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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.


Winter and Spring 2018 Events to be announced shortly.


Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 
Women who Empower Summit: The Story of our Lives


Featured Speakers:
Kathleen Breen Combes, CPS’16 | Boston Ballet
Eve Bridburg | GrubStreet, Inc.
Silvia López Chavez| Artist
Danielle Duplin | FreeWind Productions
Lauren Shapiro | Journalist and Culinary Historian
Erin French | The Lost Kitchen


Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 
Beyond the Label: Redefining Success on Your Own Terms

Keynote Speaker: Maureen Chiquet | Former Global CEO of Chanel and Author of Beyond the Label
Moderator: Linda Pizzuti Henry | Managing Director at The Boston Globe and Co-Founder of HUBweek



Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Seed to STEM
Article | Videos

Featured Speakers:
Christina Kach COE’09, MS’16 | Associate Consultant of Continuous Improvement Methodology, Liberty Mutual
Azita Razzaghi BHS’88, PhD’91 | Head of Safety and Pharmacovigilance, Verastem Inc.
Allison Ventura CCIS’15 | Senior Software Engineer, HubSpot
Moderator: Dr. Jackie Isaacs, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Engineering
Opening Remarks: Dean Carla Brodley, College of Computer and Information Science
Closing Remarks: Dean Susan Parish, Bouvé College of Health Sciences


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
Article | Videos | PhotosSlides

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
Article | Video

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
Article | Photo Gallery | Graphic Summary

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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