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  • Friday, March 25, 2022

    10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Registration Check-In
    Reynolda Hall, Green Room
    For guests who registered in advance to attend the Inauguration Ceremony, please come here first to receive your packet which will include your ceremony ticket needed for entry. For attendees arriving later in the day or Saturday morning, packets will be distributed at the 5:30 p.m. reception and then in Benson on Saturday morning.

    7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Pro Humanitate: Wake Forest Presidential Inaugurations, Past and Present
    Ammons Gallery (Room 401, 4th Floor, Reynolds Wing, Z. Smith Reynolds Library)
    Serving as Wake Forest’s president is a unique role, and a presidential inauguration is a special event. These selected materials from Wake Forest’s University Archives highlight the unique contributions of each of our university’s presidents. We welcome President Wente to their ranks and look forward to adding her unique perspective to this next chapter in Wake Forest’s history in the University Archives.

    3:00 p.m.
    Inauguration Ceremony
    Wait Chapel
    Dr. Susan R. Wente’s installation as Wake Forest University’s 14th president.
    A limited number of seats are allocated for Wake Women’s Weekend registrants. Ticket required for entry.

    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Wake Women’s Weekend Pre-Inauguration Ball Reception
    Hotel Indigo, Sir Winston Wine Loft & Restaurant, 104 W 4th Street
    Join us for charcuterie and a cocktail before the Inauguration Ball. Look for us gathered in the Wine Loft.

    7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
    Inauguration Ball
    L.J.V.M. Coliseum
    Special guests of Dr. Wente and Wake Forest University join faculty, staff and students in a festive campus community celebration. Cocktail attire.

  • Saturday, March 26, 2022

    8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
    Empowering Yoga

    Reynolds Gymnasium, B203
    Join Mona Flynn (’87), owner of Life Fit Yoga, as we explore movement on our mat, a sequence of yoga poses and transitions, pointing our attention toward tapping into the seat of intuition, that place within each of us which is tied to our unique sense of self, as well as inherent inner strength. Movement galvanizes to rise past vulnerability, embodying power, play, and passion from inner awareness to outer manifestation. As we recognize that movement is also about disruption, interruption, and elevation, this practice will invite your reflection on our lived experiences necessary for the creation of change. An accessible and empowering group yoga practice awaits you. Participants will need to sign a guest waiver for using the gym facilities. The women’s locker room will be available for use afterwards.

    8:45 – 9:20 a.m.
    Morning Refreshments and Check-In
    Benson University Center, 2nd Floor Rotunda
    Gather for coffee, tea, and light breakfast snacks.

    9:30 a.m.
    Welcome and Opening Session
    Benson University Center, Pugh Auditorium

    • Welcome Remarks –
      • Mary Tribble (’82, MA ’19), Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies
    • Leadership and Inclusion –
      • Malika Roman Isler (’99), Assistant Vice President, Inclusive Practice

    10:30 a.m. Break

    10:45 a.m.
    Presidential Remarks and Alumnae Keynote Panel
    Benson University Center, Pugh Auditorium

    • Introduction – Allegra Brochin (’19), President, Wake NOW NYC
    • Presidential Remarks – Dr. Susan R. Wente, President, Wake Forest University
    • Keynote Alumnae Panel: Inspiring Leadership
      • Jen Mitchell Hoover (’91)
      • Camille Russell Love (’73)
      • Andrea Malik Roe (’99)
      • Alex Sink (’70, P ’11) 
      • Moderated by Alex Reyes Schroeder (’06, JD ’09), Alumni Council President

    12:00 p.m. Break

    12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
    Call to Conversation Luncheon
    Reynolda Hall, Magnolia Room
    An overview of The Program for Leadership and Character will be given by Elizabeth Whiting Pierce, Director of Interdisciplinary and Engaged Learning in the Professional Schools. Each table will be joined by a student scholar or ambassador from Leadership and Character and they will facilitate the conversation on leadership. The prompt: Tell us about a lesson you’ve learned as a leader, or from a leader, that has changed your perspective on leadership.  Student moderators:

    • Rachel Edwards (’23) – Godwin, NC
    • Katherine Finch (’22) – Southampton, NY
    • Cate Pitterle (’24) – Cary, NC
    • Abigail Pittman (’23) – Jackson, MS
    • Grace Powell (’23) – Marietta, GA
    • Lillie Sutton (’25) – Clemmons, NC
    • Wendy Wei (’25) – Lexington, KY

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    Afternoon Tracks: Experience TWO

    2:15 – 3:30 p.m. – Workshop / Seminar I (Choose one)

    • Building Your Challenge Network: Finding Your People to Own What’s Next
      Allison McWilliams (’95), Assistant Vice President, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development
      Room 409, Benson University Center
      In this session we’ll talk about the importance of building strong, diverse networks for growth and learning, no matter where you find yourself personally or professionally. We’ll share tips and strategies for finding your people and building those relationships, and identify the four types of people you need to own what’s next for you.
    • Conflict and Compassion: Prepping for Difficult Conversations
      Elizabeth Whiting Pierce, Director of Interdisciplinary and Engaged Learning in the Professional Schools
      Room 410, Benson University Center
      Everyone has to have tough conversations with friends, family, and colleagues once in a while. The days and hours leading up to a tough conversation can be almost as challenging as the conversation itself, full of dread, anxiety, irritation, wearing us out before the conversation even begins. This workshop helps participants use this time before a difficult conversation constructively. It introduces several simple practices to calm nerves, articulate clear goals, and practice compassion for yourself and others.
    • Special Tour of Lam Museum of Anthropology 
      Visit the Lam Museum of Anthropology to explore global cultures and learn about research being done by Wake women students. Assistant Director Sara Cromwell (MALS ’10) will provide an introduction to the Museum’s exhibits and collections, and Academic Director Dr. Andew Gurstelle will speak briefly about his work with students. Attendees will have the opportunity to rotate between stations where Wake women students will present the research they are doing in the Museum, followed by time to explore the Museum’s new building and intimate exhibits.

