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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2022 Winner: Jessica Wachter '92
In a field dominated by men, Dr. Jessica Wachter stands out as one of the leading academic researchers on financial markets. She holds the Dr. Bruce I. Jacobs Chair of Quantitative Finance at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. In May 2021, she was appointed Chief Economist and Director of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Prior to Wharton, she taught at New York University's Stern School of Business. Her research focuses on behavioral finance, capital markets and financial crises. She previously served on the boards of the American Finance Association and the Western Finance Association and as associate editor of the academic publications Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Economic Theory.
Dr. Wachter graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.
Distinguished Young Alumna Award
The Distinguished Young Alumna Award was 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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2022 Winner: Maria J. Wing '97
Maria is an Advisory Specialist Leader with Deloitte & Touche, LLP’s Government and Public Services division. Maria focuses her practice on advising and supporting government entities in organizational and operational transformations. Before joining Deloitte, Maria served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA). The DRPA is a transportation agency that is responsible for managing the four major bridges and transit lines connecting the Philadelphia metro region with Southern New Jersey. Prior to joining DRPA, Ms. Wing had an established legal career as a transactional attorney focusing upon commercial real estate development and financing, portfolio acquisition and government affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her juris doctor from Tulane University School of Law.
Maria has been the recipient of numerous professional honors and awards. In 2019, she was awarded a grant by the William Penn Foundation to participate in Cohort 3 of the DiverseForce Program, a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania FELS Institute and DiverseForce to increase minority participation in nonprofit boards. In 2016, she was honored by the Philadelphia Tribune as one of 10 People Under 40 to Watch and by the Legal Intelligencer as a Top Woman in Law. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Real Estate in 2013 and 2015, a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow in 2014 and, in 2011, was included in the Legal Intelligencer Lawyers on the Fast Track.
She is also extensively engaged in community and civic initiatives. She has served as Co-Chair of the Young Friends of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Board member of the Anti-Defamation League, member of the Emerging Leaders of People’s Emergency Center and an Advisory Board member of Dress for Success Philadelphia. She is currently a Board member at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Maria is also a proud Baldwin parent to Blake, Class of 2034.
Alumnae Award for Life Achievement
The Award for Lifetime Achievement was established in 1991. It is given to an alumna who has either demonstrated a lifelong dedication and commitment to helping empower those who have struggled with challenges and societal barriers or who has had a significant impact on an institution or community.
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2022 Winner: Janet L. Beach '67
Janet Beach is the Managing Partner at the marketing strategy consulting firm, U.S. Marketing Services focused on improving clients’ marketing and brand strategies. U.S. Marketing Services consults in high technology, telecommunications, healthcare/biotech business and consumer products. U.S. Marketing Services develops marketing strategy, conducts market research, develops branding implementation programs and positions and develops new products. Clients include Wells Fargo, Symantec, Intuit, Schwab, Ariba, UCSF Medical Center and a wide range of start-up and new product companies. In Janet’s career, she has been in advertsing on Madison Avenue in New York City, she has headed up the marketing for Levi Strauss blue jeans and she has helped to launch and build a new telephone company, Sprint which since 2020 is now part of T-Mobile.
Janet has been a longtime committed volunteer of The Job Forum, a nonprofit supported by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and LinkedIn. The Job Forum is made up of hiring managers from companies like Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Twitter, JPMorgan Chase and many more who volunteer their time to help San Francisco area job hunters find jobs. Since 1997, Janet has been the Executive Director and provides the strategic management, policy decision-making, annual and long-term planning, financial and operational oversight of The Job Forum. She and her organization create and manage the approximately 90 Job Forum events for job hunters per year.
In addition to her volunteer work at The Job Forum, Janet has served on the boards of the American Marketing Association and Business Marketing Association and on a committee of St. Anthony’s Foundation.
During her time as a student at Baldwin, she was a boarder, was active in theater and the a cappella group, The Choraleers, she was a student-athlete and President of Service League. She has remained an active alumna by hosting regional events and serving on the National Board of Advisors. After graduating magna cum laude from Baldwin, she received her B.A. from Skidmore College and M.A. from Boston University.