Momentum 2021

Momentum 2021

Schedule of Events

Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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Breakout Session
Interlude
Keynote
Meetup
Salon Session

Penn in 10: Groundbreaking Research from Faculty Scholars

Friday, October 1, 3:45p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Keynote


Penn Faculty are the driving force behind innovation and thought leadership - at Penn and around the globe. Listen to some of Penn's most acclaimed voices share brief insights into their groundbreaking research.

Comedy and Catharsis

Friday, October 1, 5p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Salon Session


It's time to embrace your inner comedian (everyone has one!). Join Lesley Wolff, C'93 to learn how you can use comedy to foster positive emotions and navigate difficult times. This session is all about finding your point of view and understanding your personal brand so you can take center stage in your own life. Registration is limited to 20 participants.  

This event has reached capacity. To be added to the waitlist please email: momentum2021@alumni.upenn.edu. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

Industry Connections: Women in STEM Networking Session

Friday, October 1, 5p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Salon Session


Co-Sponsors:
Career Services

Ready, set, network! Connect with Penn alumnae from around the globe for speed networking. This interactive session will give you the opportunity to build relationships with women in similar industries as you engage in meaningful one-on-one conversations. Professionals who work in the following or related fields are encouraged to sign up for this session: Medicine, Dental Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Engineering. Registration is limited to 50 attendees.

Office Hours with Dean Antonia M. Villarruel

Friday, October 1, 5p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Salon Session


Join fellow alumnae for a conversation with Penn Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel as she sheds light on the School’s mission, goals, and research. Learn how Penn Nursing experts and leaders have been advancing science and delivering solutions, shaping policy and practice, and engaging communities to promote health for over a century.  This stimulating conversation will be followed by engaging Q&A and is limited to 50 participants.

Office Hours with Dean Pam Grossman

Friday, October 1, 5p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Salon Session


Join fellow alumnae for a conversation with Penn Graduate School of Education Dean Pam Grossman as she sheds light on the School’s mission, goals, and research. Learn how Penn GSE expands educational access and opportunity, fosters new knowledge, and develops transformational teachers and leaders through research and innovation. This stimulating conversation will be followed by engaging Q&A and is limited to 50 participants.

Office Hours with Dean Sara "Sally" Bachman

Friday, October 1, 5p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Salon Session


Join fellow alumnae for a conversation with Penn Social Policy and Practice Dean Sara "Sally" Bachman as she sheds light on the School’s mission, goals, and research. Learn how SP2 aims to advance social innovation, impact, and justice through data-informed social policy and evidence-based social practice.  This stimulating conversation will be followed by engaging Q&A and is limited to 50 participants.

Celebrating Women in Medicine (Pereleman School of Medicine)

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


Join us to hear from the Perelman School and Heath System’s top leadership, network, and learn more about resources and opportunities for alumni engagement — continuing the powerful trajectory of Penn’s women in medicine

LGBT Center Meetup

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


Where are the LGBTQ+ women alums? Join the LGBT Center meet-up to find out and see how you belong. The session will be interactive, so come to create new links and discover ways to be more connected with the Center and other alums.

Penn Engineering Alumnae Panel Discussion

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


Please join Penn Engineering alumnae Lolita Jackson, ENG'89, Lamis Elsawah, ENG'19, LaRhonda Brown-Barrett, ENG'89, and Nashira Layade, ENG'01 to discuss their experiences at Penn, their career paths after graduation and their insights on how their identity informs their engagement with Penn. There will also be time for sharing with the group, Q&A, and networking. Please join us for this engaging panel discussion!

Penn Sorority Alumnae Meetup 

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


Were you in a sorority during your time as a Penn student? Join current undergraduate sorority leaders from the Panhellenic Council and Intercultural Greek Council, as well as fellow sorority alumnae to connect and learn about the Fraternity & Sorority Life experience today!

The Power of Penn Law Faculty: Introducing Our Newest Faculty Members

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


Please join Professor Fairfax, Professor Ferzan, L’95, and Professor Wang to discuss their experience at Penn, career paths, and recent research. There will be time for Q&A following this engaging panel discussion. This event will be moderated by Dean of Students Felicia Lin L’08.
*CLE credit pending

Wharton Alumnae Meetup

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


Join Wharton Alumni Relations to network and learn more about resources and opportunities for further engagement.

