Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Rebel Yell, and Ada's Rules. On her way to The Wind Done Gone she became the first black woman in history to write a number one country song; wrote a video of the year; worked on multiple Johnny Cash videos and wrote and produced the pilot for a prime time drama about ex-wives of country stars that aired on CBS. Four novels later, the award winning songwriter with over twenty recorded songs to her credit is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. She teaches courses on Country Lyric in American Culture, Soul Food as text and in text, and African-American Children’s Literature. After twenty-five years hard at it Randall has come to the conclusion motherhood is the most creative calling of all and health disparity is the dominant civil rights issue of the first quarter of the 21st century.
Member of the Harvard Corporation and Chairman of Capital Research.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, JAMES ROTHENBERG, '68, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Capping a 42-year career in Investment Management, he now serves as Chairman of Capital Research. He is a member of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute, and a Trustee of California Institute of Technology and the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.
SOFIA ROQUE FLEMING, ’95, is a Senior Director in the Human Resources department of Sotheby’s, the international art auction house, where she has been since graduation. Her career started in New York, where she experienced a myriad of human resources facets through an initially turbulent 9-year period that saw rapid business expansion, followed by even faster contraction due to the bursting of the first dot com bubble and the anti-trust scandal that rocked the auction market in the early years of the millennium. Once the dust settled, she transferred to the company’s London office with her British husband, and she has now overseen employee constituencies in the US, Europe and for the last 7 years, Asia, where she travels frequently.
GRACE LAUBACHER, ’09, is an artist and theater designer based in New York. In the past year, she has undertaken collaborations at the Juilliard School, the Bring to Light/Nuit Blanche NYC festival, and the soloNOVA Arts Festival. She has previously worked at the American Repertory Theater, the Williamstown Theater Festival, the National Theatre of England, and Punchdrunk immersive theater production Sleep No More in Chelsea, NYC. She is also a member of art party, an experimental theater company founded by Harvard graduates, who have performed original audience-inclusive works all over New York City. After her graduation from Harvard, Grace earned a Masters Degree in Performance Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.