The 11th Women of Substance Retreat

Les Femmes de Substance Special Edition Newsletter

The 11th Annual Women of Substance Retreat

Friday, Jan. 29th 2016 at 7pm to Sunday, Jan. 31st 2016 at 1pm

701 East Genesee Street

Syracuse, NY

Les Femmes de Substance Presents Our 11th Annual Retreat

Every year, Les Femmes de Substances sponsors an off-campus Women's Retreat geared towards professional development, academic support, and social unification for Cornell's women of color. Our goal is to motivate sixty retreat attendees and promote mentorship between women at Cornell University, and beyond. We strive to equip these women with the proper tools to succeed for the semester, as well as their careers beyond Cornell, and we aspire to mold women of substance that will last for a lifetime.


This year's retreat will be held from Friday, January 29th to Sunday, January 31st, 2016 in Syracuse, NY. This year's theme is "I Am..", which will allow the retreat to cater to women of color, who have very different career interests, but will need the same skills, in order to thrive in workplace settings and society. The workshops will help our attendees gain tips on how to become gainfully employed, fiscally responsible and self aware, as well as enjoy bonding sessions.

Keynote Address - Linda Gadsby

As Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Scholastic Inc., Linda understands what it takes to navigate corporate America as a woman of color. Linda will be addressing the sixty attendees about her journey to success, and the stumbles along the way. Her keynote address will touch on moments where she learned to (and continues to) identify herself as purposeful and powerful.

Sisterhood. Diligence. Excellence. Mentorship.

Workshop Facilitators:

How can you help?

The budget for this retreat exceeds $12,000.00, which is why the executive board works diligently to fundraise, through events, and gain the support of various departments and colleges on campus. Les Femmes de Substance is an independent student organization that depends on the generosity of alumni, parents and friends to provide financial support. Please click below to make your tax deductible gift. Thank you for supporting our efforts to change the lives of women of color!

Alumni Panel Includes...

Also joining our Alumni Panel are Sharon Foretia & Dr. Danielle Williams. Les Femmes couldn't be more excited to have this wonderful group of women offering advice and sharing their stories with our attendees.

Happy Holidays from Les Femmes de Substance!

The women of Les Femmes de Substance would like you to wish you a happy Holiday Season! Thank you for supporting us this year and we wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year! 2016 is destined to be a year full of substance!