Celebrating Diverse Women Today: Deepening an intercultural dialogue on leadership beyond Penn

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 6:15p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


Sponsored by Penn Spectrum & Greenfield Intercultural Center

Join the Greenfield Intercultural Center and Penn Spectrum Programs as we host diverse alums interested in forging relationships and gaining critical insights in leadership. We’ll kick off our session with Trang Do C’06 who will interview fellow alums Carladenise Edwards C’92 GEd’93 and Wendy de la Rosa W’11. Attendees will then be invited to continue the conversation in casual breakout rooms centered on skill-based themes.

• Negotiating Skills, with Cindy Rentala C’91 W’91 WG’97
• Prioritizing Mental Wellness: Learning to Say No with Patricia Martin M’85
• Creating Wealth with Rebecka Zavaleta C’13
• Balancing Families and Career Expectations with Jennifer Kwon C’02

Climbing Vines (Makuu & Penn Women’s Center)

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


The Climbing Vines projects chronicle challenges, personal growth, and the shared experiences of Black alumnae and undergraduate women of the University of Pennsylvania in written and audio formats. Join us as we hear reflections from alumnae of all generations and meet the founder and editor of Climbing Vines, Janay Sylvester, C’12. Be prepared for a break-out session, we want to meet you, too!

Penn Dental Medicine & Penn Dental Women’s Network Meetup 

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


Join Penn Dental Medicine and the Penn Dental Women’s Network for an evening of virtual networking. Share your story and career path with fellow alumni and students to broaden your network.

Penn Museum – Family Friendly Global Exploration

Friday, October 1, 5:05p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Meetup


The Penn Museum invites attendees and their families to enjoy two samplings of its acclaimed virtual programming. At 5:15 PM ET join us on a Global Voyager Tour and digitally travel the world with us. Then wrap up the evening by participating in a family friendly, hands-on activity, from 6:15-7:00 PM ET.

Dance it Out

Friday, October 1, 6p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Salon Session


Co-Sponsors:
Penn Live Arts and Platt Student Performing Arts House

Learn how you can use the power of dance, specifically hip hop, South Asian, and swing dance, to get energized, stay healthy, and relieve stress. During this session, co-presented by Penn Live Arts and Platt Student Performing Arts House, you will learn three dance combinations from Penn’s premier dance groups and industry experts. No dance experience is needed. The goal is to be social and have fun! This session is limited to 75 participants.

Industry Connections: Women in Business Networking Session

Friday, October 1, 6p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Salon Session


Co-Sponsors:
Career Services

Ready, set, network! Connect with Penn alumnae from around the globe for speed networking. This interactive session will give you the opportunity to build relationships with women in similar industries as you engage in meaningful one-on-one conversations. Professionals who work in the following or related fields are encouraged to sign up for this session: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Social Impact, Marketing, Communications, and Finance. Registration is limited to 50 attendees.

This event has reached capacity. To be added to the waitlist please email: momentum2021@alumni.upenn.edu. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

Industry Connections: Women in Media & Entertainment Networking Session

Friday, October 1, 6p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Salon Session


Co-Sponsors:
Career Services

Ready, set, network! Connect with Penn alumnae from around the globe for speed networking. This interactive session will give you the opportunity to build relationships with women in similar industries as you engage in meaningful one-on-one conversations.  Professionals who work in the following or related fields are encouraged to sign up for this session: Television, Production, Journalism, Authors, Live Entertainment, Music, and Digital Media. Registration is limited to 50 attendees.    

This event has reached capacity. To be added to the waitlist please email: momentum2021@alumni.upenn.edu. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

The Art of Negotiation

Friday, October 1, 6p.m. - 7p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Salon Session


We negotiate every day. Whether it’s setting boundaries at work, making plans with our family members, or writing a pros and cons list to make a decision, we engage in negotiation. Learn how you can use the power of connection to negotiate fearlessly to achieve your goals in your personal and professional life. This session is limited to 150 participants.

Keynote with Dr. Angela Duckworth, G'03, GR'06

Saturday, October 2, 10:15a.m. - 10:55a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Keynote


Dr. Angela Duckworth, G'03, GR'06 made "Grit" an important topic of conversation in homes, schools, and offices around the world. Hear about her latest work as founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. 

