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Spellman to deliver December Commencement address

December 6, 2013

Renowned women’s empowerment coach Allyson Spellman ’93 will deliver the keynote address at Stephens’ December 2013 Commencement ceremony.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall. Fifty-five students, including those earning master’s degrees, will participate.

Spellman graduated from Stephens with a Bachelor of Fine Arts before continuing her education at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is CEO and founder of Unleash Your Voice, providing services as a women’s empowerment coach. She is an author, TV guest expert and speaker. She serves as a featured guest expert for women’s empowerment topics on the Fox Morning Show and has been featured on ESPN Radio and in Hartford Magazine, New York Social Diary, Connecticut Magazine, Hamptons Daze Magazine, Accent Women and Greenwich Girl.

Spellman was recently honored as one of the “Local Ladies Who Have Made History” in honor of Women’s History Month in Greenwich, Conn., for her accomplishments. She also recently partnered with Ladies Who Launch and Business Women Connect, two leading organizations that support women entrepreneurs.

Prior to her current position, Spellman worked in various capacities for television, film and Broadway for more than 10 years. She produced several shows at New York Performance Works, including the critically acclaimed "Joe Fearless"; she served as a casting director for more than 100 commercials and independent films; and worked directly with producers on several Broadway shows including "Chicago," "Avenue Q," "Rent," "Wonderful Town" and The Drama Desk Awards. As an actress, she worked on "Law & Order," "All My Children," "Lipstick Jungle," "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "One Life to Live."

Terra Carlson ’13, a fashion marketing and management major, will deliver remarks on behalf of the undergraduate class, and Melinda Adams, who is earning a Master of Strategic Leadership, will represent the graduate class.

Graduating seniors Shinah Brashears and Becca Hudgins will also perform during the ceremony.

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