LFDS Alumni Newsletter

September 22, 2015

Les Femmes de Substance

Greetings Alumni of Substance,

On behalf of Les Femmes de Substance, I would like to personally welcome all alumni, especially recent graduates, to our quarterly newsletter. We couldn't be more excited to include Alumni and friends as we embark on our year of expansion.

We're excited to launch our quarterly newsletter, which is specifically designed to foster communication between Cornell alumni and Les Femmes de Substance. We hope that you will find great value in our newsletter’s content as it will aid you in staying informed regarding Les Femmes de Substance's impact on campus and upcoming events.

We invite you to join Les Femmes de Substance as we move our mission forward and expand our alumni network. Whether you volunteer your time or attend any of our professional events, we are exceedingly grateful for your support and contribution to Les Femmes de Substance's year of growth.

Go Big Red!

Adora Nwankwo | Alumni Liaison | AN458@cornell.edu

Meet Our Executive Board!

We are proud to introduce our 2015-2016 Les Femmes de Substance Executive Board


LFDS & BWSN Ice Cream Social

Saturday, Sep. 5th, 5pm

Balch Hall, Unit #1 Lounge

Come join the lovely ladies of Les Femmes de Substance and Black Women's Support Network for an ice cream social! Both organizations will be introducing their executive boards, discussing their founding principles and values, and enjoying the company of all of Cornell's black queens.

LFDS: Ebony Mixer

Saturday, Sep. 12th, 1-3pm

Balch Hall, Unit #2 Lounge

Our pivotal event directly aligned with the mission and purpose of LFDS, Ebony Mixer combines networking and sisterhood in an amicable and productive atmosphere. It is an event especially designed for the benefit of incoming freshmen women, but all are openly encouraged to attend and participate.

LFDS: Professional Etiquette Workshop #1 - Your Brand, Your Future

Saturday, Sep. 26th, 1-2pm

Appel Commons, Multipurpose Room, 3rd Floor

Les Femmes de Substance is excited to invite ladies to attend our first professional workshop of the year. We will be discussing the value of strong brand management as the foundation to pursuing your professional goals. Like products, we are living, breathing brands and require our own, unique marketing campaigns. We will teach ladies how to maximize their professional brands to stand out among the masses.

Contact: Lydia Anglin, Professional Chair, with additional questions | LMA86@cornell.edu

A New Year, A New Mission

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

First and foremost, as a pre-professional organization for women of color on Cornell's campus, Les Femmes de Substance has re-dedicated our mission to fostering professionalism and leadership within the black female community through educational and professional programming.

Specifically created to ensure that Les Femmes de Substance’s brand stays consistent and our professional objectives are upheld, our newly-created Professional Chair, will ensure that we meet all aspects of Les Femmes de Substance’s mission. Our new program of Professional Etiquette Workshops, will provide our ladies with professional guidance via a variety of different topics, from personal brand management to preparation for fall interview season. Our first workshop will take place on September 26. All are encouraged to attend and participate! In addition to these workshops, we will be distributing a biweekly professional opportunities letter via our listserv.

Crucial to this year’s goals, we have committed special attention to the recruitment of new members to ensure that Cornell’s newest class will receive the attention and skills that they desperately need. This year, we partnered once again with the Black Women's Support Network to host an Ice Cream Social for new and returning students. Following that event, our annual Ebony Mixer took place on September 12, upholding our legacy of sisterhood and professional development in a productive and friendly atmosphere. This year’s mixer provided answers to any and all questions that freshmen women may have in regards to succeeding at Cornell while maintaining their physical, emotional, and mental health.

This year, Les Femmes de Substance will make every effort to give women of color on Cornell's campus the tools they require to become true women of substance and assets to the world. While this may be an ambitious goal for some, we know that with your support and the guidance of our friends and allies, Les Femmes de Substance will continue to yield success and excellence for our members and the Cornell community. Thank you in advance for your commitment to Les Femmes de Substance's mission by representing our organization in true form.

With Substance,

Les Femmes de Substance, Executive Board

Looking for a Way to Provide Cornell Women with Valuable Advice?

This January, Les Femmes de Substance will be hosting our annual Woman of Substance Retreat in Srycause, New York. During the retreat we invite alumnae from across the campus to speak with our attendees on a variety of topics. We are looking for alumnae panelist to provide our retreat guest with valuable advice on navigating Cornell's campus, entering the work force and adjusting to life outside Cornell.

If you would like to take part in this alumnae panel or know of Cornell alumnae who would be interested, please contact Adora Nwankwo at AN458@cornell.edu.

Send Us Information about Upcoming Professional and Funding Opportunities!

To ensure that Les Femmes de Substance can continue to increase our exposure within a variety of industries and take advantage of all available opportunities, please let us know if you know of a company or organization that would like to host an event or sponsor LFDS through mentorship, connections, or funding.

Please reach out to Adora Nwankwo at AN458@cornell.edu if interested.