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  • Sunday, March 21

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    1 p.m. EST
    WF vs. OSU on
    ESPN 2
    Our Demon Deacons face Oklahoma State for the first time in school history. This will be the second all-time NCAA Tournament appearance for women’s basketball and the first since the 1987-88 season. Go Deacs!

    3 – 4 p.m.
    Resilient Living: Home Alone During COVID
    Learn resilience building skills in the context of living alone and working through the COVID-19 pandemic in this 1 hour workshop with Ashley Hawkins Parham, Wellbeing Program Manager with the Office of Wellbeing. With consideration specific to the experience of living alone during these uncertain times, we will discuss what resilience is and is not, practice trauma-informed mind-body skills and explore intentional and game-changing perspectives for continuing to navigate our new normal. You will leave the workshop with skills for managing emotions and thoughts in the moment and tools to create your own resilience plan prioritizing pro-active rest and social connection over reactive recovery. Integrating resilience building practices into our day to day lives will decrease our fatigue and chances of burnout while helping us to find times of balance and calm in the coming months and beyond. Register HERE. Capacity is limited.

    4 – 5 p.m.
    Business As Unusual: Why yes, I’m still working from home!
    Remember when we thought the pandemic would last a month, two at the most? Well, here we are, a year later, and so much has changed, yet so much remains the same. In this interactive presentation, Perri Kersh (’92, MAED ’94), founder of Neat Freak Professional Organizing, will address how we can maximize efficiency in our homes and offices. Whether you’re working and/or schooling from home, or just spending WAY TOO MUCH time in your house, Perri will help you assess what is and isn’t working for you and provide practical organizing principles and strategies to help you get and stay organized this year. If you’re willing to do a little “show and tell” at the end, Perri promises to help you solve your stickiest organizing situations.  Register HERE

    Bracelet photo5:45 – 7 p.m.
    Your Art Space with WakerSpace: Fishtail Paracord Braided Bracelet
    Join Holly Mullen (’24) live from WakerSpace and braid your own black and gold paracord bracelet. $10 for the kit shipped directly to you will include everything you need. Register by Saturday, March 13. Register HERE.

    6 – 7 p.m.
    Call to Conversation: Community
    You are invited to connect with other Wake Forest women via this virtual Call to Conversation.  Heidi Robinson (MA ’11), Assistant Vice President, Career Education & Training, will be hosting this online gathering on the topic, Community, guided by this conversation prompt: Where are the places in your life where you are both deeply known and loved? Register HERE  – Capacity is limited. New to Call to Conversation? Learn more about the virtual experience HERE.

    7:15 – 8 p.m.
    Wake Women’s Week Kickoff
    We are thrilled to kick off Wake Women’s Week with you! This start to our week is an exciting time for us to gather together virtually in our shared love for Mother So Dear! After a welcome, we will break out into smaller Zoom rooms for casual dialogue to kick off the week. We’ll invite you to share about your favorite spot on campus and what advice you would give yourself if you could return to “start” — the beginning of your Wake Forest journey. Register HERE.

  • Monday, March 22

    8 – 8:45 a.m.
    Meet the Other Mat: Yoga Meets Pilates
    Many pilates exercises have their roots in yoga poses. The common thread in all yoga poses is extension of the spine. The common thread in all pilates exercises is core engagement. This opens up a great world of fun and lots of options to make this practice accessible and empowering! Props needed: yoga mat, chair, strap or belt and blanket or towel. Facilitated by Mona Flynn (’87), owner of LifeFit, Inc., a business dedicated to using the teaching of wellness principles for improved lifelong fitness and well-being, while building community. Register HERE.

    12 – 1 p.m.
    Grow Where You’re Planted
    Whether you’re thinking about a job change or just worried about the future post-Covid, this is a great time to take a strategic approach to developing your skills and building your resume. In this 1-hour workshop, Allison McWilliams (’95), Assistant VP for Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, will share tips and strategies for seeking out growth and development from where you are, so that when it’s time to make a change, you’ll be ready. Register HERE

    5 – 6 p.m.
    Where Do I Go From Here: Activism, Advocacy, & Social Change
    Navigating through our world can be tough- our society is wracked with racial and social injustices that impact our communities. Maybe you feel energized to be a part of the solution, but are overwhelmed and uncertain about where to begin. Join Deb Marke (’16), from the Office of Civic and Community Engagement to discuss and map out how you can feel empowered to utilize your personal sphere of influence to work toward positive and sustained social change. Register HERE.

    7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Introduction to the Enneagram
    Please join us for an Introduction to the Enneagram! Whether you are totally unfamiliar with the Enneagram, or you know your Type but want to learn a little bit more about others, this workshop facilitated by Liz Orr, Associate Chaplain for Catholic Life, will give you an overview of the Enneagram and how it works as an integrative tool for transformation and compassion within ourselves and our relationships! There is no preparation required to join this workshop! Register HERE

  • Tuesday, March 23

    12 – 1 p.m.
    The Road Never Traveled: Nine Steps to Tweak or Change Your Career Path
    After a complete career U-turn from lawyer to minister and comedian, including a two-year trip around the world, Susan Sparks (JD ’87) learned a thing or two about change and transitions. The Road Never Traveled uses her experience to offer entertaining, yet concrete tools that will help you take risks, face your fears, and make the changes you need to move forward. Register HERE.

