In 2018-19, the Tribe community will be celebrating 100 years of women at William & Mary. To commemorate this milestone, the university will host the first-ever W&M Women’s Weekend September 21-23, 2018. Alumnae, students, faculty, family and friends will fill campus over the weekend and participate in activities and programs that will inspire and empower women of all ages and backgrounds.
W&M Women’s Weekend is a great opportunity to make new friends and for old friends to reconnect! We have every confidence you will leave the weekend energized and with fresh insight.
The weekend will include several pathways focusing on personal, professional and interpersonal growth — choose what interests you! Yoga on the Sunken Garden? A panel of W&M women addressing global health? A keynote on girls and women in STEM fields? A walking tour of campus highlighting women’s contributions? A wine, cheese & chocolate reception? W&M Women’s Weekend will offer something for everyone.
We are excited to share that Anna Deveare Smith will serve as the keynote speaker to kick off the weekend on Friday, Sept. 21. You may know her from her roles in shows like "West Wing," "Law & Order," "Nurse Jackie" and "Black-ish," or be familiar with her one-woman Broadway shows and published books, such as "Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts – For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind" and "Talk to Me: Travels in Media and Politics." We hope you can join us to welcome this Tony-nominated, Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and National Humanities Medal recipient to W&M.
Among other activities being planned, we are launching MARY Talks — a fun and fitting twist on the popular TED Talk presentations. We are looking for inspiring William & Mary women to submit proposals to give short and powerful MARY Talks during the weekend! Possible topics range from new discoveries in science and health care, innovation in business, confronting national and global challenges, trends in arts and entertainment and more. Speakers and performers are welcome from every discipline and background.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer to help plan the weekend, visit the volunteer portal.
Get ready for an extraordinary weekend — we can’t wait to see you there!