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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 program offers unique opportunities to learn from established leaders with experience and knowledge for the development of your career success.


Seed to STEM
Tuesday, September 26 | 6- 8:30 p.m. | Boston, MA

Powered by Women Who Empower and Northeastern Circuits programming, we invite you to join us for what promises to be an impactful, informative and awe-inspiring evening dedicated to women in STEM. Hear from a multigenerational panel of Northeastern women dedicated to accelerating the values of their respective fields, as they open up for a candid discussion on the real opportunities, obstacles, successes and pitfalls that have helped shape their careers.

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Beyond the Label: Redefining Success on Your Own Terms
An Evening with Maureen Chiquet, Former Global CEO of Chanel and Author of Beyond the Label
Monday, November 6 | 5 – 6 p.m. | Boston, MA

As Global CEO of Chanel—and, earlier, as President of Banana Republic Maureen Chiquet steered global brands through a decade of disruption, and she did so with traditionally ‘feminine’ skills of empathy and communication. Now, she speaks on the value of having women in top leadership positions—and what we can all learn from injecting more compassion and collaboration into the workplace.

Co-hosted by University Advancement & Student Affairs in celebration of Homecoming!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Work Smart Salary Negotiation

Keynote Speaker: Ashley Paré, AGS’09 | Founder of Own Your Worth




Wednesday, April 12, 2017
She Started It Film Screening and Reception

Keynote Speaker: Nora Poggi, Film Director and Producer



Monday, March 27, 2017
Career Workshop for Creative Professionals

Keynote Speaker: Jess Peterson, AMD’07 | CEO & Creative Producer of Mighty Oak and HATCH Stories




Friday, March 3, 2017
The State of Women’s Advancement in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Policy Research Symposium
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Event Chairs: Jamie Ladge | Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Development & Alicia Sasser Modestino | Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics; Associate Director, Dukakis Center
Moderator: Katie Johnston | Boston Globe Reporter



Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
Women who Empower: Global Entrepreneurship
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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Kerry, H’15 | Co-Founder and CEO, Seed Global Health
Moderator: Dr. Carmen Sceppa | Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences


11/09/16 - BOSTON, MA. - Keynote speaker, Helen Russell, Co-founder &CEO, Equator Coffees & Teas, Inc. and President Joseph E. Aoun give remarks during the Women Who Empower event held in East Village, 17th Floor at Northeastern University on Nov. 9, 2016. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
Women who Empower Summit
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Featured Speakers:
Meredith “Max” Hodges | Boston Ballet
Kristen Kish | “Top Chef”; “36 Hours”
Helen Russell, DMSB ’88 | Equator Coffees & Teas
Maryrose Sylvester | Current powered by GE


Women who Empower events feature some of the most accomplished leaders in industry sharing their expertise with attendees. Below is a sample of the great insights shared through the program, from advice on how to be an entrepreneur to sharing perspectives on the future of big data.

Visit our YouTube page for a full collection of videos from previous events.


The Women who Empower Fund supports women’s initiatives on campus, including providing greater opportunities for female undergraduate students of merit and need to pursue a Northeastern education. Your investment empowers the growth and development of future generations of women leaders.

You may make a gift online.

“As a donor and as Chair of the Board, I am pleased to support the efforts of Women who Empower to acknowledge women for their leadership, foster mentors, and ignite opportunities for women at every level.”

—Henry Nasella, UC’77, H’08

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