What is Cornell GPWomeN?

This year I am President of a women’s group on campus GPWomeN, Graduate and Professional Women’s Network. This group acts as an umbrella organization for the others women’s’ groups on campus, encouraging collaborations and dialogue.

We do a lot of programs in collaboration with the Graduate School, and the group is open to the entire population of graduate and professional students. Yes, men can be a part of the group too! The group’s focus is on women’s professional development and throwing or advertising events that relate to that. So, students from the Vet, Law, and Graduate School are all welcome!

This year we started off with a Meet and Greet event that we co-sponsored with GradSWE, Graduate Society of Women Engineers. And this week we hosted our first Voice and Influence of the semester.

The Voice and Influence Luncheon Series began in Spring 2014 as a way to bring graduate students at Cornell together to explore solutions for workplace bias, participate in professional-development activities, and build a strong network of supporting relationships throughout the campus. It is built around content from Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. The program is co-sponsored by the Graduate School, GPWomeN, and many other groups on campus.


The focus of this Voice and Influence was on achieving a Work and Family Life Balance. We watched a video about tips to achieving a 50:50 balance of work and family life, and then we introduced a panel of Cornell faculty, staff, and graduate students who gave some of their opinions about the video and answered some questions about their experiences.

We had a great turnout and are planning to host another Voice and Influence in mid-November. If you are interested in being added to the GPWomeN listserv to hear about future events, you can email gpwomen@cornell.edu or like us on Facebook.   

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