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The Brown Women’s Network aims to keep the 40,000+ member Brown alumnae, student, and staff community engaged with the University and each other through a variety of programming—from podcast interviews with noteworthy women of Brown, to live events throughout the year, to seasonal newsletters, and more.

The Brown Women’s Network is open to all members of the University community who identify as cis or trans women, as well as non-binary people who are comfortable in spaces that center on the experiences of women.

Celebrating 130 Years of Women at Brown

This year, the Brown Women’s Network honors the past, present, and future of all women of Brown and reflects on the journeys of members of this diverse community. In a series of special events to be held throughout the 2021-22 academic year, the Brown Women’s Network is paying tribute to the generations of inspiring and successful Brunonian women who have driven societal change and made a difference in the world.

Together, we will honor the many triumphs and challenges of Brown women—particularly Black, Brown, and all women of color, women from the LGBTQIA community, and differently abled women—and we will deepen our understanding of our varied experiences, forge new bonds, and examine the evolving role of women at Brown and beyond.

This year, the Pembroke Center for Teaching & Research on Women also celebrates 40 years of groundbreaking research, teaching, and community-building.

Women have powerfully contributed to the progress and advancement of Brown University for 130 years. There is no question that women will continue to lead and innovate within the Brown community, in our nation, and in the world. I'm thrilled that we are celebrating the outstanding achievements of women in our community.

President Christina H. Paxson
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Past Event Recordings

Nina R. Jacobson '87, P'23, Soledad O'Brien P'24, and Angela Robinson '92 lead a behind-the-scenes discussion on their careers, diversifying the entertainment industry, and the importance of female mentorship. Moderated by Resa E. Lewiss '92.
Featuring Tiara T. Mack ’16, Rhode Island State Senator, Andrea M. O’Neal ’03, Public Servant & Institutional Equity Expert, Kim Wright-King ’90, Non-Immigrant Visa Deputy Chief, US Consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Fatemeh Ziai ’86, Director of Coordination for the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and the Department of Peace Operations at the United Nations.
Featuring Noel Pacarro Brown ‘02, Investing with Impact Director, Lead of the Conscious Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley, Priya R. Shah '07, General Partner, Theia Ventures, Mallory L. Taub '08, Senior Associate, Gensler, Cherise Guico Pabia '18, Business Sustainability Analyst, B Lab
Join the Brown Women's Network for a virtual fireside chat between author Charlene Wang ’20 and Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Barbara Tannenbaum as they discuss Wang's new book, Model Breakers: Breaking Through Stereotypes and Embracing Your Authenticity, exploring the intersection of self-awareness, identity, and minority stories.
Senior leaders in the Biden administration explore the role of women in government and how they are navigating civil rights, education, and labor challenges during times of change, uncertainty, and intense political division.
Professor Nadje Al-Ali, Director of Middle East Studies, Robert Family Professor of International Studies, and Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies discusses her research around feminist activism and gendered mobilization, with a focus on Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and the Kurdish political movement.
Industry Night event offers current students and young alumnae an opportunity to connect with Brown alumnae who are leaders within Public Health as they discuss their work, including advice on getting hired, and the rewards and challenges of the field.
This virtual moderated discussion on gender equity and policy featured Jennifer Klein '87, P'22, Pamela Reeves '87, P'22 and Alex Wagner '99. (April 27, 2021)
This virtual panel discussion featured Brown alumnae working to help other women through organizations focused on education, maternal health, human trafficking, and health/nutrition. (March 18, 2021)
Sabic-El-Rayess discussed her recently-released memoir, "The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival," and her journey from teenage survivor of the Bosnian War to Brown student and eventually college professor. (February 11, 2021)
Alyson J. McGregor, M.D. RES '07 discussed tips on taking control of your medical care and treatment as well as her recently published book “Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women's Health and What We Can Do About It.” (January 25, 2021)
The virtual “fireside chat” featured Tara Schuster ’08 and Lauren Corrao ’83, P’16. The former Comedy Central colleagues discussed Tara’s new book “Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies”, self-care, and navigating the time we’re living in. (January 7, 2021)

To get on the invitation list for future events, make sure your alumni profile is up to date.

Programs & Initiatives

Women’s Voices Amplified Podcast Series

A podcast of incredible women from all corners of the Brown ecosystem sharing their insights on work, life, and living in today’s world. Listen and subscribe on SpotifyStitcherSoundCloudYouTube, Apple Podcasts, or Amazon.

The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of Brown University.

Latest episode


Entrepreneur Jennifer Gomez '08 on being a boss, building a company, and the importance of community.

Women’s Launch Pad Mentoring Program

A mentor and mentee connectingThe Women’s Launch Pad pairs junior and senior class undergraduate women with Brown alumnae mentors, connecting women across generations, career paths, and all aspects of life after Brown.

Become a mentor

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More Brown Resources

We want to keep you connected to women’s programming offered at Brown. 

Here are some ways to stay informed, tools you can utilize for career and relocation assistance, and groups of like-minded alumni you can join to get you started.

  • BrownConnect internship and alumni-to-alumni networking platform
  • Career Counseling through CareerLAB for up to three years following your graduation
  • Access to e-journals and library resources (including Sage, JSTOR, and more)
  • Welcome Kits with tips on things to do and how to stay connected to the Brown community in NYC, DC, LA, SF, or Boston
  • Brown Alumni and Friends on social media


The Brown Women’s Network is proudly sponsored by the Women's Leadership Council, a presidential advisory council committed to alumnae engagement, volunteerism, and philanthropic support of the University.

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