Conquering Imposter Syndrome

Saturday, October 2, 11a.m. - 11:50a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsors:
African-American Resource Center; Greenfield Intercultural Center; Penn First Plus Alumni; Penn Law; Penn SAS Professional Women’s Alliance

Imposter Syndrome is the insidious thought that creeps into people's minds and asks the question, "Who do you think you are?" Women, especially, are prone to doubt our abilities. In this lively and informative session, we'll explore the psychological context of performance, belonging, inclusion, and success. You will learn about how imposter syndrome manifests itself in the classroom and, by extension, in the workplace. You'll even walk away with strategies to overcome the fear and self-doubt that forms the basis of imposter syndrome, allowing individuals to thrive, engage, and succeed in any environment. 

Talk it Out: Uncomfortable Conversations on Race, Gender Identity, and Politics

Saturday, October 2, 11a.m. - 11:50a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsors:
Greenfield Intercultural Center; Penn Women's Center; Penn Arts and Sciences; Penn LGBT Center; Penn Spectrum Programs;  Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies


Around the globe, the challenging topics of race and gender identity are more and more prevalent. Often, these topics intersect with politics, making them even more layered and laden. These conversations aren't easy and yet finding ways to have those uncomfortable conversations appropriately is the key to overcoming our differences and finding common ground.

The Art of Philanthropy: Impact & Influence

Saturday, October 2, 11a.m. - 11:50a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsors:
Penn Libraries; The Penn Fund

Personal values and passion have long been associated with charitable giving. But it takes more than good intentions for philanthropy to create positive, social impact. From venture philanthropy to impact investing to giving circles, learn how Penn alumnae are leading the field in employing new and innovative approaches to philanthropy. Most importantly, gain insights into creating your own path for practicing high impact philanthropy.

Wanna Be Startin' Something: A Peek Inside the World of Startups

Saturday, October 2, 11a.m. - 11:50a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsor:
Penn SAS Professional Women’s Alliance

Less than 3% of venture capital funding goes to women and it is time to change that! Penn has many alumnae who have defied the odds by disrupting their respective industries and building extremely successful venture-backed companies. In this engaging session, Penn entrepreneurs will share their secrets for success, the unique challenges they faced as women, and the many pivots they made along the way.

Keynote with Dr. Amy Gutmann, HOM'04

Saturday, October 2, 12p.m. - 12:40p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Keynote


In her 18th year as Penn’s President, Amy Gutmann will engage in a wide ranging discussion focusing on the University and the power of Penn women in leadership throughout the student body, faculty, and administration, as well as how Penn and its alumnae are making a difference in the world. Interviewing President Gutmann will be Momentum Co-Chair, Katlyn Grasso, W’15.

Communities of Wellness: Developing Practices that Help us Learn and Lead Holistically

Saturday, October 2, 12:40p.m. - 1p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Interlude


Join us for a time of reflection and practice led by Penn’s SNF Paideia Program (a new program focused on dialogue across difference while being attuned to individual and community wellness, citizenship, and service). We will explore accessible contemplative practices for incorporating wellness into our lives and learn about ways the SNF Paideia Program integrates these ideas into the undergraduate experience at Penn. Presented by Dr. Leah Seppanen Anderson and Dr. Lia Howard, C'00, GR'10.

ICA Virtual Tour: Jessica Vaughn: Our Primary Focus Is To Be Successful

Saturday, October 2, 12:40p.m. - 1p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Interlude


Click around this recent exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Our Primary Focus Is To Be Successful surveys the new and recent work of visual artist Jessica Vaughn, GFA'11. In this exhibition, she examines late twentieth- and twenty-first-century office culture, the promise of malleability and universality of modular architecture, and marginalized workers who have been rendered invisible in these spaces. Vaughn transforms and repurposes employee training videos, career exploration tools, government occupational reports, and lighting fixtures in ways that urge us to reconsider the systems that shape the places where we work.

COVID's Impact on Women and Work

Saturday, October 2, 1p.m. - 1:50p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsors:
Penn Forum for Women Faculty; Penn Nursing; Penn Women's Center; Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies

COVID-19 has affected every person on the globe, and yet the impact for women has been more extensive and severe. From disparities that cross gender, racial, and socio-economic strata to caregiving and parenting, the pandemic has disproportionately affected women's labor and labor force participation. Learn how COVID is impacting women and work - and how we can best adapt and thrive in the post-pandemic world.

