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A lecture and book signing with Deborah Tannen, Professor, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

Professor Tannen discussed her new book You’re The Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships

About Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen is a university professor and professor of linguistics at Georgetown, where she has been on the faculty since 1979. Outside academia, she is best known as the author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages. Her book Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work was a New York Times Business best seller. Her last two books, You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives and You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation, were also New York Times best sellers. She is a frequent guest on television and radio news and information shows, including The Colbert Report, 20/20, Good Morning America, The Today Show, PBS NewsHour, Charlie Rose, Oprah, Hardball, Nightline, and many shows on CNN and NPR such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, and Fresh Air. She has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, People, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review. You're The Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships, her 25th book, will be published May 2.

May 2, 2017, ICC Auditorium

A Conversation, Reception, and Book Signing with Nancy Weiss Malkiel, Ph.D., Author of "Keep the Damned Women Out": The Struggle for Coeducation in conversation with Carol Benedict, Ph.D.

About Nancy Weiss Malkiel, Ph.D.

Nancy Weiss Malkiel, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton University, where she was the longest-serving dean of the college, overseeing the university's undergraduate academic program for twenty-four years. Her books include Whitney M. Young, Jr., and the Struggle for Civil Rights and Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR, both published by Princeton University Press.

About Carol Benedict, Ph.D.

Carol Benedict, Ph.D., is a Professor of History at our Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she teaches modern China and world history.

Presented by John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University, The Georgetown University Women’s Center and The Georgetown Women’s Alliance

April 24, 2017, Riggs Library

The Women Leading Politico: A New Type of Newsroom

Washington is changing. Journalism is evolving. The media landscape and the relationship between politics and the press is changing. And one thing is for certain — women are at the forefront of it all.

POLITICO, when founded a decade ago, was a departure from the traditional news organization. Continuing in that vein, it’s notable that POLITICO’s leadership today also reflects a “new guard,” where the editorial and business operations are led by women — from the President, Editor in Chief, to its senior reporters. How does that impact the culture, both inside and outside the newsroom, editorial decisions, and media and politics more broadly? In this new political era we are entering, the conversation will also focus on the role and influence of women in politics and a new Washington.

Moderator: Mo Elleithee, Executive Director of the Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics)


  • Poppy MacDonald, President, POLITICO U.S
  • Carrie Budoff Brown, Editor, POLITICO
  • Alexis Williams, VP, POLITICO Live
  • Cally Baute, VP, Audience Solutions
  • Anna Palmer, POLITICO Playbook Co-Author

February 22, 2017, Old North

OWN IT Summit 2017

The OWN IT Summit bridges the gap between female leaders and the millennials who admire them. We're shaking up the women's leadership arena by producing events accessible to college-aged women of all demographics -- not just those who can afford to pay their way.

This year, we're OWNING IT like never before. We have a limited number of tickets available, so get yours now! You can view more information on the own it summit website, and find the Summit on Facebook

We're so excited to share some of our Mainstage speakers for #OWNIT2017! From the Democratic National Convention to the New York Times Bestsellers' List to the halls of Congress, our speakers have been making their mark across the country. We can't wait to hear the inspiring conversations that these women are sure to share in Gaston! Stay tuned for many more speaker announcements coming soon!

March 18, 2017, Gaston Hall

Brave Summit 2017!

The BRAVE Summit celebrates Black women and acknowledges their skills to the fullest sense. BRAVE, standing for Black. Resilient. Artistic. Vigilant. Enough., was pioneered by several Black women of Georgetown for the purpose of combating the pervasive, negative media coverage and replacing it with the truth, our truth. We are on a mission to further expose the magic that lies within us. This year, our theme is 2017: The Recognition of the Black Woman.

Throughout the day, you'll be able to engage with dynamic panels full of #BRAVEWomen like Mayor Muriel Bowser, and participate in breakout sessions such as:

  • Keeping the Chocolate City Chocolate
  • Collective Images of Black Women: Overcoming Stereotypes
  • Black Women in Digital Media
  • Leadership in Politics
  • Releasing Resistance & Setting Yourself Free: An Intimate Conversation with Erika Totten & Johnetta Elzie

March 18, 2017, Lohrfink Auditorium


1789 Seconds with Jennifer Stybel (C’03)

The Georgetown Alumni Association hosted a live 30-minute Q&A broadcast with Jennifer Stybel (C'03), Executive Director of Rent the Runway Foundation as she answers your questions on women in leadership and entrepreneurship.

