An alumni initiative

Designed to attract to the University world-renowned authors, political figures, and leaders of industry, the Shadwell Speaker Series was established in 2014 and has become a draw not only for UVA students and faculty, but also for the broader Charlottesville community.

On September 21, 2023, the Foundation presented a special evening with UVA alumna and New York Times bestselling author Georgia Hunter. When Georgia was 15 years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. Her book, We Were the Lucky Ones, was born of her decade-long quest to uncover her family’s staggering history. Today, the book has landed in the hands of over one million readers, having been translated into 16 foreign languages. Recently, it was optioned by Hulu as a limited series. Georgia shared her story—and what it was like to write it.

About Georgia Hunter

Since graduating from UVA in 2000 with a degree in psychology, Georgia Hunter has written extensively.  Her personal essays have been featured in the New York Times, travelgirl, and on Georgia also has written adventure travel pieces for outfitters such as Austin Adventures and The Explorer’s Passage.

About the book

We were the lucky ones

We Were the Lucky Ones is the extraordinary, propulsive true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive—and to reunite 

It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.


Previous Shadwell Speakers

Fall 2022
Through captivating storytelling, drawn from her award-winning book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another, science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez shared the unexpected ways that technology has shaped the human experience.

Spring 2022
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch discussed his landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, America in the King Years.

Foundation Professor and healthcare expert Vivian Riefberg led a candid discussion with Dr. Francis Collins (Col ‘70), director of the National Institutes of Health, about COVID-19 and the challenges facing today’s global healthcare industry.

Combat veteran, social entrepreneur, bestselling author, and then-CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation Wes Moore examined poverty in the U.S. and the line between success and failure across our communities.

Foreign policy expert Anne Marie Slaughter discussed the current geopolitical landscape with a talk entitled “Global Hotspots & Blind Spots.”

Jonathan Haidt, professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and New York Times bestselling author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, discussed the current political climate in the U.S. with a talk entitled “America’s Escalating Outrage: Why is it Happening and How Can We Reverse It?”

Evan Osnos, chief Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, addressed the presidential campaign and the political landscape of the 2016 election in a talk entitled “Bridging the Divide: Passions, Parties, and America Beyond 2016.”

Andrew Ross Sorkin, a New York Times financial columnist, co-host of CNBC’s Squawk Box, and national bestselling author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System–and Themselves, discussed the global economy and what to expect in the coming years.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jon Meacham, author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, delivered a talk on the importance of a politically engaged public.

About Shadwell Society

With an eye toward future leadership, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation created the Shadwell Society in 2012. This group of young UVA alumni convenes in Charlottesville every year to determine how best to serve the Foundation. One of the ways the Shadwell Society answers the call is by underwriting the Shadwell Speaker Series. This annual speaker series, now in its tenth year, attracts to the University world-renowned authors, political figures, and leaders of industry.

2023-24 Shadwell Society Members

Robert W. Leachman, Chair (Col ‘16)
Senior Associate
Cirrus Real Estate Partners
New York, NY

Pamela A. Richardson-Greenfield, Vice-Chair (Col ‘96)
Assistant Professor
Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, GA

Brett Andersen (Col ‘14)
Head of Operations
Bullish Inc
Brooklyn, NY

Karl Johan Ulfson Andersen (Col ‘10, Com ‘10)
Vice President
Greenhill & Co. Inc.
McLean, VA

Katherine E. Baskind (Col ‘05)
Origination Manager
Harris Williams & Co.
Richmond, VA

Thomas G. Bell III (Col ‘12, GSBA ‘20)
Associate Vice President
Bessemer Trust
Atlanta, GA

Cameron F. Boland (Col ‘14, Com ‘15)
Associate Recruiter
Henkel Search Partners
Denver, CO

Jessica Mino Boone (Com ‘10)
Vice President of Investor Relations & Business Development
Monarch Alternative Capital LP
Bronxville, NY

Johnny Boone (Com ‘10)
Senior Analyst
Scopia Capital Management LP
Bronxville, NY

Sarahbeth Brecht (Col ‘16)
Associate, Capital Partnering
General Atlantic Service Corp.
New York, NY

Elizabeth Quarles Briney (Col ‘08)
Richmond, VA

Keeling Brown (Col ‘15)
Manager, Corporate Development & Strategy
Louisville, KY

Eaddy Kiernan Bunzel (Col ‘08)
Special Projects and Events Consultant
New York, NY

James Marshall Burke (Com ‘12)
Private Equity at Apollo Global Management
New York, NY

Kathryn Reed Caffey (Col ‘13)
Administrative Manager’s Assistant
Merrill Lynch
Washington, DC

Grey Callaham (Col ‘08)
Senior Vice President, Legal
Clark Construction Group Charitable Foundation
Washington, DC

Scott P. Caputo (Col ‘05, GSBA ‘11)
Senior Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch
New York, NY