    Coaster photo6:45 – 8 p.m.
    Your Art Space with WakerSpace: Ceramic Tile Coaster
    Join Michal Moore (’23) live from WakerSpace and create a WFU ceramic coaster by “weeding” vinyl and applying to the 4×4 ceramic tile. $10 for the kit shipped directly to you will include everything you need. Register by Monday, March 15. Register HERE

    7 – 8 p.m.
    Call to Conversation: Friendship
    You are invited to connect with other Wake Forest women via this virtual Call to Conversation.  Mary Dalton (’83), Professor of Communication, will be hosting this online gathering on the topic, Friendship, guided by this conversation prompt: Tell us about someone in your life whose friendship you find encouraging and rejuvenating. Register HERE  – Capacity is limited. New to Call to Conversation? Learn more about the virtual experience HERE.

    8 – 9 p.m.
    Girlfriend’s Chat: Sustaining Your Wake Forest Network
    Join Kala Taylor (’01) and a group of wake forest women for a casual conversation about career, purpose, and staying connected with your people from Wake – from the residence halls to the halls of life. This group has stayed connected through 20+ years of school, family, and moves. How does the power of your network create pathways for ongoing personal & professional development? What do you do when life gets in the way, and constant demands for your time threatens to split your attention and focus? Strategic networking, the curation of a healthy social network, and an intentional focus to do good work and be good people is rooted in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. Join us for a fireside chat about life lessons learned along the way.

    • Tisha (Fowler) Felder (’01), Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, College of Nursing
    • Chrystal (Cox) McDowell (’01, MAED ’02), Assistant Director of Student Affairs  at UGA (Griffin Campus), Adjunct Lecturer, UGA, CEO/Founder, Cox Educational Services
    • Melanie (Johnson) Pointer (’01, MD ’07), View Point Health and in private practice with Lifestance Health
    • Kish Cumi Price (’01, MAED ’03), Director of Education Policy & Programming, Louisville Urban League
    • Brooke (Reid) Reynolds (’01), Former Commercial Real Estate Lawyer, Founder/Entrepreneur, Socialite Pink, handmade jewelry company
    • Janelle (Jenkins) Taylor (’01), HR Leader, Trane Technologies
    • Kala (Blackwell) Taylor (’01), Assistant Dean Career & Professional Development, Campbell Law School

    Register HERE.

  • Wednesday, March 24

    12 – 1 p.m.
    Connecting with the WFU Women’s Center
    Alumnae are invited to a meet and greet with Steph Trilling, director of the Wake Forest University Women’s Center. She will facilitate a conversation on current issues women are facing in 2021. She will be joined by current students who will share their perspectives and experiences. Attendees will learn about current and upcoming initiatives from the Women’s Center to support women and promote gender equity on campus. Register HERE.

    1 – 2 p.m.
    Intersections: Truth & Choice
    No matter your age or career, you have made decisions during your life that have placed you on a particular trajectory. Are you on course to be where you planned? Are you metaphorically “home?”” Do you feel confident and empowered? If not, why not? In this workshop you will revive your true self, learn where you thrive best, and plan how to stay on your path. This topic is about you; therefore, be prepared to inventory your personal experiences. This workshop is interactive and participatory. Depending on the group size, you may or may not share those experiences with others. Facilitated by Susan Langlitz, Associate Professor of Practice, Applied Business Communications, WFU School of Business. Register HERE.

    3 – 4 p.m.
    Resilient Caregivers: Caring for Self and Others During COVID
    Learn resilience building skills in the context of being a caregiver and working through the COVID-19 pandemic in this 1 hour workshop with Ashley Hawkins Parham, Wellbeing Program Manager with the Office of Wellbeing. With consideration specific to the experience of caregiving (for younger or older loved ones) during these uncertain times, we will discuss what resilience is and is not, practice trauma-informed mind-body skills and explore intentional and game-changing perspectives for continuing to navigate our new normal. You will leave the workshop with skills for managing emotions and thoughts in the moment and tools to create your own resilience plan prioritizing pro-active rest and social connection over reactive recovery. Integrating resilience building practices into our day to day lives will decrease our fatigue and chances of burnout while helping us to find times of balance and calm in the coming months and beyond. Register HERE. Capacity is limited.