Topics will include:

  • Empowering Women in Entrepreneurship 
  • The Intersection of Business & the Arts 
  • The Evolution of the Non-Profit/For-Profit Partnerships 
  •  Non-Traditional Road to Your MBA

About Jennifer: Jennifer Stybel is Executive Director of Rent the Runway Foundation, where she oversees Project Entrepreneur - a national initiative launched with founding partner UBS to grow the pipeline of women building scalable, economically impactful businesses through its robust digital hub, multi-city educational workshops, venture competition, and accelerator program. Jennifer’s career has spanned the media, arts, and tech industries -- including Shutterstock, EMI Music, The Paley Center for Media, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts -- where she supports creators and their work. Jennifer holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

February 8, 2017 Online Webinar

What a doctor looks like

What a Doctor Looks Like

Exploring Conscious and Unconscious Bias within the Healthcare Setting

"What a Doctor Looks Like: Exploring Conscious and Unconscious Bias within the Healthcare Setting" is set to be a dynamic panel discussion with leading physicians in the field of medicine.

In October of 2016, Dr. Tamika Cross, a Houston OB-GYN, was stopped by a Delta flight attendant who would not allow her to aid a passenger in need when they called for a physician on board, but trusted a white man who "fit the description of a doctor." Dr. Cross is an African American woman.

In reflection of this incident on a Delta Airlines flight, this event presents an opportunity for students and physicians of all backgrounds to engage in candid dialogue about the roles in which race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status/class, age, ability, and privilege play in shaping our perceptions of who we believe medical professionals to be. In addition, we seek to explore the impact of conscious and unconscious biases within the medical profession, across intrapersonal and patient interactions.

February 8, 2017 Lohrfink Auditorium

gender equity in academic medicine

Ignite Women's Empowerment Luncheon

Luncheon sponsored by Beautiful Believers & Girltalk

November 12, 2016 Healy Family Student Center, Herman Room

Georgetown Women's Basketball Game

GWA Networking Opportunity: Join Us for a Georgetown Women's Basketball Game!

GWA members supported the Georgetown Women’s Basketball team on November 11th to cheer them on from the sidelines and volunteer to help usher, staff a table, and provide other general help.

November 11, 2016 McDonough Arena

Girls Education

Girls Education: Local to Global Perspectives

A Center for Social Justice Education Week event with Professor Fida Adely, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service, Kelli Brevard (C'05, G'06), Asst. to the College Guidance Office, National Cathedral School, Caitlin Dempsey (C'10), Founding Board Member, Pine Ridge Girls' School, and Haydn Welch (G'17), Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

November 7, 2016 Leavey Program Room

gender equity in academic medicine

Reading Our Many Pasts

Presented by the Georgetown LGBTQ Resource Center

Reflections from Urvashi Vaid, an award winning author, attorney, and organizer in the LGBTQ and Broader Social Justice Community whose work aims to address structural inequalities based on intersecting identities. Vaid’s work honors the importance of building the foundations of a movement in the context of the many histories from which our lives flow forth.

Her efforts range from creating an LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice network to researching global sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Professor Dana Luciano will join Urvashi Vaid for conversation and will moderate the Q&A that follows. Presented by: the Georgetown LGBTQ Resource Center, Tagliabue Initiative for LGBTQ Life and Lecture Fund in partnership with the Department of English, GU Pride, GU Queer People of Color, and Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action

October 26, 2016 HFSC Social Room

gender equity in academic medicine

Time Design: Changing the Productivity Conversation

So many smart, career-minded moms are overloaded with responsibilities. Whether currently employed, looking to re-enter the workforce, or change careers, they are feeling overwhelmed. The more capable they are, the greater the demands being made on them. Moreover, the digital age speeds up the pace and makes it easier to get distracted. As a result, talented women feel exhausted and resentful that they work so hard yet can't seem to get ahead. Based on what she learned working directly with her clients, Dr. Stacy Kim will share effective – and counterintuitive – strategies to design your time and enjoy life.

