Speaker Series

A highlight of our programming is our Speaker Series. Every year, PWMP brings in speakers on a variety of topics related to leadership and mentorship.

Our “Leadership Out Loud” series gives members the opportunity to hear from and engage in active dialogue with prestigious speakers in a more personal setting. Past Leadership Out Loud speakers have included:

  • Dr. Nancy Newman ’78, Princeton University Trustee Emerita and Professor and Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Emory University
  • Jessica Durrie, Founder and owner of Small World Coffee
  • Dr. Georgia Nugent ’73, Professor of Classics, President of Kenyon College from 2003-2014, and the first female Princeton graduate to hold a full-time faculty appointment at Princeton

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In addition, we organize other events with speakers as part of our leadership development programming. Here are the descriptions for some of the events we hosted last year:

Workshop with Rachel Simmons: Braver in 90 Minutes

We’re told we have to excel at whatever we do to become successful – which means many of us haven’t learned how to fail well. How do you talk to yourself in the face of a challenge? What’s your coping strategy for falling short? Join bestselling author and educator Rachel Simmons to learn concrete strategies to handle criticism and challenge with grace.

Let’s Elect Her: A Conversation with Women Candidates

Want to learn more about the gender disparity in visible leadership positions at Princeton found in the Steering Committee Report on Undergraduate Women’s Leadership? Interested in running for a position in the USG or an eating club next year? Come hear women share their experience about running for high-profile positions on campus, including Catherine Ettman ‘13, who ran for USG President, and current candidates Ella Cheng ‘16 and Molly Stoneman ‘16. This discussion will be moderated by Kate Farrar, who runs the AAUW Elect Her workshops and works to “ensure college women assume leadership roles and acquire the skills they need to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal lives.”

A Conversation on Women and the Eating Clubs

As part of the 100th celebration of Alumni Day, PWMP is working with MAVRIC, SHARE, the Office of Alumni Affairs, and the Alumni Council’s Committee on Alumnae Initiatives to bring together students and alumni for a timely and nuanced discussion of the eating club culture, specifically in its relation to women. The panel will include men and women student and alumni leaders and will be moderated by Lisa Schmucki’ 74, advisor to the undergraduate and graduate InterClub Council and a member of the Cap and Gown Board of Trustees.