3 – 6 p.m. – Registration and Welcome
Benson University Center, 3rd Floor Lounge
Come by to be welcomed and receive your registration packet. Stroll the Quad, stop by the Deacon Shop, hug your “long time, no see” friends, create new connections.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Wait Chapel and Bell Tower Tour – Filled
If you’ve always want to “go tunneling” and see the bells and can come in a little early, this is your opportunity! Walk through the passageway underneath Wait Chapel and then climb the stairs up through the inside of the clock and bell tower.  More information and details will be provided at a later date.

5 – 6 p.m. – Opening Wine and Cheese Reception
Benson University Center, Reece Gallery
Mix and mingle with students participating in the Women’s Leadership Symposium. Join us for a casual reception to meet and converse with current students. This will be a meaningful opportunity for these young women to practice their networking skills with women who are farther along in the path that leads from Wake Forest University.

6:30 p.m. – Dinner Table Conversations (optional)
Various Winston-Salem restaurants
Engage in a topical conversation facilitated by a special host.  Enjoy dinner (dutch treat) while connecting with other Wake Forest women through meaningful dialogue. Tables will be reserved at various restaurants throughout Winston-Salem for intimate groups of women to gather. At a later time, registrants will have the opportunity to reserve a place at a preferred conversation table.

3.8.17 Update:
Seats at the tables are filling up quickly. We are working on adding another conversation topic and host.

Confirmed Conversation Hosts:

Martha Allman (’82, MBA ’92, P ’15, P ’19) –
Collegiate Admissions: From One Mom to Another. Are you having conversations with your child about college? It can be a stressful process – for everyone in the household. You want your child to make the right choice. How can you be wise counselor, voice of reason and supportive mom? What are admissions officers really looking for? Let’s talk about it.

Jill Crainshaw (’84) –
Experiencing the Sacred Seasonings of Everyday Life. Jill Crainshaw’s writing, and teaching explore and celebrate life’s seasons and seasoning–the common, organic stuff of everyday life. Her current research includes visiting local bakeries, wineries, and community gardens to gain a deeper understanding of how worship’s sacramental elements are connected to local fields and farmers, waters and artisans. This research is the subject of a forthcoming book, Savoring Places, Saving Graces: Liturgy Distilled from Everyday Life (The Liturgical Press). An avid baker of breads and cakes, she is inspired by the artistic everyday work of human hands to explore artistic work of the mind and spirit through poetry and fiction writing. Join her for a discussion of how we can experience a sense of holy wonder when we slow down and savor those moments found in everyday living.

Mary Dalton (’83) – Capacity Reached
Stories We Live.  Have you ever considered that each and every day you are authoring your own life story? You don’t construct an identity and choose where to place yourself in a vacuum. We are all influenced by the stories we encounter — from the fairy tales of our childhoods to our favorite movies and novels to the conversations we have with the people closest to us. These stories establish what we perceive as possibilities and limitations for our lives, but we can expand the range of possibilities and defy the limitations if we choose.

Maria Henson (’82) – Capacity Reached
The Writing Life: A conversation about writing, reading and books we love. One of my favorite writers, Brenda Ueland, believed everybody is talented because everybody is human and has something to say. We need friends who love us or find us interesting, whose attitude is, Ms. Ueland has written: “Tell me more. Tell me all you can. I want to understand more about how you feel and know and all the changes inside and out of you.” If you don’t have someone like that and want to write, you have to imagine a friend like that. How do you write? Why do you write? What books have marked you for life? Let’s speak of art, treasured words and spirit. Or let’s just eat.

Allison McWilliams (’95) – Capacity Reached
Mentors, Sponsors, and Wise Counselors: Creating Personal and Professional Networks that Matter. Join us over dinner as we talk about the different roles that women play for each other, and the different people that we each need to create lives and communities of intention. We will have a lively conversation, drawing upon our lived experiences as women, as professionals, as family members, as friends, and do some in-person network-building as well!

Barbee Oakes (’80, MA ’81) – Capacity Reached
Finding Your Place When You’re in a New Place. 
Dr. Maya Angelou adhered to one guiding principle for her academic courses at Wake Forest: “I am a human being. Nothing human can be alien to me.” The heightened appreciation of difference and understanding of humanity, cultivated through her example as a global citizen, educator, civil rights leader and artist, underscore our University’s motto, Pro Humanitate, to shape informed leaders ready to serve all humanity. Wake Forest recently named a residence hall for first year students after Dr. Angelou and on April 4, 2018, we will celebrate her 90th birthday. How can we use these historic milestones to embed core values of inclusive excellence into our communities?

Malika Roman Isler (’99) – Capacity Reached
Journeys in Self-Care. Audre Lorde described self-care as a means of self-preservation. How are you preserving yourself? Enjoy dinner and shared stories about how evolving cultural and social messages influence how we navigate womanhood, the personal and collective value of self-prioritization, and how women support each other in living thriving lives through self-care.

