Notre Dame Women Connect is whatever you want it to be -- that's the fun of it -- and the possibilities are endless! Local chapters are throwing happy hours, gathering for spiritual retreats, offering speed networking activities, volunteering to work at women's shelters, sampling local cuisine at favorite restaurants, racing for causes that inspire them, discussing interesting books and learning from local experts. . . and the list goes on and on. The great thing about NDWC is that it's completely organic and tailored to the specific interests and needs of the women within each local chapter.
To provide the chapters with some assistance, the NDAA has created optional programming for use at the local level. These programs can be used alone or in conjunction with your own local materials. Videos, facilitator guides, and discussion questions are available on assorted topics.
Current resources/programs include:
Women's Spiritual Retreat Guide
This retreat toolkit provides a moderator's discussion guideline, accompanying video, and suggested handouts, all designed to explore relevant spiritual themes for women. Ideal for a local Lenten retreat - or for any time of the year.
ONwarD and Upward: Returning to Work/Recreating Your Career
This is a half-day workshop developed in partnership with EQ Coaching Solutions. It is designed for women who are thinking of returning to work after a career break, are contemplating a career change, or just need time to recharge and retool. In-person workshops have been videotaped at two pilot locations -- Chicago and Washington, DC., and a DVD and facilitator tool kit is available for chapters to use as they see fit. Planned modules discuss Emotional Intelligence, Resume Building, Interviewing Practices, Networking, and Your Elevator Pitch.
NDWC Community Service Ideas
A list of possible local community service activities has been assembled, based on discussions with campus experts and suggestions form the current ND Women Connect chapters that have successfully implemented these type of events.
Local chapters have access to all of these programs and tools. The Alumni Association is also developing alumna-student mentoring opportunities and can work with local chapters to identify campus speakers for major NDWC events. Any questions, just contact your steering committee mentor (see the tab "Steering Committee and Mentors").