Three key takeaways from this webinar:

  • The essential components of a time-management system that can lead to a more satisfying life
  • How to make small customized tweaks to get started right away
  • When to say "yes" and how to say "no"

October 25, 2016 online webinar

gender equity in academic medicine

Biondi Copeland Lecture Series on Women in Higher Education

Last year, during the celebration of their 25th anniversary, the Georgetown University Women’s Center (GUWC) announced the inauguration of the Biondi Copeland Lecture Series on women in higher education. This lecture series will foster dialogue, discourse, and increased visibility for topics regarding higher education and women’s leadership roles.

You are cordially invited to join us on Tuesday, October 25, as we welcome Patricia McGuire, J.D., President of Trinity University and Linda LeMura, Ph.D., President of Le Moyne College for a panel discussion about women in leadership roles at Catholic and Jesuit universities. President John J. DeGioia will offer welcoming remarks and Jeanne F. Lord, J.D., Ed.D., Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Undergraduate Students, and Director of The Jesuit Leadership Seminar will moderate our panel.

October 25, 2016 Bioethics Research Library

gender equity in academic medicine

Women Who Write About War

A panel discussion with: Marjorie Agosín, Domnica Radulescu, Christine Evans and Barbara Mujica. Moderated by LeNaya Hezel, Director, GU Veterans Office.

This panel brings together professional women writers whose work focuses primarily on war.

October 21, 2016 Mortara Center

gender equity in academic medicine


Facilitating this workshop were our own:

  • Amanda Carlton, Associate Director of the Center for Student Engagement, is a Gallup-trained StrengthsEducator and is currently training to be a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.
  • Lauren Gagliardi, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Engagement, is a Gallup-trained StrengthsEducator.

Participants were invited to two additional workshops to build on this initial investment in understanding your strengths. Learn more about Strengthsfinder on their website.

October 20, 2016 Leavey Program Room

policy on campus violence and academic freedom


A symposium hosted by The Georgetown Law Center, Journal of Legal Education and Georgetown Gender Justice Initiative

Universities occupy a hallowed position in American culture. But recently reported incidents of sexual assaults on college campuses have spurred new and more rigorous policies in universities across the country. While the importance of protecting students from violence is unquestioned, these new policies call for consideration of issues such as the appropriate role of administrative decision-making, the role of governmental regulations, the need for academic freedom, and the rule of law generally. How can we best ensure an educational environment free from sexual violence but, at the same time, provide for academic freedom and the “marketplace of ideas”? And how might this be done given that constitutionally protected speech is sometimes offensive and disagreeable? How might we best maintain academic freedom without making it a defensive shield against enforcing equal opportunity requirements within academic life? These and related questions will inform the symposium.

October 14, 2016 Georgetown University Law Center

gender justice

Gender Justice Initiative Fall Colloquium

The Gender Justice Initiative builds on the long-standing and path-breaking research already being done at Georgetown and sparks dialogue on sex and gender across departments and campuses.  The Gender Justice Initiative invites faculty from across the University to come together, bring your students, and join us to begin the process of starting interdisciplinary conversations on issues of sex, gender, sexuality, feminism, intersectionality, and inequality.

Panel topics include:

  • What Difference Does Sex Difference Make?
  • Gender-Based Violence, Local & Global
  • Intersectional Gender Justice

September 23, 2016 Ethics Lab, 201B Healy Hall

The Intentional Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Jen Dalton

The Intentional Entrepreneur: A Conversation with Jen Dalton

Build a Personal Brand as an Intentional Leader and Influence for Impact

Self-awareness is critical for everyone; leveraging your strengths and outsourcing the rest are critical to success. This interactive talk will take you through how to own your reality, your purpose, and how to shape how others perceive you through intentional content and communication.

The Intentional Leader talk will help you understand:

  • How building an intentional personal branding relates to your success and why
  • How you are unique and why people should want to work with you
  • What questions to ask when figuring out how to blend your personal reputation and brand with the identity of the company you work at 
  • How to create a visibility plan that builds the best relationships to grow your impact with clarity and meaning
  • Identify practical ways to manage your online reputation and presence for your brand, given you only have so much time in the day

Owning your reputation is about protecting it, building it, and becoming a Noisebreaker, not a Noisemaker. People want to work with and for someone who is authentic, clear, and shows up intentionally to create value for their people, clients, and community. 

Jen Dalton (B'99, MBA '12) has 15 years’ experience in brand strategy. In 2012, she launched BrandMirror, becoming a certified master personal brand strategist. In 2016, Jen published The Intentional Entrepreneur, a bestselling book that shares her process for building your personal brand as an entrepreneur. She has spoken to and coached thousands of individuals and entrepreneurs about how to stand out. She is an international speaker, working with the Navy, GE, IBM, Capital One, 1776, and more.

