Held on Monday, May 8, “Weaving in Well-being” brought more than 500 Brown women together for a lively and informative multigenerational discussion on women’s mental health. Faculty experts shared practical methods for enhancing individual well-being and inspiring organizational change in the workplace.
The conversation, which highlighted the unique health care needs of women, featured three leaders from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University: Kelly Holder, PhD, chief wellness officer in the Division of Biology and Medicine (moderator); Stephanie Catanese, MD, FACP, assistant professor of medicine and clinician educator; and Katherine M. Sharkey, MD, PhD, associate dean for gender equity.
Breakout sessions were centered around successful wellness practices, from knowing when to seek help to identifying drivers of stress. Together participants deepened their understanding of wellness, shared their varied experiences, and further strengthened bonds with members of the Brown community who are dealing with similar issues.
Additionally, at a salon-style watch party hosted by Tamara B. Horwich ’94 in Los Angeles, twenty alumnae watched the discussion in person and continued the conversation after the virtual program closed.
Many attendees were struck by the range of ages and perspectives that were represented:
- “This event provided a unique Brunonian space for connection and belonging across the years. My group was terrific and included a nice range of alumnae—from an 82-year-old Pembroke grad to a Class of ’09 alum.”
- “I enjoyed meeting others [and] normalizing that even in middle age we all share some common things: looking for well-being, finding ourselves, being true to ourselves, etc. and that these things manifest in ways that sometimes feel challenging, but can be seen as a part of the journey.”