On Saturday, October 10, over 1,400 alumnae, students and community members came together online to celebrate the transformational impact of UVA women at the Retold Virtual Experience conference. We heard from and were inspired by glass ceiling breakers, industry leaders and student activists — all the while reflecting on our interconnected stories and collective impact.
The UVA alumnae community is made up of women with unique paths, experiences, identities, and perspectives that shape the history and impact of UVA women. Retold is for you and about you — and we want to know your story. Additionally, we invite you to stay connected with other alumnae by attending one of our upcoming virtual events.
Retold Virtual Experience Events
You can now view video recordings of all of the sessions from the Retold Virtual Experience on demand. Take a look at the list of events below, and click the title of the session you want to view to get started.
April Woodard (Col ’91), Emmy-nominated TV personality and host of the Retold Virtual Experience
Presented in partnership with the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA
Abby Palko, director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, and current UVA students recount twenty little-known moments in the history of women at UVA.
A conversation with Margaret Brennan (Col ’02), moderator on Face the Nation, and Sheryl Gay Stolberg (Col ’83), Washington correspondent for The New York Times, on the unique perspective of women in journalism at this moment in history.
Presented in partnership with the Virginia Athletics Foundation
A conversation with Val Ackerman (Col ’81), commissioner of the Big East Conference, and Carla Williams, director of athletics at UVA, about their role as leaders in athletics and the impact of women in sports.
Take a break with:
- A poetry reading by Emma Karnes (Col ’21)
- A conversation with Carey Albertine (Col ’96), director of experience at Shift Thinking, and Jenny Turner Hall (Col ’97), award-winning writer and director, on the power of authenticity in telling our stories
- Performances by the Virginia Sil’hooettes and the Virginia Women’s Chorus
- A modern calligraphy tutorial with calligrapher Jodi Macfarlan (Col ’08)
- A Rotunda watercolor demonstration with artist Lucy Clare Spooner (Col ’14)
- A fall cocktail/mocktail session with LUMI Juice founder Hillary Murray (Darden ’13)
- A mac ‘n’ cheese cooking demo with food writer and cookbook author Polina Chesnakova (Col ’14)
- A kids yoga session with Diana Williams (Col ’05, Educ ’06), owner of Fusion Fit, LLC
- A kids cooking video with recipe tester Kate Malay Hopewell (Col ’05). Recipes can be found here.
Presented in partnership with the McIntire School of Commerce
A conversation with clean beauty trailblazer Nancy Twine (Com ’07), founder and CEO of Briogeo, and Nicole Thorne Jenkins, dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, on following your instincts and forging your own path to success.
Presented in partnership with the University’s Double Take storytelling initiative
Alumnae Ann Brown (Col ’74, Law ’77), Dorothy Lewis Kluttz (Nurs ’66), Sandra Wicks Lewis (Col ’72), Nicole McKinney Lindsay (Darden ’99, Law ’99) and Nancy Park (Com ’12) share reflections on their UVA experiences after an introduction by President James E. Ryan (Law ’92).
Presented in partnership with the School of Architecture
Zena Howard (Arch ’88), principal and managing director of the North Carolina practice of design firm Perkins and Will and former senior project manager for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., on leveraging story to create designs that are meaningful, relevant, inclusive, and enduring.
Presented in partnership with the School of Nursing and the School of Engineering and Applied Science
A conversation with Jill Tietjen (Engr ’76), president and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc. and Victoria Tucker, BSN, RN (Nurs ’12, Grad ’22), PhD Candidate in the School of Nursing, about the importance of expanding narratives in the telling and retelling of women’s history.
Take a break with:
- Performances by the University Singers and the X-Tasee Dance Crew
- A conversation with Pamela Cipriano, dean of the School of Nursing
- A quick stretching routine with Diana Williams (Col ’05, Educ ’06), owner of Fusion Fit, LLC
- A meditation session with Estelle Brodeaur (Nurs ’80), registered yoga instructor and wellness coach
- A 20-minute total body workout with Tasha Turnbull (Col ’02), founder of T2 Fitness
- A session on preventing work from home burnout with Peggy Mitchell Clarke, PhD (Educ ’87, Grad ’91), founder of The Living Well Solution and president of Living Well Press, LLC
- Fun + family-friendly activities for your little Wahoo
Presented in partnership with the IDEA Fund and the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
A conversation with Niya Bates (Col ’12, Arch ’15) and Zyahna Bryant (Col ’23) on transforming narratives through activism.
Current student leaders Jayla Hart (Col ’22), Pilar Jimenez Larre Borges (Col ’21), Anna Winter (Engr ’21), and Ellen Yates (Col ’21) discuss writing their next chapters with Mary Elizabeth Luzar (Col ’02, Educ ’09), director of student engagement at the UVA Alumni Association.
Kelli Palmer, PhD (Educ ’07), head of global inclusion & diversity and corporate citizenship at the CFA Institute, shares her reflections on our interconnected stories and collective impact.
Close out the day with Lily West (Darden ’12), interim CEO and president, UVA Alumni Association and Patty Epps (Col ’74, Grad ’79, Law ’83), chair, UVA Alumni Association Board of Managers.
Alumnae Speakers and Special Guests
Emmy-nominated host and TV personality
Host of Retold Virtual Experience
Commissioner, Big East Conference
Director of Experience, Shift Thinking
Col ’12, Arch ’15
Director of African American History and the Getting Word Oral History Project, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
Pilar Jimenez Larre Borges
Meriwether Lewis Fellow, University Guide, & Former President of Latinx Student Alliance
Moderator, Face the Nation
Col ’74, Law ’77
Partner, Troutman Pepper
Student activist and community organizer
Dean, School of Nursing
Col ’74, Grad ’79, Law ’83
Chair, UVA Alumni Association Board of Managers
Jenny Turner Hall
Award-winning writer and director
Senior Orientation Leader & Senior Resident Advisor
Principal and managing director, Perkins and Will
Nicole Thorne Jenkins
Dean, McIntire School of Commerce
Dorothy Lewis Kluttz, RN
Staff Registered Nurse, Hospice Savannah
Sandra Wicks Lewis
Emeritus Member, UVA Alumni Association Board of Managers, Investment Committee Chair
Nicole McKinney Lindsay
Darden ’99, Law ’99
Chief Operating Officer, Mastercard, Center for Inclusive Growth
Mary Elizabeth Luzar
Col ’02, Educ ’09
Director of Student Engagement, UVA Alumni Association
Director, Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia
Kelli Palmer, PhD
Head of Global Inclusion & Diversity and Corporate Citizenship, CFA Institute
Senior Program Officer - Adults and Household Supports, The Robin Hood Foundation
James E. Ryan
President, University of Virginia
Sheryl Gay Stolberg
Washington Correspondent, The New York Times
President & CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
Victoria Tucker, BSN, RN
Nurs ’12, Grad ’22
PhD Candidate, Nursing
Founder & CEO, Briogeo
Interim CEO and President, UVA Alumni Association
Director of Athletics, University of Virginia
Co-Chair of Housing & Residence Life
President of Student Council