Some Conference Highlights

Coach Rousseau during her keynote
Dr. Julia Rousseau

Coach Rousseau, after years of
coaching a championship high school team, the Los Angeles Sparks, (as the youngest coach to occupy the position at that time), 4 years as an assistant coach to Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer at Stanford University,
and 9 years as head coach at Pepperdine University, Dr. Rousseau returned to the classroom to pursue a PhD in Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University to develop ways to improve the influence of sports environments on the wellbeing and performance of coaches and players.

Dr. Rousseau coached us on Taking Care of M.E. (Mental and Emotional Wellbeing) First.

Dr. Teri Pipe presenting on Mindfulness and Wellbeing
Dr. Teri Pipe

Dr. Pipe is an expert on mindfulness which is a skill set to increase the ability to experience being fully present, focused and alive. Mindfulness has important implications for resilience within and beyond the healthcare and higher education sectors.

During her presentation on Mindfulness and Wellbeing, attendees practiced mindful moments and learned how much 60 seconds of mindfulness can improve the rest of your day.




Our 2019 Woman of Inspiration Award Winner – Trudy Perez!

Trudy Perez, with a Crown Creations pink hat on between Liz Badalamenti, Membership Chair and Carol Comito UCW President.
Liz Badalamenti, Trudy Perez and Carol Comito


Three athletes on the Female Empowerment through Sports Panel
ASU Athlete Alums Panel

The Female Empowerment through Sports Panel Discussion by former Sun Devil student-athletes and moderated by ASU Clinical Assistant Professor and sports historian Victoria Jackson addressed the difficulties women face in sports, employment, and life. The panelists were strong women and demonstrated that perseverance is necessary for us to continue the struggle for Equal Rigths.

Wow! What a day!

We had a really phenomenal conference on Friday and we hope you are looking forward to an extraordinary year ahead. Planning is in gear for a really engaging year. Our theme “What About Me?” continues through the year as we make plans for events and opportunities to work together. Watch for dates to be added with registration links!


President Elect

Adero Allison was confirmed as the President-Elect by raised hand vote at the conference on Friday. Adero will work closely with Carol Comito, our 2019 – 2020 president to continue to grow the impact of UCW.


Committees were announced to encourage more of you to participate in the planning and implementation of the work of UCW. With your input, we anticipate begin a better organization and providing greater benefit to our membership.

The three new committees are:

Events Committee (Trudy Perez, chair)– plans scheduled events, takes the lead in conference planning and works to develop collaborations for events throughout the year.

Membership Committee (Liz Badalamenti, chair) – welcomes new members, let’s new members know about opportunities to participate in events and schedules activities to increase our membership

Communication Committee (Sharon Lee chair, Adero Allison asst.) – produces quarterly announcements of activities and events in our newsletter and in social media sites. Currently, we are on Facebook as ASU University Career Women and have a webpage at

 Click the link to Sign-up for the committee of your choice or email with your ideas of ways UCW can be even better this year!

Other Opportunities to get involved!

To assure that ASU UCW is reaching everyone who is interested we need You! If you are on any campus and want to share your ideas and the ideas of colleagues volunteer to join our board as a Director-At-Large. We need representatives from Tempe, SkySong, Polytechnic, West and Downtown Phoenix to round out our board, help us plan events at your locations and expand the reach of UCW.

If you are interested in joining the board, contact UCW President Carol Comito

Events Calendar

Planning has begun for the 2019 – 2020 activities you look forward to each year! Check out the other pages on this site for Member Events

Let’s carry the momentum into the year ahead!

2019 Annual Conference

Register Now!

The conference is this Friday!

 2019 UCW Annual Professional Development Conference
“What About Me?”
Friday, August 2, 2019
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

UCW Members and Friends:

Register now to attend the University Career Women Conference at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center on Friday, August 2, 2019! 

Your registration ($150) Includes materials, breakfast, lunch, and annual membership dues.

Click here to begin your registration!

Keynote Presenter – Julie Rousseau PhD*

Julie Rousseau PhD


Taking care of M.E. (mental and emotional wellbeing) first

What are you doing each day to take care of you? Concurrent sessions offer strategies for improving YOU through healthy eating, self-care, organization, leadership, mindfulness, stress management and more!

*Due to unforeseen circumstances our original speaker, Charlie Turner Thorne, is not able to attend.


Concurrent Workshops

9:45 – 10:45

A Food System Approach to Healthy Eating – Ashley Schimke & Kristen Osgood

Mindfulness and Well-being – Teri Pipe

How to Live Your Best Life Ever: Starting Now – Terra Rose Ganem


11 – Noon

How I Bring My Whole Self to Work – Heather Ross

Declutter, Organize, Create Joyful Space – Amber Ehrlich

Back to Learning at ASU – Carol Comito


1:15 – 2:15

Get the Rest You Need – Amber Wonder

Female Empowerment through Sorts – Panel Discussion

Understanding Your Finances – Emily Schwartz


2:30 – 3:30

ASU Career EDGE – Pam Brooks

Tai Chi

Taking the Lead: It’s All About Me – Adero Allison, PhD

In addition vendors with fun and useful things to pick up, continental breakfast, lunch, desserts and prizes are all part of this professional development day!

Register Now!

2019 UCW Woman of Inspiration

She Believed She Could

Who will be Named the 2019 UCW Woman of Inspiration?

Do you know a deserving ASU staff member whose hard work and determination serve as an inspiration for women and/or underrepresented groups?  Tell us their story, why they inspire you, and the impact of their contributions.  The selected recipient will be honored at the next annual UCW Conference (August 2, 2019).  In addition to receiving a plaque of recognition, they will also receive complimentary conference registration and membership in UCW.  Nominations are due by May 28.  Early submissions are encouraged.

The 2019 nomination form is available here. Please download or create a copy in your Google Drive prior to completion. Or email if you need the form emailed.

Get Connected!

One of the benefits of UCW is the network of professional contacts you gain when you join. Our members come from every area of ASU. If you attend events and stay connected through our Facebook page and Slack you will have the opportunity to get to know your colleagues. And that will help you to boost your career!

Like us on Facebook We have 140 followers so join the conversation there.

Get on SLACK

Bring your coworker to our table at the Faculty Staff Organization Fair on Sept. 19th at the MU.

Register to attend the Fall Member Reception on Friday, Sept. 28th and invite someone who is not a member yet to attend with you!

Not in Tempe? Host a UCW event on your campus. Just contact the board and we’ll work with you to set it up.

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Converge, Exchange, Inspire Takeaways!

Feedback from your survey responses is in. Some of the comments about our keynote presenter are below. Whether Kudos or suggestions for improvement, the board is reviewing them all to make the coming year even better for all of our membership!

Next Level Networking – May Busch

  • Reflect on your goals and build your network to accomplish these goals.
  • When you are striving to get to the next level networking could be the key to success.
  • That I need to build my community of supporters.