Doris Kearns Goodwin Inspires as Leader in Residence
Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author, visited campus on November 18 and 19 as the 2019-20 Polly Wheeler Guth ’44 Leader in Residence.
Goodwin spent her time on campus meeting with students in various formats - engaging them in dialogue about her life, her many publications, her work as one of the few women in presidential staffing in the 1960s, and her reflections on leadership.
During her keynote address on Monday evening, Goodwin packed in countless stories and anecdotes about her research that led to her most recent book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times. And in her reflections on her time on campus, she drew parallels to her own experiences and what Chatham Hall creates for its students every day. “You’re very lucky to have found this place,” she said to the girls. “You all seem alive at a time when teenagers can be quite cynical—this place has enlivened your curiosity, and you can take that with you throughout your days.”
Goodwin also noted the capacity for leadership in Chatham Hall girls both while at school and in their future endeavors. “In general, women prepare more, work harder, are more detailed oriented, and work more collaboratively together. Because you’ve studied with all girls at this key time in your life development, you’ve got a cadre of women to draw strength from throughout your life, and that is so special.”
The Leader in Residence program is endowed by the Polly Wheeler Guth ’44 Leader in Residence Fund and brings exceptional female leaders to the Chatham Hall campus. For more on Doris Kearns Goodwin and her career, visit here.
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.