The act of doing good for others, affecting change through the gift of time, expertise, or money, enables one to change the world. Hear from three women who are making an impact at the University, in their local communities, and in the lives of women, and learn about avenues for making financial contributions to the causes and efforts that matter most in your life.
Please check back often as more sessions will be added in the next few weeks.
- Philanthropy: Time, Treasure, and Talent
- The Coach Approach to Leadership
- Women, Politics, and the Future: Why We Need You
- Dark Skies, Bright Kids: In-Depth Science Outreach
- Women Who Mean Business: A Discussion with Entrepreneurs
- Memory and Aging: What’s Normal and What’s Not
- Creativity in Chaotic Times
- Public Service: The Power of Community
- Trends in Venture Capital and Technology
- Transforming Health Care: Cultivating Compassion and Resilience
- The Impossible Takes a Little Longer
- Understanding our Interpersonal Impact: Using Mindfulness to Stay Healthy and Help Others
- Can Social Entrepreneurs Save the World?
- Special Theatrical Performance – Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales
Lisa Bullock, Jennifer McCall, Virginia Moore and Lili Powell
Joanne Boyle, Michele Madison, Nancy Rivers, and Steve Swanson
Athletics and coaches teach powerful lessons about teamwork, discipline, goal-setting, and the value of sportsmanship. How does sports participation tie to future career leadership and success? Can the Coach Approach to Leadership help you create leaders on your team? Three of U.Va.’s nationally known coaches share the practical methods they use to bring teams together—methods you can apply to your family, organization, or company, wherever it’s important to work together toward a common goal.
Dr. Anita Clayton
Sexual fulfillment is an integral part of a woman’s life, yet many women settle for unsatisfying sex lives. Many factors—biological, psychological, interpersonal, and social—contribute to sexual function and may be affected by relationships, health, environment, and shifting sex hormones. While some women may have a sexual disorder, such as a difficulty with desire, arousal, orgasm, or sexual pain, others may not be satisfied with their sexual lives. We will discuss treatments that offer help with sexual disorders and interventions that can improve an unsatisfactory sex life.
April Auger, Ann Laurence Baumer, Jenn McClellan, Willa Neale, and Generra Peck
Research shows that American women are just as likely to be elected to office as men, but the United States currently ranks 77th in the world for women represented in office, behind such developing countries as Rwanda and Cuba. What can we do to change this? Panelists will share their personal experiences of working in various areas of government and discuss the importance of women in government as we transition into President Barack Obama’s second presidential term.
Science literacy is more important today than ever before. Science and its products are not only integral to our daily lives, but also to challenging global issues. Dark Skies, Bright Kids is an entirely volunteer-run program with the mission of enhancing science education for elementary school pupils. Johnson will discuss the challenges and rewards of running Dark Skies, Bright Kids and share activities that you can do at home. In 2012, the program received the “Programs That Work” distinction from the Virginia Math and Science Coalition, an alliance of leaders in education, business, and public policy.
Lindsay Burton, Jan Dorman, Eva King, Lianne Landers, and Katie McFarland
Four successful entrepreneurs will share their experiences starting businesses and charting their own paths. They’ll discuss business leadership and offer advice on pursuing careers in entrepreneurship. This is a chance to learn from women who have been there. What are the lessons they learned? What are their tips for success? What resources were the most useful? And who helped them along their journey? The panelists will also discuss how they have tapped into the university’s resources and what they are doing to help build a culture of entrepreneurship among U.Va. students and faculty.
Dr. Carol Manning
Some changes in memory and other areas of cognition are a normal consequence of aging. However, sometimes the changes are greater than anticipated and indicate Alzheimer’s or other dementias. When should we worry? This talk will discuss normal changes in memory, current treatments, and research, and what we should do if the changes are greater than expected.
Have you been waiting for life to “calm down” before you start your next big project? Have you taken time recently to think creatively about your life (professional, personal, spatial)? Join playwright, actor, and wellness coach Denise Stewart as she encourages you to begin your next creative project today! Gather tips on how creativity during turbulent times can be empowering, important, and perfectly timed.
Carla Jones, Natalie Roper, and Erica Stratton
Community dialogue is essential to any successful public service initiative. At all levels—locally, nationally, and globally—meaningful change is possible only through the involvement of engaged community members. A team of U.Va. students collaborated with the Charlottesville City Market on an initiative to reduce childhood obesity and increase low-income families’ access to healthy foods. The team members will discuss their local project and plans for national expansion.
Sonja Hoel Perkins
Sonja Hoel Perkins, managing director at venture capital firm, Menlo Ventures, and founder of the nonprofit organization, Broadway Angels, will share her perspectives on the venture capital industry, including investment trends, liquidity events, and emerging technologies. Perkins has been a venture capitalist for more than 20 years.
Dean Dorrie Fontaine and Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu
The U.S. health care system is broken, resulting in fragmented, high-tech care that can be devastating for patients, families, and clinicians alike. The U.Va. School of Nursing’s Compassionate Care and Empathic Leadership Initiative, in collaboration with the University’s Contemplative Sciences Center, is leading the way in exploring contemplative approaches—such as mindfulness, yoga, and compassionate practices—that can enhance patient and family experiences with health care. These same practices can aid in renewing a sense of meaning and job satisfaction, and reducing stress, among nurses, doctors, and other health care professionals. This new approach is essential to healing our fragile health care system.
This is a workshop for women who wish to embody change and compassionate commitment in their personal and professional lives. Participants will experiment with portable, mindfulness-based tools to sustain change, and learn about new findings on effective planning, willpower, and resilience. Join us and bring one “impossible” project to work on.
Are you sometimes mystified by others’ reactions to you or frustrated by a lack of progress in a relationship? This program will review interpersonal- and mindfulness-based theories and psychotherapies, and discuss the importance of mindfulness in developing a healthy approach to helping yourself and others.
Government funding is contracting just as the world’s problems are expanding. Social entrepreneurship seeks to solve economic problems with innovative and sustainable solutions that can be expanded to reach millions in need. Exciting new models of social entrepreneurship are being developed in this growing sector—and faculty and students at U.Va. are helping to lead the way.
Denise Stewart, an actor who received her master’s degree in playwriting from U.Va., will perform her one-woman show, Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales, which received several four-star reviews at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “Effortlessly honest and wonderfully cathartic…this is that rare play that many people can connect with, regardless of sex or nationality.” — Three Weeks Magazine
A benefit performance for the U.Va. Women’s Center’s Body Positive (EDEI) Program http://womenscenter.virginia.edu/body-positive.php