8 a.m. – Gathering Together (Light morning refreshments)
Benson University Center, 3rd Floor Lounge

8:25 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Keynote
Benson University Center, Pugh Auditorium

Becoming Your Future Self and Fulfilling Your Personal Legacy –
Meagan Hooper (’04), Founder,
Unconscious bias often limits the perception of our own potential based on age, race and gender. What we believe about ourselves and our future translates into our behavior and whether we ultimately fulfill our personal legacy. Meagan will share about how she used her WFU Theater degree to create a successful career on Wall Street which led her to inspire, mentor, and connect thousands of young women across the country through her platform

9:40 a.m. – Break

9:50 – 11 a.m. – Breakout Session I (Choose One) 

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Truth About Weight Loss as We Age –
    Kristen Beavers, Assistant Professor, Health and Exercise Science
    A discussion on the positive and negative effects of weight loss and regain on a variety of health outcomes, including inflammation, body composition, and physical function.
  • Strategic Networking: Building intentional relationships for personal, career, and organizational success –
    Mercy Eyadiel, Associate Vice President, Career Development and Corporate Engagement
    Do you ever wonder why some people seem to get ahead faster than others? It may be that they truly understand who you know is as important as what you know, and that intentionally managing a strategic network is imperative to a successful career. You don’t want to miss this highly interactive session on networking, and how you can develop an effective game plan that will help you thrive personally and professionally.
  • What’s Communication Got To Do With It? Tips for coping with stress in relationships.
    Jennifer Priem, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
    The workshop will cover major areas of stress in personal relationships and provide communication strategies for effectively coping with each stressor. Participants will learn simple strategies that they can integrate into relationships right away.
  • WOMEN WITH POWER: Navigating hierarchies and creating impact –
    Melissa Jones Briggs (’04), Lecturer, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

    Exploring your personal relationship to power, status and authority allows you to navigate nuanced hierarchical dynamics with agility. This agility requires access to a broad authentic range of expression and helps you accomplish your strategic, operational and professional objectives. Women can benefit by learning the ways behavior and role affect the ability to influence, persuade, and lead in male-dominated societies. Participants will explore power, authority and status, and leave with a framework to interpret and express the social signals for both authority and approachability as well as other ready-to-implement leadership tools. Combining performance techniques and emerging data from the field of social psychology, this highly interactive session provides insight into how personal behavioral range – physical, vocal, intellectual, mindset, strategic – affect the ability to create impact. 

11 a.m. – Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Breakout Session II (Choose One) 

  • What Women Want: A plan for their financial future –
    Rebecca Smitherman (JD ’02) and JoAnn White

    A discussion of smart ways to plan for the future, including the basics on saving, planning, and retirement, finding the right investment fit for you, being a smart financial consumer, and planning for life’s contingencies.
  • Radical Self-care: How to stay engaged and outraged without losing your mind –
    K. Monet Rice-Jalloh, Associate University Chaplain

    A conversation and session of wholistic practices for being mindfully present to all things while not doing everything at one time. Please come prepared to remove your shoes and shut off electronics.
  • Start Up To Success
    Michelle Horton (MBA ’02), Founder, YOUniversity Drive
    Ali Maffucci (’09), Founder, Inspiralized
    Meg Seitz (MBA ’13, CERT ’16), Founder, toth shop, Co-Founding Partner, Bea is for Business
    Is your passion nagging you to start something new? Whether it’s to create a new product, launch a business idea or answer the call of a community need, listening to your entrepreneurial spirit requires courageous vulnerability. Hear from Wake Forest women who met that challenge as they share their “start-up” stories. Learn how they moved from taking that initial step to achieving success.

12:30 – 2 p.m. – Lunch
Benson University Center

Leading Lives of Meaning and Purpose
Panel of current students, moderated by Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life.

2:30 p.m. – Leisure time
Choose an optional afternoon workshop below, or use the afternoon time on your own, as your own. Note that some workshops may require a minimum participation and may be subject to cancellation if the minimum is not met.  A few of the activities necessitate an additional fee: advance payment options will be communicated at a later time.

  • Reynolda House: Guided Tour and Watercolor Studio – 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. $13pp (limited to 15)
  • Graylyn: Behind-the-Scenes Butler Tour – Enjoy a personal tour of Graylyn followed by wine and cheese.  4:30 – 6 p.m. $20pp (limited to 15)
  • Inspiralizer Demo and Recipes with Ali Maffucci (’09) – 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Magnolia Room, $5 pp
  • Newest to Campus Tour: Have trouble navigating a campus that doesn’t look the same? Enjoy a personal, guided tour of the newest spaces on campus. 2:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Wake Downtown: Hop on the shuttle for a trip to Innovation Quarter and a guided tour of our newest addition to campus – 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Dr. Rebecca Alexander will share the vision for STEM at Wake Forest and how future generations of women will benefit from distinctive new programs. 

6 – 8:30 p.m. – Concluding Keynote and Strolling Supper – Graylyn Estate

Advancing the Power of Pro Humanitate –
Tycely Williams (‘97), Vice-President of Development, YWCA USA
Drawing upon your humanitarian interests and future aspirations, you will learn how to create and carry out an actionable Personal Philanthropy Plan. “Pro Humanitate”, the Wake Forest University motto signals our shared commitment to enrich humanity. Yet, in a world with increasing needs it’s hard to decide how to best serve and give. Close-out the weekend with a clear understanding of how to better integrate your personal, professional and philanthropic aspirations while increasing your happiness and helping humanity.