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Purdue Women's Network: A Networking Mentoring Program

The Butler Center for Leadership Excellence presents the Purdue Women's Network (PWN), a program focused on the quality of life issues for women graduate students on the Purdue University campus. PWN is designed to meet the needs of female graduate students by enhancing the Purdue University experience. It provides a unique system of peer mentoring for graduate women by building a network of support with participants in all academic disciplines and stages of life guiding each other through the challenges of graduate school.

Programming for PWN consists of speaker luncheons and practical workshops, in addition to informal networking opportunities. Events are free of charge and PWN registered members may attend as many/few as they like. Address questions to ButlerCenter@purdue.edu.

If you are interested in joining PWN, please email your name to ButlerCenter@purdue.edu, subject line PWN.

Calendar of Events


Phenomenal woman: A poetry session celebrating the life of Dr. Maya Angelou
Facilitated by African American Studies and Black Cultural Center (BCC)
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
12:00 p.m. / Multipurpose RM II, BCC
Co-sponsored by African American Studies, BCC, and Butler Center for Leadership Excellence (BCLE)

Discussion group: Visual spaces, gender, and habitus at Purdue and peer institutions
Thursday, September 11, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. / FPRD 204
Co-sponsored by Purdue’s Art and Design, American Studies, and BCLE

5th Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women
September 22 & 23, 2014
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Co-sponsored by Office of the Provost, Purdue Women Lead, and BCLE


Book Club: My name is Jody Williams: A Vermont girl’s winding path to the Nobel Peace
Prize by Jody Williams (1997 Nobel Peace Prize)

Thursday, October 23, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. / NAECC
Co-sponsored by Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC), Division of Diversity and Inclusion, and BCLE

Cummings-Perrucci Public Lecturer: Dr. bell hooks at Purdue
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. / Loeb Theatre
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, The Center for Research on
Diversity & Inclusion, Office of the Dean of Students, Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Black Cultural Center, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and LGBTQ Center


Honoring Native American Heritage Month Book Club: I, Rigoberta Menchú: An indian woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú (1992 Nobel Peace Prize)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. / NAECC
Co-sponsored by NAECC and BCLE



PWN 2014 Programming

JANUARY: A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood, and Activism (Documentary)

FEBRUARY: Book Club’s Two-Year Anniversary Reception: The Power of Women’s Stories
Featuring: Chinelo Okparanta, author of Happiness, Like Water

2014 Kanter Lecture: Flexible Work Practices: A Source of Career Premiums or Penalties?
Lisa M. Leslie, Associate Professor

Elect Her - Campus Women Win
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students

PWN Networking Event
Featuring: Faculty member

MARCH: International Women’s Day
Keynote and Q&A
Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, Georgetown University

Distinguished Women Scholars

Book Club: Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel (Samoa)

APRIL: Butler Center Research Brown Bag
Work Schedules and Women’s Well-Being: Results from a Workplace Experiment in the Retail Sector
Susan J. Lambert, Associate Professor
University of Chicago

Book Club: A Golden Age by
Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh) Facilitated/presented by: Jessica L. Auz, Doctoral Student in Medieval Literature, English Department

PWN 2013 Programming

APRIL: Book Club: Interpreter of Maladies
Half the Sky (Documentary)

MARCH: Distinguished Women Scholars
Keynote by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Book Club: The Line of the Sun

FEBRUARY: Miss Representation (co-sponsored by YWCA)
Book Club: Kindred

JANUARY: Discussion group with PWN

PWN 2012 Programming

DECEMBER: Leadership talk by Dr. Beverly Davenport Sypher

NOVEMBER: Book Club: The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir

OCTOBER: Title IX at Purdue - 40th Year Aniversary
Book Club: Monkey Hunting

SEPTEMBER: Book Club: Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything

JULY: Book Club: West of Then: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise

JUNE: Book Club: August Freedom

APRIL: Effective Communication in Academia
Roberto H. Pagán Riestra, UPR-Rio Piedras
Book Club: The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf

MARCH: Distinguished Women Scholars Event
Two showings of Miss Representation (Film - 90 min)
Book Club: You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

FEBRUARY: Embody the Professional
Ileana Cortés Santiago and Veronica Rahim, CCO
Book Club: Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir

JANUARY: Book Club: Sula (A novel)

PWN 2011 Programming

DECEMBER: Have Fun and Relax with Zumba!
Jenny Eskander, Purdue Rec Sports

NOVEMBER: Make your Curriculum Vitae (CV) Stand Out
Veronica N. Rahim, CCO - PowerPoint Presentation

OCTOBER: Women's Resource Network Discussion Group #1
Women's Resource Network Discussion Group #2
Formal Dinner Etiquette Workshop, Anthony P. Cawdron, Purdue Westwood

SEPTEMBER: “Conversation Pieces: An exhibition of Contemporary Art from Pre-Tenure Women Faculty”

Workshop/Event Handouts and Useful Links

Salary Negotiaton Workshop
Veronica N. Rahim, Career Services Consultant
vrahim@purdue.edu, www.cco.purdue.edu
Helpful websites: www.naceweb.org www.salary.com

First Impression Etiquette Workshop: Handout

Dress for Success - Helpful Links:
1. WSU Dress to Impress: A Guide
2. TSolutions - Proper Business Attire
3. ODOS Emergency Loan
4. U of A Career Closet Program
5. eHow - Natural/professional makeup (suggested by ICS)

Interview Etiquette - Helpful Links:
1. Career Hub
2. Grad View - Comic relief, please don’t do this
3. Jobweb - How to Handle Illegal Questions