YaleWomen Hosts Zoom Get-Togethers Thru End of July

Our YaleWomen Zoom Get-Togethers started at the end of March, as the shutdown tightened its grip all over the world. The first round of sessions, held Sunday and Wednesday evenings April 1 through May 3, attracted an enthusiastic following of alums. In fact, they’ve proved so popular that we’ve recently started a second round for June and July.  Hosted by Lisa Fabish, SOM ’99, they’re scheduled for:

  • Every other Wednesday starting June 3rd at 4:30 pm Pacific, through July 29th
  • Every other Wednesday starting June 10th at 10:30 am Pacific, through July 22nd

Register here to attend upcoming sessions: https://www.yalewomen.org/calendar.


YaleWomen Thanks Outgoing Council Members, Welcomes New Council Members

The time, talent, and commitment of many alums make the increasingly important work of YaleWomen possible. As the 2019-2020 year draws to a close, we are especially grateful to Council members whose terms of service come to an end. They leave with our heartfelt thanks and best wishes.

Ursula Burton ’88

Jennifer DeVore ’87

Chelsea Doub ’14 MPH

Shannon Foucault ’06

Susan Lennon ’85 MPPM

Carol Reis Whitehead ’72  

As YaleWomen’s visibility and reputation have grown, so, too, has interest in serving on the Council. This year, we had a deep pool of talent to draw on. We are thrilled to announce the results of this year’s election for Council members and officers, for terms that will begin July 1st (* indicates current Council members who have been re-elected for successor terms).

Amy Armitage ’86 MBA*

Seyma Aslan ’10 PhD*

Anne Boucher ’80*

Jessica Demmo Drbul ’96

Emily Friedrichs ’07

Heidi Fung ’03

Jennifer Ebisemiju Madar ’88*

Jane Fincke Orenstein ’78

Sue Pepin ’87*

Claudia Rosenthal ’08, ’14 MMus

Lisa Beth Friedman Savitz ’88*

Lydia Temoshok ’72*

Brenda Ventura ’16 MBA

Jennifer Ebisemiju Madar ’88, Sue Pepin ’87, Lauren Graham ’13 MEM and Dana Allen Sands ’83 have been elected to serve as chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer, respectively.


June 2020 Fundraising Appeal

Contribute To YaleWomen's Fiscal-Year-End Fundraising Appeal By June 30th

Dear Friend,

This year has been a challenging one for many, if not most, of us.  From the devastating and ongoing loss of life, economic turmoil, and social disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, to the worldwide uproar over systemic racial injustice, 2020 has most definitely not been the year that any of us hoped or thought it would be.  It is hard to believe that 2020 - which is less than half over - started with the Australian wildfires, which already seem to be such a distant memory; so much has happened since then.  And who knows what the rest of the year will bring?  Much better, we hope. 

Through it all, YaleWomen has been there for the Yale women alum community.

  • We have hosted a well-received Climate Emergency: Practical Actions, Equitable Solutions webinar.
  • We have co-sponsored a range of webinars on a variety of topics:  Women, Men, and Food; Navigating and Thriving in Remote Work Environments; Career Transitions II - How Yale Alumni Successfully Navigated Professional Change; Food Fight: How the Restaurant and Catering Industry is Pivoting to Survive in a COVID-19 World; and Bienvenida Salud: Sustainable Change for Indigenous Women and Their Communities.  
  • We have launched a series of informal Zoom get-togethers to enable women alums throughout the United States and world to discuss whatever happens to be on their minds, sometimes confronting the issues of the day, sometimes providing a respite from them.
  • We have launched the YaleWomen Cross Campus group, providing another way for women alums to connect.
  • And we have supported the 50WomenAtYale150 celebration of the 50th anniversary of undergraduate co-education and 150th anniversary of gradual and professional school co-education at Yale.

And we will do even more in the upcoming year.

  • We will continue to host or co-sponsor webinars on topics of particular interest to women alums.
  • We will continue to host informal Zoom get-togethers and work towards building a truly dynamic virtual community for alums who can’t attend chapter events (whenever we can again host chapter events).
  • We will continue to build our online capabilities, including our social media infrastructure, to give women alums more ways to connect with us and one another, whether it be via our website, Cross Campus, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
  • And, perhaps most excitingly and most importantly, we will build on the solid foundation of YaleWomen’s original 2011 strategic plan with a new plan that reflects the interests and needs of today’s YaleWomen community.  We will incorporate the results of the survey we conducted in September 2019, as well as additional input that we will seek in the coming months, into our new strategic plan.  Our goal?  An even more engaging, interactive, and relevant YaleWomen, sustainable through the rest of this decade and well into the future.

