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Purdue Women's Conference 2024

Thank you!

We are thrilled that you motivated, uplifted, and connected within our supportive community of Purdue alumnae and friends at Purdue Women’s Conference 2024!

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Make plans to join us for Purdue Women’s Conference 2025 on June 5 and 6!

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  • Event activities centralized at the historic Purdue Memorial Union
  • Discounted lodging options at the iconic Union Club Hotel
  • Five keynote speakers and 20 breakout sessions
  • Exclusive Purdue Women’s Conference bracelet with a 2024 charm
  • Complimentary meals, including an at-the-ready nourishment hub (a big hit with last year’s attendees!)


The conference will feature more than 25 speakers, including five keynotes and an exciting lineup of breakout sessions. Details about the cost to attend can be found on our pricing page. 

// Keynote Speakers //

Leanna Chroman

Vice President of Culture and Learning // Huse Culinary

Kelly Hiller

Vice President of Marketing // Purdue University Marketing and Communications

Cara Putman


Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Business // Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business // Purdue University

Kathleen St. Jean

Founder and Chief Commercial Officer // 34 Lives

Julie Thornton


Director of Career Services // Booth School of Business // The University of Chicago

Preconference Special Event

The Purdue Women’s Network is hosting a networking gathering at the bar in the lobby of the Union Club Hotel from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 16.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet and connect with Purdue women before the conference begins. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration has closed for this event.

The Purdue Women’s Network is hosting a networking gathering at the Boiler Up Bar in the Purdue Memorial Union from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 16.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet and connect with Purdue women before the conference begins. Attendees are responsible for their own food and drinks.

Registration has closed for this event.

Gold Line


The Purdue Women’s Network is dedicated to creating a sisterhood that motivates, uplifts, and connects alumnae and other Purdue women now and for life. The annual Purdue Women’s Conference draws women who are interested in engaging and connecting with other women who share a love for the university.

Gold Line

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.