Past Events

Women's Mentorship program 2015 events

May 3rd, 2016: Annual Spring Banquet at Prospect House

We closed the year with our annual banquet in Prospect House. Student, faculty, and alumni members of the program enjoyed conversation, dinner and dessert, an a capella set by the Wildcats, and a key-note address by Assistant Professor of African American Studies Ruha Benjamin. In her presentation, Benjamin challenged listeners to consider gaming and hacking as competing metaphors for individual and collective empowerment. 

April 12th, 2016: Exploring Mask-ulinities, Facials & Bubble Tea Study Break with MAVRIC

WMP and the MAVRIC Project (Men's Allied Voices for a Respectful & Inclusive Community) partnered for a joint study break with group discussions on healthy masculinity. Students enjoyed conversation, bubble tea, and free, gender-neutral facials from Origins.

March 22nd, 2016: Leadership Out Loud with Debbie Bisno

Debbie Bisno, the newly appointed Resident Producer at the McCarter Theatre, hosted an intimate discussion with students about her experience as an entrepreneur and independent producer. With twenty years of creative experience in New York, Chicago, and London, Bisno had plenty to share.

February 20th, 2016: Athena Film Festival

For the second year in a row, PWMP sponsored a day-long trip to the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in NYC. The festival celebrates women and leadership with films that highlight real and fictional women leaders  as well as panels and workshops addressing gender and filmmaking. Program members attended a screening of the documentary Now En Español, a panel discussion with Paul Feig (director of Spy, The Heat, and Bridesmaids), and a networking lunch with students from across the nation. 

January 29th, 2016- January 31st, 2016: Annual Intersession Retreat 

This intersession, WMP held its fourth annual off-campus retreat. Tara Woodard Lehman, the beloved Presbyterian Chaplain and Executive Director of the Westminster Foundation, led program members in three days of group bonding and personal growth and reflection.

January 13th, 2016: Yoga and dinner with Gemma Farrell

To help members through reading and finals period, WMP hosted a yoga study break and dinner-to-follow with the beloved, ever-inspirational Gemma Farrell of Gratitude yoga.

December 10th, 2015:  Women Leaders in Social Entrepreneurship Panel & Dinner

PWMP and Princeton Social Innovation partnered to present a panel conversation on women in social entrepreneurship, featuring Veneka C. Chagwedera '09, co-founder of Nouri Bar, Megan Partridge '14, co-founder of Deia, and Katsuri Shah '16, co-founder of Hello, Seekoh.  The conversation was moderated by Derek Lidow '73, professor of entrepreneurship in the Keller Center and founder and CEO of iSuppli Corporation. 

October 14th, 2015: You Are Who You Know: How Attitudes and Relationships Shape One Another 

Psychology professor Stacey Sinclair(link is external) presented her research on the way in which unconscious biases can be alleviated or perpetuated by our desires to create bonds and interact with each other, and newly appointed VP of Campus Life Rochelle Calhoun moderated a panel conversation and Q&A session with Professor Sinclair, Khristina Gonzalez and Brian Herrera on how individuals and institutions can intentionally respond to this research create a more inclusive campus community.  This event was co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

September 28th, 2015: Mentorship Open House 

Members had the opportunity to stop by our Mentorship Open House and talk with the Leadership Team, representatives from PUMP(link is external) (Princeton University Mentoring Program) and MAVRIC(link is external) (Men Against Violence Resource & Intervention Community) over bubble tea, as well as sign up to join a Pod.

September 24th, 2015:  Kickoff Event: A Conversation on Mentorship & Writing with Tracey K. Smith 

For the 2015 Fall Semester kickoff, Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet and newly-appointed Director of the Program in Creative Writing, Tracy K. Smith(link is external), presented on the value of mentorship in the writing process and profession. Professor Smith also spoke about her experience transitioning to her new administrative role in the Lewis Center, her experience as a professor and creative thesis advisor, and the development of her recently-published memoir, Ordinary Light. The lecture was followed by Q&A and the opportunity to informally discuss her remarks over light refreshments.

