AADC Programs and Events
The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC) believes in serving the network of our powerful, vibrant alumnae sisterhood. We specialize in providing quality educational, social, and leadership opportunities with lasting impact for all alumnae. Our signature programs, educational lectures and alumnae-recognition events provide forums for alumnae to engage, connect and grow. We incorporate leading trends in professional and personal development into our programs and events to provide alumnae with formative experiences at every stage of life.
Many of our programs are free of charge and some, such as lectures and award presentations, are open to guests and the public, including students, if allowed and invited by the College Dean.
AADC Women’s Life-Long Learning Initiative
This suite of educational opportunities for alumnae at every stage of life includes the AADC Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program, the Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium and our AADC Smart Talks. This Initiative continually offers personal and professional development expertise from and for smart and savvy Douglass alumnae. Through this suite of opportunities, the AADC covers a wide range of topics such as changing careers; negotiating compensation; work-life balance; preparing for retirement and much more.
Douglass Alumnae Mentoring Program
The Douglass Alumnae Mentoring Program is designed with our vibrant alumnae in mind, providing professional development opportunities and connections across generations, distance, career levels and backgrounds. This program provides a forum for alumnae to connect, engage and grow in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, leading and developing. Our application process for Mentors and Mentees to become a part of the program takes place each spring.
Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium
Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt, Class of 1942, a distinguished member of the AADC Society of Excellence, the 2017 Vanguard Service Award recipient and a former AADC President, generously established an endowment for this dynamic annual one-day conference held at the Douglass Student Center. The Symposium furthers Douglass alumnae through seminars and networking with each other. We welcome leaders from a variety of backgrounds and from every level.
AADC Smart Talks
AADC Smart Talks was launched in 2018, with our first talks focusing on genealogy and how to find your roots, and on financial matters. Our AADC Smart Talks offers programs about topics of interest to our diverse alumnae. While AADC Smart Talks are usually hosted on-site in New Jersey, we also seek to utilize the expertise of alumnae in other locations and to live stream whenever possible. To submit a proposal for a talk, Click here to download.
AADC Society of Excellence Induction Ceremony
Each year the AADC recognizes and honors alumnae who have excelled in their careers, distinguished themselves in their communities and supported the AADC. More than 225 alumnae have been inducted at our annual AADC Society of Excellence Induction Ceremony and Luncheon.
AADC Celebrates Founders Day & Alumnae Awards Luncheon
In April, we host our AADC Celebrates Founders Day & Alumnae Awards Luncheon commemorating the founding of alma mater. We also honor alumnae for their service during this celebration at the AADC Alumnae Awards presentation during the luncheon.
AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend
Our traditional celebrations continue connect classmates to each other and to the AADC. Our Reunion Planning Committee sets the course for our annual Alumnae Reunion Weekend each spring where we herald the Vanguard 50th Reunion Class, five-year Milestone Reunion classes and welcome all alumnae. The celebration includes interesting and entertaining programs and activities through out the weekend. Highlights include the Vanguard Luncheon with the Vanguard Society Induction Ceremony for the class celebrating its 50th reunion and the presentation of the Vanguard Service Award, Convocation in Voorhees Chapel with the Milestone Classes Parade, special keynote speaker and our salute to the Vanguard 50th Reunion Class.
AADC Black Alumnae Network Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference
The AADC Black Alumnae Network affinity group was established in 1981 to address the social, political and economic concerns of alumnae of African descent through programming, mentoring and networking. AADC BAN provides its members a voice and educates the larger community about issues pertaining to her alumnae through this conference. The conference was named to honor and to celebrate the life of Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb, an influential educator, trailblazer and scientist who served as the sixth Dean of Douglass from 1976 to 1981, and influenced countless alumnae.
AADC Regional Connection Groups & Affinity Networks
Alumnae have been gathering in informal groups by regions since our inception. Within the AADC, there are connection groups in various regions and affinity networks to connect alumnae with each other and the AADC. Alumnae chair these groups and collaborate to plan gatherings and outings throughout the year, which range from attending Broadway shows, visiting museums, gathering for luncheons and more. Today, there are more than 10 regional groups from coast to coast. Alumnae, for example, residing in the Washington, DC, area created the AADC Washington, DC, Area Regional Connection Group in 2008. Other groups include the New York City Regional Connection Group and, in North Carolina, the Wilmington and Raleigh/Durham Connection Groups. Our AADC Affinity Networks include the AADC Black Alumnae Network, Young Alumnae Network, Bunting Connections (alumnae who graduated from the Mary I. Bunting Program,) Latina Alumnae Network, AADC Pride Network and the Asian Alumnae Network.
Annual Zagoren Lecture
The AADC hosts the annual Zagoren Lecture, which honors the late Adelaide Marcus Zagoren ’40, beloved alumnae leader and former AADC Executive Director. These intriguing lectures are delivered by alumnae leaders and influencers from diverse fields. Recent lecturers include Mary Norris ‘74, copy editor at The New Yorker and bestselling author of “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen;” Patricia Teffenhart ’01, Executive Director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Emmy Award-winning television and film producer Susan Lester ’70; Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming ’90, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Laura Micheletti Puaca ’99, author of “Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980.”
Many top speakers have delivered the L’Hommedieu Lecture since it was established in 1983, honoring Frances Bradley L’Hommedieu ’26. In 2012, Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” lectured to an inspired audience of over 1,000 people. The next year brought Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black.” In 2017, we welcomed Nicholas Kristoff, The New York Times columnist and best-selling author, who is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes. In 2019, the lecture was delivered by New York Times Columnist Gail Collins.
AADC Alumnae Travel
Our Alumnae Travel program started in the late 1960s and continues to offer many exciting travel opportunities where alumnae and their guests can see the world and connect with sister alumnae. AADC Executive Director Valerie Anderson ’81 will host some of our exciting upcoming travel.