by Margie Peterson
About 120 alumnae, students, parents, faculty, and staff converged on campus April 5 for a conference entitled “The Power of Community: Lafayette Women Supporting Each Other in Life and Work,” hosted by the Council of Lafayette Women.
The participants at the biennial event took part in workshops on topics ranging from creativity and networking to financial planning and navigating careers. Speakers included Vicki Salemi ’95, Alexa Biale ’12, Sandy Kazinski ’85, and Ellen Poriles Weiler ’83.
In the opening keynote address, President Alison Byerly said, “I am honored to be Lafayette’s first female president and have been very touched to find that it is important to many women in the community. The alumnae of the early ’70s, who were among the first women students, were the real pioneers. As I noted in my inaugural address, Lafayette has a strong tradition of embracing change.”