April 27, 2015: Are Women the ‘Silent Sex’?  Discussion Dynamics and Women’s Status on Campus and Beyond

In partnership with the MAVRIC Project and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, PWMP proudly sponsored a conversation regarding Professor Tali Mendelberg’s recent book The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions and its significance for both men and women on campus and beyond. The event explored the implications of Professor Mendelberg's findings on gender composition, institutional rules, and the inhibition of women’s voices in deliberative bodies for campus life and culture. A panel discussion comprised of men and women undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, and administrators followed her presentation. 

Panelists included:

  • JT Wu ’16, Woodrow Wilson School major, Rocky RCA
  • Gwendolyn Lee ’16,  Woodrow Wilson School major, Class of 2016 Vice President and president of the Student Health Advisory Board
  • Isabella Litke, Doctoral candidate, Politics department 
  • Carl Adair, Doctoral candidate, English department

April 6, 2015: Guy Fi: The Fictions that Shape Men's Lives

PWMP partnered with Men Against Violence Resource & Intervention Community (MAVRIC) to co-sponsor a talk by internationally recognized expert on gender and violence, Dr. Christopher Kilmartin, on masculine socialization and its implications for gender dynamics. Dr. Kilmartin discussed the various social forces that pressure men into behaving and experiencing themselves in gendered ways. A joint PWMP-MAVRIC pod meeting followed, where pod members were able to discuss the issues raised in Dr. Kilmartin's talk (and more!) with a group of their male peers.

April 3, 2015: Elect Her Workshop

PWMP hosted an  Elect Her—Campus Women Win workshop to encourage women considering running for leadership positions on campus, particularly student government positions in the USG election. AAUW Vice President of Campus Leadership Programs, Kate Farrar, moderated this hands-on workshop that gave participants the necessary skills to craft their campaigns. 

March 31, 2015: Celebrating Diversity Through Culture Competency: A Conversation with Nina Davuluri, 2014 Miss America 

PWMP co-sponsored an event with the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Committee in which Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, spoke about her experiences with the Miss America Pageant, focusing on topics of 'effortless perfection,' women's representation in STEM, and her Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency initiative.

Moderated by Dr. Alexis Andres, Butler College DSL.

March 28, 2015: Leadership Out Loud with Dr. Nancy Newman

Dr. Newman, Princeton University Trustee Emerita and Professor and Director of Neuro-Opthalmology at Emory Unversity joined PWMP for the first Leadership Out Loud of the Spring semester to speak about the joys and challenges of navigating the medical and research fields, academia, and our own university as a woman leader, mother, and proud member of the LGBT community. Program member and premed student Saisai Chen '16 proposed the idea for this LOL and personally invited Dr. Newman. 

February 20, 2015: A Conversation on Women and the Eating Clubs

Eating club panel

On the 100th anniversary of Alumni Day, WMP partnered with the Council on Alumni Affairs, SHARE, the Women's Center, MAVRIC, to hold an important and timely conversation between current students and alumni on current eating club culture as it relates to female members, as well as the ways in which it can improve and evolve. 

Panelists included:

  • Joanna Anyanwu ’15, Women’s Center Intern and member of Cap & Gown
  • Hap Cooper ’82, President of the Tiger Inn Graduate Board
  • Julia Blount ’12, Former President and current Board of Trustees member of Quadrangle Club
  • Joe Margolies ’15, Former President of Quadrangle Club and Current President, InterClub Council
  • Lucia Perasso ’16, President of Terrace Club
  • Sydney Kirby ’15, Vice President of Cannon Club

Moderated by Lisa Schmucki ’74, Advisor to the undergraduate and graduate InterClub Council and a member of the Cap and Gown Board of Trustees.

February 11, 2015: Spring Semester Kick-Off

We started the semester off with a casual study break in Campus Club, supplied with lots of tea and sweet treats. Women from the program met, mingled and discussed a variety of issues relating to the female experience on and off Princeton's campus.

Athena Film Festival

February 7, 2015: Athena Film Festival Trip 

A group of 11 women in the program got the opportunity to go on a trip to the NYC Athena Film Festival at Barnard College to attend a panel about increasing diversity and female representation in the media and entertainment industry, network with other college students from around the country over lunch, and watch a critically acclaimed film addressing women's experiences. 

