Women Who Empower

Women Who Empower aims to inspire the next generation of female leaders by providing access to experienced industry innovators, promoting individual networking, and strengthening community and business partnerships at Northeastern University.

The speaker series offers unique opportunities for attendees to learn from established and knowledgeable leaders, and to further their own career trajectory and success.

To learn more, please contact:

Valerie Paquette
Director, Alumni Engagement

Giving Opportunities

The Women Who Empower Scholarship Fund ensures greater opportunities for Northeastern’s female undergraduates who demonstrate merit and need. Individual and corporate support nurtures their potential for leadership, creativity, and entrepreneurship, and helps prepare them for academic and professional success.

You may make a gift online or by calling Valerie Paquette at 617.373.8901.

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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 Women Who Empower. As a donor and as board chair, 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, Chair of Northeastern’s Board of Trustees


Marcy Reed, AP’86, a Women Who Empower 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 Empower 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


Women who Empower 5.17.2016“The Future of Healthcare” Article  Video

May 17, 2016 | Boston

Keynote Speaker:
Ellen Zane, CEO Emeritus and Board of Trustees Vice Chair at Tufts Medical Center

Ellen Zane delivered an engaging discussion to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and healthcare professionals on the important topic of “The Future of Healthcare.”

Ellen is a nationally known speaker who served as President CEO of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children. She was the first woman and non-physician to hold the CEO position in the 220-year history of the hospital.



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2016 Women’s Leadership Conference   Article  Video

April 1, 2016 | Boston

In April, Women Who Empower and Northeastern’s student-run Women’s Leadership Network co-hosted the inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference on the university’s Boston campus.

Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun welcomed an interdiscipli­nary panel of young alumnae, which kicked off the two-day event aimed at inspiring and educating the next gen­er­a­tion of women leaders. In addi­tion to the panel dis­cus­sion, the conference featured speakers from a wide breadth of indus­tries.





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