Strategic Planning - Community Discussions

Dear Yale Women

It has been 10 years since the formation of YaleWomen. It has been an incredible decade of connecting women alums, sharing in conversation and celebrating women who have made a positive impact. Our last strategic plan was instrumental in guiding YaleWomen’s efforts and growth and was based on the input, feedback, and aspirations of a wide breadth of community members. 

We have launched a strategic planning process this fall that will allow us to build upon the existing strengths of our historic institution and make it an even more extraordinary platform to create positive change in ourselves, our communities, and the world.

Our strategic planning committee includes women across different generations, schools, backgrounds, and geographic locations. We will be reaching out to the wider community through a variety of meetings and interviews. 

The first of these opportunities is a community brainstorming session. We will engage you through some exercises to get your reflections on YaleWomen and your ideas for how we might move forward as a community. Three sessions will be offered to encourage as many community members as possible to participate in the process. We invite you to attend one of the following community brainstorming sessions

  • Thursday, December 3rd, 12 pm EST / 9 am PST - Register here
  • Thursday, December 10th, 6 pm EST / 3 pm PST - Register here.
If you are unable to attend the sessions, we would love to hear your thoughts through this short survey

We would like to hear from women alums who are very involved and also those with a healthy skepticism or feedback. This is your opportunity to speak up and help us figure out how we can use our incredible platform and resources to create programming and initiatives that can uniquely make a positive impact. 

Thank you for joining us in conversation - we are excited to hear from you! 

With gratitude, 

YaleWomen Strategic Planning Committee 

Emily Friedrichs B.A., 2007
Heidi Fung B.A. 2003
Lauren Graham M.E.M. 2013
Jennifer Madar B.A. 1988 
Susan Pepin B.A. 1987
Jane Fincke Orenstein B.A. 1978
Brenda Ventura M.B.A. 2016



Women's Health Research at Yale Webinar

Join WHRY on Thursday, 10/1, at 4 pm EDT for "The Way Forward," a lively discussion on how science drives discovery, how studying the biology and social experience of women makes it better, and how better science leads to better lives.  This webinar, co-sponsored by the Yale Alumni Health Network, will include an introduction by Dr. Nancy J. Brown, Jean and David W. Wallace Dean of Yale School of Medicine, and C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Carolyn Mazure, Dr. Megan Smith, and Jocelyn Maminta. 

Click here for panelist profiles and to register. 

YaleWomen Hosts Zoom Get Togethers

Stephanie Rosenkranz, BA ’02, will host a Zoom get together on 10/5 at 8PM SGT (Singapore). This is a wonderful way for women alums in Asia (8 pm SGT) and Europe (1 pm BST) to chat.  Alums in the Americas who are up for an early morning get-together (8 am EDT) can join the conversation, too.

Emily Friedrichs, BA ’07, will host on Thursdays at 9:00 pm EDT on 10/8 and 10/22.

And Claudia Rosenthal, BA ’08, MMus ’14, will continue to host every Wednesday at 7:30 pm EDT through 11/25.

Register here for these and other YaleWomen events. (You'll receive an email with the login info after you RSVP.)

We're hoping to add more dates and times as more alums volunteer to host. Email if you're interested in hosting!

COVID-19 on Campus: Three Undergraduate Women Talk Life at Yale During the Pandemic

Headshots of the Interviewees

In photo, from left to right: Caroline Magavern BK '21, Stephanie Corona SB '23, Grace Dietz '24 BF

Everyone is masked; everyone is tested for COVID-19 twice a week; everyone tries to maintain a 6-foot distance and meet, eat, and socialize outside where it’s safer. While Yale University has, in a limited way, welcomed most students back to campus, student life is anything but normal.

Most classes are held via Zoom; dining halls are “takeout only;” most facilities are closed; and any gatherings are limited in size and held under strict social distancing rules. How is this affecting Yale students? Recently, we caught up with three undergraduates to find out first-hand.

Here’s what they had to say.


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YaleWomen Hosts "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" Webinar

YaleWomen will deliver a webinar as an encore event to the 50 Women at Yale 150 program on October 1st at 3 pm EDT: “Breaking the Glass Ceiling.” The webinar will feature an exceptional panel of YaleWomen alumni and Yale faculty who have shattered glass ceilings in a variety of fields: finance, academia/medicine, legal/judicial, Corporate America, and management consulting/entrepreneurship. Panelists will share candidly not only the challenges they overcame, but also advice and insights on implementing successful career paths. The panelists and moderator will be:
• Ranji Nagaswami MBA ‘86, Senior Advisor, SVP Global
• The Honorable Denise Page Hood ‘74, Chief Judge, Eastern District of Michigan
• Dr. Inginia Genao, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, Medical Director, Adult Primary Care Center, Yale School of Medicine
• Moderator: Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans JD ‘90, CEO, The Barthwell Group, YaleWomen Council, Co- Chair Yale Women Programming Committee, President, Yale Club of Michigan, former Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors
• Seyma Aslan PhD ‘12, Senior Project Leader at L'Oreal Research & Innovation, YaleWomen Programming Committee Co-Chair
• Jennifer Cruz, 50WAY150 Program Manager, Yale Alumni Association

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with the Yale Alumni Association Shared Interest Groups and 50WAY150. 

