From finance to fashion, healthcare to health and fitness,
entrepreneurship to engineering, Women Who Empower
has an event for you. Here are some previous and upcoming
panels and summits.





International Women’s Week 2021 at Northeastern University

This year, instead of having one day long International Women’s Day celebration, the IWC will be hosting a week-long celebration dedicated to showcasing all of (or at least a lot of) the wonderful women at Northeastern. Additionally, we are proud that this week will be co-sponsored by a number of our IWOC organizations, meaning that for the first time in university history, the women’s organizations on campus will be working together for an interdisciplinary IWD event! The week will feature ten different panels and five workshops each centered around highlighting the work and achievements of Women at Northeastern.


Fintech Networking Hour

Connect with fellow alumni and students to discuss and learn about trends and opportunities in fintech.

Michael Almeraris, DMSB’05, Greta Meszoely, DMSB’91, MS’94, PhD’07 and Doug Lowenstein will briefly give an overview of their backgrounds and then facilitate discussion and answer questions from attendees.

Join us to learn from their expertise and meet others who are passionate about the trends and opportunities in the dynamic fintech field.


COS Connects: Research at the Frontier of Marine & Estuarine Systems featuring Randall Hughes, Professor in the College of Science

Join Hazel Sive, Dean of the College of Science, as she talks to Randall Hughes, Associate Dean for Equity and Associate Professor of Marine & Environmental Sciences as part of the Women Who Empower International Women’s Day Celebration.


How the Liberal Arts Matter: A Conversation about Learning and Research in a Pandemic World

Join Uta Poiger, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, for a conversation about the liberal arts in the age of COVID. Panelists and the audience will explore how faculty and students, in collaboration with communities beyond the university, address key social challenges of our time by creating and curating knowledge and developing effective policy solutions.


Marketing You Can’t Ignore in 2021

In this 30-minute program, panelists will share their knowledge on the importance of marketing their venture. They will share their approach to it and will touch on the different approaches and resources available to help entrepreneurs.


Breaking Barriers: Designing Your Money Map with Nora Yousif

Ever wish your money came with instructions? Well now it does. Join us as we review your financial roadmap for adulting into your 20s and 30s. Learn how to tackle your goals, unbury yourself from student loans, avoid common investing pitfalls, and be on the path toward financial independence.


The Society of Women Engineers hosts Jeannine Sargent, E’87, Northeastern Trustee and Senior Advisor, Generation Investment Management

Jeannine Sargent is an experienced global CEO, entrepreneur, investor board member, proven innovator, and engineer who has repeatedly built and scaled multi-billion-dollar business at the forefront of technological developments in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. She is an intuitive and creative appraiser of markets, technologies, and products, with a three-decade track record of executive leadership building sustainably profitable businesses in emerging, high-tech industries




Roux Institute International Women’s Day Celebration


Adria Horn (Tilson)
Katie Shorey (LWM)
Emily Dwinnels (NASA–Marine Space Grant)

Moderated by: Margaret Angell


DMSB Women in Finance Hosts Ilaria Piemontese, PNT’23, CFO of Aerin


Women Who Empower: Charlotte

The Northeastern University Charlotte campus hosts Tiffany M. Allen, Director of empowHERment and Nicole Wild Merl, CPS ’16 Co-founder of Women Voters USA.


Hong Kong Community Event: From a Newspaper Column to a TV Show, featuring Holly Chung, CPS’15.


From Northeastern to Now: Alumnae in the Music Industry


Melanie Shark, AMD’14 – Program Manager, Licensing at Mandolin

Stephanie Joseph, AMD’16Manager, Business Affairs at Universal Music Group

Colleen Hall, AMD’09 – Manager, Business & Legal Affairs, Sony Music Publishing

Sabrina Boyd-Surka, AMD’16Radio Operations & Audio Production at WHYY
Timothy Van Bloem, AMD’23 – Moderator



Women Who Empower at the Spring Marketplace | Boston Campus

Help women-owned businesses bloom! Join us from 11am­-4pm on Thursday, March 25, in the Robinson Tents for shopping featuring products, books, and gifts from female founders, writers, and innovators.


