Duke alumnae are high-powered executives and stay-at-home moms, graduates of the Woman’s College and members of Generation Y. Regardless of their life and career paths, alumnae across the country are able to reconnect with their alma mater—and network with other Blue Devils—through Women’s Forum events sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association (DAA).
Women’s Forums offer alumnae options ranging from educational programming such as panel discussions to informal gatherings in people’s homes. Past events have included a presentation by Cokie Roberts Hon. ’99, a Duke parent and NPR news analyst, about factors affecting women in key political elections, and a panel led by Gayle King, a Duke parent and O Magazine editor at large, on balancing the demands of work and family. There are also less structured gatherings such as the neighborhood coffees hosted by alumnae several times a year in various locations around Washington.
“Since the late nineteenth century, women have played a vital role in the life of the university,” says Sterly Wilder ’83, Duke’s associate vice president for alumni affairs. “Women’s Forums provide a way for alumnae to deepen their connection to Duke, meet other alumnae in their area, and learn about leadership and mentoring opportunities on campus and in their local communities.” Women’s Forums already have been established in Washington, D.C., Southern California, Chicago, New York, and Houston. Upcoming events include:
Plans are also under way for the next alumnae weekend at Duke, to be held in February 2012. It will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the merging of the Woman’s College with Trinity College, and the fortieth anniversary of women’s varsity sports at Duke.
If you are interested in starting a Women’s Forum in your area or in learning more about alumnae programming, visit www.dukealumni.com/alumni-communities/alumnae-programming or the DAA at (919) 684-5114.
Calling All Alumnae
Women’s Forums offer social and educational opportunities
June 1, 2011