Be Part of Our Next Century of Success: Forward Together, Better Together

I have the honor, together with the AADC Board of Directors and phenomenal staff, of leading an amazing organization whose volunteer leaders 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 39,000 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 97th year of the alumnae association’s founding by sharpening our focus and creating dynamic new initiatives to serve and connect alumnae and friends.

Our Women’s Lifelong Learning Initiative suite of educational opportunities was developed for alumnae at every stage of life.  This initiative helps continue the personal and professional development started during our college years while engaging with other smart and savvy Douglass alumnae. For all of our programs, 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.

Three programs have been launched as part of this initiative. The AADC Mabel’s Alumnae Mentoring Program, the Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and Professional Development Symposium and the AADC Smart Talks series.  Through the mentoring program, symposium and talks, we are addressing topics such as changing careers; women’s health and wellness; negotiating compensation; dealing with work-life balance; preparing for retirement and other subjects relevant to success.  We host the symposium on campus each year, during which the mentoring program hosts a kick off event. Participants in the mentoring program connect virtually through email and other media or meet in person.  AADC Smart Talks are hosted at the Alumnae Center in New Jersey and available via FaceBook Live on our Douglass Alumnae page.

We celebrated Special Anniversary Initiatives all during our milestone 95th anniversary year of 2017/18, with every AADC program and initiative bigger, bolder and branded. We celebrated moving “Forward Together” at the AADC 95th Anniversary Weekend Celebration and Alumnae Reunion Weekend, April 19-21, 2018. This included an amazing, sold-out, AADC Forward Together Gala: From Our Founding Into Our Future held at New Brunswick’s Heldrich Hotel.

Each year, 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, Better Together! It is not like a Douglass alumna to rest or slow down, even at 97! This is the time to connect or reconnect and to spur even greater success for your alumnae association and our alumnae sisterhood. Be a part of our next century of success.

Valerie Anderson ’81, MBA
Executive Director