Get involved with NDWC: apply for a Board position, join the newly launched myNotreDame online community, or host an event! And check out our quarterly round up of just a few of the many accomplishments of Notre Dame women.

2021 National Board Regional Director Positions -- Applications Open!

The ND Women Connect (“NDWC”) Board of the Notre Dame Alumni Association (“NDAA”) is a resource for female alumni, students and friends of the University. NDWC is designed to give Notre Dame’s 45,000+ undergraduate and graduate alumnae the chance to reconnect with each other after their Notre Dame years for fun, personal and professional growth, and spiritual renewal. 

NDWC members provide a network for alumnae, students and friends by disseminating information; creating local, national, and virtual programming and events; developing relationships and initiatives with Notre Dame clubs, classes, and groups on matters of common interest and concern; providing an on-going alumni support system for alumnae at Notre Dame; and assisting Notre Dame in achieving its commitment to diversity. NDWC is an all-volunteer Notre Dame Alumni group officially recognized by the Notre Dame Alumni Association. NDWC serves in an advisory capacity to the NDAA, and the NDAA oversees and coordinates the operations of NDWC.

NDWC seeks nominations for a Regional Director in our East region for a 3-year term beginning on July 1, 2021; and our Florida region to complete the final year of a vacated term from 7/1/21 through 6/30/22. Any person may nominate herself to serve as a Board member of NDWC. An individual cannot hold a Board position for more than one term (the candidate filling the Florida vacancy will be eligible to run for a full three year term that begins 7/1/22).

Click here for more information and to submit a self-nomination form! 

Deadline for submission is February 26, 2021

Questions can be emailed to our current governance chair, Kimberly Thigpen,’05 MBA, at no later than Friday, February 26th.

Join the New myNotreDame Online Community!

As you may know, Notre Dame Women Connect, along with other Affinity Groups and Clubs, has joined the new myNotreDame, the Alumni Association’s re-envisioned online community. If you have not already done so, we invite you to register your new myNotreDame account today so that you don’t miss out on our expanded online environment. 

This social media-like platform launched in fall 2020 is already making it easier than ever to stay connected to our events and latest news. 

How to get started:
Step 1: Register your new myNotreDame account!
Step 2:  Once logged into your new account either search for ND Women Connect under the Communities section; or click the following link to be taken directly there:
Click the "Join" button located on the right side of the page
Step 3: Download the myNotreDame mobile app in the Apple Store or Google Play, or simply visit from your computer or tablet
Step 4: Join the conversation!

Upcoming Events and Event Ideas

ND Women Connect Presents: A Conversation with... Series 

During the Fall of 2020, ND Women Connect inaugurated a new series to spotlight inspiring women in the ND family.

These virtual interviews welcomed members of the Notre Dame family across the nation and around the world to chat with female leaders about timely topics of particular interest to alumnae, parents and friends.

The first event in September featured the new leader of the Notre Dame Women’s basketball program, Coach Niele Ivey. Coach spoke about her time on the court for Notre Dame, her career in the WNBA, and her return 'home' to campus. Click here to view a captioned recording of that discussion!

In October, Paqui Kelly joined NDWC to highlight her experiences during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Paqui spoke candidly about her own breast cancer journey, and about her well-deserved reputation as a powerful advocate in the breast cancer arena. Click here to view a captioned recording of that discussion!

Are there inspiring women in the ND family you’d suggest for this ND Women Connect series? Please tell us about them here. And watch this space for details about future conversations!

NDWC San Diego Vision Board event

Event Idea: Creating a Vision Board, Courtesy of San Diego NDWC Group

The San Diego NDWC Group recently hosted an innovative and uplifting virtual event and we encourage other NDWC Groups to ‘borrow’ the idea! Emily Schnarr ‘16 MBA organized the Zoom event, where attendees worked with a certified professional coach to create a vision board for the new year. The two-hour format included a mediation to set intentions, gentle guidance on creating a board, and soothing live background music throughout. Emily offers some suggestions for groups looking to replicate this event for their members:

Event Day/Time: We chose evening 7-9pm, but a weekend time slot might be better, especially now that college football is finished.
Musician: Seek out an alum or student to provide music to allow participants to block out distractions in their spaces, and focus on the board creation.
General Structure: 
- 7:00pm  Introductions
- 7:10-7:30pm:  Facilitator leads meditation and introduces vision board purpose 
- 7:30-8:15pm:  Vision board creation while musician plays
- 8:15-8:20pm:  Quick group check in on process/progress 
- 8:20-8:50pm:  Vision board creation and music continue
- 8:50-9:00pm:  Wrap up and optional sharing of boards

If any NDWC local groups are interested in hosting a similar event, Emily Schnarr invites you to contact her at for more details and recommendations.


News and Notes

Female Drum Majors of The Band of the Fighting Irish Selected for Intercollegiate Marching Band

Current students Lily Hallick ‘21, Jill Ann Buettner ‘21, and Elizabeth Travnik ‘21 were chosen to participate in the 2021 Intercollegiate Marching Band (IMB). Composed of over 1500 students representing 200 colleges and universities from 45 states and Puerto Rico, this group performed a virtual halftime show at the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Master of Global Affairs Graduate Helina Haile ‘20 Seeks Changed Dialogue Through Internship at Chicago Torture Justice Center 

An internship in the Master of Global Affairs program at the Keough School led Helina Haile to her own backyard to understand the role of politicized healing in social justice at the Chicago Torture Justice Center (CTJC). Working alongside CTJC staff, Haile witnessed the first U.S. municipality commit to providing reparations to those harmed by racially motivated police violence. Haile says, “Being here has allowed me to break the scholar-practitioner divide and not reinforce it [...] grassroots movements and organizations are creating theories that are as important as theories talked about in academic institutions.” During summer 2020, she was selected for a Black to the Future Public Policy Fellowship, part of the Black Futures Lab, an initiative founded by Black Lives Matter Movement co-founder Alicia Garza. The six-month long fellowship included training with a cohort of other fellows around the country, with the end goal of building a policy proposal supporting Black communities. Haile’s policy proposal focused on expanding reparations efforts in Chicago and was developed in collaboration with CTJC. 

Leonardo Wiley, Anthony Holmes, and master of global affairs student Helina Haile examine “Wellness on the Inside: Tips and Activities to Care for Yourself,” the Chicago Torture Justice Center’s new guide for incarcerated survivors of police violence. Wiley and Holmes are both survivors. Photo by Ez Powers.











Philosopher Katharina Krause Awarded Prestigious NEH Fellowship

Katharina Krause​​​

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Katharina Krause received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to continue work on her project, Individuality and Interconnectedness: Essays on the Enlightenment Idea of Harmony. Her timely efforts seek to reconceive the relationship between individuality and interconnectedness in modern society; specifically, how to reconcile the Enlightenment conception of personhood and individual freedom with the role each human plays within the orders of nature and society.

Arielle Phillips

Research Assistant Professor Arielle Phillips Named a Fellow of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)

Phillips was primarily recognized for her work teaching an algebra-based physics program at Westville Correctional Facility through the Moreau College Initiative Physics Program, where students can obtain a degree from Holy Cross College. She was the only member elevated to fellow in 2020. 

Erin Bellisimo Works to Solve Wall Street’s Gender Gap at the Top
In her role as managing director of the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing, Bellisimo organized the 2nd annual Women’s Investing Summit and sits on the board of Girls Who Invest, a national nonprofit that encourages young women to consider careers in finance. The program’s goal is to have 30% of the world’s investable capital managed by women by 2030, following research which suggests we’d all be better off if there was greater gender parity on Wall Street.

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