Lee S. Cochran (Col ‘09)
Communications Specialist
Bloomberg LP
New York, NY

Campbell P. Craig (GSBA ‘13)
Managing Director and Partner
The Boston Consulting Group Inc.
Houston, TX

Ryan W. Eckert (Col ‘16)
Senior Associate
Artemis Real Estate Partners
New York, NY

Robert A. Faith Jr. (Col ‘17)
Greystar Real Estate Partners
Mount Pleasant, SC

Isabelle D. Fitzgerald (Col ‘19)
Private Equity Associate
Veritas Capital
New York, NY

Leslie S. Golden (Col ‘04)
Alexandria, VA

William R. Golden III (Col ‘04, Law ‘08)
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Alexandria, VA

Lauren Grammer (Engr ‘04)
Owner & Founder
Goods Grammer
Richmond, VA

Ryan K. Grammer (Engr ‘04)
Managing Director
WestRiver Group
Richmond, VA

John H. Grayson III (Com ‘16)
Primus Capital
Atlanta, GA

Wake M. Hamilton (Col ‘15)
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Charlotte, NC

Nicholas A. Harris (Col ‘04)
Cassaday & Co. Inc.
Alexandria, VA

R. Benjamin Hatcher (Col ‘11)
J.F. Lehman & Co.
Richmond, VA

Jessica Hebenstreit (Col ‘12)
Design Assistant
Ken Fulk Inc.
Kansas City, MO

Martin J. Ho (Col ‘00)
Founder & Owner
Traceable Change
Glen Allen, VA

Meghan W. Ho (Col ‘02)
Managing Director
Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
Glen Allen, VA

Paul L. Hudson III (Com ‘03)
Managing Director, Hedge Fund Group
Park Hill- PJT Advisors
Norwalk, CT

Shaw Joseph (Com ‘04)
General Atlantic Service Corp.
Southampton, NY

Megan E. Kingsley (Com ‘16)
New Mountain Capital, LLC
New York, NY

Herbert Klotz (Col ‘16)
Director, Development
Palm Beach, FL

Daniel A. Lantz (Col ‘13, GSBA ‘20)
Engagement Manager
McKinsey & Company
Durham, NC

Scott R. Leachman Jr. (Col ‘11)
Knott Partners LP
Locust Valley, NY

Byrd S. Leavell III (Col ‘00)
Head of Publishing
United Talent Agency
Bronxville, NY

C. Malcolm Little IV (Com ‘05)
Arlington Capital Partners
Chevy Chase, MD

Andrew M. Magee (Col ‘13)
White & Case LLP
Brooklyn, NY

Kate Smith Mallory (Col ‘11)
Kardia Collective
Memphis, TN

William Neely Mallory IV (Col ‘11)
Regional Manager
International Paper Co.
Memphis, TN

V. Blair Marsteller (Col ‘09, Law ‘12)
Senior Associate
Vinson & Elkins LLP
New York, NY

Wesley H. McCluney (Col ‘98)
Managing Member - TAW Sports
New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc.
Birmingham, AL

Elizabeth T. Michler (Col ‘16)
Senior Software Developer
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)
New York, NY

Jacqueline F. Michnoff (Com ‘16)
FTI Consulting Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Charles M. Mitchell (Com ‘11)
Head of Corporate Development
Brevan Howard

Lara A. Nosseir (Com ‘15)
Vice President
New Mountain Capital LLC
Santa Monica, CA

Charles F. Perkins (GSBA ‘20)
Research Analyst
The London Company
Charlottesville, VA
United States

Marilyn Kelley Perkins (Com ‘11)
Senior Investment Associate
Charlottesville, VA

Bailey McMahan Puntereri (Col ‘01)
Sera Advisory
Greenwich, CT

Maria Rose Puntereri (Col ‘02, Educ ‘02)
3rd Grade Teacher
Greenwich Country Day School (CT)
Greenwich, CT

Kyle W. Reeves (Com ‘17)
Bessemer Investors
New York, NY

D. Peter Schnuck (Com ‘17)
Senior Associate
Sunrise Strategic Partners
Denver, CO

Charles H. Sherman (Com ‘15)
The Carlyle Group

Sarah E. Sherman (Com ‘10, GSBA ‘16)
Vice President of Finance
New York, NY

Walter C. Shiflett IV (Col ‘09)
Jefferies Group LLC
Brooklyn, NY

Mark J. Styslinger Jr. (Col ‘16, GSBA ‘21)
Altec Inc.
Birmingham, AL

Peter R. Taylor Jr. (Col ‘13, GSBA ‘19)
Houlihan Lokey
New York, NY

Corinne Davenport Thomas (Com ‘17)
Kelso & Co.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Peter L. Townsend (Col ‘12)
Head of Global Sales Strategy
PitchBook Data
New York, NY

Jacob S. Ulrich III (Col ‘13)
VP - Fundraising & Investor Relations
B Capital Group
New York, NY

Landon R. Wyatt IV (Col ‘13)
Grenaco Partners LLC
Charlotte, NC