Northern California Women's Forum

The purpose of the Duke Women’s Forum in Northern California is to bring together a multigenerational cross section of Duke women to develop educational programming, new opportunities for leadership, networking, and mentorship, and closer personal ties to the university. We welcome all Duke alumnae – of all ages and from all of Duke’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools – to get involved. Learn more about Duke’s Women’s Forum program.

Upcoming Events

Empowering Girls — Investing in Future Leaders
Sponsored by Duke Women's Forum - Open to all

Tuesday, October 7  |  6-8 p.m.

Yammer Headquarters | 1355 Market St, 3rd Floor | San Francisco, CA 94103

Can laying the foundation for girls’ leadership at a young age change the trajectory of a woman’s future success and impact on society?  Timed to coincide with the upcoming “International Day of the Girl, “ we hope you can join us for an inspiring evening hearing from women, including fellow Duke alums, who are helping to make this vision a reality.

Join the Duke Women’s Forum for a networking event and thought leadership panel of women who are dedicating their lives to the empowerment of girls through education, leadership, and advocacy.  We will kick off the evening by viewing PODER, an award-winning short documentary on girls’ empowerment in Guatemala followed by a panel discussion with leaders of organizations Let Girls Lead, Techbridge and Girls Learn International.  We know many of you participate in other organizations which support girls both in the U.S. and abroad and we encourage you to share your own experiences.  We also invite you to bring your own daughters, colleagues and friends.

Schedule of Events:
6:00-6:45 p.m. Networking
6:45-7:00 p.m. Video Presentation of PODERn
7:00-8:00 p.m. Panel and Q&A
About our speakers:

Denise Raquel DunningDenise Raquel Dunning ’98, Founder and Executive Director, Let Girls Lead
Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning, PhD, MPS, MA, is the founder and Executive Director of Let Girls Lead, which has improved the lives of three million girls through advocacy, education, and economic empowerment. Dr. Dunning is an internationally recognized thought leader who teaches courses at UCSF, and is the Executive Producer of PODER, an award-winning documentary short. Previously, she has worked for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and for the United Nations Development Program as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Dunning received a PhD from UC Berkeley, a Master’s Degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University.

Kelly GreenwoodKelly Greenwood ’01, Chief Growth & Strategy Officer, Techbridge
Kelly Greenwood is the Chief Growth & Strategy Officer at Techbridge, a nonprofit that empowers girls to realize their dreams through science, technology, and engineering. Previously, she was a Principal on the Portfolio Team at the Skoll Foundation, a nonprofit and foundation strategy consultant at the Bridgespan Group, and a REDF Farber Intern. She has also been a strategy, process, and operations consultant at A.T. Kearney and Accenture. Kelly graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a BA in Psychology and Spanish and a minor in Women’s Studies. She holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, where she was a leader of the Social Impact Club.

Ellen FlamenEllen Flamen, Northern California Regional Coordinator, Girls Learn International and Founder, Castilleja’s –C-STEAM Forum
Ellen works with the northern California Initiative for GLI, a program of the Feminist Majority Foundation that educates and energizes U.S. students in the global movement for girls’ access to education.  Ellen helps California-based chapters of middle school and high school students work with students in partner schools in countries where girls lag behind boys.  Ellen is the mother of two daughters and has been an active volunteer in their schools over the years.  She is also an active volunteer and fundraiser for the Somaly Mam Foundation and Ms. Magazine.  Ellen holds a B.S. in Finance from NYU.

Julie Castro AbramsModerator: Julie Castro Abrams, former CEO, Women’s Initiative
Julie Castro Abrams is a national leader in microfinance and women’s issues. She was most recently CEO of Women’s Initiative, following a non-profit career that spanned 20 years in Chicago.  Julie currently serves on the Board of the California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO), on the OneCalifornia Bank Advisory board.  Julie holds a masters degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and received a BA in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Recent Events

May 15, 2014

Duke alumnae and friends were treated with a discussion from faculty member, Nimmi Ramanujan, and alumna, Lisa Krieger '77, P'11. Dr. Ramanujam, Director of Duke’s Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, and award-winning science and medical journalist – and Duke alum - Lisa Krieger discussed if science and technology create better access to health care and increase the quality and length of women's lives.

Connecting with Other Duke Women in Northern California

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