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

April/May: See "Neighborhood Coffees" section below for specific dates, times and locations. 

May 27: Career Advisory Network (CAN) Dinner - Successful Salary Negotiation Techniques and Mindsets with Alison Cardy, Career Direction Coach (Details and RSVP link coming soon)

June: Leadership Panel and Reception

June 13:  Private Tour of the Hillwood Mansion Estate & Gardens.  
Join the Duke Women’s Forum of DC for a private tour of the Hillwood Mansion Estate & Gardens on Saturday, June 13 at 11am. This docent-led tour will first explore the home and collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post – a legendary hostess, pioneering businesswoman, diplomat, philanthropist, and distinguished collector – then take us through the picturesque gardens, perfect on a summer day. Men and children are welcome! Please contact Megan Tooley, '08 with any questions. RSVP by June 11.


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 Spring 2015, and if you are interested in hosting or learning more, please contact Anna Pfeiffer at annagpfeiffer@aol.com.
 

Spring 2015 Schedule

The DukeDC Women’s Forum Neighborhood Coffees Host Committee is excited to announce our Neighborhood Coffees for Spring 2015!  Neighborhood Coffees take place twice each year in various locations around the Washington, DC area.  You can join Duke women of all ages for informal get-togethers aimed at connecting us with each other and discussing interesting topics.  You are welcome to attend any of the Neighborhood Coffees, simply RSVP to the ones that suit you best.  We encourage you to bring other Duke friends and together celebrate our Duke connections!

The members of the Neighborhood Coffee Host Committee are Anne Berry '06, Marta Perez Drake '92, Odaale Lamptey '02, Louise Meyer '87, Anna Pfeiffer '77,  Megan Tooley '08 and Kim Reed '86, Chair of the Women’s Forum.  

Clarendon/Arlington | Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Lori Walker '11 and Christy Gosnell '83 in Lori’s Clarendon home
RSVP to Lori Walker at lorawalk@gmail.com

Chevy Chase | Thursday, April 23, 2015| 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Betsy Johnston '84 at Merritt Gallery, 5445 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD  20815 (in the Chevy Chase Center at Friendship Heights)
RSVP to Stephanie Steinberg at stephanie@merrittgallery.com

Bethesda/Potomac | Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Rene Augustine '87 in her Bethesda home
RSVP to Anna Pfeiffer at annagpfeiffer@gmail.com

Alexandria | Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by LaNitra Berger PhD'09 at Teaism Restaurant, 682 N St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA  22314
RSVP to Anna Pfeiffer at annagpfeiffer@gmail.com

Loudoun County | Wednesday, May 6, 2015| 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Nicole Skuba '00 at the Cajun Experience Restaurant, 14 Loudoun Street, SE, Leesburg, VA  20175
RSVP to Nicole Skuba at nskuba@gmail.com

Prince George's County, MD | Thursday, May 7, 2015| 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Melvia Wallace '85 in her Upper Marlboro home
RSVP to Melvia Wallace at melviaw@aol.com

Northwest DC | Monday, May 11, 2015 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Cynthia Baker '87, G'94 in her Chevy Chase, DC Home
RSVP to Cynthia Baker at cynthia.baker@duke.edu

McLean | Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Holly Belair '72 in her McLean home
RSVP to Holly Belair at robbelair@aol.com

Downtown DC | Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Abbie Taylor '02 in her Georgetown home
RSVP to Abbie Taylor at abigailtaylor@gmail.com

 

Spring 2014 Neighborhood Coffee Gathering

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Fall 2014 Neighborhood Coffee Gathering

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DC Women's Forum Fall 2014 Coffees

 

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.