Leaders in Residence Program

Benazir Bhutto
Ishmael Beah
Chandrika Kumaratunga

"Chatham Hall girls asked me better questions than the college students I meet." - Benazir Bhutto.

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The Chatham Hall 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.


Lois Lowry
Judith Jamison
Gloria Steinem

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.

Zainab Salbi
Venus Williams
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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.

"The girls were obviously so intelligent and their questions really made me think. I wish I could have attended a school like Chatham Hall." - Venus Williams