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Inspire. Empower. Lead.

The Women’s Initiatives has been created to offer programming to equip women with the tools to manage their personal lives, skills to excel in their careers, confidence to lead and the courage to support each other.

Join us throughout this year for interactive workshops, motivating speakers, informative webinars, robust panels, pertinent discussions and more-all designed to inspire, empower and lead every Auburn woman.

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March 17-18, 2021

We are excited to invite you to the Auburn Alumni Association’s inaugural Women’s Summit on March 17-18, 2021.

The virtual summit will feature keynotes from successful Auburn women, alumnae panels and networking opportunities.

This exhilarating event is an opportunity for Auburn women to share wisdom, find inspiration and
connect around best practices for leading and thriving.


Welcome Plenary: Inspire. Empower. Lead.
Wednesday, March 17, 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. CDT

Welcome to the inaugural Women’s Summit! Join Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86, vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association, Regenia Sanders ’95, president of the Auburn Alumni Association and LuAnne Hart ’80, vice president of the Auburn Alumni Association for the opening session as they discuss the development of the summit, the empowerment of women who lead and look ahead at the next two days of programming.

Like Mother, Like Daughter: A Conversation about Timeless Leadership Traits and Family
Wednesday, March 17, 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. CDT

Elizabeth Huntley ’93 is a member of Auburn University Board of Trustees and mother of Ada Ruth Huntley, the 2020-2021 Auburn University Student Government Association President. They have had a unique year leading the university through unprecedented challenges and doing so as a mother-daughter duo. Join us for a conversation, moderated by Regenia Sanders ’95, on women in leadership, the importance of representation and the power of family.

Auburn Veterans: Igniting the Spirit of Empowerment
Wednesday, March 17, 10 a.m. – 10:45 p.m. CDT

Too often, women feel the word “veteran” doesn’t fit them. Women are seen as caregivers and face judgment for being in the military because they have families. This moderated discussion will cover topics ranging from the motivations and challenges of their military experience to their opportunities and goals. Learn about these amazing women and how they transformed their fears into rungs on a ladder that elevated them to new heights.

Lunch Plenary: The Power of Student Leaders
Wednesday, March 17, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. CDT

The leaders of tomorrow are here today! From navigating life in the classroom to excelling in their student leadership roles and personal lives, these Auburn students are sharing how being a student leader has empowered, inspired and prepared them for life after graduation. During this session, we will dive into what being a student leader on Auburn’s campus looks like today!

We Believe in Auburn and Love it – Women of the Auburn Clubs Program Panel
Wednesday, March 17, 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CDT

Auburn Club and Affiliate leaders believe in Auburn and love it! More than 120 Auburn Alumni Clubs and Affiliates exist all across the country and world. Learn how and why alumni and friends have given back to Auburn with their time, talents and treasures for 70+ years through the Auburn Clubs Program. Step into a club leadership role and get involved with your local Auburn Club or Affiliate to engage with the Auburn Family in your area.

The Power of Personal Brand and Negotiating Skills
Wednesday, March 17, 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. CDT

Join Kath M. Carter ’90 AUM graduate, Global Talent Leader/Global Executive Sponsor Entrepreneurial Winning Women | Strategy and Transactions for Ernst & Young, as she talks about the power of personal brand and negotiating skills. Women are in the board room; they’re founding businesses. The most successful consciously build their personal brand. Projecting confidence in every aspect of business is critical to getting what you want, even when you don’t feel it. Turning ambition into reality takes practice. Learn to negotiate. Learn to stand out!

Closing Plenary: Empower
Wednesday, March 17, 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. CDT
Join Ashley Robinett ’01, Vice President of Public Relations, Alabama Power and a special guest as they conclude the plenary session with an open discussion on the theme “Empower”. As part of the keynote, they will share personal experiences on how empowerment inspired their own growth and the importance of empowering each other and the next generation of female leaders.

Navigating Gender and Color Barriers – Women of the Black Alumni Council Panel
Thursday, March 18, 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. CDT

Hear honest conversations from members of the Auburn Alumni Association inaugural Black Alumni Council as they share their stories of being the proverbial ‘double minority’, Black and female in the professional workplace.

How to Navigate the Workplace as a Young Professional – Women of the Young Alumni Council Panel
Thursday, March 18, 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. CDT

During this session, five women from the Auburn Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council will be discussing how to best to navigate the workplace as a young professional. These women will be sharing some of their personal experiences as well as tips and tricks on how to navigate life after college.

Leading from Day 1
Thursday, March 18, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. CDT

Join Addye Buckley-Burnell, Associate Director, Career Development for the Auburn University Career Center to talk about “Leading from Day 1”. The first few years on the job is often met with impostor syndrome and eagerness to prove oneself. Learn how to enter the workforce with integrity and authenticity, take ownership of your career and prove your ability to lead throughout your career.

Alumnae Engagement with Colleges/Schools
Thursday, March 18, 11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. CDT
These events are an opportunity for alumnae to engage with their college or school. Communication for these events will come directly from each unit.

Human Sciences Presents Women who are Changing the World
Thursday, March 18, 2021 1 p.m.

Dean Hubbard will share the latest exciting developments in the College of Human Sciences.

Also, hear from three special guests who are living the Human Sciences mission statement of improving quality of life for all and changing the world.

Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder, AU Alumni professor and project director with AHMREI- Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative. How caring for yourself and your relationships makes you a better leader.

Ada Ruth Huntley, outgoing SGA president and Global Studies student. How to lead through unprecedented times.

Sid James, Executive Director, Cary Center and Women’s Philanthropy Board. How to lead by giving of your time, talent and treasures.

Fill out the form below to register and receive the zoom link to join the event.


Closing Plenary: Lead with Purpose
Thursday, March 18, 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. CDT

Join Dion Aviki ’04, Director of Commercial Excellence at Thermo Fisher Scientific for her session “Lead with Purpose”. How do you bring people together to achieve something that was originally thought to be insurmountable…by leading with purpose. Join Dion as she shares her experience and takeaways going against odds, dealing with uncertainty and leading with purpose. From working on non-profit initiatives to her company’s COVID-19 taskforce, many scenarios can benefit from taking this strategic and purposeful approach.

Women Leadership Institute Networking Session
Thursday, March 18, 2021 3 p.m.

Join Julia Wiard, Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute to learn more about the opportunities to get involved and network with your fellow alumna via Zoom here

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