Earlier this month, approximately 50 alumnae returned to Fuqua for the inaugural Women's Leadership Summit, coinciding with the Duke MBA Weekend for Women for prospective students. While there has traditionally been an alumnae component to the Weekend for Women, this year's event was reimagined as an invite-only gathering for Fuqua's alumnae volunteers, allowing these alumnae the opportunity to network and build community across groups. Members of our alumni boards, regional volunteer leaders, admissions volunteers, and more had the opportunity to participate in academic sessions with Fuqua faculty members Ashleigh Rosette and Kimberly Wade-Benzoni, as well as a career development session with Lenore Patel MBA '09, VP of Diversity & Inclusion at Moody's.
Dean Boulding also spoke about his recent trip to the White House and Fuqua's efforts to create a more supportive and inclusive environment for women in business school. Edua Dickerson MBA '14 brought a slice of Silicon Valley to Durham, running a rapid-prototyping exercise in which the group brainstormed ways Fuqua can attract the top women applicants, build a case for increased philanthropic support from alumnae, and increase engagement of Fuqua alumnae participating in Duke-wide initiatives such as the Duke Women's Forum and the Duke Women's Impact Network. Both alumnae and prospective students enjoyed a keynote address by Patricia Miron MBA '96, Latin America Marketing Director at Intel, and many alumnae in attendance participated in panel discussions for prospective students.
The alumnae enjoyed the opportunity to meet each other and build relationships with other engaged women. One alumna said, "I had many amazing conversations about how we can better leverage [alumnae] help in supporting the institution; it was very energizing!" Another wrote, "I enjoyed the program very much and was happy to reconnect with fellow Alumni Council members as well as meeting other alumnae attendees. Many of us have we have been connecting via LinkedIn all morning."
If you missed this year's summit, keep an eye out for next year's event, which will take place in early November. Visit the "volunteer" section of our website to find out how you can get involved.