121st Annual Spring Outing

Featuring White House Historian and Author Jennifer Pickens


Keynote Speaker: White House Historian and Author Jennifer Pickens

Jennifer Boswell Pickens is a White House historian and First Lady expert. As such, she has conducted numerous interviews with members of America’s first families, White House social secretaries, chiefs of staff, presidential aides, White House insiders and Executive Residence staff.

Pickens is proud to release her newest book Entertaining at the White House: Decades of Presidential Traditions, which richly documents 60 years of entertaining customs at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. With beautifully appointed design, it offers readers an insider’s invitation into the White House’s greatest events and intimate insight into the planning, innovation and unparalleled generosity that went into these occasions created by each of the first families, from the Kennedys to the Trumps. This is her third book in a series.

Her top-selling first book, Christmas at the White House, is the authority on the lavish decorations, themes and traditions of more than 50 years of the holiday season celebrated by America’s first families. Pets at the White House: 50 Years of Presidents and Their Pets gives historical accounts of the many animals that have called the White House their home and includes intimate stories and photographs depicting the relationships between first families and their beloved pets.

As a White House expert, Pickens has offered her insight on a host of national television and radio programs and has served on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, Friends of the SMU Libraries board and other prominent and civic boards. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and lives in Dallas with her husband and their four daughters.

Spring Outing Co-Chairs

Thank you for the leadership provided by co-chairs for the 2022 Spring Outing, Jane Corcoran and Sarah Ann Ezzell.

  • Jane Corcoran

    Jane Buchanan Corcoran was born in Nashville and has never left. She is mother to four children, grandmother to four grandchildren and has spent countless, joyful hours involved with school and athletics. As a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church since birth, she sang in the choir for more than 15 years and currently serves on the Bereavement Committee. Her favorite former and current interests are Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Family and Children’s Services (presently, she is again on the Board of Directors), Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Chapter and Centennial Club. She spends much restorative time at her second home on Center Hill Lake, where her beloved husband, Tom, is buried. Jane enjoys reading, entertaining, walking her dog, Ike, and gathering with friends.

  • Sarah Ann Ezzell

    Sarah Ann Ezzell was born and raised in Georgia. She attended The University of Georgia for undergraduate school and Georgia State University for graduate school. She met and married Nashville native, Jim Ezzell, and moved to Nashville in 1978. Sarah Ann taught at The Ensworth School for 20 years and then re-careered in the women’s clothing retail business. Now a full-time volunteer, she has served on the boards of Family and Children’s Service (two years as Board President), the YWCA of Middle Tennessee, The Harpeth Hall School, The Centennial Club and was a founding and current board member of STRIVE Collegiate Academy, a MNPS charter school. Currently, Sarah Ann is a member of the Leadership Nashville Class of 2022. She is a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church. She and her husband have two children and four grandchildren.  Her hobbies are reading, gardening, traveling, walking with friends and playing golf and tennis.

Spring Outing Sponsors

Presidential Sponsor

John L. Nau III

Congressional Sponsor


Cabinet Sponsor

CedarStone Bank

Ambassador Sponsor

First Horizon Bank

Ambassador Sponsor

Pinnacle Financial Partners

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