    6 – 7 p.m.
    Florals with Friends: A Beginning’s Design Class
    Let’s gather together and create something beautiful – join Emma Hart (’12) and Tess Finnegan for this introductory floral design class guaranteed to result in a creation that is handmade, gorgeous, and uniquely designed by you. Stemming from a lux flower workshop concept based out of Washington, DC, this hands-on class will guide you to create a tabletop arrangement using flowers you can find in grocery stores, florist shops, or backyards. We’ll suggest the floral recipe and recommended supplies and lead you through step by step. You’ll learn the basics of how to build an arrangement that “works” while embracing the best part of creative design – individuality. You’ll leave with a handful of floral design tricks, post-arrangement care tips, and a spark of beauty to usher in spring. Be part of the unique power that is being surrounded by women thinking creatively and openly. Register HERE.

    7 – 8 p.m.
    Women’s History Month Keynote: Climate Feminism; To Change Everything, We Need EveryoneWomen's History Keynote Image
    The Office of Sustainability and the Women’s Center are thrilled to bring an inspiring voice to our campus this spring—Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. While it’s clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial “table.” More than a problem of bias, it’s a dynamic that sets us up for failure. To change everything, we need everyone. Feed your inspiration for action by  joining us for a virtual conversation with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist, policy expert, and leader/cultivator of the climate movement. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Rowie Kirby-Straker, Assistant Teaching Professor, WFU Department of Communications. See below for more information about our speakers. Register HERE.

     

     

  • Thursday, March 25

    12 – 1 p.m.
    Finding “Balance”: Enhancing satisfaction & performance in all areas of your life
    In this session, we will discuss the meaning of “work-life balance,” examine your current degree of balance, and develop two evidence-based strategies to gain greater balance. Facilitated by Julie Wayne, Professor, WFU School of Business. Register HERE

    2 – 3 p.m. 
    (Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Running for Office, Women’s Edition
    On average, women are asked to run for office seven times before saying yes. In this session, Terri LeGrand (JD ’93), candidate for NC House District 74 in 2018 and NC Senate District 31 in 2020, and Jessica Holmes, Wake County Commissioner and candidate for NC Secretary of Labor in 2020, will explain why you should run for office and why you should not wait to be asked. These experienced candidates will explain why you are qualified and how to obtain the resources needed to launch a campaign. Most importantly, though, they will talk about how running and serving is good for you, good for your family, good for your employer, and good for your community. It’s a win, win, win no matter the outcome. Register HERE.

    4 – 5 p.m.
    Call to Conversation: Strength
    You are invited to connect with other Wake Forest women via this virtual Call to Conversation.  Mary Tribble (’82, MA ’19), Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies, will be hosting this online gathering on the topic, Strength, guided by this conversation prompt: Tell us about an experience that took you out of your comfort zone and how you grew from it. Register HERE  – Capacity is limited. New to Call to Conversation? Learn more about the virtual experience HERE.

    6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Closing the Gender Gap: A Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders
    Hear from fellow Wake Forest women representing various careers paths and industries, as they discuss their experiences as leaders in industries and organizations in which women have historically been underrepresented in leadership and senior positions. The panel will be moderated by Wake Forest Alumni Council President, Alex Reyes Schroeder (’06, JD ’09), Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, and features:

    • Dr. Julie Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health, Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Chief Academic Officer of Atrium Health Enterprise
    • Jackie Krese (Parent ’23), Managing Director at Credit Suisse
    • Melissa McGhie Proctor (’02), Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena
    • Captain US Navy (Retired) MJ Sweeney (’77), Operations Leader, Military Marking Strategist, and Veteran Career Transition Advocate
    • Tina Thornton (’93), Senior Vice President, Content Operations at ESPN

    Register HERE.

    7 – 8 p.m.
    The Artful Family: Visual Literacy for Caregivers
    Looking at art with children builds life skills. Join Reynolda’s early childhood specialist, Janie Bass, for a virtual workshop in which parents and caregivers can learn more about Visual Literacy and how activities and conversations can promote skills for pre-readers. Participants will become acquainted with some of Reynolda’s virtual resources for caregivers to use with children ages 2-5.  Register HERE. (Note: Reynolda utilizes a registration platform external to Alumni Engagement. If this is the only event for which you register, you will not receive additional Wake Women’s Week registrant notifications.)

  • Friday, March 26

    12 – 1 p.m.
    Bullying in the Workplace
    Abusive supervision (a.k.a. bullying) is the sustained display of hostile verbal and nonverbal behaviors directed at employees such as ridicule, public shaming, anger, invasion of privacy, blame, broken promises, and lying. When employees experience these behaviors over a period of time, the result is compromised mental health, poor job attitudes, and dysfunctional behavior. Sherry Moss will present her research on workplace bullying and lead an interactive discussion on what can be done to reduce the occurrence of this disturbing phenomenon. Register HERE.

    3 – 4 p.m.
    Call to Conversation: Identity
    You are invited to connect with other Wake Forest women via this virtual Call to Conversation.  Mercy Eyadiel, Chief Corporate Engagement Officer, will be hosting this online gathering on the topic, Identity, guided by this conversation prompt: Tell us about a time when someone identified in you a quality or trait that you had not previously believed about yourself. What impact did this conversation have on you? Register HERE  – Capacity is limited. New to Call to Conversation? Learn more about the virtual experience HERE.

