What happens when more than 600 #DukeWomen come back to campus? Find out by tagging along with us for the sixth annual Duke #WomensWeekend!

In the opening Plenary, Five Duke Deans Talked about "fear, FaILURE & OTHER 'F' WORDS"

DID YOU KNOW: This fall, 8 out of 10 deans at Duke will be women?

These are Duke's Newest Deans

A legal star, a human rights scholar and a wildfire expert round out Duke's newest class of deans: Kerry Abrams at Duke Law School, Judith Kelley at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Toddi Steelman PhD'96 at the Nicholas School of the Environment.

#WomensWeekend features 65 speakers

including Duke faculty, seniors leaders, staff and of course, alumnae!

Beekeeping entrepreneur Tara Chapman '03 is one of those alumnae speakers. She's taking over the @DukeAlumni Instagram to share her story and to give followers a peek into what the weekend is all about. Tara is speaking on a panel about shifting career paths — something she knows a lot about because she left a career working overseas for the CIA to become a beekeeper in Austin, Texas. Read her recent story in Duke Magazine and follow her this weekend on the @DukeAlumni Instagram.

Lisa Borders '79, Duke trustee and the president of the WNBA, attended #WomensWeekend both as a participant and as a speaker— beginning with a talk on Feb. 22 to 50 alumnae attending the Women's Forum Leadership Conference on campus ahead of Women's Weekend.



Lauren (below left) is a Women's Weekend speaker and won a 2017 Duke Alumni Association award for her work cofounding the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project. Her Philadelphia non-profit is committed to working on cases to move juveniles out of the adult court system, where laws may not take into account the poor decisions a youth can make, and to ensuring that individuals who are sentenced to life without parole as children have the opportunity for a resentencing hearing. Pennsylvania has 25 percent of the world’s juveniles sentenced to life.

The WIN Lounge Is...

Alumnae dropped into a "lounge," sponsored by Lori Cashman '94 and her women's business forum Victress Capital, in the Bryan Center throughout the day for refreshments and conversation.

Women's Weekend By the Numbers:

400 alumnae, 139 Duke students, 13 parents and grandparents, 21 Duke administrators, 4 career workshops, 18 plenary sessions, 21 tours and workshops, 3 receptions and 2 luncheons

After an afternoon of workshops, networking and tours, it was time for a strolling supper at Durham's The Cotton Room.

Journalist and Duke parent Deborah Norville moderated Saturday's plenary "Girl Talk," which examined the power of women's voices within social movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp and the ways every woman can find her voice moving forward.

NEXT UP: Lunch with Kara Medoff Barnett '00 , the executive director of the American Ballet Theatre, and Duke Trustee Patricia Morton '77.

After lunch, it was off to a "Choose Your Own Adventure" afternoon — with tours all over campus. Alumnae sketched drawings in the Nasher Museum of Art galleries, learned about the mechanics of garden design via a walk through Duke Gardens, toured the new Rubinstein Arts Center and more.

Last stop during Duke #WomensWeekend, was a closing reception at the Devil's Krafthouse for old and new friends alike. It's hard to believe the weekend is over! Share your stories of connection and inspiration using #DukeWomen. And, see you again at the next Duke Women's Weekend!

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