September 22, 2016 Healy Family Student Center, Herman Room.

The Exit Interview: A Conversation with Ambassador Susan Rice

The Exit Interview: A Conversation with Ambassador Susan Rice

The Institute of Politics and Public Service in the McCourt School of Public Policy is hosting a series of exit interviews centered on the political and policy record of Barack Obama’s presidency. Join us for the first event in the series, a conversation on national security and foreign policy with Ambassador Susan Rice, and many others this fall that will feature several key women from the Obama administration

September 14, 2016 Gaston Hall.

Georgetown Women in Labor and Community Organizing

Georgetown Women in Labor and Community Organizing

In partnership with the Georgetown Women’s Alliance, the Kalmanovitz Initiative hosted a discussion that addressed women’s leadership in labor and community organizing. The event aimed to encourage, inspire, and offer substantive ideas to women in the Georgetown community who are interested in social justice organizing and activism. By modeling women’s leadership as organizers, we hope to make the vocation of organizing accessible to tomorrow’s future women leaders across the United States. More information about Women in Labor and Community Organizing at Georgetown can be found on their website.

September 7, 2016 Healy Family Student Center, Herman Room.

happy hour

Happy Hour

Join us for stress relief and social wellness! The happy hour immediately followed the workshop “Take Five: A Practical Approach to Self-Care at the Office."

June 21, 2016 Bulldog Tavern.

Own It Summit

Women in Leadership: Power Shift Forum on Women in the World Economics

Offered by Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security

May 4, 2016. The question for conversation was: This House believes nations should adopt quotas for women on corporate boards.

Presiding: Paulette Brown (partner and co-chair of the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Locke Lord LLP; president of the American Bar Association)

Propose: Joanna Maycock (Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby), Hilary Gosher (managing director at Insight Venture Partners), and Irene Natividad (Chair of Corporate Women Directors International)

Oppose: Mary Goudie (Labour member, House of Lords and Founding member, The 30% Club), and Kimberly Weisul (Editor-at-Large, INC magazine and

Own It Summit

Preparing the Next Generation of Female Leaders

Offered by the Own It Summit

April 9, 2016. Speakers include Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator of NASA; Amani Alkhat, founding Editor-in-Chief of; Miki Agrawal, Author of "Do Cool Sh*t", CEO and Co-founder of THINX, and Founder of the NYC farm-to-table pizza concept Wild; Norah O'Donnell, Co-anchor of CBS This Morning; and many more! Own It is bridging the gap between female leaders of the 21st century and the Millennials who admire them, by shaking up the women's leadership arena and producing accessible events for college-aged women.

Enhancing Accountability for Women, Peace and Security

Enhancing Accountability for Women, Peace and Security

Offered by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, The Global Gender Program of GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, The Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University, and UN Women

April 5, 2016. Event with Dr. Catherine O’Rourke, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University; Dr. Aisling Swaine, Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Ms. Alison Davidian, Transitional Justice Policy Specialist, Peace and Security Team, UN Women. One of the key conclusions of the Security Council commissioned 2015 Global Study on Resolution 1325 was the need for improved synergies between international human rights mechanisms and the women, peace and security agenda.  With the adoption of General Recommendation No. 30 (2013) on the rights of women in conflict-prevention, conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding, the CEDAW Committee has provided practical guidance and a normative framework to that end. The seminar discusses how the CEDAW and WPS frameworks can be used to strengthen and reinforce each other and advance overall accountability for implementation of both sets of instruments.

Global Security: The European Perspective

Global Security: The European Perspective
Ministerial Roundtable with Dr. Beate Merk

Offered by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security, Georgetown Women in International Affairs, and the BMW Center for German and European Studies

April 4, 2016. Dr. Beate Merk is a German politician and member of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU). Dr. Merk assumed her current role as Bavarian Minister for European and International Affairs in October 2013. She has served in state and local governments, as a member of the CSU, in some capacity since 1984. She has worked as Justice Minister of Bavaria and in other high offices, but perhaps her most significant assignment remains her years as mayor of the city of Neu-Ulm. Working closely with her constituents, she became district councilor in the council of Neu-Ulm and district chairman of the Women's Union of Schwaben. She is involved in women’s issues within Bavarian political life, as Member of the executive of the Women's Union of the CSU party. The GIWPS Ministerial Series is made possible by the generosity of the Embassy of Liechtenstein in Washington, D.C.