    Painting photo6:45 – 8 p.m.
    Your Art Space with WakerSpace: Lavender Sunrise Miniature
    Join Roxie Ray (’23) live from WakerSpace and transform a miniature blank canvas into a beautiful sunrise themed masterpiece. $10 for the kit shipped directly to you will include everything you need — including the easel on which to display your painting. Register by Thursday, March 18. Register HERE

    7 – 8:30 p.m.
    The Enneagram and Self-Compassion
    Join us for an Enneagram Workshop designed to support your journey with self-compassion. The Enneagram is an amazing tool that can put us in contact with deeper resources of compassion for ourselves, and by extension, for others. This workshop facilitated by Liz Orr, Associate Chaplain for Catholic Life, will focus on the superpowers of each Type, what we came to believe, and how our ego structure gets in our way of meeting ourselves with compassion. There is no preparation required to participate in this workshop, although knowing which Type you lead with will be helpful! Take the Classical Enneagram Test Here and register for the workshop HERE.

    7 – 8 p.m.
    T.G.I.F. Beer School
    Join Sarah Bartholomaus, of Foothills Brewing, for a virtual beer school! We will discuss the main ingredients in beer, the brewing process, and how we utilize these ingredients and taste several of our core beers: Torch Pilsner-a Czech style pilsner, Hoppyum IPA-an American style IPA, Jade IPA-a citrusy IPA with Jade hops, and People’s Porter-a robust English porter. Our beers are widely available throughout NC and some parts of the Southeast, but if you are not able to find our beer near you, don’t let that stop you from joining in the fun! Pick up a few beers from your favorite brewery or bottle shop that are similar in style to the beers listed above. Register HERE.

  • Saturday, March 27

    9 – 9:45 a.m.
    Movement Matters: Yoga as a Springboard to Empower Movement
    Whether you are a new or seasoned yoga student, join us for a practice of yoga poses and preparations to work on connecting agility of the feet to the potential mobility of the ribcage and spine. Freedom of movement physically affects the energy and emotional body as well, creating release and renewal. Props needed: yoga mat, chair, strap or belt and blanket or towel. Facilitated by Mona Flynn (’87) , owner of LifeFit, Inc., a business dedicated to using the teaching of wellness principles for improved lifelong fitness and well-being, while building community. Register HERE.

    3 – 4 p.m.
    Cheese Bored? an interactive tutorial to change your cheese and charcuterie board from ho-hum to WOW! YUM!
    Join Chef Kate Leeder (’98) for a fun workshop on creating a cheese and charcuterie board with a few specialty items and some basics from the pantry. If only this had been a class offered at Wake! Let your creative flag fly and learn how to make a beautiful and delicious platter. Print the ingredient and supply list here. Register HERE.

    4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
    Wake Women’s Week Wrap-Up
    What an incredible week it has been! You’ve attended a session, or two, or three. You’ve likely seen an old friend or made a new one. You’ve heard from speakers that have inspired you to action! Just as we’d roll the quad to revel in big moments on campus, we want to cherish each special moment from this week in our Wake Women’s Week Wrap-Up! After we say “cheers” to Mother So Dear, we’ll close the week by swapping stories, sharing memories, and reflecting on key takeaways that are still ringing in our ears like the bells of the Carillon! Online registration has closed. If you’d like to attend, send an email requesting access to harrellc@wfu.edu

    As a special closing treat, alumna and mixologist-extraordinaire, Alex Koblan (‘13), has created a signature cocktail for us, the “Magnolia.” The recipe follows her “step-by-step” video. Bring your “Magnolia” or drink of choice with you to our virtual toast!

    The Magnolia
    -1.5 ounces blanco tequila
    -1.5 ounces tea infused simple syrup (recipe below)
    -1 ounce lemon juice
    – 0.5 St. Germain
    5-6 mint leaves

    Shake with ice (a shaker works best but in a pinch a Tupperware or yeti tumbler work great), double strain over fresh ice into a glass. Garnish wish a lemon wedge and edible flower!

    For a non alcoholic version up to 2 oz of syrup, 1 oz of lemon, 5-6 basil or mint leaves, top with soda of your choice (Pamplemousse LeCroix or anything cucumber would be a delight). Have fun with flavor combos!!

    Tea syrup
    For this recipe I used jasmine green tea but any floral herbal tea you prefer would work great (chamomile, lavender, hibiscus). Heat 1 cup of water on the stove in a saucepan and add 1 cup of sugar, bring to a light boil. Stir until sugar is incorporated and solution is clear. Turn off heat and add 2 teabags of your choice to the syrup. Let sit for 30 minutes. Squeeze out tea bags and you have your syrup! Keep refrigerated for up to a month in the fridge.

