Women Who Empower
The Women who Empower vision is to inspire the next generation of female leaders and provide direct access to diverse thought leaders, promote individual networking, and strengthen community and industry partnerships at Northeastern University.
The speaker series offers unique opportunities to learn from established leaders with experience and knowledge for the development of your career success.
To learn more, please contact:
Special Advisor to the VP Alumni Relations
The Women who Empower Scholarship Fund ensures greater opportunities for female undergraduate students of merit and need. Individual and corporate support promotes the growth and development of our students. Your investment empowers others.
You may make a gift online or by calling Kate Carleton at 617.373.7694.
“Showcasing accomplished women, recognizing the impact of their leadership, and demonstrating the compelling reasons for their professional and personal successes are the key elements of the Women who Empower Speaker Series. As a donor and as chair of the board of trustees, I am pleased to support these efforts to acknowledge women for their leadership, foster mentors, and ignite opportunities for women at every level.”
—Henry Nasella, UC'77, H'08
Marcy Reed, AP'86, a Women who Empower panelist, speaks about the importance of women leaders sharing their professional experiences and the impact it has for the next generation.
Danielle Duplin, PNT'17, speaks about the power of networking and the exclusive opportunity for women leaders to speak with the Northeastern community on their experiences.
May 17, 2016 | Boston
Ellen Zane, CEO Emeritus and Board of Trustees Vice Chair at Tufts Medical Center
Ellen Zane delivered an engaging discussion to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals on the important topic of “The Future of Healthcare.”
Ellen is a nationally known speaker who served as President CEO of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children. She was the first woman and non-physician to hold the CEO position in the 220-year history of the hospital.
April 1, 2016 | Boston
In April, Women Who Empower and Northeastern's student-run Women’s Leadership Network co-hosted the inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference on the university's Boston campus.
Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun welcomed an interdisciplinary panel of young alumnae, which kicked off the two-day event aimed at inspiring and educating the next generation of women leaders. In addition to the panel discussion, the conference featured speakers from a wide breadth of industries.
"Recruiting Beyond the C-Suite: Why and How do Winning Companies Recruit to Maximize Board Effectiveness?" Article
Ellen Richstone, Board Director, Public: BioAmber, eMagin. Private: Proteck Valuation Services & Paxeramed
Michelle Stacy, Board Director, iRobot Corporation, Tervis Tumbler Co., Young Innovations, Inc. & Coravin
Michael Jeans, Board Director, AMICA Insurance & Former Chair Emeritus, New Directions
Moderator: Priscilla H. Douglas Ed’70, MEd’74, Executive Coach & Author, P.H. Douglas & Associates
Sept. 21, 2015 | Boston
Katherine Clark | U.S. House of Representatives | Massachusetts’s 5th District
Linda Dorcena Forry | Massachusetts Senator | 1st Suffolk District
Jennifer Nassour, Esq. | Founder and President | Conservative Women for a Better Future
Moderator: Rhondella Richardson, AS’90 | Reporter | WCVB-TV
June 16, 2015 | Boston
Mary Deatherage, PNT'15 | Managing Director, Wealth Management & Private Wealth Advisor | Morgan Stanley
Fran Janis, MBA'82 | Founding Partner | Pomona Capital
Rachel Tyler, DMSB’90 | Senior Vice President | Fidelity Investments
Moderator: Mike Sanders, PNT'15 | Executive Director | Potomac Research Group
"Leadership Reception for Women in Business" Article
April 21, 2015 | Boston
Karla Rossetti Pippins, MBA’95 | Founder & President | Riverside Wealth Management
Rachel Taback, DMSB’14 | MS'15, International Management
Dani Wojdyla, DMSB’14 | Securities Analyst | Goldman Sachs
Moderator: Dr. Patricia Cotter, EMBA’93 | Business Executive
February 17, 2015 | Santa Clara, CA
Kim Stevenson, DMSB’85 | Corporate VP & Chief Information Officer | Intel
Seval Oz | CEO | Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems
Michelle Dennedy | VP & Chief Privacy Officer | McAfee
Moderator: Jim Dolce, PNT’18 | CEO | Lookout (cybersecurity)
November 19, 2014 | Boston
Diane Hessan | Chair | Communispace Corporation
Vanessa Kerry, MD | CEO | Seed Global Health
Jules Pieri | Co-Founder & CEO | The Grommet
Pamela Goldberg | CEO | Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
September 18, 2014 | Boston
Naomi Fried, PhD | Chief Innovation Officer | Boston Children's Hospital
Flora Sah, MS’95 | SVP and COO, Enterprise Risk Management | State Street
Deborah Theobald | Co-Founder and CEO | Vecna Technologies (robotics)
Moderator: Dr. Carla Brodley | Dean, College of Computer and Information Science | Northeastern University
Education: Empowering Girls One Book at a Time Article
April 23, 2014 | Boston
Nicholas Kristof | Co-author of Half the Sky, Pulitzer Prize winner, and New York Times columnist
John Wood | Founder & Co-Chair | Room to Read
Sheryl WuDunn | Co-author of Half the Sky and Pulitzer Prize winner
Moderator: Sheila Marcelo | Founder and CEO | Care.com
Christine Cournoyer, MA'75 | CEO | N-of-One Therapeutics
Deborah Dunsire, MD | President and CEO | Forum Pharmaceuticals
Adelene Perkins | President and CEO | Infinity Pharmaceuticals
Moderator: Ann Taylor, MD | Global Head of the Program Office | Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
Wendi Goldsmith | CEO and Founder | Bioengineering Group
Mindy Lubber | President and Founding Board Member | Ceres
Moderator: Susan Hunt Stevens | Founder and CEO | WeSpire