Initiatives

Current

Develop an Online Community
To connect Fletcher women living and working across the globe, FWN is active on social media, using LinkedIn and Facebook groups to communicate job openings, ask for input, suggest networking opportunities, promote new books and to celebrate alumnae’s accomplishments.

Current Fletcher women students are encouraged to join both groups, and women faculty and staff are invited to join the LinkedIn group as a way to connect with alumnae around the world.  

For more information, contact Kari Suva, FWN Social Media coordinator, at karisidessuva@gmail.com.

Networking
Alumnae have formed local FWN groups to promote face-to-face networking.  As of January 2017, the DC group is organized and active. Efforts are underway to form and fortify groups in a number of other locales around the globe. In the past, groups have gathered to address such topics as re-entry after personal leave, the wage gap, financial planning and pressing global issues. If you are interested in helping to organize a local group, please contact Priya Ghandikota at pghandik@gmail.com.

Networking with current students is a priority. In partnership with Fletcher student group Global Women, FWN has organized informal gatherings and career-week roundtables to discuss the still pervasive expectations that women take primary responsibility for family needs and other ongoing pressures of work-life balance. In addition, FWN has collaborated with the student-driven initiative addressing gender and equality – now called the Gender Initiative – with alumnae providing guidance and skill-building workshops.

Fletcher Women on Boards
FWN’s signature activity to date has been Fletcher Women on Boards (FWOB), established to promote Fletcher women for corporate boards of directors. FWOB maintains a database and reaches out to the most prominent search firms around the world. In addition, FWOB has partnered with Fletcher clubs in Boston and DC to host events regarding public company boardsIf you know of a company who is looking for qualified board candidates or you want to be considered for the data base of qualified candidates, please contact Ellen Richstone at richstone@comcast.net.

Past

Initiative for Women’s International Leadership (IWIL)
To encourage the Fletcher School’s focus on women’s leadership, FWN collaborated with IWIL by compiling a White Paper, developing a survey, and focusing an FWN newsletter on the initiative.

Questions?  Contact FWN at fletcheralumnae@gmail.com.