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Virtual Offerings

A Force for Change

A Force for Change: A Century of Women Faculty at UVA

November 13 | 1-2 p.m. ET

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.

Cover of Christina Baker Kline's book 'The Exiles'

Live Author Event with Christina Baker Kline

December 9 | 12-1 p.m. ET

Hosted by the Corner Book Club

Join the UVA Alumni Association’s Corner Book Club for a live, interactive discussion with #1 New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline (Grad ’90)Christina Baker Kline is the author of eight novels including Orphan Train, A Piece of the World, and the Corner Book Club’s current reading selection and Kline’s latest novel The Exiles which captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women’s lives in nineteenth-century Australia. Reserve your spot and submit questions you’d like to hear Christina answer during the event.

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Join the Corner Book Club

Read along with fellow alumnae anytime, anywhere. The Alumni Association's virtual book club features a range of titles by UVA alumnae authors. Corner Book Club members have the opportunity to recommend titles, vote on reading selections throughout the year, connect on a private online forum, and participate in special virtual events with alumnae authors.

The Corner Book Club is reading The Exiles by alumna and New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline (Grad ’90) from October 15–December 17. Sign up anytime to jump in. You’ll receive emails to guide your reading, access to a private online forum for discussions with other book club members, relevant articles, and more.

Share Your Story

Share Your Story

The UVA alumnae community is constantly evolving. It is made up of women with unique paths, experiences, identities, and perspectives that shape the history and impact of UVA women, on Grounds and beyond. Retold is for you and about you – and we want to know your story.

The Retold Share Your Story project invites alumnae to share their voices, experiences, and reflections with one another through Retold. Create a page to share a bit about yourself, your journey, the impact of the alumnae community in your life, and your advice for women on Grounds today. Then, connect with the experiences of generations of alumnae sharing their stories from far and wide.

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Past Event: Bouncing Back in Times of Stress and Change

June 24

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. 

Past Event: Race and Parenting in Extraordinary Times

August 20

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.

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

September 23

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.

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

September 23

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).

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

September 24

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: The Retold Virtual Experience

October 10

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.