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, to provide direct access to industry professionals, to promote individual networking, to support corporate partnerships, and to develop women leadership cohort groups.

The panel events offer opportunities to learn from accomplished women presenting diverse and engaging points of view, and they are open to male and female students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, and industry professionals. Past Women Who Inspire topics have included renewable energy and sustainability; entrepreneurship and innovation in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries; 3-D imaging, cloud computing and big data in technology and engineering; and “What You Need to Know to Serve on a Board of Directors.”

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 event video.


Upcoming Events

Global Entrepreneurs Driving Change
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University, Boston

Pamela Goldberg
CEO | Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

Diane Hessan
CEO | Communispace

Vanessa Kerry, MD
CEO | Seed Global Health

Jules Pieri
Co-Founder & CEO | The Grommet

Emerging Trends in Technology
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | Silicon Valley, California


Past Events

women who inspire-9-18-14"How Innovation and Technology are Business Game Changers"     Article
Thursday, 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)




Education: Empowering Girls One Book at a Time
     Article  WomenWhoInspire 4-23-14 event
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Boston

Nicholas Kristof
Co-author of Half the Sky, Pulitzer Prize winner, and New York Times columnist

Sheila Marcelo
Founder and CEO | Care.com

John Wood
Founder & Co-Chair | Room to Read

Sheryl WuDunn
Co-author of Half the Sky and Pulitzer Prize winner



Women Who Inspire panel 4-9-14Biotech and Pharma     Article
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Cambridge, Mass.

Christine Cournoyer, MA'75
CEO | N-of-One Therapeutics

Deborah Dunsire, MD
President and CEO | Forum Pharmaceuticals

Adelene Perkins
President and CEO | Infinity Pharmaceuticals

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
Tuesday, 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

Susan Hunt Stevens
Founder and CEO | Practically Green