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

Wine Tour
September 26 | 10:30 a.m.

Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, VA & The Barns at Hamilton Station in Hamilton, VA

Join us for a lovely afternoon of wine tasting and a catered lunch in beautiful Virginia wine country.  A coach bus will bring us from the Tysons Corner area to the vineyards and back.


Wine Tour

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!
October 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Chevy Chase | Hosted by Ann Pelham ’74
RSVP to ann.pelham@gmail.com
October 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
NW Washington, DC | Hosted by Steffi Decker ’10, Caitlin Cleaver '14, Jessie duPont McDonald '06, and Melissa Yeo '13
RSVP to steffi@chongandkoster.com
October 21 | 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Fairfax | Hosted by Beverly Redler M.B.A.’90
RSVP to B4@TheRedlers.com
October 22 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Alexandria | Hosted by Nancy Perkins ’93
RSVP to nancy@nancyperkinsrealestate.com
October 24 | Time TBD
Middleburg and Leesburg: Middleburg Film Festival and Luncheon
Hosted by Martha Semmes ’75 and Nicole Skuba ’00
RSVP to mmasonsemmes@gmail.com
October 26 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Prince George’s County, Maryland | Hosted by Pat Baker-Simon ’86
RSVP to pabakersimon@aol.com
October 27 | 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Potomac | Hosted by Anna Pfeiffer ’77
RSVP to AnnaGPfeiffer@gmail.com
October 28 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Arlington and McLean | Hosted by Maury Wray Bridges M.B.A.’04 and Marta Perez Drake ’92
RSVP to Maury Wray at amaurywray@gmail.com
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

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.