Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Testa Friedman ’91 will speak at Convocation and receive a Bicentennial Medal along with five other alumni.

Williams College will present Bicentennial Medals at Fall Convocation on Saturday, Sept. 10, to six accomplished alumni, including Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Testa Friedman ’91, the Convocation speaker.

Friedman has shaped Nasdaq’s transformation into a leading global exchange and technology solutions corporation. She has 30 years of experience at Nasdaq and The Carlyle Group and serves as a Class B director to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and on several boards, including the nonprofit FCLTGlobal. 

Other 2022 Bicentennial medalists are: 

Pamela Council ’07
An artist who uses sculpture, architecture, writing and performance, Council creates “multisensory dedications that both provide relief and prompt exuberance.” They coined the term BLAXIDERMY to describe their Afro-Americana camp aesthetic, and they are the recipient of numerous commissions, residencies and awards, including the 2017 Joan Mitchell Grant.

Anouk Dey ’09 and Katherine Krieg Fischer ’08 
With a Projects for Peace grant, Dey and Fischer founded Reclaim Childhood in 2008 as a four-week summer sports camp for displaced Iraqi girls in Amman, Jordan. Today the organization provides programming year-round for refugees from seven countries as well as for local girls in Jordan, helping empower them through sport and leadership opportunities.

Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Hohmann ’80 
A staff physician in the Infectious Diseases Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, Hohmann served as a site principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health’s double-blind, placebo-controlled remdesivir trial for the treatment of Covid-19. She also directed the hospital’s institutional review board, which seeks to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects, during its Covid vaccine trials.

Lina Khan ’10
Appointed by U.S. President Joe Biden to chair the Federal Trade Commission, Khan is implementing plans to transform the agency and bring forward big enforcement actions against the technology industry. She previously served as an associate professor of law at Columbia Law School, and her scholarship on antitrust and competition policy is widely published.

Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college’s 200th anniversary, Bicentennial Medals honor members of the Williams community for distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor. Learn more about past medalists on the Alumni Awards website.

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Published August 22, 2022