I have the honor, together with the AADC Board of Directors and phenomenal staff, of leading an amazing organization whose volunteer leadership are helping shape a strong future for our alumnae community.  The AADC has so much to share.

The holistic, personal and leadership education that began at alma mater should be a life-long pursuit. We were students for four years but are alumnae forever. The AADC allows for our diverse alumnae to remain connected while learning through all stages of life. We call this connection our Sisterhood. With more than 37,000 alumnae, the AADC represents the vast and rich expertise of our alumnae sisters and friends. Each sister’s personal and professional growth strengthens the association as a whole.

This year, we celebrate the 95th Anniversary of the alumnae association’s founding by sharpening our focus and creating dynamic new initiatives to serve and connect alumnae and friends.

The Women’s Life-Long Learning Initiative suite of educational opportunities was developed for alumnae at every stage of life. This is the second year of the AADC Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program and the Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium. Next, the AADC will implement workshops and lectures so that alumnae will continue the personal and professional development started during our college years while engaging with other smart and savvy Douglass alumnae. Possible topics are: changing careers; women’s health and wellness; negotiating compensation; dealing with work-life balance; preparing for retirement, and other subjects relevant to women’s success. While we will predominately host these on-site in New Jersey, we also seek to utilize the expertise of alumnae in other regions and to live stream whenever possible to alumnae sisters and friends near and far.

Our Special Anniversary Initiatives celebrate our milestone 95th anniversary year of 2017/18, with every AADC program and initiative bigger, bolder and branded. We will celebrate moving “Forward Together” at the AADC 95th Anniversary Weekend Celebration and Alumnae Reunion Weekend, from April 19-21, 2018. This includes our AADC Forward Together Gala: From Our Founding Into Our Future to be held at New Brunswick’s Heldrich Hotel on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Each year, 22 Alumnae Fellowships are available for graduating seniors and alumnae who are seeking an advanced degree. With the growing and competitive market place, a post-baccalaureate degree is becoming essential in many fields. Your support is needed to expand the number of fellowships available through the AADC.

Join us in moving Forward Together! It is not like a Douglass Alumna to rest or slow down, even at 95! The 95th anniversary year is the right time to connect or reconnect and to spur even greater success for your alumnae association and our alumnae sisterhood. Be a part of the celebration. Be a part of our next century of success.

Valerie Anderson ’81, MBA
Executive Director