Women Disrupting Business as Usual

Women Disrupting Business as Usual

Offered by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Diamonds Unleashed by Kara Ross

March 31, 2016. Event with Julie Katzman, EVP, COO, Inter-American Development Bank; Sheila Johnson, Co-Founder, BET, CEO/Founder, Salamander Hotels & Resorts; Shelly Porges, Co-Founder, Entrepreneurs for Hillary, Managing Director, Reservoir Q Global, LLC; Catherine Reynolds, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur; Jenny Abramson, Founder, Managing Partner, Rethink Impact. Moderated by Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Sustainable Peace

Sustainable Peace: The Link Between Security and Development and the Role of Women in Peace Negotiations

Offered by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security and the Embassy of Sweden

March 31, 2016. A Conversation with H.E. Margot Wallström, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, and with Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Director, Georgetown Institute for Woman, Peace & Security.

Inside the East Wing

Inside the East Wing 
A conversation about the modern Office of the First Lady and the evolving role of the ultimate partner-in-chief

Event co-sponsored by the Women's Center, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS), Georgetown Women's Alliance (GWA), Women in Public Policy Initiative (WPPI), Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA), and the Georgetown University Women's Leadership Initiative (GUWLI).

March 30, 2016. GU Politics welcomed three Chiefs of Staff in the Office of the First Lady. Event featured Anita McBride, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush and Executive in Residence, School of Public Affairs, American University; Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama; and Melanne Verveer, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton and Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security for a conversation on the Office of the First Lady. The conversation, moderated by author and ABC News contributor Claire Shipman, examined the role of a modern First Lady and her Chief of Staff, their relationship, and the challenges and opportunities of life in the East Wing. These women touched on the relationship between the East and West Wings; the balance of public persona and private life; and the impact of the modern media landscape like 24-hour cable news and social media. The panel also discussed the upcoming transition from political spouse to First Lady, in light of the 2016 Presidential election.

Going beyond the buzzwords

Going Beyond the Buzzwords of “Diversity & ‘Inclusion’ at Medical Schools: Are We Moving the Needle Enough?

Offered by GU Women in Medicine and the Georgetown University Medical Center

March 29, 2016. A Talk by Dr. Marc Nivet, EdD, MBA, Chief Diversity Officer, AAMC. Dr. Marc A. Nivet, EdD, MBA is the Chief Diversity Officer at the AAMC. In his leadership role, Dr. Nivet provides strategic vision for all AAMC diversity and inclusion activities through his leadership of the Association's Diversity Policy and Programs department, which focuses on initiatives designed to increase diversity in medical education and advance health care equity. Prior to joining the AAMC, Dr. Nivet served as chief operating officer at the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the foundation, and as special assistant to the senior vice president of health at New York University. He will talk about emerging new trends in diversity and inclusion within academic medicine and how to build the capacity of U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals to move diversity from a peripheral initiative to a core strategy for improving education of medical students.

GWA Happy Hour

GWA Happy Hour

March 10, 2016. GWA held its first happy hour at Bulldog Tavern. It was a great opportunity to get to know members of the steering committee and the general membership, make connections, and discuss ways in which we could continue to foster an environment where women in our community could learn, grow and thrive.

Sorry Not Sorry

Spinning with GWA

March 1, 2016. Join the Yates Field House first GWA private Spin class taught by Dean Sheila McMullan. Enjoy a 45 minute private workout with other members of the Georgetown Women's Alliance. No Yates membership necessary.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Georgetown's HeForShe Initiative Launch: A Conversation on UN Women's Global Priorities with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

February 23, 2016. To launch Georgetown’s HeForShe Initiative, Georgetown University is proud to host Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for a conversation on UN Women’s global priorities.

casual conversations

Casual Conversation - Society, Body Image and Self-Reflection

February 3, 2016. This conversation provided an opportunity for open dialogue in a non-judgmental space. We began by reviewing current societal pressures placed on gender, specifically what it means to be "female" in today's society. Self-reflection lead us to explore the ways in which these expectations influence feelings about ourselves, the way we interact with others, and even conform.