How Free is Free Speech: Politics and Media in Today's World

Saturday, October 2, 1p.m. - 1:50p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsors:
LGBT Center; Penn Arts & Sciences

Freedom of speech, as articulated in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, is an inherent right of individuals to express themselves. Yet there have always been limitations, and in today's increasingly polarized media environment, the line between truth and opinion has become increasingly blurred. In this session spanning media, politics, and academia, we'll explore how truly free is free speech these days. And can we find our way out of this polarized media environment to a more perfect union? 

Making Cents of Retirement: How to Build the Retirement of Your Dreams

Saturday, October 2, 1p.m. - 1:50p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsors:
PAACH; Penn First Plus Alumni; Penn Libraries; Penn SAS Professional Women’s Alliance

We're living longer - and that's great! But what does it mean for our retirement plans? Explore the key information every woman should know in order to successfully navigate the financial world to build a personal retirement plan. In this dynamic panel we will cover the steps to take to retire in comfort, and the biggest pitfalls to avoid. Attendees will leave this session feeling empowered to take charge of their financial destiny!

Keynote with Elizabeth Banks, C'96 & Stacey Snider, C'82

Saturday, October 2, 2p.m. - 2:45p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Keynote


In this Pitch Perfect session, listen in as alumna Elizabeth Banks, C'96 award winning actress, director, writer and producer of projects from Pitch Perfect, Shrill, and Hunger Games talks to Stacey Snider, C'82, who holds the distinction of being the only woman in history to have led two major movie studios. In this conversation these powerhouse women will cover ways Penn helped them launch their careers in Hollywood, the importance of having conviction when choosing the right roles, and some real-talk about social media in today's job market.

Poetry at the Kelly Writers House

Saturday, October 2, 2:45p.m. - 3p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Interlude


Writers have an on-campus home at the Kelly Writers House (KWH), where students and visiting writers form an intergenerational learning community. In this fifteen-minute interlude, you’ll meet some of these community members, with readings by Sophia DuRose (C’21), Mahailya Hinsey (C’23), Rema Hort (C’23), Anika Prakash (C’23), and Madeleine Song (C’23). To find out more about KWH students, events, and projects, please visit writing.upenn.edu/wh.

Wellness Break: Mobility & Stretching with Chloe 

Saturday, October 2, 2:45p.m. - 3p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Interlude


Join Chloe Cole, Penn Campus Recreation’s Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness, for a mobility and stretching focused wellness break! You will not need to wear exercise clothing for this class and minimal space is necessary to participate. Come for a quick and accessible guided movement session that will loosen your body and ease your mind!

Elected: Perspectives from Penn Women in Government

Saturday, October 2, 3p.m. - 3:50p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsor:
Penn Law

In the United States and around the world, Penn alumnae have served at some of the highest levels of local, state, and national government. Hear from Mayors, Congresswomen, and Senators about how they've managed challenges and crises throughout their political careers.

First Gen at Penn: The Evolution of the College Experience

Saturday, October 2, 3p.m. - 3:50p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsors:
Greenfield Intercultural Center; LGBT Center; Penn First Plus Alumni; Penn Law

Penn’s FGLI (first-generation low-income) students are a vibrant group that face a unique set of challenges. From food insecurity to getting access to textbooks, Penn has been dedicated to improving its programs for FGLI students and alumni. In this "lightning round" program, we will reflect on the FGLI experience spanning the decades from 1974 to 2022. Hear inspiring FGLI stories shared by a current student and several alumnae from various schools across Penn in a session that will end with an opportunity for connection and questions.

In the Sack: Sex, Sleep, and What Happens Between the Sheets

Saturday, October 2, 3p.m. - 3:50p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsor:
LGBT Center

Most people spend more time in their beds than anywhere else. So it's important to know exactly how to make the most of all your "bed business" from sleep to sex. This "lighter side" panel discussion will cover topics that range from getting a better night's sleep, sexual health and wellness, sexuality and relationships and all the other things we do in the sack.

Retrain Your Brain: The Amazing Science of Positive Psychology

Saturday, October 2, 3p.m. - 3:50p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Co-Sponsors:
PAACH; Penn Arts and Sciences

Positive psychology was born as at Penn in 1998 when Martin Seligman chose it as the theme for his term as president of the American Psychological Association. Since then it has blossomed into a rich field that boosts self-esteem, productivity, perspective, and empowerment. Want some of that? Join a panel of speakers whose research or practice applies these principles and walk away with insights into your opportunity to retrain your brain for a more positive future. 

