Alumnae Spotlight showcases amazing Laurel women and the paths they have charted since graduation.
Whether they are doctors, designers, artists, authors, scientists, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs, engineers, pharmacists, or civic activists or volunteers, Laurel women inhabit nearly all careers and corners of the world helping to make it a better place.
Our alumnae and the journeys that they have taken speak to the essence of a Laurel education and what makes this School and the community of women who call it their own distinctive. This space highlights their fascinating lives and the mountains they continue to move.
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From leading companies to mountain expeditions, Ellen Brown Lapham ’61 doesn’t shy away from challenges. “Be self-reliant” but also “build your team wisely, as they are your lifeline” are lessons learned on Everest that also apply to Ellen’s work as a CEO and serial entrepreneur at a time when there were few women leading companies. Now a tireless advocate for environmental organizations, Ellen is committed to bringing together stakeholders—such as scientists and climbers through the American Climber Science Program and land managers from around the globe through the Sustainable Summits Initiative—to share the knowledge required for successful conservation work. Read on to learn more about this second-generation Laurel alumna (her mother and three aunts were also graduates!) who has taken the risk-taking skills learned at Lyman Circle and used them to better the world.