Muhlenberg Women's Weekend


Muhlenberg's first Women's Weekend is June 9-11, 2017 and opens the door for nurturing an existing network of alumnae and cultivating lifelong relationships. After 60 years of co-education, the College will host a weekend of engaging activity and discussion, allowing guests to deepen their relationship to the College and each other. Muhlenberg women will gather for a weekend of education, fun and inspiration to live, learn and lead.

Schedule Highlights

Friday, June 9

Optional activities include golf, campus tours, massage and more . On Friday evening, you'll receive a very special welcome reception that will highlight the trailblazers who established a women’s presence at Muhlenberg. You won’t want to miss this unique and celebratory kickoff to the weekend!

2 p.m. Fun Run/Walk or Golf 
4 p.m. Tour the Campus
6 - 8 p.m. Welcome Reception - Toast the trailblazers who established a women’s presence at Muhlenberg. 
8 p.m. Living here in Allentown  - Tour of local eateries and bars

Saturday, June 10

Saturday provides a day of programming that will engage guests beyond simply listening to lectures - the offered sessions are created and facilitated by alumnae who want to learn as much from you as you will from them! After a day of stimulating interaction between Muhlenberg Women of all ages and backgrounds, Diane Williams, Muhlenberg's first lady, invites you to her home for hors d'euvres before dinner and an exciting performance event. 

9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. LIVE activities are intended to explore the artistic, creative and spiritual side of being a

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. LEARN conversations will empower attendees to practice the skills, ideas and habits that
ensure a healthy, successful life and career.

2 - 3:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lucy J. Puryear '81
Women’s Mental Health: Where we’ve been, where we’re going and how I came along for the ride.

3:45 - 5:15 p.m. LEAD discussions will empower attendees to lead, take risks and make a real impact on a
world that needs female leadership, now more than ever.

6 - 7 p.m. Hors D'oeuvres - Hosted by Muhlenberg’s First Lady, Diane Williams
7 - 9 p.m. Dinner
9 p.m. Women Through the Years: 'Berg and Beyond - A special performance featuring our highly talented alumnae 

Sunday, June 11
You'll head home Sunday with a new network of alumnae that you can continue relationships with long after the event has concluded.

7 - 8 a.m. - Early Riser's Activity
8 - 11 a.m. - Farewell Breakfast

A Letter from the Organizers

Our inaugural Women’s Weekend will kickoff Friday, June 9th,​ with a welcome reception, which will feature a special surprise and a live musical performance,​ followed by social festivities in Allentown.

Saturday morning will offer morning activities focused on mental and physical well being to jump start your day before heading into our informative and empowering sessions. Our Live session will include options such as writing, photography, painting, dance and gratitude. Learn sessions will focus on things such as women's health and wellness, career and life transitions, and financial literacy. Lastly, our Lead sessions will feature options such as mentoring and networking, negotiating and communication skills, women in the world, entrepreneurship and corporate, non-profit and community boards.

We are also thrilled to offer our guests the opportunity to hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. ​Lucy Puryear ’81, after lunch on Saturday. Lucy currently serves as associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Menninger Department of Psychiatry, and is board certified in psychiatry. Dr. Puryear holds the Maureen Hackett Endowed Chair for Reproductive Psychiatry. She serves as the Medical Director of "The Women's Place: Center for Reproductive Psychiatry" and the co-director of The Menopause Center at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. Dr. Puryear has been recognized by Texas Monthly as a "Super Doc" and by H Texas Magazine as one of the "Best Doctors in Houston" and "Best Doctors for Women", as well as being named to "Best Doctors in America." Her clinical interests include the treatment of psychiatric conditions during pregnancy and postpartum, perimenopause, infertility and reproductive loss. She served as an expert witness in the Andrea Yates trial and retrial. Lucy is also a 2016 Alumni Achievement Award recipient.​

Saturday will conclude with dinner and entertainment and the conference will close out Sunday morning with morning activities and a breakfast. Look for more information and opportunity to register coming soon!

- Lauren C. Anderson '79 and Sheryl Guss '81