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  • Body & Soul

    Meet the Other Mat: Yoga Meets Pilates – Monday, March 22, 8 – 8:45 a.m. EDT
    Many pilates exercises have their roots in yoga poses. The common thread in all yoga poses is extension of the spine. The common thread in all pilates exercises is core engagement. This opens up a great world of fun and lots of options to make this practice accessible and empowering! Props needed: yoga mat, chair, strap or belt and blanket or towel. Facilitated by Mona Flynn (’87) , owner of LifeFit, Inc., a business dedicated to using the teaching of wellness principles for improved lifelong fitness and well-being, while building community. Register HERE.

    Introduction to the Enneagram – Monday, March 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
    Please join us for an Introduction to the Enneagram! Whether you are totally unfamiliar with the Enneagram, or you know your Type but want to learn a little bit more about others, this workshop facilitated by Liz Orr, Associate Chaplain for Catholic Life, will give you an overview of the Enneagram and how it works as an integrative tool for transformation and compassion within ourselves and our relationships! There is no preparation required to join this workshop! Register HERE

    The Enneagram and Self-Compassion – Friday, March 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
    Join us for an Enneagram Workshop designed to support your journey with self-compassion. The Enneagram is an amazing tool that can put us in contact with deeper resources of compassion for ourselves, and by extension, for others. This workshop facilitated by Liz Orr, Associate Chaplain for Catholic Life, will focus on the superpowers of each Type, what we came to believe, and how our ego structure gets in our way of meeting ourselves with compassion. There is no preparation required to participate in this workshop, although knowing which Type you lead with will be helpful! Take the Classical Enneagram Test Here and register for the workshop HERE.

    Movement Matters: Yoga as a Springboard to Empower Movement – Saturday, March 27, 9 – 9:45 a.m. EDT
    Whether you are a new or seasoned yoga student, join us for a practice of yoga poses and preparations to work on connecting agility of the feet to the potential mobility of the ribcage and spine. Freedom of movement physically affects the energy and emotional body as well, creating release and renewal. Props needed: yoga mat, chair, strap or belt and blanket or towel. Facilitated by Mona Flynn (’87), owner of LifeFit, Inc., a business dedicated to using the teaching of wellness principles for improved lifelong fitness and well-being, while building community. Register HERE.

  • Call to Conversation

    Call to Conversation: Community – Sunday, March 21, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
    You are invited to connect with other Wake Forest women via this virtual Call to Conversation.  Heidi Robinson (MA ’11), Assistant Vice President, Career Education & Training, will be hosting this online gathering on the topic, Community, guided by this conversation prompt: Where are the places in your life where you are both deeply known and loved? Register HERE  – Capacity is limited.

    Call to Conversation: Friendship – Tuesday, March 23, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
    You are invited to connect with other Wake Forest women via this virtual Call to Conversation.  Mary Dalton (’83), Professor of Communication, will be hosting this online gathering on the topic, Friendship, guided by this conversation prompt: Tell us about someone in your life whose friendship you find encouraging and rejuvenating. Register HERE  – Capacity is limited.

    Call to Conversation: Strength – Thursday, March 25, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
    You are invited to connect with other Wake Forest women via this virtual Call to Conversation.  Mary Tribble (’82, MA ’19), Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies, will be hosting this online gathering on the topic, Strength, guided by this conversation prompt: Tell us about an experience that took you out of your comfort zone and how you grew from it. Register HERE  – Capacity is limited.

    Call to Conversation: Identity – Friday, March 26, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
    You are invited to connect with other Wake Forest women via this virtual Call to Conversation.  Mercy Eyadiel, Chief Corporate Engagement Officer, will be hosting this online gathering on the topic, Identity, guided by this conversation prompt: Tell us about a time when someone identified in you a quality or trait that you had not previously believed about yourself. What impact did this conversation have on you? Register HERE  – Capacity is limited.

    New to Call to Conversation? Learn more about the virtual experience HERE.

  • Keynote Speakers & Discussions

    Girlfriend’s Chat: Sustaining Your Wake Forest Network – Tuesday, March 23, 8 – 9 p.m. EDT
    Join Kala Taylor (’01) and a group of wake forest women for a casual conversation about career, purpose, and staying connected with your people from Wake – from the residence halls to the halls of life. This group has stayed connected through 20+ years of school, family, and moves. How does the power of your network create pathways for ongoing personal & professional development? What do you do when life gets in the way, and constant demands for your time threatens to split your attention and focus? Strategic networking, the curation of a healthy social network, and an intentional focus to do good work and be good people is rooted in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. Join us for a fireside chat about life lessons learned along the way.

    • Tisha (Fowler) Felder (’01), Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, College of Nursing
    • Chrystal (Cox) McDowell (’01, MAED ’02), Assistant Director of Student Affairs  at UGA (Griffin Campus), Adjunct Lecturer, UGA, CEO/Founder, Cox Educational Services
    • Melanie (Johnson) Pointer (’01, MD ’07), View Point Health and in private practice with Lifestance Health
    • Kish Cumi Price (’01, MAED ’03), Director of Education Policy & Programming, Louisville Urban League
    • Brooke (Reid) Reynolds (’01), Former Commercial Real Estate Lawyer, Founder/Entrepreneur, Socialite Pink, handmade jewelry company
    • Janelle (Jenkins) Taylor (’01), HR Leader, Trane Technologies
    • Kala (Blackwell) Taylor (’01), Assistant Dean Career & Professional Development, Campbell Law School

    Register HERE.

