NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo

Join peers and experts at the premier global professional learning and networking event for all international educators and organizations that support international education for the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, "Global Leadership, Learning, and Change."

Thursday, MAY 30, 2019, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Washington, DC

The Liberal Arts Institutions and Women’s Colleges Luncheon provides a forum for professionals to come together with other international educators working for or interested in partnerships with liberal arts institutions or women’s colleges. Join us for an important conversation with Marylou Yam, PhD, President of Notre Dame of Maryland University, who will share her insights on educating global leaders of tomorrow.


Time Event
12:00 p.m.-12:10 p.m.

Opening Remarks

12:10 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch Served / Open Networking Time

12:30 p.m.-12:35 p.m.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

12:35 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: Marylou Yam, PhD, President, Notre Dame of Maryland University

1:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m.


1:20 p.m.-1:25 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

Keynote Speaker

Marylou Yam, PhD
President, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Marylou Yam is the 14th President of Notre Dame of Maryland University. She leads the only women’s college in Maryland, which was established more than 120 years ago as the first Catholic college in the United States to grant the four-year baccalaureate degree to women. Yam joined the Notre Dame community from Saint Peter’s University where she most recently served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. As the first woman in the history of Saint Peter’s to serve as Dean of its College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business Administration, and through her previous role as Associate Dean of Nursing for Saint Peter’s University, Yam exemplifies Notre Dame’s mission of preparing leaders to transform the world and its active and longstanding commitment to social responsibility. She played a key role in the expansion of Saint Peter’s from a college to a university and was instrumental in the establishment of its first two doctoral programs and its Schools of Nursing and Education. She created the university’s Center for Global Learning and launched the English Language Learning and Culture Acquisition Center. Yam earned a B.S. in Nursing in 1981 from Mercy College and M.A. and Ed.M. degrees in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1993, she earned a Ph.D. from Adelphi University. In 2002, she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University. Throughout her career has been a staunch and vocal advocate for the essential role of a liberal arts foundation in professional education.