Sorry Not Sorry

Ambassador Melanne Verveer on Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose

February 18, 2016. This event was presented by President John J. Degioia, the Georgetown Women’s Alliance and Own it to celebrate Ambassador Melanne Verveer’s new book, Fast Foward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose. A discussion of the book took place at 5 p.m., a reception and book signing followed at 6 p.m. All guests received a copy of the book.

Sorry Not Sorry

Sorry Not Sorry - Women & Workplace Communication

December 3, 2015. We discussed the following prompt: For today's woman, finding the right balance at work can be extremely difficult. Women consistently feel the need to prove their worth to both their colleagues & superiors. How can women effectively communicate without being labeled as abrasive, bossy, or even emotional? What must be done, so that women no longer see their jobs/careers as a tightrope challenge, but instead as a place where a sorry is no longer welcomed and their voice is always heard?

Conservative Feminism panels

Conservative Feminism? Rewriting Gender Politics from the Right

December 1, 2015. Panel hosted by the McCourt School’s Institute for Politics and Public Service. Panelists included Congressman Marsha Blackburn; Mindy Finn, Founder and President of Empowered Women and Misschief Media; Amanda Carpenter, CNN Contributing Editor; and moderator S.E. Cupp, Columnist for the New York Daily News.


IDEAA Fall 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Series on "Multiple Minority Identities: Practical Applications in Everyday Life"

November 19, 2015. Conversation with special guest, Dr. Reginald Nettles. Dr. Nettles is a Clinical Psychologist who provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. Dr. Nettles has presented on topics of Diversity and Identity, Multiple Minority Identities, Resilience, and Effects of “Change” Therapies with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Individuals. Among Dr. Nettles’ areas of expertise are group psychotherapy, gender and gender orientation issues. Dr. Nettles’ book: “Multiple Minority Identities” seeks to address the complex problems of individuals who claim more than one minority identification. It addresses social identity, power and privilege, AIDS, multiculturalism as it relates to gender, as well as ethnicity.


Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute Launch and Reception

November 5, 2015. The Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative (GUWLI) is now an Institute! The change in name recognizes the stature it has gained and its staying power. Its mission remains to develop gender intelligent leaders by generating scientific insight to empower real­ world impact. Over the next year, the Institute will convene faculty researchers, company executives, policymakers, and students to continue developing our evidence­based, data-driven knowledge to inform programs and policies of corporations and C­suite executives as well as prescriptions for women and men just starting their careers.

Conversation with Ann Sarnoff, CEO of BBC Worldwide North America discussed the state of television and her leadership in the industry, and with Cathy Tinsley, Professor of the McDonough School of Business and Faculty Director of the GUWLI.

Choosing Presence

Sharing Strengths Series Workshop* on “Choosing Presence: The Most Important Executive Decision We Make Without Ever Thinking About It”

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November 5, 2015. Since the introduction of ubiquitous wireless devices that allow you to be contacted and contact others at any time, we have been faced with endless opportunities for communication. While the number of hours in the day has not changed, the number of messages that we have access to has increased exponentially. This session introduced the importance of communicators choosing presence strategically from four discrete options. We discussed the implications of choice in these different types of presence and its impact on listening.

A conversation with Valerie Jarrett

A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

November 3, 2015. Conversation with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett has worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates behind efforts to champion equality and opportunity for all Americans.

Women in Comedy

Casual Conversations Series Launch on “Women and Comedy”

October 30, 2015. GWA launched a casual conversation series for our members to engage in interesting discussions about topics of the day. Each session will center around a particular theme. To kick off this series, we selected the first topic of “Women and Comedy.”


Georgetown Women’s Center 25th Anniversary Celebration

October 29, 2015. For a quarter century the GU Women's Center has been a place of active engagement, education and care for our students and University community. As we honor 25 years on the Hilltop we are also pleased to welcome the Biondi Copeland family back to Georgetown to recognize their contributions to the Women's Center and WAGE program.

Manifesting a dream

“Manifesting a Dream” film conversation with Vivian Kleynhans and Adetoro Makinde (C’92)

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October 22, 2015. IDEAA, in collaboration with Backdoor Films, hosted an intimate evening of conversation, inspiration and learning with South African winemaker, Vivian Kleynhans & alumni filmmaker, Adetoro Makinde (C’92). The conversation was moderated by Rosemary Kilkenny, Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity.

