What is the Brown Women’s Network?

This new initiative aims to bring together Brown’s 40,000+ member alumnae, student, and staff community. 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 keeps you engaged with the University and with Brunonians of all ages, places, and backgrounds. The goal? To create a vibrant, interconnected community of women who are interested in tapping into their shared Brown roots for their lifelong social, professional, and intellectual development.

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.

Programs and 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.

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

Latest episode


Valerie Tutson ’87 AM’90 on African and African-American traditions, the current civil rights movement, and the importance of education

Learn more about Tutson and view the transcript.

Listen and subscribe on SpotifyStitcherSoundCloudYouTube, Apple Podcasts, or Amazon.

More recent guests include:

  • Lorine Pendleton 91  
    Business development executive, attorney, and angel investor Lorine Pendleton '91 on career paths and the importance of diversity in investing. 
  • Nancy K. MacLean 81 AM81  
    Historian, author, and professor Nancy K. MacLean reflects on social movements, the state of our democracy, and how history can inform the present. 
  • Kristin Richardson Jordan ’09
    New York City Council candidate on the late-night conversations at Brown that helped shape her worldview and what we can all do to affect change locally.
  • Ana M. Bermúdez ’86, P’22
    New York City Department of Probation Commissioner Ana M. Bermúdez ’86, P’22 discusses the essential link between criminal justice and social justice, how her experience at Brown shaped her, and the importance of using our voices.
  • Teena Shetty ’95 MD’00
    Leading neurologist and concussion expert shares her perspective on concussion treatment, female mentorship, and how Brown helped shape her worldview.
  • Meg Wolitzer ’81
    Contemporary fiction writer Wolitzer gives advice on balancing the editorial voices of others, finding our own ways of contributing to shared societal challenges, and increasing visibility for women in publishing. “Be nimble, be adaptable, have other skills,” says Wolitzer.
  • Lois Lowry ’58
    Award-winning children’s author Lowry discusses Brown’s influence on her life and work and her sources of inspiration: namely, her love of children, memories of her own childhood, and her fascination with human interconnectedness.
  • Dr. Sayantani DasGupta ’92
    Physician, professor, and children’s book author DasGupta discusses the critical role storytelling plays in the healthcare system, the value of a "prescription for reading," and how her activist spirit was born on College Hill.

Do you know a woman of Brown that we should all know about? Suggest a speaker: [email protected].

Connect with Brown alumnae on social media

Want to be featured on our accounts, or know an alumna who should be? Let us know!

Newsletters & Notices

Stay in-the-know with news from Brown, alumnae, faculty, and students. See past issues:


A mentor and mentee connectingWomen’s Launch Pad Mentoring Program

The 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

Live events

Book signings, speed-networking, faculty lectures, student presentations: our live programming helps keep you connected to Brown, regardless of your zip code.

To get on the invitation list for gatherings sprouting up in your area, make sure your alumni profile is up to date.

    Thursday, May 27 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
    This virtual “fireside chat” featured Sunisa Manning '07 and Mary-Kim Arnold '93, MFA '98 discussing Manning’s debut novel, A Good True Thai. Watch the recording
    Tuesday, April 27 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST
    The virtual moderated discussion on gender equity and policy that featured Jennifer Klein '87, P'22, Pamela Reeves '87, P'22 and Alex Wagner '99. Watch the recording. 
    Thursday, March 18 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. EST
    The virtual panel discussion featured Brown alumnae working to help other women through organizations focused on education, maternal health, human trafficking, and health/nutrition. Watch the recording. 
    Monday, March 8 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
    Current students and alumnae who graduated within the last five years learned more about the field of finance from a panel of alumnae experts, and interactive breakout rooms.  
    Thursday, February 11 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
    In her recently-released memoir, "The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival," Amra Sabic-El-Rayess ’00 shares her experience of growing up amidst the brutality of the Bosnian War. Professor Sabic-El-Rayess discussed her book and her journey from teenage survivor to Brown student and eventually college professor. Watch the recording.
    Monday, January 25 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
    McGregor 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.” Watch the recording
    Monday, January 11 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EST
    Current students and alumnae who graduated within the last five years learned more about the legal field from a panel of alumnae experts and interactive breakout rooms. Speakers included Susan Aledort ’85, P’19; Ana Bermúdez ’86, P’22; Shirley Jean ’99; Ali Fidler Metzl ’04. 
    Thursday, January 7 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
    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. Watch the recording.
    Friday, December 18 | 12:00 p.m. EST
    Alumnae musicians performed songs of cultural or personal significance. Watch the recording.

Need more information or have an idea for an event? Email [email protected].

Note: Due to the public health situation created by COVID-19, the University has made the decision to postpone all upcoming in-person events. For updates from campus, Brown’s COVID-19 website is the best source of current information on the University’s preparedness, action, and response.

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

Questions? Contact us today!

Email [email protected].

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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