The Polly Wheeler Guth ’44 Leaders in Residence program provides an exceptional opportunity to learn from women who shape the world - culturally, socially, artistically, and politically. Hearing their stories, their ideas, and their voices provides a remarkable window through which our girls can begin to envision their own future.

Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code, 2016-17 Leader in Residence

These girls are just incredibly compassionate, and they’re leaders. They are thoughtful and they are smart. I hope to vote for them one day - or invest in their companies, donate to their nonprofits, and see them because I think you have just trained a generation of leaders.

Celebrated Names

Past participants in this signature program have included former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto; Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the former and first woman President of Sri Lanka; animal biologist and environmentalist Jane Goodall; Iraqi activist Zainab Salbi; founder of Race for the Cure Nancy Brinker; Judith Jamison, the Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; activist and author Gloria Steinem; and Olympic Gold Medalist and Tennis Champion Venus Williams; film studio executive Sherry Lansing; BBC Anchor Katty Kay; Actress and Activist Ashley Judd, and founder of Girls who Code, Reshma Saujani.

Beyond Speeches

These women don't simply stand behind a podium and deliver prepared remarks when they visit our boarding school in Virginia. Their time with us is much more intimate than that. They meet and converse with students in class, in small-group discussions, over meals, as well as in the lecture hall. Our students prepare by working together in intensive study groups and presenting informative presentations to the entire school community prior to the visits.
An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.  
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