Weatherman ’82 a 'Woman of Power and Influence'

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 5:45pm
Bess Weatherman ’82

On June 11, the National Organization for Women (NOW) will honor Elizabeth “Bess” Weatherman ’82 with its Women of Power and Influence Award. The award honors exemplary women who have excelled in their careers and are blazing new paths for the next generation of female leaders.

One of six recipients of the award, Weatherman is a managing director at Warburg Pincus, a global equity firm. She leads the firm’s healthcare investments and is a member of its Executive Management Group.

Under Weatherman’s leadership, Warburg Pincus has invested in some of the most renowned and innovative healthcare companies around the globe. She led its founding investment in Kyphon, the pioneer of kyphoplasty, now the standard of care for repairing spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Weatherman made one of the founding donations to support the creation of "Women, War & Peace," a PBS documentary series chronicling women's critical roles in brokering peace in conflict zones in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Liberia. The series included the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a film about the role Leymah Gbowee—a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and current MHC parent—played in bringing peace to Liberia after 14 years of civil war.

At Mount Holyoke, Weatherman recently established an internship fund that is allowing four students to spend the summer in Liberia with the Gbowee Peace Foundation, established by Gbowee in 2011.

"Bess belongs to a small group of business leaders who are leading the industry, as both a role model and a changemaker," said Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women. "What stands out is the breadth of her involvement in creating opportunity for women and girls. From awarding scholarships to high school girls to building women-led companies to funding international human rights efforts through film, she is making a difference for women and for our broader society."

Weatherman, who graduated summa cum laude with a major in English, described her Mount Holyoke experience as "transformative.”

“I firmly believe my education at a top women's college has been pivotal to my career success," she said.

Weatherman earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she currently serves on the Advisory Council. She twice has been named to Forbes' Midas List recognizing her as one of the 100 most highly-regarded dealmakers in the venture capital industry.