    3:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Workshop / Seminar II (Choose one)

    • Becoming a Culturally Humble Leader
      Megan Bosworth Hoyt (’12), Assistant Director, Alumni Personal and Career Development
      Room 410, Benson University Center
      Do you find yourself stumbling over your words or hesitating when discussing issues of race, gender, culture, or difference? As a leader, you may feel added pressure to say and do the “right” thing. As a colleague and friend, you may want to act within your values. Wherever you find yourself in the learning journey, you will leave this session with a deeper self-awareness and skills to use the AWARE framework, to move from cultural competence to cultural humility.
    • Add a Little SASS to Your Life – (Surviving Assault Standing Strong)
      Lisa Ewart (’99, CERT ’19)
      Reynolds Gymnasium, B307
      Learn preventative risk reduction tactics that will safeguard you and your loved ones, trains you to trust, recognize and utilize the body’s warning system and biological response to fear, and empowers you with a few self-defense moves that maximize your strengths against an assailant’s weaknesses in order to neutralize a threat in seconds and get to safety. This is empowerment on steroids for life’s worst case scenarios and everyday challenges. You will enjoy your way through this action packed session, sharing love and laughter with your fellow Wake Foresters who will quickly become your new favorite tribe of powerful women.
    • Your Art Space with WakerSpace: Ceramic Tile Coaster
      WakerSpace, Building 61A
      See the space that aspires to enhance creative, inventive, and problem solving skills and get creative yourself with a hands-on project. Tour WakerSpace with Paul Whitener, Assistant Director of Digital Fabrication and Maker Education, and then create your own WFU ceramic coaster led by Mackenzie Faison (’23).
    • Special Tour of Reynolda’s Black is Beautiful exhibit
      Enjoy a guided tour of Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, led by Wilba Brady (’67).  This exhibition tells the story of Kwame Brathwaite, a central figure of the second-wave Harlem Renaissance, who used his photography to popularize the transformative idea that “Black is Beautiful.” Exhibition organized by Aperture Foundation, New York and Kwame S. BrathwaiteAdditional fee: $15

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    Afternoon Tracks: Experience ONE

    2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    In the Wake Forest Neighborhood: “Great Houses and Their Stories
    Margaret “Peggy” Supplee Smith, Harold W. Tribble Professor Emerita
    When Wake Forest College relocated to Winston-Salem on the grounds of Reynolda, the country estate of tobacco magnate R. J. Reynolds and his wife Katharine, no one associated with the small Baptist college could have anticipated the major role it would play in preserving Winston-Salem’s great houses. But indeed Wake Forest stepped up! We will tour country estates in Winston-Salem’s “Emerald Necklace”–Sunnynoll, Merry Acres (what is left), Graylyn, and Reynolda–as well as Reynolda Park, among other neighborhoods. We will learn stories about the folks who lived and worked in the great houses in the 1920s when tobacco and textiles dominated the economy, the boasted some 100 millionaires, and grand estates and great houses changed the civic landscape..
    Capacity for this specially guided tour is limited. The tour will depart the Reynolda Campus by shuttle bus at 2:00 p.m. and will return to campus by 5:00 p.m. Much of the tour experience will be by bus as Peggy narrates the drive through Winston-Salem. The group will walk a portion of the grounds of Graylyn and will then walk the estate and interior spaces of Reynolda House.  Registration fee: $30 per person (Rental transportation and Reynolda House entry fee)

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    6:45 – 8:45 p.m.
    End of Day Gathering
    Canteen, 411 W 4th St, Winston-Salem
    Enjoy delicious food, drink, and conversation as you close out the day.

  • Sunday, March 27, 2022

    11:00 a.m. 
    Inauguration Worship Service
    Conclude the weekend with a special Presidential inauguration worship service featuring the University Chamber and Gospel choirs. The morning’s preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School.


  • Accommodations

    Hotel Indigo
    104 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
    (336) 722-0720

    Courtyard by Marriott Winston-Salem Downtown
    640 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
    (336) 917-3038

  • Menus

    Lunch, Magnolia Room
    Chilled Cucumber Gazpacho Soup with Diced Tomato on the side, Butter Lettuce Salad with Carrots, Apples and Asparagus with a Lemon Parsley Dressing, Avocado and White Bean Salad Wraps, Dill Potato Salad, Balsamic Brussel Sprouts, Veggie and Apple Slaw, Spring Fruit Salad, Rolls with Whipped Butter, Chocolate Zucchini Brownies, Mini Lemon Cupcakes with Blueberries.

    Dinner Reception, Canteen Still Life
    Loaded Hummus & Pita Bread, Texas Pete Chicken Flautas with Sriracha Sour Cream & Pico de Gallo, Crispy Quinoa Zucchini Balls, Albondigas with French Bread (mild Mexican meatballs topped with cheese and cilantro), Alma Tuna Ceviche with Guacamole & Flour Tortilla Chips, Alma Cheese Balls, Dessert Tray- Brownies, Churros, Cookies, Lemon Bars, Raspberry Bars; Draft beer and wine, tea, coffee. Cash bar for cocktails.

    Menus are subject to change.

  • Other Campus Events

    Friday, March 25

    6:00 p.m.
    Wake Forest University Baseball vs Virginia, David F. Couch Ballpark

    Saturday, March 26

    4:00 p.m.
    Wake Forest University Baseball vs Virginia, David F. Couch Ballpark

    Sunday, March 27

    1:00 p.m.
    Wake Forest University Baseball vs Virginia, David F. Couch Ballpark

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