Janet Lindholm Lebovitz ’72 brings a sharp business perspective to her work as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees. After graduating magna cum laude with a double major in economics and math, she earned an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College and a leadership position with Citicorp as vice president of new product development. When she saw the college’s main conference room in Park Hall last autumn, she proposed a renovation to make the tired space work better for Wheaton and offered the financial support to make it happen.
A project is born: The point at which it struck me that I wanted to do something about renovating the conference room was when I realized that the dean uses it to meet with students and families and the president meets with visitors there.
Small project, big impact: This conference room needs to represent all that’s good about Wheaton. It struck me that it was a relatively small project, but it could have a broad impact, inside and outside Wheaton. And I knew it wouldn’t happen without sponsorship.
Design inspiration: Phoebe [Lovejoy Russell ’01] has wonderful style and a wonderful approach to doing the work. Those historical photos of alumnae/i were her idea and they are fabulous, spanning the ages.
Partnership power: Phoebe and I had a great time working on this project. She loved the fact that she was giving back to Wheaton; I loved meeting and working with a Wheaton alumna whom I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.
What’s in the name: I love the fact that people will call it the Eliza Wheaton Conference Room. It honors the college’s founder. There was no space on the campus named for her.
Recognizing effort: The staff and faculty of the college are constantly giving their very best to make Wheaton the institution that it is. This little project was a way for me to give back and make the environment better and thank them for all that they do to move the college forward.