Keynote with Dean Erika James

Saturday, October 2, 4p.m. - 4:45p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Keynote


Erika James was named Dean of the Wharton School in 2020, the first woman and African American to hold that role. In a conversation with Ali Cudby, C'91,  WG'97, Dean James will share her vision for the future of Wharton as well as the unique challenges and opportunities women face in today's changing business school and workplace environments. 

Free Admission to Morris Arboretum

Sunday, October 3, 9a.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania


The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Chestnut Hill, Northwest Philadelphia, is a beautiful and expansive public garden where the joy and wonder of the natural world inspire all who visit. As a part of the University of Pennsylvania, the Morris Arboretum is renowned for its science aimed at understanding and conserving plants and ecosystems.

On Sunday, October 3rd, Momentum Conference registrants and their family members that fit in a single car-load are invited to visit the Morris Arboretum during general admission hours at no cost. Advance registration for your visit is required: CLICK HERE to register. In accordance with the Arboretum’s visitation policies, space is limited – do not delay on registering to secure your visit! Please register under the name and contact information of the conference attendee. Upon your arrival to the garden, share your name at the welcome kiosk for entry. 

Message of Unity with Rev. Dr. Charles (Chaz) L. Howard, C'00

Sunday, October 3, 9:30a.m. - 9:45a.m. EDT | Virtual Program


The importance of unity has never been more evident. Join Rev. Dr. Charles (Chaz) L. Howard, Ph.D, Penn's Chaplain and first-ever Vice President for Social Equity and Community, for a message of reflection and inspiration.

Brunch Cooking with Chef Amanda Shulman, C'15

Sunday, October 3, 10a.m. - 10:50a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Master your mimosas and whisk those egg whites with former Vetri executive sous chef Amanda Shulman, C'15. Over this brunch demo, the executive chef of Her Place Supper Club, the hottest pop-up in Philly, will take you through recipes and dishes that are sure to dazzle friends and family.

How to Get on a Corporate Board with Matrice Ellis-Kirk, C'82

Sunday, October 3, 10a.m. - 10:50a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


What do you need to know and do to be corporate-board ready? This session, led by Matrice Ellis-Kirk, C'82, expert and highly experienced board recruiter and board member herself, will shed light on what seems like a "mystery process" and offer insight into how to get on the right people's radar and what can make you a desirable board nominee.

Keynote with Dr. Judith Rodin, CW'66, HON'04

Sunday, October 3, 11a.m. - 11:45a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Keynote


Since the moment Dr. Judith Rodin became Penn's President in 1994, she left an indelible mark as the first woman to permanently lead an Ivy League Institution. However, it was how she guided Penn for the ensuing 10 years, as well as the work that she went on to do as the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation's President, that has cemented her brilliant legacy. In this fireside chat, Dr. Rodin will enrich our minds by sharing her wisdom collected in her post-Penn work, as well as her unique perspective as a trailblazer for women globally.

How to Write Anything: A Writing Workshop with Jo Piazza, C'02

Sunday, October 3, 12p.m. - 12:50p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Bestselling author Jo Piazza, C'02 will help you get started on that novel, memoir, podcast pitch, or screenplay in the next 30 days with her foolproof tips for how to get started writing your damn thing!

The Right to Vote: Why It Matters and What You Can Do To Support It with Judith Browne Dianis, W'87

Sunday, October 3, 12p.m. - 12:50p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Breakout Session


Whether you already galvanize others to effect change on a grand scale or still want to learn how to demonstrate your concern effectively for an inclusive democracy, there are a number of ways you can help protect the rights and voices of your own neighbors and community at the ballot box. This workshop led by renown and accomplished voting rights expert, Judith Browne Dianis, W'87, Executive Director of The Advancement Project, will benefit all who desire to intentionally help remove the barriers to the right to vote.

Conference Closing Remarks

Sunday, October 3, 1p.m. - 1:15p.m. EDT | Virtual Program


Join Momentum 2021 Chairs Ali Cudby, C'91, WG'97 and Katlyn Grasso, W'15 to celebrate the conference conclusion, learn how to continue engaging with the content, speakers, and fellow participants, and listen to a special rendition of "The Red and Blue" by the first women to sing in The Penn Glee Club.