Thursday, May 3
Speakers: Sally Yates, Miriam Vogel (L'01)
Join alumna, Miriam Vogel (L'01), Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, for a conversation with her friend and mentor, Sally Yates, Former Deputy Attorney General, about the momentum women's movements are garnering today.
Speakers: Mary Giuliani (C'97); Chudney Ross (C'97)
Join chef, author, and entertainer Mary Giuliani (C'97), and Hoya classmate and friend, Chudney Ross (C'97), author, teacher, & entrepreneur, as they discuss life after the Hilltop. In this fun, candid, and authentic conversation, Mary and Chudney will explore how they followed their passions post-Georgetown to create a purpose and mission driven life. From entrepreneurship to friendship to motherhood and beyond, Mary and Chudney will share their stories and lessons learned - the fun and the maybe not so fun!
Speakers: Dr. Sunnie Kim, Lisa Mayr (MBA'98), Sumara Thompson-King (L'84), Victoria Espinel (F'89, L'92), Dr. Maria Trujillo
Women make up 50% of the U.S. workforce, but only 30% of the workforce in STEM fields. Economic prosperity depends on a diverse group of people in high growth sectors such as STEM. When considering women's economic inclusion, an important conversation focuses on how to attract more women and girls into STEM fields and ensure that they are able to succeed. During this interactive session, our panelists will discuss what the future of STEM could look like with more inclusion.
Speakers: Margaret Huang (F'91), Julie Kinch (B'82), Maria Krasnikow Harris (L'02), Juliette Pryor (L'91, MS'91), Leslie Slavich (L'03), Dr. Catherine Tinsley
Despite all of the research that indicates having women in the C-suite makes businesses more profitable, women represent only 4% of CEOs globally and 11% of CFO roles. Hear from our panel of experienced women leaders on how they shattered the glass ceilings in their individual corporations, and their suggestions for how to set more women up for success.
Speakers: Naomi Mezey, LiJia Gong (F'08, L'13)
This interactive and intergenerational workshop will begin with some reflections on feminist identity from Baby Boomer, GenX and Millennial perspectives. It will ask participants to consider how, why, and whether they identity as feminist in their personal and professional lives; how their identities and understandings of feminism have changed over time; and how feminism fits (or not) with other dimensions of identity which are a source of strength or self-reflection.
Speakers: Citlalli Alvarez (C'15), Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Ebony Howard (L'07), Dr. Madeline Sutton (C'89), Jennifer Weston
The enslavement of those of African descent marked the beginnings of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free. Racial injustice plagues spheres such as legal, political, social, employment, medical, and more. Join our diverse panel of alumnae for open and honest discussion about how we can each make a difference in racial justice across industries.
Speakers: Gwen Young, Ambassador Dina Kawar, Passy Mubalama
In today’s dynamic and interconnected world, inclusive leadership is more critical than ever. At the same time, it is clear that representation alone will not be enough – leadership must also innovate to accommodate the realities of the world we live in. In a truly inclusive government, diverse voices must be represented across positions of power and decision-making that impact both our futures and our daily lives. This session will focus on the evolution of government and public service leadership in the 21 st century, and where we need to go from here to ensure leadership of the future reflects the society we live in.
Speakers: Katherine Londergan (C'04)
As a director at IDEO, Katherine applies Design Thinking to business problems in all industries. In this experiential workshop for women in all career stages and industries, she will help you use Design Thinking to prototype possible futures for your career that consider your values and other variables. Together, you will conceive, design and prototype the path ahead, back-cast what would need to be true to set you on that path, and leave with tools and a bias toward action to take your first steps.
Speakers: Professor Melissa Bradley (B'89), Amanda Eilian (F'99), Lynn Margherio (C'88), Dee Poku Spalding, Tiffany Yu (B'10)
Women are founding companies at a historic rate. Whether disenchanted with corporate America, frustrated by the lack of gender equity in the workplace, or faced with the complexities of family balance, more and more women are choosing entrepreneurship. And that is not just significant for women, but for the world. Women entrepreneurs drive economic growth, unlock human capital, and transform social challenges in new and significant ways. And yet, women entrepreneurs continue to face challenges in access and equity: to capital, venture backed funding, mentorship, and beyond. Hear from alumnae entrepreneurs and investors as they discuss entrepreneurship as means for empowerment, innovation, and social change.
Speakers: Julia Farr Connolly (C’88, Parent’18, Parent’21); Kara Ross (C’88)
In conversation with Julia Farr Connolly (C'88, Parent'19, '21), hear from Kara Ross (C'88), entrepreneur, activist, artist, and designer, as she discusses her newest endeavor, Unleashed, and its mission of supporting and empowering talented craft women around the world. With intimate access, #ConnectingThread tells the stories of these Unleashed artisans through film, each directed by a female Oscar-caliber director. See the stories and hear the impact, all made possible by and through the arts.
Speakers: Jen Dalton (B'99, MBAE'12), Julia Farr Connolly (C'88), Christina Van Houten (C'89), Tracey Griffin (B'87)
We all have a personal brand whether we realize it or not. The question is how many of us are intentional in identifying and building that brand? Hear from Hoyas as they discuss the complexities of personal brand for women: what we can learn from how corporations think about brand, how personal brand can impact visibility, executive presence, and leadership style, and the the multifaceted challenges of balancing societal expectations and personal authenticity.
