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Speaker Series

SPSG welcomes speakers across a broad spectrum of disciplines, industries, and backgrounds to provide students access to experts and leaders in their field. Guests model the qualities that the School seeks to instill in its students, as they represent confident communicators, conscientious community members, lifelong learners, and innovative thinkers, among other hallmarks of the Portrait of a Graduate.


In addition to serving as individual mentors, advisors, and role models, SPSG graduates are regularly on-campus, speaking to current students about their experiences and sharing their talents. Annual events that feature alumnae speakers include Green and White Weekend, Health & Wellness Day, International Women’s Day, Junior Leadership Day, Prayers, Ring Day, and Senior Day.

Lisa Smith ’02

Courtney Williamson ’05: AbiliLife



For more information about our Alumnae please visit our Alumnae Page

Portrait of a Graduate

Throughout the year, SPSG welcomes special guests who model the qualities outlined in the School's Portrait of a Graduate. 

  • Innovative Thinker
  • Lifelong Learner
  • Confident Communicator
  • Healthy Risk Taker
  • Joyful Woman
  • Conscientious Community Member
  • Leader with Global Perspective

Past Special Guests 

Mr. Vernon Reid 
Mr. Vernon Reid has contributed to the betterment of the Baltimore community through his work with B.E.S.T, Thread, HeadStart, the Baltimore City Recreation & Parks Advisory Board, the Baltimore Community Foundation, and more. He joined us for a Tuesday Talk and shared his experience, discussed servant leadership, and addressed the importance of having a social conscience in today's world.

Dr. Hoover Adger
Professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Director of Adolescent Medicine, and Director the Substance Abuse Assessment/Intervention Team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Adolescent Program, Dr. Adger is a leader in his field and a conscientious community member. He shared his expertise on the opioid epidemic as well as the impact of marijuana on adolescents with our Upper School students in January 2018. Dr. Adger’s visit was part of the SPSG Health and Wellness program and the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health and Wellness Journey speaker series.

Adena Friedman
President and CEO of NASDAQ 
A Baltimore native and strong female role model, Ms. Friedman shared her story and experience on Wall Street with our students in early 2017. Students had the unique opportunity to pose questions, seek advice, and develop a greater understanding of what it takes to break through as a woman in the field of finance.

Dr. Kofi Boahene
Johns Hopkins Otalaryngologist 
Renowned head and neck surgeon, Dr. Boahene joined the SPSG community for a presentation, networking lunch, and class visit in early 2017. While his work and training are exceptional, he is also came to us with a remarkable story that took him from Ghana to Russia to Australia before settling in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins.

Katlyn Grasso
Founder and CEO of the women's empowerment network, GenHERation
Katlyn visited campus in the fall of 2016 to share her entrepreneurial spirit and professional journey. An innovative thinker and confident communicator, Katlyn’s message resonated with students and motivated all to step up, to take healthy risks and to seize leadership opportunities. Each summer, SPSG students participate in GenHERation Discovery Days, which take them behind the scenes to meet with female executives at national and international organizations in Washington, D.C. and New York City


The Zee Fambrough Science Speaker Series was initiated by the Dr. Douglas Fambrough in 2014 to bring outstanding women of science to St. Paul’s School for Girls. These visitors will inspire and serve as role models for students who may consider the sciences as a possible career. Speakers talk not only about their research, but also about their career paths and future opportunities for women in their areas of expertise.

Past speakers have included: Dr. Marnie Halpern (zebrafish genetics at the Carnegie Institution), Cinder Hypki (who helped Costa Rica start its national park program), Dr. Ellen Silbergeld (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health), Dr. Michelle Thaler, (astrophysicist at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center), Dr. Nancy Allbritton (Chair of Biomedical Engineering at UNC/NC State), and more.

This year we welcome:


Dr. Gul Dolen - October 25, 2017
JHU, Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience 
Circuit and synaptic mechanisms of social cognition in health and disease 



Amanda Leland - March 7, 2018
Environmental Defense Fund, Senior Vice President, Oceans Programs 
Marine resource management 


Dr. Paulette Clancey - April 25, 2018
Cornell University, Samuel W. and Diane M. Bodman Professor Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
Atomic- and molecular-scale modeling of semiconductor materials

Jemma Everyday

Through a partnership with the women’s empowerment organization, Jemma Everyday, SPSG welcomes an annual speaker for the “Brave and Beyond” series. Speakers share their personal stories and encourage students to be brave in the face of adversity, whether it involves health and wellness or decisions related to school or careers and everything in between.

This year, SPSG welcomes Dr. Melissa Sparrow, past parent and Chief of Staff at GBMC.  

Our inaugural speaker was professional dancer, Olivia Hutcherson (2017)

Olivia Huctherson

Warshawsky Visiting Scholar Program

Since 2007, the School and students have benefitted from accessing experts across a variety of disciplines. Thanks to the vision and generosity of the Warshawsky family, visiting scholars share their work and wisdom with faculty and students through presentations, workshops, and mentoring sessions.

Past scholars have included educator and psychologist, JoAnn Deak, who addressed girls’ learning and the elastic brain, author and professor, John Ratey, who shared the proven benefits of exercise on the brain, and Shark Tank success story, Desiree Stolar, who provided insight on the path to entrepreneurship.

This year we welcome:


Julia Yarmolinskaya
Lecturer on Applied Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University 


Mary Ellen Thomsen Writer-in-Residence

The Writer-in-Residence program was established in 1986 to honor retiring headmistress, Mary Ellen Thomsen. For over three decades, students have benefitted from the wisdom and experience of published authors, playwrights, and known figures of the literary world. The author’s visit coincides with the School’s annual literary week and students enjoy the tutelage of the writer in the classroom, in assemblies, and in one-on-one settings.

Past writers-in-residence-have included author Vaddey Ratner, poet Gayle Danley, and playwright John Morogiello. 

This year we welcome author and documentary filmmaker, Julie Checkoway.

Guest Speakers

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