Women's Forum

Duke DC Women's Forum Coffee

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

Valerie Ashby  Ann Pelham '74






Discussion with New Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Valerie Ashby,
Moderated by Duke Trustee Ann Pelham
November 19 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, 901 K St. NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20001
Valerie Sheares Ashby became the Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University on July 1, 2015. She will be interviewed by Duke Trustee Ann Pelham '74, a well-known journalist, editor and publisher, and the scope of the discussion will be wide-ranging, encompassing women and diversity in STEM fields, the importance of mentorship and role models in career development, and the view from the Dean’s Office of the present and future at Duke.

Learn more and register

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 2015) 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!
November 10 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Bethesda | Hosted by Kimi Murakami ’84, P’19
RSVP to Kimi Murakami at kmurakami@comcast.net

Past Events

Fall 2015 Neighborhood Coffee Gatherings

Chevy Chase hosted by Ann Pelham

Alexandria hosted by Nancy Perkins

Arlington/McLean hosted by Maury Wray and Marta Perez Drake

NW Washington DC hosted by Steffi Decker, Caitlin Cleaver, Jessie duPont McDonald, and Melissa Yeo

Fairfax hosted by Beverly Redler

Potomac hosted by Anna Pfeiffer

Prince George's County hosted by Pat Baker-Simon

Bethesda hosted by Kimi Murakami


On September 26, the DC Women's Forum went wine touring through the Virginia countryside!  Stops include Breaux Vineyard and The Barns at Hamilton Station complete with tastings, tours and lunch.


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.


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.