University Women's Network

Promoting Women's Professional and Personal Development

A Message from Van Kehler, UWN Chair   

A staff member asks: Why should I join? I'm so glad you ask! UWN has been around since 1981.  We are open to all women employees whether staff or faculty - no matter what position. Women join for different reasons. I’ve been on campus since 1987.  Before UWN I would go to work - then home, without expanding my experiences here on campus. Since joining UWN I've learned what's available on campus and in the community through guest speakers and by networking with UWN members; things like the best deals for employee purchasing, free Rape Aggression Defense training for my nieces, meal deals for my elderly parents, who to contact for specific office issues, and about access to the Recreation Center. Read full article

Upcoming Events

  • Design Building Tour

    Design Building Tour

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Noon - 1:00pm
    John W. Olver Design Building, Room 170

    Ludmilla Pavlova Gillham, a Senior Campus Planner at Facilities & Campus Services, will give UWN members and their guests a private tour of the new John W. Olver Design Building.  

    This 87,000-square-foot building, which opened in April 2017, is the most technologically advanced cross-laminated timber (CLT) building in the country and one of just two in North America using CLT for wind and seismic resistance. The other is in British Columbia.  The Wall Street Journal named it one of the best new buildings of 2017, and it was honored with an Award of Merit in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) list of New England’s 2017 Best Projects in the Higher Education / Research category.

    Come see what everyone is talking about! 

    More information to be posted soon.



    Wed, 04/18/2018
  • Taking Inventions from Ideas to Market

    Taking Inventions from Ideas to Market

    Thursday, May 17, 2018
    Noon - 1:00pm
    Campus Center, Hadley Room, 10th Floor

    UWN is pleased to be hosting Robert (Bob) MacWright, director of the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He will speak on Taking Inventions from Ideas to Market.

    Dr. MacWright has been an academic technology transfer professional since 1985.  Prior to joining UMass Amherst, he led three academic technology transfer programs; he was director of the Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer at Rutgers University, CEO of the University of Virginia Patent Foundation, and director of the Office of Technology Management at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.  He is also a registered patent attorney, and has practiced law in New York and Washington, D.C.                               

    More information to be posted soon.




    Thu, 05/17/2018
  • UWN June Social - Chef Demonstration

    UWN June Social - Chef Demonstration

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Noon - 1:00pm
    Campus Center, Hadley Room, 10th Floor

    Please join us for food and fun with your fellow university women!  

    To show our appreciation, this annual Chef Demonstration luncheon is at no cost to members.  Not a member?  You are invited as well!  By registering as a FY19 member at this luncheon, you are welcome to attend at a cost of only $12.

    More information to be posted soon.

    Wed, 06/20/2018

Join Us

Membership is $25 annually. Complete the UWN Membership Form [PDF]. Pay by check, or pay online using QuikPay. You may also use QuikPay to pay for lunches. Your dues include free lunches at these events:

  • annual fall membership kickoff in September
  • a holiday party on 12/7/17
  • the cooking demo social on 6/20/18

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Get Involved

For women who are already members, but wish to become more involved.  Please complete this form: UWN Steering Committee Roles [PDF]




Sara Jarman

Sarah JarmanWhy join? It’s a great way to expand your network and make new connections. Everyone is very warm and welcoming and makes a concerted effort to be inclusive and embracing of new members. I rarely leave my department so it’s been wonderful to meet people who work in other schools/departments. I’ve also really enjoyed hearing the various speakers. I’m so glad I joined!

Sarah Jarman, UWN Member, Assoc. Director, Creative Services, Development & Alumni Relations

Eva Fierst

Eva FierstWhy join UWN? UWN is a great place to create a UMass community that transcends the departments, offices, or disciplines on campus. It gets women out of the silos. It is a group of great camaraderie, of smart women, and kindred spirits. The monthly meetings are stimulating and covers a wide range of speakers.

Eva Fierst, UWN Member, Education Curator, Fine Arts Museum, UMass Amherst

Carlene Forman-Johnson

carlene foreman-johnsonWhy join UWN? Joining the UWN would give you a great opportunity to share and to interact with other women from the UMass family. In addition, you get to share a fun-filled activities, food, and great fellowship.

Carlene Foreman-Johnson, UWN Member, Alumni Financial Business Manager, Development & Alumni Relations