We have been fortunate to have the support of so many women alums to bring YaleWomen to the point where it is now.  And we hope that we will have the support of even more women alums to move YaleWomen into the future.  We realize that this is a difficult time for many; if you aren’t in a position to contribute to our fiscal-year-end fundraiser, we understand, and we will continue to be there for you.  But if you can contribute, we would be so very grateful.  YaleWomen receives no financial support from the University; rather, we rely on contributions from alums to support the work we do, and to advance the work we aspire to do.  YaleWomen is truly at an inflection point, and we hope, with your support, to emerge stronger than ever.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Ebisemiju Madar, B.A. 1988, Chair

Susan Pepin, B.A. 1987, Vice Chair

Susan Lennon, M.P.P.M. 1985, Secretary and Immediate Past Chair

Dana Allen Sands, B.A. 1983, Treasurer

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Women at Yale Virtual Tour Takes You Around Campus On-Line

A visually impressive and remarkably informative virtual campus tour, highlighting the contributions of three centuries of women’s accomplishments at Yale, is au courant with both the current emphasis on nearly everything needing to be virtual in response to COVID-19 public safety recommendations, and with 2019-20 commemorating 50 Women at Yale 150 (50WAY150, now also going virtual).  What makes this Women at Yale Virtual Tour particularly prescient is that its website was inaugurated ten years ago, in 2010, featuring a downloadable audio tour and full-color, illustrated brochure with a walking tour and map.  This interactive multimedia resource was a gift to the Yale Women Faculty Forum (WFF) from Nancy Alexander ’79, ’84 MBA, and Phillip Bernstein ’79, ’83 M.Arch., co-sponsored by the Yale Visitor Center and the Office of the Secretary.

There are 49 notable spaces, places, and artworks, with historical commentary, of which this writer’s personal favorites include: the quietly moving “Women’s Table” sculpture by Maya Lin ’81, ’86 M.Arch.; Yale Women’s Center (basement, Durfee Hall), home to a number (6 to 25) of women’s groups in residence, and instrumental in making sexual harassment on campus more visible, a legacy initiated in 1977 by then-undergraduate Ann Olivarius ’77, ’86 JD, ’86 MBA; the site of the Yale crew team’s Title IX protests for equality in athletic facilities in 1976, portraits of Yale first women PhDs; and especially appropriate in these multi-challenging times, the Rose Center, conceived by Deborah Rose ’72, ’77 MPH, ’89 PhD, and dedicated in 2006, which incorporates a community component—the Dixwell-Yale University Community Learning Center, into a state-of-the-art Yale Police Department. 

 Dr. Lydia Temoshok ’72



UPCOMING WEBINAR: Climate Emergency: Practical Actions, Equitable Solutions

Climate Emergency: Practical Actions, Equitable Solutions

A digital discussion presented by YaleWomen, YaleBlueGreen and YAA

May 27           2:30pm Eastern / 11:30am Pacific

Via Zoom REGISTER HERE

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YaleWomen Hosts Virtual Events to Connect Alums While Social Distancing

**ALL WEBINARS WILL BE POSTED TO OUR WEBSITE AFTER THE EVENT HERE. PLEASE BEAR WITH US AS IT MIGHT TAKE A WHILE TO GET THINGS POSTED. PLEASE CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY.**
Career Transitions II - How Yale Alumni Successfully Navigated Professional Change
Considering or facing a career change? Careers, Life, and Yale, YaleWomen, and1stGenYale hosted its second annual Career Transitions webinar. This webinar was led by Kameka Dempsey ’99, an executive coach and leadership consultant. She was joined by panelists from sectors as diverse as the performing arts, business, cultural institutions, and tech.
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Time: 12 pm EDT

Food Fight: How the Restaurant and Catering Industry is Pivoting to Survive in a COVID-19 World
Accelerate Yale, Yale Food + Drink, and YaleWomen spoke with Jessie Gould '04, Founder and CEO of Ox Verte, and Wanting Zhang FES ‘11, Co-Founder and COO of junzi kitchen about the impact and challenges faced by the retail food sector in the time of pandemic. Wendy Maldonado D'Amico '93 moderated the discussion, and Grace Hsieh '07 led the audience Q&A.
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Time: 8 pm EDT

Bienvenida Salud: Sustainable Change for Indigenous Women and their Communities

For over thirty years, Minga Peru has been supporting and strengthening communities in the Loreto region of Peru with an innovative program based on communications through radio and grassroots leadership development for women. This webinar explored a bit about Peru, the Kukama people who live in the Loreto region, and the programs that have made Minga Peru a model for programs throughout Central and South America. The webinar also talked about why the Yale Alumni Service Corps is partnering with Minga Peru on a program in the summer of 2021, YASC Along the Maranon.

This webinar was presented in partnership with Yale Alumni Service Corps, Yale Alumni Shared Interest Groups, Yale Day of Service, Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance, and YaleWomen.

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 7 pm EDT


Connecting While Social Distancing

We're continuing to host our "Connecting While Social Distancing" Zoom get-togethers while we work on "scaling" this initiative and ramping up our use of social media to help women alums connect!

Date: Every Sunday and Wednesday through May 3, 2020
Time: 7 pm EDT
Register: here (You'll receive an email with the login info after you RSVP.) 


YaleWomen Connecticut Goes Behind the Scenes: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

On a snowy Saturday in January, a group of Yale women alums gathered for a potluck lunch and lively conversation followed by a private viewing of primary source materials slated for display in an upcoming exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, “The Fight for Women’s Suffrage in Connecticut.”  

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