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Kent Women's Civic Engagement

women's civic engagement

 

A virtual conversation featuring 

Charity “Chichi” French Armstrong ’66, April Grigsby ’97, and Elizabeth “Leelee” Smith Klein ’81

moderated by Mila Atmos ’90

Hosted by the Alumni Council's Women's Committee 

in partnership with the Alumni & Development Office in celebration of Women's History Month

 

Moderator

Mila Atmos

Mila Atmos ’90

Mila Atmos, a global citizen based in New York City, is the producer and series host of Future Hindsight, a weekly podcast that takes big ideas about civic life and democracy and turns them into action items for everyday citizens. In-depth conversations with citizen changemakers showcase how to be an active participant in our democracy that's beyond voting and short of running for office. Mila combines life experiences from living in multiple cultures ranging from Indonesia to Germany to the rural U.S. with her knowledge base in history, economics, and international affairs (B.A. & M.I.A. Columbia University) in creating Future Hindsight. She graduated from Kent School in 1990 and is grateful for the deep friendships that she continues to enjoy today.

 

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Panelists

 

 

Charity “Chichi” French Armstrong ’66 
President, Ladies Let’s Talk

Chichi French Armstrong has been volunteering for non-profits since she was eight years old, when she raised money for the Red Cross by selling Kool-Aid and vanilla wafers around her neighborhood. In high school and college she worked doing summer jobs for the Red Cross and Save the Children Federation. After college, marriage, and the birth of her son, Chichi worked at Xerox Corporation, moving from secretary to Senior Financial Manager. In her 40s and 50s, Chichi volunteered as Executive Director for an arts organization, community policing organizer in Chicago, and president of a large volunteer chorus. Her 60s were devoted to becoming the jazz pianist she had dreamed of being since a young girl, taking lessons, and doing gigs around Chicago and Wisconsin. In 2015, Chichi and her husband, Tom, moved to Austin, where she learned about the refugee community through Hope and Sesame, a non-profit dedicated to empowering recently-resettled refugees. She then volunteered to run that group’s English conversation get-together, which eventually became the standalone non-profit, Ladies Let’s Talk. Chichi’s main focus is on volunteers - recruiting, orienting, and encouraging women in the Austin area to join in conversation with immigrant and refugee women.

April Grigsby

April Grigsby ’97 

April is currently a candidate in the NYU Silver Doctorate of Social Work Program. April's research focus is on Black mental health, and the complexity of relationships between African-American, Caribbean, and African immigrants, culturally informed interventions as well as training and curriculum development for social workers. April has a broad range of direct practice experience serving the diverse communities of NYC working in a city hospital and both large social service agencies and small, grass roots not-for-profits. She has partnered with prisoner families, children in foster care, and immigrants. April is a LCSW, SIFI certified Field Instructor, and currently works in private psychotherapy practice. April attained her B.S. from Yale University and her M.S.W. from Columbia University.

leelee Smith Klein

Leelee Smith Klein ’81 

Leelee Smith Klein is a founding board member and developer of The Tiny Miracles Foundation ( www.ttmf.org) where she served as their President from 2007-2017.  She is currently President Emeritus on the Board of Directors and Program Chair for The Tiny Miracles Foundation. Under Leelee’s stewardship, TTMF, has provided support to more than 1,600 families per year who are experiencing the traumatic birth of a premature baby. Leelee has served on many community charitable boards and committees over the years and is currently serving on the New York Alumni Advisory Board for Denison University and on the Board of Directors of the Katama Airfield Trust in Edgartown, MA. Leelee received her B.A. from Denison University (1985), and a Masters in Education from Bank Street College (1995). She lives with her husband Michael and their three daughters in Darien, CT and Edgartown, MA.