St. Andrews- Sewanee School is pleased to announce that this year’s Bishop Reynolds Forum speaker will be producer, activist, and humanitarian Meredith Walker. The public lecture will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. Meredith is a 1991 graduate of the University of the South.
Meredith Walker began her television career working at Linda Ellerbee’s NICK NEWS for Nickelodeon. During her time there, the show won the Peabody Award as well as several Emmys. Working her way up to senior segment producer, Meredith traveled to all 50 states to interview kids who had interesting stories to tell. This would become the foundation for her deepening interest in the lives of young people. She next served as head of the Talent Department at the iconic Saturday Night Live, where she met her best friend, Amy Poehler, with whom she co-created “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.” It is a groundbreaking way to use the internet to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the lives of young women.
Now living in Austin, Meredith offers her time as a mentor at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, gives speeches on how you can be a “smart girl” no matter your age or place in life, and devotes her time and talent to directing “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls”, including the Smart Girls camps, podcasts and workshops.
Meredith's visit is made possible through The Bishop Reynolds Forum which brings a prominent speaker to the SAS campus each year to engage students and the community in a topic of current interest. The Forum was established through an endowment in memory of the Rt. Rev. George Reynolds, the late Bishop of Tennessee. A graduate and former chaplain of the Sewanee Military Academy and a former trustee and past parent at St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, Bishop Reynolds was engaged by and involved with the numerous personal and social issues confronting the individual, the Church, and the society he served. In the forums of his ministry he had the courage to ask the difficult questions and the strength and openness of mind to explore the ideas that flowed from response to those questions. He was guided by the belief that thoughtful and open address of issues and conflicts created personal growth, moral strength, and sound judgement. The Forum is a creative way to honor these qualities of mind and heart and to encourage emulation of them by students of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School and the Sewanee Community.
In addition to the Sunday afternoon talk, Meredith will have dinner with SAS students and speak at an all-school chapel on Monday morning.