She's got it poster

She's Got It: A Woman's Guide to Saving and Investing

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Jun 24, 2015. GWA co-sponsored a lunch and workshop with TIAA-CREF W2W – She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing. TIAA-CREF’s workshop leaders shared with the participants the simple secrets to saving more and finding ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging future financial well-being. The participants:

  • Learned the core concepts that guide all investing, get motivated, build a plan and take action
  • Found ways to take on life’s challenges without damaging future financial well-being
  • Discovered more about themselves with the financial Personality Type Quiz
  • Broke down what their real goals are and learn how to reach them via group activities

Let's Power Up!

Forte MBA Women's Leadership Conference

June 19-20, 2015. Have you noticed how the energy changes when some women walk into a room? Their knowledge, grounding, and perspective inspire others and make things happen. Their leadership presence is so prevalent that not even the toughest situations knock them off-center. How can you build and ignite your own power base? "Let's Power Up!" enabled MBA women to explore the nature of power, presence, and workplace politics through thought-provoking speakers, customized sessions, and one-of-a-kind networking. More details available here.


Sharing Strengths Series Workshop* on "Negotiations"

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June 19, 2015. Led by Executive Director Professor Catherine Tinsley of Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute (GUWLI). This was a free skill building workshop for McDonough School of Business alumni and Georgetown Women’s Alliance members. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Georgetown Women’s Alliance and the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute (GUWLI) and was designed to develop and enhance negotiation skills to craft good deals in a session.

Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement

Lunch and Discussion on Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement

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June 15th, 2015. The Women's Center, the Georgetown Women’s Alliance and the Graduate Liberal Studies program co-hosted Dr. Kelly Sartorius, historian and interdisciplinary scholar, on her new book Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement: Emily Taylor's Activism. This book explores the life of Emily Taylor, Dean of Women at the University of Kansas, who belied the stereotype of an administrator bent on discipline by following in a line of feminist Midwestern deans and fostering feminism before the women's liberation movement. Talking about her new book, Dr. Sartorius focused on how Emily Taylor worked to move parietal rules in 1958 and incorporated contraceptive counseling, abortion alternatives, rape crisis counseling and sexual assault awareness to women during her time as the Dean of Women at University of Kansas. Dr. Kelly Sartorius’ work on deans of women was selected as the winner of the 2012 Ruth Strang Award by the Center for Women at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and has been featured on CSPAN3.

Make way for women

"Make Way for Women" Book Launch Reception with John Keyser

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June 11, 2015. Make Way for Women - Men and Women Leading Together Improve Culture and Profits written by John Keyser (C'59, S'09), with Adrienne Hand, is the first book in which a male senior executive speaks directly to other men in C-suites about the business imperative of sharing leadership with women, and shows how to get it done. Business veteran and leadership expert John Keyser profiles 45 respected male and female business leaders in his book, who verify the financial and cultural gains that women are bringing to U.S. companies. The research, case studies and anecdotes in this book clearly show how capturing the combined strengths of women in executive leadership inspires culture, retains talent, and drives profit. The event included remarks with the authors and a networking reception for alumni who wish to see a change in the workplace! Let's raise awareness around this important subject.

Marcia Chatelain talk

South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration

April 28, 2015. The GWA and the History Department co-hosted Dr. Marcia Chatelain, an alumna of the University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A.) and Brown University (A.M., PhD.) and Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University, for a talk about her new book "South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration," (Duke University Press, 2015). In South Side Girls Marcia Chatelain recasts Chicago's Great Migration through the lens of black girls. Focusing on the years between 1910 and 1940, when Chicago's black population quintupled, Chatelain describes how Chicago's black social scientists, urban reformers, journalists and activists formulated a vulnerable image of urban black girlhood that needed protecting. Referencing girls' letters and interviews, this book explores their powerful stories of hope, anticipation and disappointment to highlight their feelings and thoughts. In this book Marcia Chatelain helps restore the experiences of an understudied population to the Great Migration's complex narrative. The event was attended by more than 75 guests and was followed by Q&A and a reception.

* This workshop series will draw upon the breadth and range of interests and experience of the GWA membership. The sessions will reinforce and extend the competence and strength of GWA members, whatever their roles in the workplace.

** The Georgetown Women’s Alliance is launching a casual conversation series for our members to engage in interesting discussions about topics of the day. Each session will be centered around a particular theme.