Through the Duke Women’s Impact Network (WIN), we’ll engage more women in volunteer and philanthropic leadership positions, making Duke a stronger university than ever before.
Duke WIN Stories
Women Who Move the World Forward: Marjorie Bekaert Thomas ‘69
The best experience I had at Duke was being in the first class of the first black professor at Duke. Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook became a mentor and good friend for life. He embodied what I loved about the South and did not allow the things we both hated to divide us. Fifty years later, he still inspires me to be a better person and certainly a better boss.
Women Who Move the World Forward: Katherine Upchurch ’76
I hope that Duke can continue to nurture the concept of cross-disciplinary collaboration in the quest to solve critical local, national, and global problems. This innovative approach, when coupled with “outrageous ambitions,” will lead to successes that could not be achieved in other ways.
Women Who Move the World Forward: Katy Hollister ’81
Early in my career, after being at Deloitte only a few years, I began to realize that being involved in the local community was an important part of building a professional network. So I joined the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which awards grants to local nonprofit organizations.
Help activate the Duke WIN Scholarship for undergraduate women leaders. Make a gift of any amount by June 30, 2017, and you will be part of a first-of-its-kind collective giving opportunity seeking to raise $250,000 to activate a new need-based financial aid scholarship.
Lead. Give. Inspire.
At Duke, as in much of higher education, women have not gained equal footing with men in influential volunteer leadership positions and as high-impact philanthropists.
We can’t harness our full potential without the rich perspectives, diverse skills, and financial resources women bring to the table.
WIN offers membership to women who have given $100k+ in cumulative lifetime giving and who are engaged with the university through their volunteer and financial support. WIN members’ experiences and perspectives will help Duke develop meaningful, high-impact philanthropy and leadership opportunities for current and prospective WIN members.
Duke Women's Impact Network: Danielle Squires '02 is a leadership council member of Duke Women's Impact Network, a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of women serving in volunteer leadership roles and shaping Duke's future through their philanthropic influence.
The Big Picture
Women’s growing social, professional, and economic power is rapidly changing the world. As leaders, their management styles are producing higher performance metrics. As household breadwinners and purchasing decision-makers, they are becoming powerful philanthropists.
You Can Help Duke WIN.
Women are essential to Duke’s leadership, both strategically and financially. WIN members will help Duke achieve three interconnected and complementary goals:
Strengthen the pipeline of women for service on Duke’s volunteer leadership boards
Maximize alumnae giving to bring women’s philanthropic support in line with men’s, ensuring that they are equally valued and influential in the university’s trajectory
Enhance the way Duke cultivates and engages women for volunteer and financial leadership at the highest levels, incorporating emerging national research on gender differences in philanthropy and through ongoing conversations with our alumnae
Benefits of Membership
Gain access to a dynamic network of current and emerging alumnae leaders and Duke supporters, both locally and nationally
Shape the future of women’s volunteer and philanthropic leadership at Duke by helping to build a robust, multigenerational pipeline of women seeking deeper engagement and influence
Receive exclusive invitations to members-only events with alumnae, faculty, and administrators
Prepare for other volunteer leadership roles in the Duke community
Help design and participate in WIN-branded educational opportunities that align with our themes of “Lead. Give. Inspire.,” such as training for board service, financial strategies for different life stages, and creating a family legacy of giving and service
An Internal Steering Committee made up of senior administrators and faculty members from across the university and a Leadership Council consisting of current alumnae leaders and donors are responsible for leading the wider alumnae network.
WIN has the support of President Richard H. Brodhead; the Board of Trustees; senior administrators and faculty members from across Duke’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools; Student Affairs; Duke Libraries; the Duke Alumni Association; and many other campus partners.
Join the Movement.
WIN offers membership to women who have given $100k+ in cumulative lifetime giving and who are engaged with the university through their volunteer and financial support.