Speakers: Katherine Londergan (C'04), Dean Kelly Otter (Parent'18), Faye Ricci (F'90), Cinthia Lopez (MA'01)
Given rapidly evolving technology, the rise of artificial intelligence, changing generational demographics, and influences like the gig economy and augmentation, what will the future of work look like? These forces, combined with a rising focus on mindfulness, purpose, and engagement make this an ideal time to be leveraging talent differently and designing new ways of thinking about how we work. Join us for a discussion about how women may be poised particularly well for this shift and what we can all do to maximize future opportunities for ourselves and those we lead.
Speakers: Ashley Merryman (L’98); Maheen Kaleem (F’07, L’13); Jennifer Stybel (C’03); Rachel Schall Thomas (B’93); Terri Carmichael Jackson (C’89, L’92)
Now more than ever, researchers understand how significantly gender equity can transform global challenges. Educating and empowering young girls to embrace their potential and understand the unique role they play as future leaders is a critical part of that transformation. Join us to hear from alumnae who dedicate themselves to inspiring young girls and women, advocating for equal rights, providing access to education, and investing in female entrepreneurs.
Speakers: Helen Brosnan (C'16), Denise Gitsham (L'07)
Today, women make up only 19.6% of Congress and 12% of U.S. Governors. To change these numbers, more women must run for office! Our inspiring panel will discuss their journeys running for office and why they hope to see more women run. They will cover political fundraising, unique challenges faced by women in the political process, and advice for managing a campaign. Let's work together as women to achieve political parity!
Speakers: Sonal Shah; Dana Hyde (L’96); Maya Raghu (L’98); Greta Schettler (MSFS’11)
It is nearly impossible to move in the right direction if you do not know where you currently stand. This panel, combining recent economic data with strategies to uplift women in need, will address how to empower women through various development, policy and business initiatives. Our panelists will cover how to better leverage technology and data to elevate the economic status of women, locally and abroad, through entrepreneurship.
Speakers: Ashley Merryman (L'98); Dominique Taylor (B'00)
In conversation with Dominique Taylor (B'00), Senior Vice President, HR & Culture at Axios, hear from Ashley Merryman (L'09), award winning journalist and author, as she discusses her research into what what makes us succeed, how we become leaders, and how we thrive. Join the conversation as Dominique and Ashley discuss the unique challenges women face in defining and achieving success- at work and at home - and what we can learn from science with regards to humility, motivation, performance, competition, and parenting.
Speakers: Dr. Rebecca Heino; Smruti Patel (L'04); Joyce Utz (N'89, L'92)
Managing in the 21st century presents greater challenges due to the increased use of teams and the need to work effectively across cultures and diverse groups. Teams have emerged as a favored work arrangement for such activities as developing new products, providing professional services, and starting new businesses. Within and across cultures, managers must learn to deal with people that come from various backgrounds and have different values and ways of communicating. Those that develop cross-cultural intelligence will be more successful. This workshop will look at how to lead teams more effectively - from designing teams to managing interpersonal dynamics.
Wrap the day up with a networking cocktail reception with your fellow forum attendees.
Friday, May 4
Kickstart your Friday with a sweaty Scull & Sculpt session at DC Row, The Wharf! DC Row's signature class combines rowing intervals on their WaterRowers with dynamic sculpting exercises for the perfect balance of cardio and strength training. High-intensity intervals will alternate pushes of extreme activity and higher stroke rates with recovery and core exercises, with the goal to increase aerobic capacity and efficiency. This total-body burn is as fun as it is effective.
Speakers: Jane Aiken, Judy Areen, Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Join Professor Jane Aiken, Former Georgetown Law Dean Judy Areen and Ambassador Melanne Verveer for a conversation about Georgetown's path to gender equity. They'll discuss how the history, what is happening now and what their vision for the future is.
Speakers: Rachel Schall Thomas (B'93)
Join Rachel Schall Thomas (B'93), Co-founder and President at Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation and Jodi Miller, Partner at McKinsey & Company to discuss the results of the 2017 Women in the Workplace report.
Speakers: Terri Carmichael Jackson (C'89, L'92); Nancy Hogshead-Makar (L'97); Dawn Ridley
The #MeToo campaign has brought the issue of sexual assault to the forefront of conversations over the past year. Women athletes from across the country have been coming forward to share their experiences with sexual abuse, at all levels of competition. But what's next? How do we move from revelation to policy? Join our panel of experts to discuss what we can do to put protections in place for our women athletes.
Speakers: Judith Perez Caro, Lacey Schwartz (C'98)
Answering what it means to honor yourself, tell your own story, and be vulnerable, Lacey Schwartz, a respected filmmaker and experienced media consultant, and Judith Perez Caro will tackle the importance of recognizing and embracing one's identity through the powerful medium of storytelling. They will address the role of perception, privilege and critical conversations in bringing your "whole self" into both your personal and professional life.
Speakers: Carolyn Dewing-Hommes (C'82), Katherine Holloway (B'03)
The term unconscious bias refers to the way in which the brain routinely and rapidly sorts people into different groups, bypassing normal, rational and logical thinking. Regardless of how fair-minded we believe ourselves to be, all people have some degree of unconscious bias, and many people even hold unconscious bias towards the group that they belong to. Join our alumnae experts for a workshop designed to uncover your unconscious biases and discuss ways to identify and mitigate for them in the future.
Speakers: Greta Van Susteren (L’79, L’83, H’13); Soraya Chemaly (C’88); Ellana Lee (C’94); Ann Sarnoff (B’83, P’17)
Men still dominate media across all platforms—television, newspapers, online and wires—with change coming only incrementally. Women are not equal partners in telling the story, nor are they equal partners in sourcing and interpreting what and who is important in the story. Join our panelists for lunch as they discuss their experiences as women in the media, as well as what their hopes are for the future of representation of women in the future.