporate governance,
literature, and law. Luella Gross Goldberg '58, Nayantara
Pandit Sahgal '47, and Patricia Williams '73 will receive
the College's Alumnae Achievement Awards for 2002 at a ceremony
in Alumnae Hall beginning at 6:00 pm. The event, which includes
an awards presentation and remarks by the honorees, is free
and open to the public.
Established in 1969, the Wellesley
College Alumnae Achievement Awards are given annually
to "alumnae of distinction who through their achievements
have brought honor to themselves and to Wellesley College."
The award winners serve as role models for students and
represent excellence in their respective fields. Past award
winners include Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
'59, foundation philanthropist Anna Faith Jones '54, and
journalists Linda Wertheimer '65 and Cokie Roberts '64.
Luella Gross Goldberg '58 has led a distinguished and pioneering
career as a corporate director and civic leader. This past
summer, she was named the first American to the Board of
Directors of the ING Group, the tenth largest publicly-traded
company worldwide. Goldberg's service as a corporate director
began in 1976, when she became the first female director
of insurance giant Northwestern National Life Insurance
Co. (now ReliaStar Financial Corp.). An expert in corporate
governance, finance, and public affairs, she is a respected
entity in the world of corporate leadership, and other major
corporations including TCF Financial Corporation, Communications
Systems, Inc., Hormel Foods Corporation, and Piper Funds,
tapped her for their boards, from the mid-1980s through
Goldberg's accomplishments in the business world are mirrored
by her devoted civic service. She is a life director of
the Minnesota Orchestral Association and has served on the
boards of Wellesley College (where she was acting president
in 1993), the University of Minnesota Foundation, St. John's
University, Carlson School of Management, Women's Economic
Alliance, and the United Way of Minneapolis, among others.
Her work has garnered many awards including the Governor's
Leadership Award for the State of Minnesota and the National
Conference of Christians and Jews Award for Distinguished
Humanitarian Service. In 1997, Golberg was named one of
Minnesota's three most influential women in business, and
her significant leadership has paved the way for younger
generations of women to serve in top-level positions in
Nayantara Pandit Sahgal '47 is one of India's premier postcolonial
novelists and political journalists. A former delegate to
the U.N. General Assembly, she was born into a powerful
political family: her uncle was the first prime minister
and her mother India's first ambassador to the U.N. Her
closeness to India's postcolonial regime informs her work,
both fiction and non-fiction. Sahgal critically examines
India's sociopolitical culture since colonialism and creates
a groundbreaking voice for women's issues in that patriarchal
society. A vocal opponent of Indira Gandhi's "emergency"
in the late 1960s, Sahgal deals provocatively with issues
of sex, class, race, politics, and religion in her novels.
Her works include Prison and Chocolate Cake (1954),
A Time to Be Happy (1958), From Fear Set Free
(1962), Mistaken Identity (1988), Rich Like Us
(1985) and Indira Gandhi: Her Road to Power (1982).
An internationally-recognized writer, she has won numerous
awards, including a Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from
the University of Leeds in 1997, the Sinclair Fiction Prize
(for Rich Like Us), and the Commonwealth Writers'
Prize for Eurasia.
Patricia J. Williams '73 is a legal scholar and professor
of American law at Columbia University. Her books, including
The Alchemy of Race and Rights: A Diary of a Law Professor
(1991), The Rooster's Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice
(1995), and Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox
of Race (1997), illustrate some of America's most complex
societal problems and challenge our ideas about cultural
constructs of race and gender.
Williams has garnered many awards, including a prestigious
2000 MacArthur Fellowship, with a stipend of $500,000 over
five years to support her continued intellectual studies.
Other honors include being named the first black woman to
give the Reith Lecture at the British Broadcasting Corporation
in 1997 and receiving the National Association of Black
Political Scientists Book Award in 1992. Williams graduated
from Harvard Law School in 1975 and served as deputy city
attorney in Los Angeles until 1978 and staff attorney for
the Western Center on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles from
1978-80. She has taught law at Golden Gate College (1980-84),
the City University of New York (1984-88), the Univeristy
of Wisconsin, Madison (1988-1993), and Columbia School of
Law, where she has been affiliated since 1991. She is also
a contributing editor and columnist for The Nation.