The annual Black Women's Leadership Dinner brings University of Virginia students and faculty together to dine, converse and hear a guest speaker; U.Va. Board of Visitors member Susan Y. "Syd" Dorsey is this year's special guest. The event, to be held Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library, is invitation only, but reporters may cover her talk.
Dorsey earned an undergraduate degree from the University in 1982 and a master's degree from the University's Darden School of Business Administration in 1987. She is a public affairs adviser at the Richmond-based Alliance Group.
Dorsey is one of two women currently serving on U.Va.'s Board of Visitors. Additionally, she has served on the Alumni Association's Board of Managers as a director of the Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund, and on the selection committees for the Jefferson Scholars and Jerome Holland Scholarships. Also a director of the University Alumni Association, Dorsey serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia High-Tech Partnership, which seeks to link Virginia high-tech employers with students from the Commonwealth's historically black colleges.
The event is cosponsored with the U.Va. Women's Center, the Office for Diversity and Equity, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies and the Office of African American Affairs.