Women Who Inspire

The mission of the Women who Inspire Speaker Series is to empower the next generation of women leaders, provide direct access to industry thought leaders, promote individual networking and career building, support corporate partnerships, and develop mentoring groups at Northeastern University.

The prestigious Speaker Series is comprised of 4 events a year and offers unique opportunities to learn from accomplished women CEOs and senior thought leaders who present diverse and engaging points of view while discussing industry trends, innovation, business challenges, and leadership or career paths.

To learn more, please contact:

Kate Carleton HeadshotKate Carleton
Special Advisor to the VP Alumni Relations

Giving Opportunities

To help inspire the next generation of women leaders, Northeastern invites individual and corporate support of the Women who Inspire Scholarship Fund. With your gift, you will join us in promoting the growth and development of undergraduate and graduate students in technology, engineering, science, and sustainability. You may make a gift online or by calling Kate Carleton at 617.373.7694.

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“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 Inspire Speaker Series. As a donor and as Chair of the Board, 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 Inspire 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.


Join us at a future Women who Inspire Speaker Series event. If you are unable to attend in person, be sure to watch the live streaming video or visit our YouTube page for recent clips.

Past Events

11.19.2015 Women who Inspire "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



9.21.2015 Women in Public Office

"Women in Public Office: Challenges, Progress, and Impact"   Article  Videos 

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




Inspire 6.16.2015"Finance & Private Equity"   Article  Videos

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



Women who Inspire 4.21.15 Panel

"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





President Aoun & Speakers

"Disruptive Technology and Future Trends"   Article  Videos  

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)




"Global Entrepreneurs Driving Change"   Women Who Inspire: Global Entrepreneurs Driving ChangeArticle  Videos

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




women who inspire-9-18-14"How Innovation & Technology are Business Game Changers"  Article  Videos

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 WomenWhoInspire 4-23-14 event
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




Women Who Inspire panel 4-9-14Cutting Edge Technology and Life Sciences  Article  Video
April 9, 2014 | Cambridge, MA

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




Sustainability and Renewable Energy  ArticleWomen Who Inspire 1-28-14 panel  Video
January 28, 2014 | Boston

Wendi Goldsmith | CEO and Founder | Bioengineering Group

Mindy Lubber | President and Founding Board Member | Ceres

Marcy Reed, MS'86 
| President | National Grid of Massachusetts

Moderator: Susan Hunt Stevens | Founder and CEO | WeSpire