Every year, Baldwin recognizes alumnae... Click here to see the full listing of award winners from over the years.
The Alumnae Award
The Alumnae Award was established in 1967 to honor Rosamond Cross on her 25th anniversary as Head of School. It is given annually to an alumna who has distinguished herself in her field of endeavor and whose life reflects a dedication to the principles of The Baldwin School.
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2018 Winner: Martha 'Meg' Gaines '73
The 2018 winner is Martha 'Meg' Gaines '73. Meg is a long-term committed and compassionate advocate for cancer patients. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Patient Partnerships and a Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she teaches courses in Patient Advocacy and Health Law.
A cancer survivor herself, Meg founded the Center to train law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work students to work together helping cancer patients navigate the frightening journey through the healthcare system. Meg has established an innovative resource that is transforming cancer care for patients and their families across the globe and reframing professional education. A relentless advocate for patients who are too ill or bewildered to navigate for themselves, Meg sees that patients get the care and treatment they need.
She is an international speaker and thought leader who recently received the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship’s Ellen Stovall Award for Patient-Centered Cancer Care, for her inspired and innovative approach to helping those with cancer. She received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College, and her J.D. and LL.M. from University of Wisconsin School of Law.
Meg has been an active member of the Baldwin community and served as a member of Baldwin’s National Advisory Board. At Baldwin she was student president her senior year, played hockey, lacrosse and basketball and helped start the Judo Club.
Her friend, Amy Wagner, Class of ’72 says, “I can think of no other alumna who so emphatically embodies the spirit of Baldwin’s Alumnae Award. Through her lifelong commitment, Meg has indeed empowered those who struggle with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis and made a positive impact on those who serve and care for these patients.”
Distinguished Young Alumna Award
The award was also established in 1991. It is given to an alumna who has graduated within the last 25 years and has made significant contributions in her profession, avocation or volunteer services.
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2018 Winner: Dorothy Rogers Mayhew '93
Dorothy has been a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State since 2000. She began in Tbilisi, Georgia, as a Consular and Economic Officer. Later, as a Political Officer for the U.S. Department of State, Dorothy reported on New Zealand domestic politics and served as the principal liaison with Parliament.
As a Program Officer for the Department of State, Dorothy managed the implementation of the foreign assistance portfolios for Kosovo and Albania. Dorothy also served as the Head of Law Enforcement Affairs in the Ukraine for the Department of State.
Dorothy finally brought her expertise back to our shores in 2015 when she served as the Department of State’s Financial Economist. She now serves as Deputy Director for the Foreign Service Institute. With a deep knowledge of the world at large, it is no surprise that she is now committed to the training of our next generations of Foreign Service officers.
She received a BSFS in International Relations from Georgetown University and an MBA from Victoria University of Wellington. While at Baldwin, Dorothy played soccer, volleyball and softball and was a senior senator. Dorothy has been an active member of the Baldwin community. She has served as a member of the National Board of Advisors two times, has hosted regional Baldwin alumna events and came to speak with former history teacher Mr. Marc Epstein's International Relations class at Baldwin for 10 years.
Alumnae Award for Life Achievement
The Award for Life Achievement was established in 1991. It is given to an alumna who has either demonstrated a lifelong dedication to helping empower those who struggle with challenges and societal barriers or who have had a significant impact on an institution or community.
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2018 Winner: Carolyn D. Jones ’73
Carolynis the Diversity and Inclusion Leader for the Raytheon Company’s Global Business Development sector. Raytheon is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.
In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive company-wide diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy as well as driving D&I strategies and solutions that support global growth. Much of her focus is on the development and advancement of women in the organization. This work provides her the opportunity to address the development of women, particularly in the Middle East.
Through her leadership, Raytheon was the first defense contractor to staff professional women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to Raytheon, Carolyn spent 10 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, a global management consulting firm, where she helped launch the companies’ first D&I strategy. She led the firm’s Global Women’s Agenda, which promoted the development and advancement of women across the geographies. Carolyn worked in higher education for 15 years, serving as Director of Training and Organization Development at the University of Pennsylvania. She also established her own consulting firm where she provided coaching, learning and leadership development to numerous clients.
Carolyn spent several years pursuing her passion for music and performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the former Soviet Union. Carolyn is a Lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and served as a board member for four years. She is currently a board member of Women in Aerospace and is leading a committee to promote more engagement of women of color in the organization.
Carolyn attended Brown University where she combined coursework at Rhode Island School of Design in order to receive a B.A. in Urban Planning and Architecture.
She has continued to be involved with and given back to the Baldwin community in so many ways. Carolyn is the proud mother of Logan Jones-Merrill, Baldwin class of 2014. She was a Trustee for many years, where she helped design the School's first diversity strategy, was a member of the National Board of Advisors (NBA) and has been involved with supporting students at events like Career Day.