Our 2019 inaugural Alumnae Conference will be held

9:30am - 4:30pm* EST
Friday, November 15, 2019
in Washington, D.C.

*Conference will be followed by a casual, optional dinner for alumnae that evening.

When you first became a BA Woman, whether through one of our original scholarships or via our signature EmpowHER summer program, we told you that joining this sisterhood wasn't just for a summer or a school year—
but for life.

As such, we're so excited to invite you to our inaugural alumnae-only leadership conference: a program designed to support your ongoing development, no matter when you graduated from our programs.

Our Alumnae Conference and Breaking Barriers luncheon are entirely FREE for our alumnae.



  • Catch-up with (or meet for the first time) fellow BA Women's Alliance alumnae from across the years, growing your professional network as you make lifelong friends!
  • Listen and get exclusive access to our keynote speaker, Marita Golden (see more below)!
  • Enjoy professional, personal, and leadership development sessions (we’ll be reaching out to you soon to get your ideas and preferences!)
  • And much more! 


  • Marita Golden Author & Literary Activist

    This year, we’ll be joined by our keynote conversationalist, Marita Golden, who is a true “BA Woman.” Marita is an award-winning author of seventeen works, including The Wide Circumference of Love, which was recently optioned for TV under the “Just A Rebel” production banner. Marita uses words artfully to discuss issues she cares about, with frequent themes at the intersection of the personal and the political.

    As a literary activist, Marita Golden co-founded the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation (where she still serves as President Emeritus), which presents the nation’s only national fiction award for college writers of African descent. She is also a veteran teacher of writing, having served as faculty at area institutions including Johns Hopkins University as the Writing Program’s Distinguished Visiting Writer.

  • Ana Estrada Daniels Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator

    With over twenty years of experience, Ana Estrada Daniels works with individuals, teams, and organizations to develop their capacity to lead and influence at all levels. She has worked with organizations such as the Corporation for National and Community Service, ProInspire, and Korwin Consulting. Ana’s commitment to service was sparked during her AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps national service years.

    She is a Certified Brené Brown Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute and an Annie E. Casey Foundation fellow from the Social Sector Talent Pipelines Strategy & Learning Lab focused on results based accountability, adaptive leadership, and racial equity. She will be leading a workshop just for BA alumnae on "Daring Leadership: Rumbling with Vulnerability."

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  • Not currently living in the DC area and can't afford the plane or train ticket? A limited number of travel stipends will be available.  Additional details will be shared soon. Be sure to watch your inbox!
  • Don't know anyone living in DC? AirBnB prices surging? We can provide a limited number of volunteer housing placements to make your participation possible.* Additional details will be shared soon. Be sure to watch your inbox!
  • Something else barring your participation? Reach out to us on staff at kristen@bawomensalliance.org. We'll work together to find a solution.
*Do you live in DC and can you host a fellow BA woman?  Please click here to sign up!

PLEASE NOTE: We are excited to be hosting our first-ever Alumnae Conference, devoted to supporting our growing community of BA Women—you! This is a special year, and we’re not sure when we’ll be offering another conference of this type. That said, we hope you’ll join us for the full day of programming, which promises to be a very special day! If there are extenuating circumstances preventing your participation in the full-day Alumnae Conference, but you would like to attend the Breaking Barriers luncheon or the informal dinner in the evening after the conference closes, please contact our program director Kristen Hecht at Kristen@BAWomensAlliance.org. We hope to see you on the 15th!