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CANCELED Fireside Chat: The Honorable Jane Swift

Event Details

March 27, 2020
2:15 pm-2:50 pm

Old Chapel

Room: Great Hall

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

This event has been canceled.


Join UMass Women into Leadership as we host a fireside chat with the Honorable Jane Swift. Currently, Jane Swift is the President and Executive Director of LearnLaunch in Boston, Massachusetts.

Swift served for 15 years in state government, holding the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and State Senator. She was the first woman in United States history to give birth (to twins) while serving as Governor. Swift was a strong advocate for the policies and funding priorities that catapulted Massachusetts to become the nation’s top-ranked state in educational performance.

Swift serves on a number of boards, including Academic Programs International, a privately held study abroad company. She is also on the advisory board for the School of Leadership Afghanistan, the only all-girls boarding school in Kabul. She was previously the executive chair of Ultimate Medical Academy and the chief executive officer of Middlebury Interactive Languages.

Swift taught leadership studies at Williams College and is a sought after speaker on the issue of work-family integration. She has dedicated her personal and professional life to the belief that access to a high-quality education is critical to the ideals of democracy. Swift received her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Swift and her husband, Chuck, live on the family farm where he was raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts with their three daughters.

The session will be moderated by Shiera Goff, Associate Director, UMass News and Media Relations Office. Prior to UMass she worked as a public information officer with the DeKalb County Police Department and the Office of Communications for the Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County. Georgia. Prior to her position in Georgia she lived in Rochester, N.Y., and served under three mayors in the City Hall Bureau of Communications as the communications producer. She managed a team of videographers, editors and still photographers, and produced, hosted and voiced television programs, commercials and public service announcements for City12 TV. Shiera began her career as news director and morning show co-host at 103.9 WDKX-FM, helping to make it the top-rated morning radio show in the market. She also worked as a news reporter with the ABC News affiliate in Rochester. 

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