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Friday, May 19 - Relive, Renew, Refresh Your Madison Experience

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Arboretum Spring Celebration Plant Sale (Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens)
While you're on campus for the Summit, check out the plant sale at the arboretum! Shop from a wide selection of perennials, shrubs and trees. More information here:

2-4 p.m.

Visit Hugo Kohl’s Museum of American Jewelry Design & Manufacturing (Ice House, Downtown Harrisonburg)
Take a tour of our one-of-a-kind local vintage jewelry maker, museum founder and JMU alum, Hugo Kohl. Enjoy a glass of wine, peruse his gallery and treat yourself to an original piece of jewelry to commemorate your weekend in the Burg!

Optional and requires registration on your own. Call to register for a 1-hour tour ($10). Receive 20% off all weekend with mention of Women for Madison or 25% off all Madison Collection if you mention Women for Madison.

3 p.m.

Arrive/Check into lodgings (Potomac Hall or your local accommodations)

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Event Check-in (Festival Student and Conference Center, Lower Drum)
Check-in and pick up your name tag. Here's your spot to reunite with old friends or network with some new women who share your passion for JMU prior to dinner!


Madison in Three Words (Festival Student and Conference Center Lawn)
Our students have shared the three words that signify their Madison Experience, now it’s your turn! Take a moment to reflect on your Madison Experience and what being a Woman for Madison means to you.

6:30 p.m. 

Dinner: Madison En Blanc (Festival Student and Conference Center Lawn; Rain location: Lower Drum)
Based loosely on the chic En Blanc phenomenon that’s trending worldwide, this meal on the Festival Lawn will be elegant and tasteful. Tables, chairs, decorations and linens are all white. Dress for this event is head-to-toe white. Be as imaginative as you want in your dress, but keep it "blanc." It sets just the tone to celebrate Madison women and the Madison Experience.
Madison En Blanc menu
Wine generously provided by Bluestone Vineyards
Beer generously provided by Brothers Craft Brewing



Harrisonburg is calling!
At the end of this first day, there is still much to see and do in Harrisonburg, afterhours. Enjoy a night out in our thriving historic downtown or crash with your girlfriends for a movie night in. Check out a few of our recommendations below!

until 11 p.m.

Cask for A Cause (Brothers Craft Brewery)

10 p.m.

Women for Madison Sleepover (Potomac Hall, First floor lounge)
Popcorn and a Movie for Potomac Hall Guests
Get comfortable in your jammies and enjoy the show!

Saturday, May 20 - Rally Around the Madison Experience

6:30 a.m.      

Sunrise Yoga Edith J. Carrier Arboretum; Rain location: UREC
Juice, Yogurt and Granola Bars


Breakfast on your own.

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Check In, Continental Breakfast, and Summit Networking (Festival Student and Conference Center, Lower Drum)
Smoothie Bar Opens — Includes fruit-infused waters, smoothie and coffee bars and fresh whole fruit. Open from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8 a.m.

Campus Tour By Bus (Departs from Festival Circle, in front of Festival Student and Conference Center)
Coffee and snacks available on the bus.
Hop aboard a JMU shuttle to hear our Student Ambassadors lead you through a windshield tour of campus. Highlights will include recent and future building projects that not only enhances our campus, but heighten our student engagement. Reservations are highly recommended through the reservation page.

9:30 a.m.

Welcome (Festival, Lower Drum)
Chiquita King (’09, ’11M), Emcee
Additional Introductions:
Elizabeth Martin (’85), Women For Madison Vice Chair
Cannie Campbell (’95), Assistant Vice President for Constituent Engagement

9:40 a.m. 

Why Women for Madison? (Festival, Lower Drum)
Mary Ann Alger, JMU First Lady
Jonathan Alger, JMU President

10 a.m.

Keynote: Creating a Life that Counts (Festival, Lower Drum)
April Armstrong (’92) — CEO, AHA Insights, Executive Coach, Leadership Speaker, JMU Philanthropist

10:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion: My Madison Experience (Highlands Room)
April Armstrong facilitates a panel of Madison women as they describe what they love about JMU and what continues to give them meaning today. Panelists: April Armstrong ('92); Taleia Barksdale ('16)Heather Hedrick ('00); Chiquita King ('09, '11M)Kathy Thomas ('78, '07P, '10P, 15P)


Women for Madison Spirit of Philanthropy Award (Highlands Room)
Vanessa Evans-Grevious ('93, '97M), Rector, JMU Board of Visitors
Jonathan Alger, JMU President

12:15 p.m.

Buffet Lunch (Festival, Lower Drum)
Living Lettuce Farmer’s Lunch Buffet

Lunch Breakout Tables: Extend Your Reach, Touch More Lives (Festival, Lower Drum)
Sign up for themed tables at registration and see how JMU:

  • Advances Culture
  • Boosts Innovation and Discovery
  • Competes in Athletics
  • Improves Healthcare
  • Increases Access
  • Leads in Business
  • Reforms Education
  • Renews Civil Society

1:30 p.m.

Breakout Panel Sessions: Discover Your JMU Passion (Various Locations)
Hear from JMU professors, students and administrators about the Madison Experience of today. Choose two sessions and bring your questions!

1:30-2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions A, B, C, D, E

2:30-3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions A, B, C, D, E

Breakout Panel Session Topics:

Click for more information on topics

3:30 p.m.

Dolley Madison Birthday Toast, Cake and Ice Cream (Festival, Lower Drum)
The weekend would not be complete without celebrating Dolley Madison's Birthday! This trailblazing First Lady serves as the inspiration behind our Women for Madison initiative and we will toast our current and future JMU women leaders in her honor! Enjoy cake, ice cream and bubbly in Dolley’s honor.
Sparkling Moscato generously provided by Bluestone Vineyard

4 p.m.

Closing Remarks (Festival, Lower Drum)

6 p.m.

Potomac Hall check out
OR ... stay an extra night and enjoy the evening with your friends!



We've planned some fun things to do in and around Harrisonburg or find some new adventures on your own! NOTE: Some of the activities below are first come, first served and may require independent registration and payment.

Explore our thriving local wineries:

Visit the May Music Festival (Brothers Craft Brewery, Downtown Harrisonburg)

8 p.m.

Take the Rocktown Bites Tour
Optional, requires registration on your own. Offered exclusively for Summit participants, Rocktown Bites is a local walking food tour that highlights several independent restaurants, food shops, and local businesses to sample food, drink (including craft beer and Virginia wines), and get behind-the-scenes dish from restaurateurs and chefs. Enjoy the local food culture and learn about what else makes Harrisonburg, Virginia so charming. Gather your friends and eat and drink your way through Downtown Harrisonburg’s Culinary District.

Have dinner on your own! There are lots of great restaurants around the ‘Burg!

Sunday, May 21 for Overnight Guests

Breakfast on your own

Check out of Potomac Hall by 10 a.m.

Tour the sights

Head home

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