Women's Forum

Duke DC Women's Forum Coffee

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.

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

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.


Upcoming Events

October 25:  Come join fellow Duke alums at our 4th annual Volunteer Day at Martha’s Table from 10:00-1:00 on Saturday, October 25th.  Martha’s Table works to build a better future for children and families who are struggling to make ends meet, by providing them with healthy food, affordable clothing and quality education.  Among the activities we will be doing are food preparation for McKenna’s Wagon, the mobile food van serving DC's homeless population; sorting and shelving at Martha’s Outfitters, the community thrift store; or helping with other tasks such as collating materials for United Way presentations.  Whatever we’ll be doing, we’ll have good fellowship and a sense of service. Children 11 and over are welcome, as are non-Duke family members. This event is sponsored by the Duke Women's Forum but is open to all! Learn more about Martha's Table.

Please register by emailing Denise Cetta at dcetta@mac.com. SPACE IS LIMITED!
 
Transportation: Metro -- Green Line U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial; On-street parking (some metered; some resident-only parking on one side of side streets).  

October/November:  Our Neighborhood Coffee series is here for the fall!  See the "Neighborhood Coffees" section below for details. 

November 1: Join Loudoun County Duke Women Alumni for an exciting day of film in Middleburg, VA. In its second year, the Middleburg Film Festival continues its tradition of debuting amazing Oscar-bound cinema. At 10am on Saturday, November 1, we will meet at the Salamander Resort to watch The Homesman. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is based on Pulitzer Prize nominee Glendon Swarthout’s novel set in the 1850’s unforgiving American frontier. The film features Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, and Tommy Lee Jones. Following the movie, we will gather at the Red Fox Inn & Tavern for lunch and conversation. Please purchase your $15 movie ticket online. (Hurry! Tickets are quickly selling out!) RSVP to Nicole Skuba at nskuba@gmail.com by Oct 29. All alumni and guests are welcome!

November 17:  Save the date - Major Speaker Program, Post-Election Panel


Neighborhood Coffees

The DukeDC Women’s Forum is excited to announce our next Neighborhood Coffee Series for this fall! 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!

Monday, October 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Washington, D.C. – Kalorama
Hosted by Kim Hanauer '02
RSVP to Kim Hanauer at kim.hanauer@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Gainesville, VA
Hosted by Lori Lorenzo '05
RSVP to Anna Pfeiffer at AnnaGPfeiffer@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Potomac, MD
Hosted by Susan Bies '81
RSVP to Susan Bies at bies87@aol.com

Thursday, October 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Alexandria, VA
Hosted by LaNitra Berger PhD'09
Teaism Restaurant, 682 N St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
RSVP to Anna Pfeiffer at AnnaGPfeiffer@gmail.com

Saturday, November 1 | Loudoun County Neighborhood Event at the Middleburg Film Festival - “A Day at the Film Festival”
Hosted by Nicole Skuba '00 and Martha Semmes '75
RSVP to Nicole Skuba at nskuba@gmail.com

Join Loudoun County Duke Women Alumni for an exciting day of film in Middleburg, VA. In its second year, the Middleburg Film Festival continues its tradition of debuting amazing Oscar-bound cinema. At 10am on Saturday, November 1, we will meet at the Salamander Resort to watch The Homesman. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is based on Pulitzer Prize nominee Glendon Swarthout’s novel set in the 1850’s unforgiving American frontier. The film features Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, and Tommy Lee Jones. Following the movie, we will gather at the Red Fox Inn & Tavern for lunch and conversation. Please purchase your $15 movie ticket online. (Hurry! Tickets are quickly selling out!) RSVP to Nicole Skuba at nskuba@gmail.com by Oct 29. All alumni and guests are welcome!

Monday, November 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Bethesda, MD
Hosted by Arielle Grill '93
RSVP to Anna Pfeiffer at AnnaGPfeiffer@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Chevy Chase, MD
Hosted by Kathy Sanzo '79
RSVP to Anna Pfeiffer at AnnaGPfeiffer@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. | Potomac Yards, VA - Alexandria/Crystal City
Hosted by Breanna Gawrys '09
RSVP to Anna Pfeiffer at AnnaGPfeiffer@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Arlington/McLean, VA
Hosted by Elizabeth (Liz) Morgan '90
RSVP to Anna Pfeiffer at AnnaGPfeiffer@gmail.com

Thursday, November 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Springfield, VA
Hosted by Kay Sinnema '90
RSVP to Kay Sinnema at ksin1025@gmail.com

 

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.

 

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