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DukeDC Women's Forum Steering Committee (left to right): Anna Pfeiffer; Sarah Hardesty Bray; Marta Perez Drake; Christy Gosnell; Caroline Brown; 
Denise Cetta; Val Broadie' Megan Tooley; Kim Reed.  Not pictured: Steffi Decker and Odaale Lamptey

The Duke Women's Forum of DC is a network of Duke women in the DC area created to foster connections across the generations, to provide personal and professional development opportunities, and to offer opportunities to connect with Duke and its professors and alumni.

The goal of the DC Duke Women's Forum is to bring Duke alumnae together through programs, discussions and small gatherings that provide women's perspectives on various issues and current events that resonate with women in all chapters of their lives. It's about conversations and interactions that focus on who we are, not just what we do. It's about forming connections because we share the Duke experience.

Upcoming Events

June 30: The REAL “Homeland,” “Madame Secretary” and “Zero Dark Thirty”: Duke Women Leading National Security and Intelligence

CBRE | 750 9th Street NW | Suite 900 | Washington, DC 20001 | Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro

National security and intelligence: the stakes have never been higher. Duke women in the center of the ongoing storm of complex national security affairs will discuss their careers and roles in the world of intelligence and security, the threat of cyberterrorism, the challenge for the U.S. military to maintain its edge in the face of budget cuts, the effects of ideological squabbling in Congress on our national security and balancing the necessity for intelligence gathering with privacy concerns. Our esteemed panel includes:

  • The Honorable Deborah James '79, Secretary of the Air Force
  • Susan Gordon '80, Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (and formerly director of CIA Information Operations Center and senior advisor on Cyberintelligence)
  • Wyndee Parker '91, National Security Advisor to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (formerly Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence)
  • Rebecca Cloudman Hersman '87, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues, and Senior Adviser to International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (former Asst. Secretary of Defense)

Register now!

Past Events

On June 13, Duke Women's Forum of DC enjoyed a private docent-led tour of the beautiful Hillwood Mansion Estate & Gardens.  

Reading Resources

Read 5 Steps to Smooth Networking by Kerry Hannon
Read Why Women Should Join Networking Groups by Duke alumna Kerry Hannon.

Event Videos

Watch a video from our April 2013 "Engage, Connect and Influence in the Workplace and the World" panel discussion and presentation with Ora Shutll.

Watch a video from our June 2012 "Duke Women White House Appointees" panel discussion.

Neighborhood Coffees

Neighborhood Coffees take place twice each year in various locations around the DC area. You can join Duke women of all ages (spanning graduation years from the 1940s to 2014) for informal get-togethers aimed at connecting us with each other and discussing interesting topics. You are free to attend any gathering that is most convenient to you, even if it's not in your own neighborhood. We also encourage you to bring along other Duke friends!  The next series will take place in Fall 2015, and if you are interested in hosting or learning more, please contact Anna Pfeiffer at annagpfeiffer@aol.com.


Spring 2015 Neighborhood Coffee Gathering

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Spring 2014 Neighborhood Coffee Gathering

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Fall 2014 Neighborhood Coffee Gathering

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Women’s Career Advisory Network (CAN)

Thinking of a career change? Trying to succeed in a new (or old) career?  Get career advice from seasoned and accomplished Duke women.

Welcome to the Women’s Forum Career Advisory Network (CAN)!  We are having a number of small, intimate pot luck dinners at the homes of Duke alumnae who are leading the way in their professional areas and who are willing to share their experiences and expertise with women who are interested in or already engaged in those same career fields. 

Dinners are planned throughout the year and details will be posted on this webpage as they are confirmed.

Contact Kim Reed T'86 at kimzbish@yahoo.com with questions, comments, or ideas.