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:  Hosts Needed for Neighborhood Coffee Gatherings - Any alumnae interested in hosting a Fall Women's Forum Neighborhood Coffee in their home (DC, Maryland or Virginia) in October or November may contact Anna Pfeiffer ’77 at annagpfeiffer@gmail.com.  These gatherings are casual and a fun way to meet fellow Duke Alumnae!

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

Neighborhood Coffees

Any alumnae interested in hosting a Fall Women's Forum Neighborhood Coffee in their home (DC, Maryland or Virginia) in October or November may contact Anna Pfeiffer ’77 at annagpfeiffer@gmail.com.  These gatherings are casual and a fun way to meet fellow Duke Alumnae!


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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