    Connecting with the WFU Women’s Center – Wednesday, March 24, 12 – 1 p.m. EDT
    Alumnae are invited to a meet and greet with Steph Trilling, director of the Wake Forest University Women’s Center. She will facilitate a conversation on current issues women are facing in 2021. She will be joined by current students who will share their perspectives and experiences. Attendees will learn about current and upcoming initiatives from the Women’s Center to support women and promote gender equity on campus. Register HERE.

    Women's History Keynote ImageWomen’s History Month Keynote: Climate Feminism; To Change Everything, We Need Everyone – Wednesday, March 24, 7 – 8 p.m. EST
    The Office of Sustainability and the Women’s Center are thrilled to bring an inspiring voice to our campus this spring—Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. While it’s clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial “table.” More than a problem of bias, it’s a dynamic that sets us up for failure. To change everything, we need everyone. Feed your inspiration for action by joining us for a virtual conversation with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist, policy expert, and leader/cultivator of the climate movement. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Rowie Kirby-Straker, Assistant Teaching Professor, WFU Department of Communications. See below for more information about our speakers. Register HERE.

    Closing the Gender Gap: A Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders – Thursday, March 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
    Hear from fellow Wake Forest women representing various careers paths and industries, as they discuss their experiences as leaders in industries and organizations in which women have historically been underrepresented in leadership and senior positions. The panel will be moderated by Wake Forest Alumni Council President, Alex Reyes Schroeder (’06, JD ’09), Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, and features:

    • Dr. Julie Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), DFSVS, Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health, Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Chief Academic Officer of Atrium Health Enterprise
    • Jackie Krese (Parent ’23), Managing Director at Credit Suisse
    • Melissa McGhie Proctor (’02), Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena
    • Captain US Navy (Retired) MJ Sweeney (’77), Operations Leader, Military Marking Strategist, and Veteran Career Transition Advocate
    • Tina Thornton (’93), Senior Vice President, Content Operations at ESPN

    Register HERE.

  • Kickback & Connect

    Bracelet photoYour Art Space with WakerSpace: Fishtail Paracord Braided Bracelet – Sunday, March 21, 5:45 – 7 p.m. EDT
    Join Holly Mullen (’24) live from WakerSpace and braid your own black and gold paracord bracelet. $10 for the kit shipped directly to you will include everything you need. Register by Saturday, March 13. Register HERE.

    Wake Women’s Week Kickoff – Sunday, March 21, 7:15 – 8 p.m. EDT
    We are thrilled to kick off Wake Women’s Week with you! This start to our week is an exciting time for us to gather together virtually in our shared love for Mother So Dear! After a welcome, we will break out into smaller Zoom rooms for casual dialogue to kick off the week. We’ll invite you to share about your favorite spot on campus and what advice you would give yourself if you could return to “start” — the beginning of your Wake Forest journey. Register HERE.

    Coaster photoYour Art Space with WakerSpace: Ceramic Tile Coaster – Tuesday, March 23, 6:45 – 8 p.m. EDT
    Join Michal Moore (’23) live from WakerSpace and create a WFU ceramic coaster by “weeding” vinyl and applying to the 4×4 ceramic tile. $10 for the kit shipped directly to you will include everything you need. Register by Monday, March 15. Register HERE.

    Florals with Friends: A Beginning’s Design Class – Wednesday, March 24, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
    Let’s gather together and create something beautiful – join Emma Hart (’12) and Tess Finnegan for this introductory floral design class guaranteed to result in a creation that is handmade, gorgeous, and uniquely designed by you. Stemming from a lux flower workshop concept based out of Washington, DC, this hands-on class will guide you to create a tabletop arrangement using flowers you can find in grocery stores, florist shops, or backyards. We’ll suggest the floral recipe and recommended supplies and lead you through step by step. You’ll learn the basics of how to build an arrangement that “works” while embracing the best part of creative design – individuality. You’ll leave with a handful of floral design tricks, post-arrangement care tips, and a spark of beauty to usher in spring. Be part of the unique power that is being surrounded by women thinking creatively and openly. Register HERE.

