The Sweet Briar College Board of Directors has announced its 2017 class of new members. They are: Gillian Munson, chief financial officer of the XO Group; Elizabeth “Liza” Lee, women’s education advocate; Caville Stanbury-Woolery ’06, engineer and Sweet Briar alumna; and Meighan Stone, former president of the Malala Fund.
“We are fortunate to have board members who provide the talent, experience and perspectives essential for a strong Sweet Briar vision,” said Teresa Tomlinson ’87, chair of the board. “Each new member is devoted to women’s education and is excited about retooling Sweet Briar College for generations to come.”
Perhaps the most widely known of the College’s new board members is Meighan Stone, who joined the board in August. Stone, a native Virginian, is an Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center. She has led high-level advocacy, media and digital projects with Bono’s ONE Campaign, the United Nations, World Food Program USA, Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum, FIFA World Cup, G7 summits and with political campaigns, world leaders and technology corporations globally. In 2017, she was named to ELLE Magazine’s “Women in Washington Power List.”
Stone was president of the Malala Fund from 2014 to 2017, serving alongside founder and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai. She helped build the fund from the ground up — fighting for a full 12 years of quality education for every girl, especially refugee girls — and was there when Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2014.
Gillian Munson is the chief financial officer of XO Group, which includes the brands The Knot, The Nest, The Bump, GigMasters and How He Asked. Munson joined XO Group in November 2013 from Allen & Company LLC, where she was the managing director leading the firm’s principal investing and outreach activities with early-stage technology-oriented companies. Munson was also a vice president for business development at Symbol Technologies from 2003 to 2007, aiding in the company’s multibillion-dollar turnaround, M&A processes and strategy. Munson also has worked at Morgan Stanley and Hambrecht & Quist and was a member of the board of directors of Monster.com. Munson and her family live in New York City.
Elizabeth “Liza” Lee brings nearly 40 years of experience at some of the leading private schools in the country. Lee was interim headmistress at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas, from 2015 to 2017 after serving as head of school for the Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, she served as interim head of school at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, Texas; as well as Porter-Gaud School and the College Preparatory School, both in Charleston, S.C. She was the acting head of the Brearley School in New York City for many years. She’s also served on several independent school boards.
An advocate of all-girls education and service to the community, Lee has served many organizations over the years, including as president of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day School Headmasters Association.
Caville Stanbury-Woolery ’06 joined the board in February. She is a certified professional engineer and project management professional whose career has focused on design and analysis of water collection and distribution systems. She is employed as an engineer/project manager and liaison for private development-related pipe construction projects in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. She previously was an engineer/project manager in Georgia.
Stanbury-Woolery majored in physics with minors in engineering science and mathematics at Sweet Briar, graduating with honors in 2006. She was the student representative on the Advisory Board to implement the College’s new engineering curriculum. After graduating, she pursued a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers.
Stanbury-Woolery says she is “committed to Sweet Briar and strives to ensure that the legacy of providing high quality education in an environment of sisterhood remains available to other young women.”
The Board’s fall board meeting was held Oct. 19-21. The next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 22-24.