A Weekend with Women Who Amaze
May 10-11, 2019

“Dolley! Dolley!”

Friday, May 10 - Dolley's Follies

11 AM - 1 PM

First Ladies′ Brunch
Park at Sonner Hall (P lot), 481 Bluestone Dr., Harrisonburg, Va. 22807
Shuttle to Oakview — no parking permitted at Oakview

Casual Dress | Join JMU First Lady and host Mary Ann Alger at Oakview, the official residence of the university’s first family. Enjoy mimosas, bloody marys, brunch and getting to know amazing Madison women from all over the country. Special appearance by “Dolley Madison.”

This event is full, and there is a waiting list. If you registered but have not received an email specifically confirming your attendance at that special event, please contact Kristin Johnston, john32km@jmu.edu.

1:30 - 3:30 PM

Afternoon Activity

Park at Sonner Hall (P lot), 481 Bluestone Dr., Harrisonburg, Va. 22807
Pick one ...

Madison Mentoring — Join this intergenerational program to network, build relationships and make meaningful connections.
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Scavenger Hunt — Can you navigate campus today? Join this exciting scavenger hunt with your besties and acquaint yourself with today’s JMU.

5 PM

Madison En Blanc Check-In
Shuttle pick-up at Hotel Madison and Fairfield Inn & Suites
(Campus tour on our way to the vineyard!)

5:45 PM

Madison En Blanc Reception & Dinner
All-white attire | Appearance by “Dolley Madison”

Back by popular demand! Get ready for an evening full of fun and laughter at the picturesque Brix & Columns Vineyards. Enjoy expansive views of the mountains along with award-winning wine and local craft beer. Wear white, and don’t forget your fascinator! Purple accessories permitted.  Special guest: “Dolley Madison.” 

9 PM

Departure for Harrisonburg 
Shuttle drop-off at Hotel Madison and Fairfield Inn & Suites

9:30 PM - 11 PM

After-hours at Hotel Madison

The celebration continues in the Dolley Madison Room at Hotel Madison’s Exclusive Montpelier Restaurant and Bar.  Enjoy light, late-night snacks and a cash bar. Here’s your opportunity to deepen friendships and make plans with new friends to plot your course through Saturday’s jam-packed schedule together. Sponsored by Hotel Madison.

Saturday, May 11 - Festival, JMU Campus

8 - 9 AM    

Check-in and Breakfast
Festival, Lower Drum (1301 Carrier Dr., Harrisonburg, Va. 22807
Light fare and smoothie bar

9 - 9:20 AM

Welcome: What it means to be a Woman for Madison
Lower Drum | Women for Madison Executive Advisory Council Chair Elizabeth Martin (’85), JMU Assistant Vice President Cannie Campbell (’95)

9:20 - 10 AM

Jamie Jones Miller (’99): Claiming Your Place at the Table — Lower Drum — One of the most powerful women in the Pentagon, Jamie Jones Miller brings the senior civilian and military leadership of the Department of Defense and members of Congress together for high-stakes negotiations to advance the public good. Learn how to claim your seat at the table and lead from where you are regardless of your title or position and how opening doors for others can be a key to your success.

10 - 10:10 AM


10:10 - 10:50 AM

Breakout Sessions

Mary Ann Alger and Vanessa Evans-Grievious (’93, ’97M): Polishing Your Personal Pitch  Highlands Room — Far too many women struggle when someone says to them, “Tell me about yourself,” while their male counterparts jump right in. Shouldn’t all of us be prepared with a short personal pitch for impromptu meetings, the start of job interviews, and social gatherings? This session helps you confidently deliver both a 7- to 10-second response and a 30-second response, revealing something interesting about yourself to open up possibilities for further conversation. Next time someone asks you this common question, you’ll be ready!

Jennifer Campfield (’91, ’02M): Getting the Most out of Getting It Wrong Allegheny Room — We all like getting it right, but what happens when we get it wrong? In Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong by Jessica Bacal, high-achieving women share their worst mistakes — and how learning from theses mistakes paved the way to success. Join Jennifer as she facilitates an opportunity to explore how women can become more thoughtful, purposeful and assertive as leaders when we create environments where we learn from our mistakes rather than being burdened by the unrealistic expectation of never making mistakes.

Heather Tedesco (’94): Stressing Less, Laughing More — Conference Room 4 — We (and our families) face so much stress, pressure and anxiety. Psychologist and parenting expert Heather Tedesco will explore how to reduce the strain and will share research about what defines a happy and successful life. Learn to identify what truly matters to you and how to nurture the qualities that make you thrive. Leave the Summit with a fresh look at your goals and your well-being.

10:50 - 11:05 AM


11:05 - 11:45 AM

Jennifer Killi Marshall (’01): Finding Your Brave — Highlands Room — 2019 Washingtonian of the Year Jennifer Marshall will share her experience of coming to terms with bipolar disorder and creating an internationally renowned and award-winning nonprofit out of helping others to overcome the stigma of mental illness. Learn how she drew on her inner strength and her JMU experience to live a life devoted to Being the Change. Jennifer′s powerful story has valuable lessons for all women and the people they love. 

11:45 AM - Noon


Noon - 1:30 PM

Raising Us Up: Summit Luncheon with Leslie F. Gilliam Spirit of Philanthropy Award — Lower Drum — No one explains the special calling of Women for Madison better than the women who are living it. Hear the poignant and compelling experiences from past and present Centennial Scholars as well as Women for Madison who are paying it forward. You’ll see how our special focus on scholarships raises our students and our university to the place of prominence they deserve.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break & Mingling with Women Who Amaze

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

MadTalks/Small Group Conversations — Lower Drum — Fun, interesting, engaging and straight to the point, our presenters’ MadTalks share inspiring stories focused on service at JMU, in the surrounding community, and around the globe. Each presentation is about seven minutes long with time for interaction after each—exactly what we need to get the ideas flowing and the action plans going. With Tammy Noboa (’92) on global private/public partnerships, professor Lauren K. Alleyne on poetry in service, and junior Aaliyah Maclean (’20) on service as a JMU student.

2:45 - 3 PM


3 - 3:30 PM

Tina Fox (’94): Living Your Legacy — Lower Drum — Powerhouse Tina Fox will be our closing keynote speaker, bringing her dynamic signature style with high energy and a great sense of humor. She’s an entrepreneur and former management executive with a 24-year track record of business effectiveness through multimillion-dollar growth in her own sales career, as well as building teams for Fortune 100 companies and Silicon Valley start-ups. The national chair of WomenOnCourse, the nation’s fastest growing women’s golf community, she’ll share her brilliant networking secrets and passion for empowering women in business. 

3:30 PM

Toast with “Dolley Madison” and Goodbye
Lower Drum | Door Prizes!

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