Madeline Cadwell

Madeline Cadwell

Director of Events



B.A., Western New England University

Madeline joined Walker’s in February of 2014. Prior to Walker’s, Madeline spent three and a half years campaigning and then working for United States Senator Richard Blumenthal. While working for the Senator, Madeline successfully coordinated and organized three job fairs and assisted with a wide array of events focusing on topics such as gun control, healthcare, grants and job creation. Hundreds of people attended these events in addition to high profile guests including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Madeline’s passion for producing high quality events is evident in the successful production of both Family and Reunion Weekends, two of her most favorite events at Walker’s. All the hard work is worth it when she sees families and alumnae reunite after being apart for months or even years.

Madeline grew up in Northford, CT and attended Mercy High School in Middletown, CT. She graduated from Western New England University with a degree in Political Science.

What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here?

I went to an all girls high school and it was crucial in forming me into the woman I am today. So I knew, if the opportunity presented itself, I’d like to work at another all girl’s school.

Who is your biggest female role model? Why?

This is going to sound cliche, but my mom. Her work ethic is second to none. I have watched her build a business and career for herself, while raising two kids over the last 30 years and it’s truly remarkable. She never stops working hard, night and day. It’s why I push myself to work a little harder everyday. It’s clear that at some point true hard work and dedication pay off.

What was your favorite subject when you were in middle or high school? Why?

Government and Politics was my favorite class. In 7th grade I was in charge of running the Bush/Gore election at school. From that point forward, I wanted to know everything there was to know about politics. The next year was 9/11 and I dove deeper into trying to understand partisan politics (yes, in 8th grade) and developed a strong ideology. I spent the next 4 years reading every political book I could get my hands on and chose to major in Political Science in college.

What is your favorite Walker’s tradition?

Dogswood Day, who doesn’t love dressing up in crazy clothes and eating fried food?

What advice would you give to a graduating Walker’s senior?

“Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s going to happen next, and you are mostly making up things as you go along.” – Steven Colbert

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

Spend time with my family by the shoreline.

What other roles do you hold on campus?

Personal Fitness Coach

What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker’s?

I plan events, so the most rewarding part of my job is to see people enjoying themselves at one of my events. When I get to watch alumnae embrace and reconnect after 20 years of not seeing each other at an event I planned, it’s truly amazing.