Leadership and Equity: Where are we now?

As we settle into social distancing and watch for the opportunity to return to our daily routines, keep this site bookmarked for virtual events and updates on our 2020 conference plans. Know that despite everything else happening right now, your board is continuing to identify and bring content that is beneficial to you, our members!


The theme for this year is “Leadership and Equity: Where are we now?” UCW joins women across our nation in recognizing the passage, 100 years ago, of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. And the subsequent Civil Rights victory 55 years ago extending that right to previously excluded women of color.

May 13 2021, Ice Cream Social and Board Candidate Meet & Greet Candidates for UCW Board positions are announced at this event. Final nominations are also invited, so if you have been thinking of joining the board this is the time to become engaged! Bring your ice cream or a cool summer salad and join us! RSVP HERE TO ATTEND!

Not sure which board position you want to run for? Go to our Facebook page to watch the recording of our March Interview the Board event, where each 2020 – 2021 UCW Board member outlines what their position does! Remember, we can only get better when you get involved!

July, 2021 Woman of Inspiration Award Nominations Due If you know someone who deserves to be recognized for the contributions they make in the ASU community for women and other minority groups, someone who is inspiring, then nominate them for UCWs Woman of Inspiration Award! Go to the Woman of Inspiration Award page on our website for more information!

Past Events

Events are held throughout the year to engage our membership around the personal and professional development issues, interests and needs of women at ASU. Recent events have included:

April 14 2021, UCW Spring Luncheon 12:00 – 1:00 pm UCW Members attended the annual spring luncheon (virtually), to hear our speaker, the amazing Michele Bratcher Goodwin!

Dr. Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. She is the 2020-21 recipient of the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, which is the highest honor bestowed by the University of California, and the first law professor at the university to receive this award. Her scholarship is hailed as “exceptional” in the New England Journal of Medicine, and she has been featured in various media outlets including Politico, Salon.com, The New York Times, NPR, and Ms. Magazine to just name a few.

As an authority on civil liberties, civil rights, and cultural politics, Dr. Goodwin’s talk was about the recent police shootings that have happened. She talked about the history of racism in this country and how the narrative/image we’ve perpetuated over time has kept us from discussing anything outside that narrative. With the current events going on today it was a very impactful talk about the times we’re currently living in. So thank you to all who joined us for it!

March 29, 2021Interview the Board Event 12:00 – 1:00 pm On March 29th, the UCW 2020-2021 board held this event to let anyone interested in running for a board seat (or was just curious) ask questions about time commitment, what duties each seat is expected to do, and other logistic questions. Each board member outlined the job duties and expectations of their seat, and some also gave testimonials on their experience being part of the UCW board.

UCW 2020 – 2021 Board

March 18, 2021 – Save a Seat for a Sister TED Talk and Discussion 12:00 – 1:00 pm A group of UCW members got together to watch Brittany Packnett’s TED Talk on How to Build Your Confidence and Spark it in Others. Afterwards we had a very insightful and interesting discussion regarding the video and how the points Ms. Packnett made made us think about our own lives and confidence levels in personal and professional situations.

February 2021, Black History Month event We held a contest on our Facebook site inviting participants to share one of the Black History month events you attended and what was important from that event.

January 21, 2021 Virtual Coffee Talk 9:00 – 10:00 am Join us Thursday morning for some games, coffee, and chatting over zoom. We’ll also be asking for feedback on the UCW conference.

December 3rd and December 4th – ASU University Career Women Annual Conference From our first panel event of the conference, with Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, Dr. Sybil Francis, and Dr. Tiffanny Lopez discussing what the concept Save a Seat for a Sister meant to them, and how it has impacted their own journeys, the 2020 UCW professional development conference was an engaging success. The 2 day event culminated in our interim Events Chair, Trudy Perez, giving a heartfelt speech as she announced the 2020 UCW Woman of the Year Award winner was Elizabeth Badalamenti.

UCW 2020 Woman of the Year Award winner -Elizabeth Badalamenti

UCW Conference Key Note Speaker – Janelle Wood

November 10, 2020 Virtual Coffee 8:00 – 9:00 am Though we couldn’t meet at the campus coffee shops right now, we brought our own coffee and tea and met on Zoom to network and get to know each other.

October 8, 2020 Importance of Voting Panel 12:00 – 1:00 pm In preparation for the upcoming presidential election we hosted a panel to help us all become the informed electorate that our constitutional fathers envisioned. Non-partisan questions about the electoral and voting process were posed to our panelists, the Maricopa County Recorder and ASU Civic Engagement Coalition Chair, and the event was extremely informative and interesting.

Former Maricopa County Recorder – Adrian Fontes
ASU Civic Engagement Coalition Chair – Ayesha Ahsan

September 16, 2020 – Member Rush! 12:00 – 1:00 pm We hosted this intimate event to give new and returning members an opportunity to get to know each other, and to tell potential new members about the benefits of University Career Women.

Aug. 5, 2020 Lunchtime Speaker: Police Chief Sylvia Moir 12 – 1 pm Tempe Police Chief, Sylvia Moir talked candidly with us about her career path growth through experience. Three take aways from her talk were:

– Equilibrium – Do not take personal attacks personally.

– “Condemnation, criticism or praise is about the role that I fill not about Syvia Moor.”

– Increase your individual capacity for taking the heat. It permeates the unit, department, or divisions capability as well.

June 17, 2020 Lunchtime Speaker: Arizona Regent Fred DuVal 12 – 1 pm This was an extremely interesting and engaging event held over zoom, where we learned about the many duties of the Arizona Board of Regents, and how what they do intertwines with our state university operations.

May 21, 2020 Board Candidate Meet-up with Ice Cream 12:00 – 1 pm Candidates for UCW Board positions are announced at this event. Final nominations are also invited so if you have been thinking of joining the board this is the time become engaged. Bring your ice cream or a cool summer salad and join us on Zoom to meet your 2020-2021 UCW board candidates!

April 23, 2020 Virtual Spring Luncheon 12:00 – 1 pm Every luncheon comes with great food. This time you choose the food and join us for a Virtual Luncheon! RSVP Here Today!

Members get to know each other at our 2020 Valentines Day Celebration

Feb. 14, 2020 UCW Valentines Celebration 8:30 am – 9:30 am This was a powerful meeting with an excellent presentation on the HIP program offered through Employee Wellness.

Our goal is to engage with women and men throughout ASU and beyond who care about the professional development of women at ASU. We plan events through the year to network and grow both in our personal and professional lives. If you would like to host a Coffee Talk or event at your campus email UniversityCareerWomen@exchange.asu.edu. If you would like to help build a UCW presence on your campus, or help us continue to grow as an organization, contact our president Adero Allison at UniversityCareerWomen@exchange.asu.edu about joining the UCW board. Include your topic in the subject line.

All Board meetings are scheduled with Zoom or teleconference access included.

Interested in serving on a committee right now? Sign-up for the committee of your choice or email me Adero.Allison@asu.edu with your ideas of ways UCW can be even better this year!