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Virtual Events

The UVA Alumni Association is proud to present programming by and for UVA alumnae.

Upcoming Events

Sonja Hoel Perkins

A Conversation with Sonja Hoel Perkins, Com ’88

February 26 | 12-1 p.m. ET

Hosted by the McIntire School of Commerce

On February 26, venture capitalist, philanthropist and leader Sonja Hoel Perkins (Com ’88) joins Nicole T. Jenkins, John A. Griffin Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce, for the next installment of McIntire’s Centennial Speaker Series, featuring thought-provoking conversations with visionaries in business – and beyond.

The Corner Book Club

Corner Book Club Live Author Event with Mary Beth Keane

March 3 | 12-1 p.m. ET

Join the UVA Alumni Association’s Corner Book Club for a live, interactive discussion with New York Times bestselling author Mary Beth Keane (Grad ’05). Mary Beth Keane is the author of The Walking PeopleAsk Again Yes, and the Corner Book Club’s current reading selection Fever a “spectacularly bold and intriguing novel about the woman known as ‘Typhoid Mary,’ the first person in America identified as a healthy carrier of Typhoid Fever.”

International Alumnae Journeys

International Alumnae Journeys

March 17 | 10-11 a.m. E.T.

Hosted in partnership with the McIntire School of Commerce

Join Retold in dialogue with international student alumnae who have become transformational forces in their industries and communities across the world. Renowned Turkish interior designer Mine Arslanbek Kotan (Arch ’02), Vice President, Brand Solutions at JioSaavn India, Virginia Sharma (Com ’99), and co-founder of Yichu Academy in Beijing Xia Shell Wu (Com ‘06) will join journalist and political analyst Anushay Hossain (Col ’02) to reflect on their experiences as international students at UVA and the transformational impact of UVA women worldwide.


Past Events

Women unloading a car during move-in weekend

Past Event: Conversations with the Women of 1974

February 19, 2021

Hosted in partnership with Women in Policy

50 years ago, the University of Virginia welcomed its first fully coeducated class. Join the UVA Alumni Association’s Retold initiative and student organization Women in Policy to reflect and connect with trailblazing women of the Class of 1974 in intimate dialogue around inclusion, belonging, and building community. Event will consist of a 50-minute panel moderated by Barbara Savage (Col ’74) followed by breakout rooms to encourage dialogue between students and alumni.

Black Lives Matter protesters

Past Event: From the Equal Rights Amendment to Black Lives Matter: Reflecting on Intersectional Struggles for Equality

January 29, 2021

Join the Center for the Study of Race and Law and the Virginia Law Review for this symposium featuring an address by Elaine R. Jones (Law ’70), the first woman to serve as director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the first Black woman to graduate from the Law School.

Dr. Sherita Hill Golden

Past Event: COVID-19 and Systemic Racism: Two Pandemics Ravaging our Nation

January 26, 2021

Hosted in partnership with the UVA Medical Alumni Association and the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As COVID-19 rages on, alumna Dr. Sherita Hill Golden (Med ’94), Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine joins Retold and the 2021 Community MLK Celebration for a timely discussion on the interwoven impact of COVID-19 and systemic racism on Americans today. Special introduction by Dr. Maurice Apprey, professor of psychiatric medicine at the UVA School of Medicine and dean of the University’s Office of African-American Affairs.

A Force for Change

Past Event: A Force For Change: A Century of Women Faculty at UVA

November 13, 2020

Hosted by: Lifetime Learning

Join Abby Palko, director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, and a fascinating panel of female faculty members, to celebrate a century of women who broke barriers and diversified classrooms and research labs at the University of Virginia. From astronauts to poet laureates, women faculty members have transformed the educational and research landscapes at UVA.

Past Event: The Retold Virtual Experience

October 10, 2020

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.

Two women enjoying beverages

Past Event: Conversation with a Twist: Virtual Alumni Happy Hour

September 24, 2020

Hosted in partnership with the McIntire School of Commerce.

Join us for a virtual happy hour featuring spirited conversation between alumnae entrepreneurs Jenny Lucas (Com ’99, Educ ’04) and Katie Williams (Col ’00), co-founders of Navy Hill, and Associate Professor of Commerce Nicole Votolato Montgomery. Connect with fellow alumnae and learn more about Jenny and Katie’s path from Grounds to cofounding and running Navy Hill. Time will be set aside for participant Q&A. 

Past Event: Reframing Your Narrative: Navigating Your Twenties in a Global Pandemic

September 23, 2020

The third in a series of Retold virtual events by and for alumnae.

Hosted in partnership with the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, the Class of 201720182019, and 2020 Post-Grad Trustees and Class of 2021 Trustees.

Adults in their twenties are experiencing a period of unprecedented uncertainty. In a landscape of altered milestones, sudden separation, unpredictable work and financial circumstances, and overwhelming unknowns, how can you adapt and persevere? Join alumna Meg Jay (Col ’92), clinical psychologist, Associate Professor of Human Development at UVA, and author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter – and How to Make the Most of Them Now and moderator Kimia Nikseresht (Col 17) for an interactive dialogue exploring the unexpected realities of – and strategies for surviving – a global pandemic in your twenties.

Nancy Agee (left) and Marion Weiss

Past Event: Women of Impact: Q&A with 2020 Distinguished Alumnae

September 23, 2020

Hosted by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, in partnership with the School of ArchitectureSchool of NursingUVA Arts, UVA Cornerstone Program, and Retold.

Join us for an intimate conversation with the winners of the University’s 2020 Distinguished Alumnae Award. Nancy Howell Agee (Nurs ’79), President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, and Marion Weiss (Arch ’79), co-founder and partner at WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism will share memorable moments that have shaped their prominent careers in fields with few women in high-profile leadership roles. Moderated by Jieru Shi (Com/Col ’20).

Past Event: Race and Parenting in Extraordinary Times

August 20, 2020

The second in a series of Retold virtual events by and for alumnae.

Hosted in partnership with the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, the Center for Race and Public Education in the South, and TheSheLab.

The back-to-school season looms large for parents, caregivers, and educators. As children reconnect with their school environments, how can we engage them in dialogue about racism in America, and the dynamics of race in our own lives, in honest, empowering, developmentally appropriate ways? Join alumnae Valerie Harrison (Col ’84)Dr. Stephanie Rowley (Col ’95, ’97)Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb (Educ ’05, Med ’09, Dar ’19)Christen Edwards (Educ ’18), and Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson (Grad ’11, ’15) for this interactive panel discussion exploring race, parenting, and transforming conversation in this extraordinary period.

Heidi Connal

Past Event: Bouncing Back in Times of Stress and Change

June 24, 2020

Hosted in partnership with the McIntire School of Commerce

We are all facing new and unforeseen pressures in life, perhaps at this moment more than ever. While everyone’s experiences are unique, this “new normal” can undoubtedly take a toll on our inner resources. We may not be able to eliminate the stress, but we can recognize the signs and integrate our resources in order to tap into our inner resilience and thrive. Join alumna Heidi Connal (Com ’94), Co-Founder and Executive Coach, Vast Sky Leadership, for this interactive webinar to learn how to turn adversity into growth and strength.