    Painting photoYour Art Space with WakerSpace: Lavender Sunrise Miniature – Friday, March 26, 6:45 – 8 p.m. EDT
    Join Roxie Ray (’23) live from WakerSpace and transform a miniature blank canvas into a beautiful sunrise themed masterpiece. $10 for the kit shipped directly to you will include everything you need — including the easel on which to display your painting. Register by Thursday, March 18. Register HERE

    T.G.I.F. Beer School – Friday, March 26, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
    Join Sarah Bartholomaus, of Foothills Brewing, for a virtual beer school! We will discuss the main ingredients in beer, the brewing process, and how we utilize these ingredients and taste several of our core beers: Torch Pilsner-a Czech style pilsner, Hoppyum IPA-an American style IPA, Jade IPA-a citrusy IPA with Jade hops, and People’s Porter-a robust English porter. Our beers are widely available throughout NC and some parts of the Southeast, but if you are not able to find our beer near you, don’t let that stop you from joining in the fun! Pick up a few beers from your favorite brewery or bottle shop that are similar in style to the beers listed above. Register HERE

    Cheese Bored? an interactive tutorial to change your cheese and charcuterie board from ho-hum to WOW! YUM! – Saturday, March 27, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
    Join Chef Kate Leeder (’98) for a fun workshop on creating a cheese and charcuterie board with a few specialty items and some basics from the pantry. If only this had been a class offered at Wake! Let your creative flag fly and learn how to make a beautiful and delicious platter. Print the ingredient and supply list here. Register HERE.

    Wake Women’s Week Wrap-Up – Saturday, March 27, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. EDT
    What an incredible week it has been! You’ve attended a session, or two, or three. You’ve likely seen an old friend or made a new one. You’ve heard from speakers that have inspired you to action! Just as we’d roll the quad to revel in big moments on campus, we want to cherish each special moment from this week in our Wake Women’s Week Wrap-Up! After we say “cheers” to Mother So Dear, we’ll close the week by swapping stories, sharing memories, and reflecting on key takeaways that are still ringing in our ears like the bells of the Carillon! Online registration has closed. If you’d like to attend, send an email requesting access to harrellc@wfu.edu

    As a special closing treat, alumna and mixologist-extraordinaire, Alex Koblan (‘13), has created a signature cocktail for us, the “Magnolia.” The recipe follows her “step-by-step” video. Bring your “Magnolia” or drink of choice with you to our virtual toast!

    The Magnolia
    -1.5 ounces blanco tequila
    -1.5 ounces tea infused simple syrup (recipe below)
    -1 ounce lemon juice
    – 0.5 St. Germain
    5-6 mint leaves

    Shake with ice (a shaker works best but in a pinch a Tupperware or yeti tumbler work great), double strain over fresh ice into a glass. Garnish wish a lemon wedge and edible flower!

    For a non alcoholic version up to 2 oz of syrup, 1 oz of lemon, 5-6 basil or mint leaves, top with soda of your choice (Pamplemousse LeCroix or anything cucumber would be a delight). Have fun with flavor combos!!

    Tea syrup
    For this recipe I used jasmine green tea but any floral herbal tea you prefer would work great (chamomile, lavender, hibiscus). Heat 1 cup of water on the stove in a saucepan and add 1 cup of sugar, bring to a light boil. Stir until sugar is incorporated and solution is clear. Turn off heat and add 2 teabags of your choice to the syrup. Let sit for 30 minutes. Squeeze out tea bags and you have your syrup! Keep refrigerated for up to a month in the fridge.

  • Professional Development

    Grow Where You’re Planted – Monday, March 22, 12 -1 p.m. EDT
    Whether you’re thinking about a job change or just worried about the future post-Covid, this is a great time to take a strategic approach to developing your skills and building your resume. In this 1-hour workshop, Allison McWilliams (’95), Assistant VP for Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, will share tips and strategies for seeking out growth and development from where you are, so that when it’s time to make a change, you’ll be ready. Register HERE.

    The Road Never Traveled: Nine Steps to Tweak or Change Your Career Path – Tuesday, March 23, 12 -1 p.m. EDT
    After a complete career U-turn from lawyer to minister and comedian, including a two-year trip around the world, Susan Sparks (JD ’87) learned a thing or two about change and transitions. The Road Never Traveled uses her experience to offer entertaining, yet concrete tools that will help you take risks, face your fears, and make the changes you need to move forward. Register HERE.

    Intersections: Truth & Choice – Wednesday, March 24, 1 – 2 p.m. EDT
    No matter your age or career, you have made decisions during your life that have placed you on a particular trajectory. Are you on course to be where you planned? Are you metaphorically “home?”” Do you feel confident and empowered? If not, why not? In this workshop you will revive your true self, learn where you thrive best, and plan how to stay on your path. This topic is about you; therefore, be prepared to inventory your personal experiences. This workshop is interactive and participatory. Depending on the group size, you may or may not share those experiences with others. Facilitated by Susan Langlitz, Associate Professor of Practice, Applied Business Communications, WFU School of Business. Register HERE.

    Bullying in the Workplace – Friday, March 26, 12  – 1 p.m. EDT
    Abusive supervision (a.k.a. bullying) is the sustained display of hostile verbal and nonverbal behaviors directed at employees such as ridicule, public shaming, anger, invasion of privacy, blame, broken promises, and lying. When employees experience these behaviors over a period of time, the result is compromised mental health, poor job attitudes, and dysfunctional behavior. Sherry Moss will present her research on workplace bullying and lead an interactive discussion on what can be done to reduce the occurrence of this disturbing phenomenon. Register HERE.

