Alumnae walking down the hill from Whitman College

'She Roars' alumni conference celebrates women at Princeton

Oct. 4, 2018 9:30 a.m.

More than 3,300 alumni will return to campus this week for the "She Roars" alumni conference, which features more than 90 events and more than 200 presenters. The conference follows up on the "She Roars" conference in 2011, pictured here arriving in front of Whitman College.

Celebrating women at Princeton, more than 3,300 alumni are registered to participate in the conference "She Roars" on campus this week.

The conference, which runs Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 4-6, will feature presentations by alumni, faculty, staff and students; alumni discussion groups; networking opportunities; campus tours; performances; and social events. The full schedule includes more than 90 events and more than 200 presenters. "She Roars" is open only to registered alumni. The conference follows up on the "She Roars" conference in 2011.

In a welcome video, co-chairs Kim Goodwin, a 1981 alumna and a University trustee; Laura Forese, a 1983 alumna and a University trustee; and Susan Katzmann Horner, a 1986 alumna, greet the attendees.

Kim Goodwin, Laura Forese and Susan Katzmann Horner
Play Video: Welcome to She Roars

"She Roars" conference co-chairs Kim Goodwin (far left), a 1981 alumna and a University trustee; Laura Forese, a 1983 alumna and a University trustee; and Susan Katzmann Horner, a 1986 alumna, welcome their "fellow Tigresses."

Goodwin said: "We think that the highlight is going to be our esteemed Supreme Court Justices Kagan and Sotomayor, whom we affectionately have nicknamed the Supremes."

Forese said: "We are particularly excited about all of the opportunities for networking here on campus. We have thousands of women who are coming together to share and to celebrate each other.”

Horner said: "Our ranks are made up of so many extraordinary, ordinary Princeton women. We want everyone to be able to share her experiences with her fellow Tigresses."

Highlights of the conference include:

  • A conversation with Sonia Sotomayor, Class of 1976, and Elena Kagan, Class of 1981, associate justices of the Supreme Court of the United States (this event will be simulcast in McCosh Hall, Room 50).
  • A reception and closing dinner with keynote by actress, comedienne and writer Ellie Kemper, a 2002 alumna.
  • A conversation with President Christopher L. Eisgruber, a 1983 alumnus.
  • A conversation with Shirley M. Tilghman, president emerita and professor of molecular biology and public affairs, and Sally Blount, a 1983 alumna and the Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Strategy and former dean at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (this event will be livestreamed).
  • A breakfast with Terri Sewell of the Class of 1986, U.S. representative, 7th Congressional District, Alabama.
  • Events with all five female deans at the University: Jill Dolan, dean of the college; Emily Carter, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science; Sarah-Jane Leslie, 2007 graduate alumna and dean of the Graduate School; Mónica Ponce de León; dean of the School of Architecture; and Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Historian Nancy Malkiel, former dean of the college, also will speak on the history of coeducation at Princeton.
  • A "Women in the Arts" showcase of performances and interactive events.
  • A talk by filmmaker and playwright Douglas McGrath, a 1980 alumnus, on adapting the work of Jane Austen, Edith Wharton and Carole King for the stage (this event will be livestreamed).
  • Faculty lectures on topics ranging from leadership and entrepreneurship to women in research and women's history.
  • Alumnae panel discussions on diversity and inclusion, global rights of girls and women, corporate social responsibility, running for political office, and more.
  • Personal and professional enrichment workshops.
  • Receptions, affinity gatherings and wellness activities.
  • Book events featuring alumnae authors.
  • Campus tours of women’s history at Princeton, Firestone Library treasures and the Princeton University Art Museum.

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