Anne Allen Buck Leadership Summit

As Berkshire’s celebration of 50 Years of Coeducation continues, we are returning to the School’s roots to honor co-founder Anne Allen Buck who built Berkshire alongside her husband, Seaver Buck. Their partnership was “an extraordinary one in which her wisdom served as check and balance on a thousand occasions.” (Art Chase, longtime English teacher).

Anne Allen Buck had a pivotal role in the founding of the school, yet much was unknown about her. Until now! In acknowledgment of her guidance, Berkshire will host the first Anne Allen Buck Leadership Summit, a series of speakers and events to salute leadership.

To help us celebrate, we invite the community to join us virtually for these exciting events. Special guests include Shabana Basij-Rasikh founder of School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA); Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui ’85, social entrepreneur; Dr. Christine Goldthwaite P’20,’22, leadership specialist; Dr. Tarika Barrett, COO of Girls Who Code; and Melissa Del Valle ‘88, professional women’s boxing champion.


Anne Allen Buck breaks ground at Berkshire while her husband, Seaver, looks on surrounded by students.



7:00 pm EDT      

Webinar with Panel Discussion

Shabana Basij-Rasikh, founder of SOLA (School of Leadership, Afghanistan) and Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui ’85, social entrepreneur 
Moderated by Nina Stoops ‘21 and Silas Bullock ‘21, Student Organizers of the Anne Allen Buck Leadership Summit

What happens when you educate a girl? Shabana Basij-Rasikh will share stories from the founding of Afghanistan's first all-girls boarding school and the pioneering girls that attend it.

Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui will discuss women's leadership through poetry. Through his experience as a leader in top corporations around the world and as a renowned social entrepreneur and venture capitalist, he has discovered key lessons about the importance of a more gender inclusive world, and more critically, has learned what it takes to be a successful leader in this male-dominated world.

Shabana Basij-Rasikh and Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui ā€™85

11:00 am-1:30 pm EDT 

Virtual Parent Workshop: Developing Your Children as Leaders

Dr. Christine Goldthwaite P’20,’22

Open for all current parents. We ask participants to please commit to both hour-long sessions.

Session I:  11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
What is leadership and how is it shaped by relationships and communication? 
In a workshop setting, the group will be introduced to the five practices of exemplary leadership, followed by interactive discussions about core values, personal behavior, interpersonal interaction, and group dynamics. Takeaways include goal-setting and identifying self-development.

Session II: 12:30 - 1:30 pm 
Self-Awareness and Self-Development for Leadership
Based on a mindset quiz and communication style inventory, groups will discuss growth-mindset principles for leadership development and Communication 101.

Dr. Christine Goldthwaite Pā€™20,ā€™22

 7:00 pm EDT

Tian Family Endowed Lecture Series
Webinar Discussion and Q&A

Dr. Tarika Barrett, COO of Girls Who Code
Moderated by Dr. April Burch, Director of the AMSR program

Dr. Barrett will speak about the gender gap in tech, and her work at Girls Who Code to bring more girls into computer science.

Dr. Tarika Barrett

 7:00 pm EDT

A Conversation with
Melissa Del Valle '88 & Peter Kinne

Melissa "Honeygirl" Del Valle '88 will sit down with her former basketball coach and longtime faculty member Peter Kinne to discuss her life as a professional women's boxing champion and Boxing Hall of Fame inductee. 

Melissa Del Valle '88