Network Luncheon Series

Luncheons are held at the YWCA, 605 N. 6th Street, Lafayette
$15 per luncheon
Make reservations by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon
To register, call 765-742-0075 or use link at bottom of page to pay by credit card

 Series Sponsor:

YWCA 2015 Spring Network Luncheon Series

“Blazing Ahead”

Wednesdays from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


January 14

Guest Speaker: Tracy Dodds, Grants Director, YWCA Greater Lafayette; First Woman Inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame

“Blazing Trails for Women” 

Tracy was one of the first women in the field of sports writing, covering everything from the Olympic Games to Muhammad Ali title fights. She began her career when media passes said, “No Women or Children in the Press Box.” When she retired from the newspaper business more than 30 years later, the passes said, “Working Press Only.”  Tracy will share highlights from that journey.

February 11

Guest Speaker: Katy Bunder, Executive Director, Food Finders Food Bank

“Blazing Ahead to Reduce Hunger”

We are blazing ahead to reduce hunger in the 16 counties we serve. It is unacceptable for low income families and individuals to remain hungry when we live in a wealthy country that produces most of the world’s food. With the opening of the Food Resource and Education Center, Food Finders will distribute more food and teach people how to use the resources available to them to improve food security in their households.

March 11

Guest Speaker: Dr. Leah Jamieson, The John A. Edwardson Dean, College of Engineering, Purdue University

“A Dean's Retrospective on Women in Engineering ... and a Look into the Future” 

Dean Leah Jamieson will share her experience as a woman in engineering, will reflect on what has changed and what remains the same, and will speculate about the future.

April 8

Guest Speaker: Donya Lester, Executive Director, Purdue Ag Alumni Association

“Setting the Fields on Fire: Speaking Up for Agriculture”

Consumers and the public are more disconnected from those who produce their food than at any time in our history. “Agvocacy” is vital to the success of the agriculture  industry. Donya is an accomplished public speaker and seasoned ag professional who also happens to be a farm wife. Her agenda is to build better relationships with consumers and policy makers for ag producers and the land-grant agricultural university system.

May 13

Guest Speaker: Toyinda Wilson-Long, Founder, Leadership Strategy & Consulting, LLC.; President, Purdue Black Alumni Organization

“The Masterpiece: Creating Dynamic Connections”

Mastering the art of connecting with people will help you to succeed personally, professionally and civically. At times we may believe that some individuals are naturally able to connect; in actuality, anyone can learn how to make communication an opportunity for a dynamic connection. Toyinda will share connecting principles and practices she uses in her involvements. Get ready to activate your artistic talents!