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Cocktails and Conversation

Join us as we raise a glass to Purdue women everywhere!

Cocktails and Conversation is a free online event created by the Purdue Women’s Network to highlight outstanding Purdue women and stimulate engagement in an informal setting. Events take place once a month during the academic year and last an hour.

Each session covers a new topic and features one or more Purdue faculty member, staff member, or student sharing their professional expertise and personal experiences. Attendees have the opportunity to gain insight on new or impactful subjects, ask questions, and make new connections with other Boilermaker women.

The best part? Every time we get together, the event opens on a light note and closes with a toast!

Upcoming Events

To explore and register for upcoming events in this series, go to the Purdue for Life Foundation events page and search “Cocktails and Conversation.” Information can also be conveniently located on the Purdue Women’s Network Facebook page.

Cocktail rule!


Check out some of our past speakers and drink recipes. Cocktails can be modified for nondrinkers by simply skipping the alcohol. If you’re interested in viewing past events from this series in their entirety, you can visit our dedicated YouTube archive.

Dorothy Teegarden

October 2023

Teegarden, director of the Women’s Global Health Institute at Purdue, presented “Special Topics From the Women’s Global Health Institute.” She discussed cancer prevention and shared about how the institute impacts women’s health research at Purdue and beyond.

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Abby Howard

November 2023

Abby Howard, Purdue’s associate director for fraternity, sorority, and cooperative life, presented “Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life at Purdue University.” She discussed how Purdue impacts the lives of so many students by supporting one of the nation’s largest fraternity, sorority, and cooperative life communities.

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Danita Rodibaugh

December 2023

Danita Rodibaugh (HHS’75), chair of the Purdue Alumni Association Board of Directors, discussed her extensive experience as a leader on that board and many other local, state, and national boards.

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Renee A. Thomas

January 2024

Renee A. Thomas, the associate vice provost for diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Purdue, discussed maximizing student potential, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., and creating a sense of community and belonging for everyone.

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Sylvie Brouder, Viviana Tsangaropoulos, and Araceli Martinez

February 2024

Three Purdue women discussed food security at the macro and micro levels.
Past drink recipes
Cocktail rule!

Contact us

Purdue Women’s Network

Maria L. Whipple
Senior Director of Affinity Networks
Purdue for Life Foundation