Register here:

YaleWomen is on Cross Campus! Join Us!

YaleWomen's mission is to create a vibrant, engaged community of alums, drawn together by the common thread of our Yale experiences, and the newest tool in our toolkit is Cross Campus, Yale’s new alum and student networking platform. If you haven’t already joined Cross Campus - often described as “a cross between Facebook and LinkedIn” - you should. And if you haven’t joined the YaleWomen Cross Campus group, you really should!

We invite you to:

  • Connect with women alums and students in our Members section.
  • Join the conversation - or start one of your own - by visiting the Discussion section of our group.  Answer one of the questions or ask one of your own.  We're especially interested in your thoughts on how we can ensure the sustainability of YaleWomen as it enters its second decade.
  • Learn more about YaleWomen and 50WomenAtYale150 in our Resources section.
  • Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn in our Resources section.

We look forward to building a strong community of women alums on Cross Campus with you!  Join Cross Campus, then navigate to Groups to join the YaleWomen group!

Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale publishes “Remembering 50,” a book commemorating 50WAY150

“Remembering 50” is a striking, curated collection of first-hand, personal and profound recollections by Yale College alums. It unfolds chronologically, starting with the first women who were admitted to Yale College in September 1969 as undergraduates in the class of ’71 through the most recent 2020 graduate; it also includes the stories of alums from various Yale professional schools over the last 50 years. 

In addition to the detailed, “behind-the-scenes” narratives themselves, the book is remarkable for its whirlwind, 11-month journey to publication from its conception in late September 2019 by two rising juniors, Ananya Kachru ’22 and Jen Huang ’22. Ananya and Jen are co-presidents of the board of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale (WLI), an undergraduate organization founded in 2006 that seeks to empower future womxn leaders by providing professional and personal development opportunities, and creating a campus culture that emphasizes and promotes womxn’s leadership at Yale and beyond.

On September 10, “Remembering 50” was formally launched at a 90-minute online event attended by 200 online participants. It featured 17 of the book’s 45 contributors reading excerpts from their narratives as well as brief video appearances from additional contributors, who spoke about what “Remembering 50” means to them.  The launch also gave participants the backstory of the genesis of the book—and a glimpse at how its content will be expanded into other media in the future.

The making of “Remembering 50.” The idea of finding a meaningful way to understand more about the “trailblazing,” resilient women who overcame myriad obstacles in paving the path to full coeducation at Yale began as a conversation between Ananya and Jen during a weekend trip to New York City in late September 2019. Earlier that month, they had attended the “50 Fest,” an evening hosted by Yale College on the Old Campus so undergraduates could meet the women from the first classes (’71, ’72, ’73) who were at Yale to celebrate the anniversary of the 50th year of Yale undergraduate coeducation. 

Ananya and Jen had been disappointed that the event, which featured rather loud music, had not been sufficiently conducive to conversation. The two undergraduates agreed that they wanted more of an opportunity to understand how Yale both evolved over time and, in some ways, remained the same; how the university had been impacted by social and cultural events; and how all of this was reflected in the first women undergraduates’ experiences.

Paradoxically, then, the “disappointment” of “50 Fest” was a catalyst for Ananya, Jen, and Avery Arena, the previous WLI president, to brainstorm about other ways to commemorate the 50th anniversary and better understand the women who came to Yale before them. They arrived at the exciting but challenging idea of producing a book “which would have lasting impact.”  

They decided to aim for two stories per undergraduate class for 50 years (while there were ultimately some gaps, these were beautifully filled by stories from graduates of professional schools). The process that unfolded included emailing all alum organizations, asking interested alums to submit a “story pitch” about their experiences at Yale and selecting which pitches would be invited for elaboration into longer stories. Submissions were edited twice. Then began the complex navigation through the legal process, involving the Office of Risk Management, the Office of the General Counsel, and the Dean’s office. 

How could an organization at Yale publish and distribute a book? WLI applied for, and received, a grant for monetary support, and found a great independent publisher who guided them through the publication process. Jen and Ananya also attributed their success to a strong support network of women at Yale, the energy and enthusiasm of the book’s contributors, and the “awesome team and family at the WLI,” in particular the past president Avery, to see the project through to the delivery of five large boxes of books at Jen’s house in early September.

The story continues. The book’s publication marks a milestone—but there’s much more to the journey. During the launch party, WLI Communications Director Julia Zheng introduced several projects that will expand on the book. These include a podcast series, “The Womxn of Yale” which features conversations with the book’s contributors and WLI board members; there are two episodes currently accessible through the WLI website to play on Spotify or Apple TV, with more to come. 

A documentary “companion” film based on the anthology is now in the planning stages, in collaboration with film director/ producer Jodi Binstock (“Call Waiting”) and award-winning pianist/composer Amy Rubin, Yale School of Music ’76, who is also one of the book’s contributors. Speaking during the launch, Jodi explained that a documentary film is a great way to “get the word out there,” and is especially welcome during this time of pandemic shutdowns and isolation.

Read more about and buy the book on the WLI website here.   

(They will deliver anywhere in the U.S.; international shipping possible upon request)

Dr. Lydia Temoshok ’72 is a YaleWomen Council member and “Remembering 50” contributor.

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