Retreat 2015

January 30, 2014- February 1, 2015: Annual Intersession Retreat 

This intersession break, WMP held its third annual retreat off campus. 18 program members spent days immersed in personal reflection, discussion of women's issues on and off Princeton's campus, and fun activities designed to foster friendships between women from a variety of class years. Katherine Zhao, one of last year's retreat attendees, wrote about her experience here


women's mentorship program 2014 events

Spring Banquet Photo

May 1, 2014: End of the Year Banquet

We celebrated the closing of another successful year with Princeton Women’s Mentorship Program members, pod partners, and Mathey WOMAN members . Keynote speaker, Deborah Prentice, Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, gave a keynote presentation about the psychology behind gender norms on Princeton’s campus. We also recognized Nan Keohane once again for her incredible contributions to women’s leadership. Established in May 2014, the Nannerl O. Keohane Women’s Mentor Award will be given annually to that member of the faculty or administration who has done the most to mentor Princeton women students for leadership.

April 22, 2014: Redefining Success with Arianna Huffington and Anne Marie Slaughter

In her new book Thrive, Arianna Huffington made an impassioned case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. Arianna Huffington and Anne Marie Slaughter came together for a conversation exploring our measures of success.

April 15, 2014: Close the Gap: 7 Action Steps to Owning Your Potential (Part II)

Leadership starts with personal discovery and intentional growth. Head Women’s Basketball Coach and leadership scholar, Courtney Banghart, hosted the second in a two-part workshop series aimed at helping Princeton women live a more intentional life on campus and beyond the Nassau gates. Leadership is often discussed in philosophical terms, but in this workshop participants were encouraged to take tangible, action-oriented steps towards reaching their leadership potential.

April 2, 2014: Hour of Power: A Conversation with Nan Keohane

Nan Keohane, who chaired the Princeton Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women’s Leadership, joined us at our Hour of Power. Her talk brought up the role of differential ambitions and converging to parity as an explanation as to why there is still such a gap between men and women in leadership roles. The dynamic discussion allowed students and faculty to express their thoughts on the Princeton experience, as well as the importance of including men in the conversation.

Round table discussions of Debora Spar BookMarch 6, 2014: Dinner Discussion with Alexis Andres on Debora L. Spar’s Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection

Dr. Alexis Andres, the Director of Student Life of Butler College, led a discussion in the wake of a talk that afternoon by Debora L. Spar, President of Barnard College, who discussed her new book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection.

Retreat Group Photo

Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2014: Retreat

Led by Rev. Tara Lehman-Woodward, sixteen young women spent two and a half days together at the Chauncey Conference Center to engage in reflection and leadership development workshops. We also heard talks about mindful eating from Dr. Robin Boudette and about the pursuit of perfectionism from Dr. Alexis Andres.


Nov. 14, 2013: Hour of Power: A Conversation with Two Princeton Women Trustees

This was a rare opportunity designed to foster a small scale, 

intimate conversation between members and two remarkable Princeton trustees, Laura Forese ’83 and Pyper Davis ’87. Topics ranged from the perception of aggression in women, work-life balance, the “boys’ club,” and the managing insecurities.

Nov. 8, 2013: Close the Gap: 7 Action Steps to Owning Your Potential (Part I)

Coach Courtney Banghart hosted a 2-part workshop aimed at helping Princeton women live a more intentional life on campus and beyond the Nassau gates. Leadership is often discussed in philosophical terms, but in these 2 one-hour workshops participants were encouraged to take tangible, action-oriented steps towards reaching their leadership potential.

Oct. 18, 2013: Office Hours with the Leadership Team

This was an informal gathering where members were encouraged to meet with the Leadership Team, get a better understanding of the Program, and offer suggestions.

Close the Gap Photo

Group at Hour of Power EventSept. 21, 2013: Opening All-Program Assembly

The Princeton Women’s Mentorship Program opened the new academic year with a new two-tier structure designed to foster leadership within pods as well as to offer leadership opportunities to women outside of pods through general membership.

Kickoff Meeting Photo






Hour of Power Group Photo