  • Workshops

    Resilient Living: Home Alone During COVID – Sunday, March 21, 3 -4 p.m. EDT
    Learn resilience building skills in the context of living alone and working through the COVID-19 pandemic in this 1 hour workshop with Ashley Hawkins Parham, Wellbeing Program Manager with the Office of Wellbeing. With consideration specific to the experience of living alone during these uncertain times, we will discuss what resilience is and is not, practice trauma-informed mind-body skills and explore intentional and game-changing perspectives for continuing to navigate our new normal. You will leave the workshop with skills for managing emotions and thoughts in the moment and tools to create your own resilience plan prioritizing pro-active rest and social connection over reactive recovery. Integrating resilience building practices into our day to day lives will decrease our fatigue and chances of burnout while helping us to find times of balance and calm in the coming months and beyond. Register HERE. Capacity is limited.

    Business As Unusual: Why yes, I’m still working from home! – Sunday, March 21, 4 – 5p.m. EDT
    Remember when we thought the pandemic would last a month, two at the most? Well, here we are, a year later, and so much has changed, yet so much remains the same. In this interactive presentation, Perri Kersh (’92, MAED ’94), founder of Neat Freak Professional Organizing, will address how we can maximize efficiency in our homes and offices. Whether you’re working and/or schooling from home, or just spending WAY TOO MUCH time in your house, Perri will help you assess what is and isn’t working for you and provide practical organizing principles and strategies to help you get and stay organized this year. If you’re willing to do a little “show and tell” at the end, Perri promises to help you solve your stickiest organizing situations.  Register HERE

    Where Do I Go From Here: Activism, Advocacy, & Social Change – Monday, March 22, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
    Navigating through our world can be tough- our society is wracked with racial and social injustices that impact our communities. Maybe you feel energized to be a part of the solution, but are overwhelmed and uncertain about where to begin. Join Deb Marke, from the Office of Civic and Community Engagement to discuss and map out how you can feel empowered to utilize your personal sphere of influence to work toward positive and sustained social change. Register HERE.

    Resilient Caregivers: Caring for Self and Others During COVID – Wednesday, March 24, 3 -4  p.m. EDT
    Learn resilience building skills in the context of being a caregiver and working through the COVID-19 pandemic in this 1 hour workshop with Ashley Hawkins Parham, Wellbeing Program Manager with the Office of Wellbeing. With consideration specific to the experience of caregiving (for younger or older loved ones) during these uncertain times, we will discuss what resilience is and is not, practice trauma-informed mind-body skills and explore intentional and game-changing perspectives for continuing to navigate our new normal. You will leave the workshop with skills for managing emotions and thoughts in the moment and tools to create your own resilience plan prioritizing pro-active rest and social connection over reactive recovery. Integrating resilience building practices into our day to day lives will decrease our fatigue and chances of burnout while helping us to find times of balance and calm in the coming months and beyond. Register HERE. Capacity is limited.

    Finding “Balance”: Enhancing satisfaction & performance in all areas of your life – Thursday, March 25, 12 – 1 p.m. EDT
    In this session, we will discuss the meaning of “work-life balance,” examine your current degree of balance, and develop two evidence-based strategies to gain greater balance. Facilitated by Julie Wayne, Professor, WFU School of Business. Register HERE

    (Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Running for Office, Women’s Edition – Thursday, March 25, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
    On average, women are asked to run for office seven times before saying yes. In this session, Terri LeGrand (JD ’93), candidate for NC House District 74 in 2018 and NC Senate District 31 in 2020, and Jessica Holmes, Wake County Commissioner and candidate for NC Secretary of Labor in 2020, will explain why you should run for office and why you should not wait to be asked. These experienced candidates will explain why you are qualified and how to obtain the resources needed to launch a campaign. Most importantly, though, they will talk about how running and serving is good for you, good for your family, good for your employer, and good for your community. It’s a win, win, win no matter the outcome. Register HERE.

    The Artful Family: Visual Literacy for Caregivers –  Thursday, March 25, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
    Looking at art with children builds life skills. Join Reynolda’s early childhood specialist, Janie Bass, for a virtual workshop in which parents and caregivers can learn more about Visual Literacy and how activities and conversations can promote skills for pre-readers. Participants will become acquainted with some of Reynolda’s virtual resources for caregivers to use with children ages 2-5.  Register HERE. (Note: Reynolda utilizes a registration platform external to Alumni Engagement. If this is the only event for which you register, you will not receive additional Wake Women’s Week registrant notifications.)

     

     

Here’s what you can expect once you register:

1. You will receive an immediate email confirmation upon completion of successful registration – for each event.

2. Within a week of your registration, you will receive an email with general Wake Women’s Week information and digital resources.

3. Within 24 hours of each registered event, you will receive a reminder email with zoom access information.

Questions?
Email Laura Crump Harrell (’92) at harrellc@nullwfu.edu