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Alumnae Lunch Series

The Alumnae Lunch Series is a great way to connect and share your experiences with students.  Throughout the year, we invite alumnae to have lunch with Upper School students and speak about her career, college experience and life at AIS.  Students enjoy hearing from alumnae in this relaxed setting and benefit from the one-on-one interaction.  If you are interested in participating please email Brooke Norrett Director of Alumnae Relations, at  We would love to have you join us!


Business-Savvy Natalie Jones '05 to Lunch with Upper Schoolers

On Friday, December 6, as part of the Alumnae Lunch Series, Natalie Jones '05
will speak with Upper School students about her career in equity capital markets. Jones graduated in 2009 from Trinity College. She was an American Studies major and, eventually, captain of the women's crew team at Trinity.

After graduating, she worked at America's Growth Capital, a boutique investment bank located in Boston, focusing on marketing and business development. After two years, she relocated to New York City, where she now works at Lazard Capital Markets in equity capital markets.


Good Day Philadelphia Anchor Karen Hepp '89 to Visit AIS

On Wednesday, November 20, as part of the Alumnae Lunch Series, Karen Helpp '89 will speak with Upper School students about her career path. Hepp graduated from New York University in 1993. She is currently an anchor on Good Day Philadelphia. She anchors the 4:25 to 6:00 a.m. program, and co-anchors the 9-10 a.m. hour with Mike Jerrick and Sheinelle Jones. She joined WTXF Fox Philly in November 2010. She is a former anchor of Good Day New York Wake Up on WNYW-TV's Fox 5 News in New York City. She joined WNYW in January 2005 as the prime weekend anchor. She previously worked for NBC-owned and operated stations for eight years as an anchor and reporter at WNBC in New York, WCAU in Philadelphia and WVIT in Connecticut.


Mary McCarty '05 on Education Reform

On Friday, January 18, 2013, as part of the Alumnae Lunch Series, Mary McCarty ’05 spoke with Upper School students about her four years at AIS and her subsequent undergraduate experiences at New York University.

Inspired by her career decisions and background, students engaged McCarty (pictured in the front row, third from right) in a discussion about youth politics and education reform.

McCarty, who has recently joined Generation Citizen in New York City as a development manager, was previously affiliated with New Leaders, where she contributed to the research and evaluation efforts of EPIC (The Effective Practice Incentive Community), a five-year endeavor that provided financial incentives to school leaders and teachers nationwide in exchange for their sharing of effective practices.

McCarty began her career at New Leaders as an undergraduate intern, supporting local and national fundraising efforts. She credits Agnes Irwin with her passion for learning and interest in education reform.


Nadya Mason '10 on Studying Abroad in Seoul

Upper School students listened attentively to Nadya Mason '10, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, who visited AIS on Monday, December 10, 2012 to discuss her summer of studying abroad through the Penn-in-Seoul program as part of the Alumnae Lunch Series.

The program sends about 25 students to South Korea for two months in the summer. For the first month, they take a minimum of two classes at Seoul National University (SNU), followed by an internship placement during the second month.

At SNU, Mason (standing left in the photo) took a history course called East Asia: Past and Present and an urban studies course called Korean Architecture and Urbanism. For the second month, Mason interned at the Korea Leadership Center - a consulting organization offering leadership and management skills to executives from companies like LG and Samsung.

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