Women Who Inspire

Northeastern University has made a special commitment to support the advancement and scholarship of women in technology, engineering, science, and sustainability. The mission of the Women who Inspire Speaker Series is to empower the next generation of women leaders, provide direct access to industry professionals, promote individual networking, support corporate partnerships, and develop mentoring groups at Northeastern.

These prestigious panel events offer unique opportunities to learn from accomplished women CEOs and senior thought leaders who present diverse and engaging points of view, while discussing new technology, future trends, and business challenges. Events are open to students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, Board of Trustees, Corporation members, and industry professionals. Men are encouraged to attend. Topics include: disruptive technology and future trends; cloud computing, big data, and 3-D imaging; renewable energy and sustainability; global entrepreneurs driving change; and innovation in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

To learn more, please contact:

Kate Carleton HeadshotKate Carleton
Special Advisor to the Senior Vice President for University Advancement

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.


Northeastern invites you to join us at a future Women who Inspire 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

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