Woman's World Alumnae to explore lifetime challenges and solutions at forum
NOw more than ever, women are looking for resources to help them maximize opportunities with their time and
talents. With a full plate of career, communiry and family
and many ways to impact the world around them, these
days women face a different burden than understanding where
they fit in. They face the task of whittling down choices.
"It's important that the Universiry think about lifetime
learning," said Virginia Carson ' 71, director of the Campus
Y. "Women in my age group should have 80 years of good
health. We should be thinking in terms of four seasons of
productive life. We have the opportuniry to do all kinds of
things, and the University should be helping women look
It's a good burden to bear. That's why the General
Alumni Association is co-sponsoring with the UNC
Office of Advancement the first annual Carolina Women's
Forum on March 16 and 17 in Chapel Hill. And like the
opportunities before all women, finding faculry and alum-
ni to speak at the forum was easy - it was choosing
among them that presented the challenge.
Number of GAA members'
These women - and a few men - will be featured
during the new initiative to help re-engage Carolina alum-
nae widl the Universiry. The weekend event also will
include opportunities for women to exanune issues in
their personal and profe sional lives.
of Carolina Graduates
who are GAA members
256 graduates from the
Class of ' 52 are classified
Of 1,413 total living
graduates from the
Class of ' 52
1,118 are male
Carson will kick off the program with a breakfast talk
295 are female
45 of the Class of ' 52
are GAA members
on Saturday. She was active at the Y as an undergraduate
and returned in 2000 after spending 25 years as a corpo-
rate lawyer and business owner. Graduating from college
should not be the end of the learning process, Carson said.
At a luncheon address titled "Learning the Rules of the
Ganle," Betry Ray McCain ' 52, the first woman to chair the
N.C. Democratic Party, the first female member of the
N.C.Advisory Budget Commission and the current chair
of the GAA, will share her experiences as a working
woman. USA Today Editor Karen Jurgensen ' 71, a Chapel
Hill native, will deliver we keynote speech at the farewell
brunch on Sunday.
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Throughout the weekend, participants can choose from
a variery of interactive sessions.
"This won't be a weekend of being talked at," said Andi
Sobbe, director of the annual fund and donor/prospect
services in the Office of Advancement. "The sessions will
be hands-on, and participants will be involved in the dis-
"Carolina Then & Now" will look at how far UNC has
come. It's been more than 100 years since women were
first admitted and more than 20 years since women
became the majority of each inconung class. Mary Turner
Lane '53 (MED), the former director of the UNC
women's studies program, Associate Vice Chancellor Cindy
WolfJohnson and others will talk about academic and
mentoring programs for women on campus.
"Taking Charge of Your Health" will address a range of
topics about ways to stay healthy and maintain control of
your personal healw. Areas to be covered include alternative
therapies, pain management techniques, early detection of
breast cancer and injury recovery for the weekend warrior.
"WoHlen as Leaders" will examine the many leadership
roles that women fill. Paula Newsome ' 77, a business owner
and communiry leader, and Tom Lambeth ' 57, retired exec-
utive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, are
among the presenters.
"The foundation has a longstanding interest in leader-
ship development among women in North Carolina,"
Lambeth said."The truth is that women have always
served as leaders. Roles in the corporate and political
world have developed more recently, but women have
always been leaders in the comDluniry."
Sobbe noted that leaders include so many people -
mothers, teachers, volunteers, business owners. "We want
to showcase women who are leaders every day, not just
those in the limelight."
"Current World Events" will focus on homeland securi-
ry, new media and other issues that have come to light
since Sept. 11. Panelists will include Lou Turner, ' 83
(MPA), director, state laboratory of Public Health, and Fox
News Channel anchor Laurie Dhue ' 90.
"Women in the Media" will consider both women
working in the media and women as topics of the media.
Among the representatives from print and broadcast jour-
nalism will be Melanie Sill ' 81, editor of The (Raleigh)
News & Observer and a past recipient of the GAA's
D istinguished Young Alumna Award.
"Balancing Work and Fan1ily" will discuss how women
seem to "do it all." Linda Conklin, the GAA's manager of
Alunlni Career Services, will offer women solutions to tip
the scales in their favor, while Jane Brown, a professor in
the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and
former UNC L1Culry chair, will share stories about the
choices she's made.
"It's a weekend of informative sessions," said Stephanie
Miller ' 83, the GAA's manager of marketing and advertis-
ing. "It's also a great opportuniry to nerwork with other
Carolina women while enjoying a spring weekend away in
Chapel Hill." •
For more infomation, visit alumni.unc.edu
Cyndi Soter O'Neil ' 95