TEDxNortheasternU 2021: Horizons, Cultivate & Imagine Featuring Diane MacGillivray, Senior Vice President for University Advancement at Northeastern

TEDxNortheasternU is a student-led organization that strives to connect the Northeastern community through facilitating conversation and fostering ideas. With the spirit of spreading TED’s mission of Ideas Worth Spreading, this year TEDxNortheasternU brings to you Horizons.


Building Your Cultural Agility Workshop featuring Dr. Paula Caligiuri


The Impacts of COVID-19 on Working Parents, Childcare, and Gender Equity featuring Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino

Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship During Covid-19

Join the Women Who Empower Ambassadors for a discussion on tech, innovation and entrepreneurship during COVID. This conversation will feature a panel of dynamic female speakers, that will share their experiences leading in their companies in these sectors. The virtual discussion is co-hosted with the New College of the Humanities, London.

International Women’s Day Author Series

Tue, April 21, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

As part of our *ongoing* celebration of Women’s History Month, we are delighted to bring you this special edition of the Create33 author series. For women and allies interested in “navigating life with confidence, solidarity and compassion,” and “igniting change, taking control, and succeeding,” this is one conversation you can’t miss! Two incredible local authors and leaders engage and inspire us through the power of story. Mikaela Kiner, in her book Female Firebrands, highlights 13 amazing women and the challenges they have faced and overcome. Rebekah Bastian, in her novel Blaze Your Own Trail, takes us on a path of discovery in a “choose your own journey” format, illuminating there is no *one* right path for anyone, personally or professionally.

Women who Empower: Our World

Boston, Massachusetts

March, 2020

A Conversation with Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi | Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Katherine Clark | U.S. Representative, 5th District, Massachusetts

Meghna Chakrabartihost of “On Point” from WBUR and National Public Radio 

Diane MacGillivray | Senior Vice President of University Advancement, Northeastern University

Women who Empower: Our World

New York City, New York

March, 2020

Women in the Law: Strength and Diversity–Women of Color in Leadership

The Honorable Victoria Roberts | United States District Court Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Chaumtoli Huq | Associate Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law

Carmelyn Malalis | Chair and Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights

Angélicque Moreno | President, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Susan Shah | Managing Director of Racial Justice, Trinity Church Wall Street

Women who Empower: Our World

Charlotte, North Carolina

March, 2020

Mind & Body: Experiencing the Heart of Artificial Intelligence

Angela Yochem | EVP, Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Novant Health

Professor Holly Jimison | Director of the Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Women Who Empower: Our World

London, UK

March, 2020

Jonathan Goodwin, PNT’22 | Partner and Head of Merchant Banking, Alvarium

Morgan Mixon | Chief Operating Officer, accelerateHER

Misha Daud, PNT’24 | Owner, Eye Candy

Julietta Dexter, PNT’20 | Founder & CEO, The Communications Store

Women Who Empower: Our World

Mumbai, India

March, 2020

Andrea Garcia, SSH’18 | Young Global Leader

Minal Vazirani | Co-Founder and President, Saffronart

Devita Saraf | Chairman and CEO, VU Technologies

Priya Prakash | Founder & CEO, Health-Set-Go

Kritika Singh, COS’20 | Founder, Malaria Free World; Founder, Northeastern University Global Health Initiative

The Civic Experience: A Conversation with Samantha Power

January, 2020

From war correspondent to Pulitzer Prize-winning author to senior presidential adviser. Hear from one of America’s top diplomats and a true global citizen about her experiences turning idealism into action on the world stage.  

Paris Boston Women’s Forum

September, 2019

More than 100 leaders from universities, nonprofit organizations, and corporations in the United States and France convened at Northeastern University to discuss gender-based inequalities.

Women who Empower: Our World

March, 2019


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Women who Empower: Are You In?

Wednesday, November 18, 2018

Nastia Liukin – Five-time Olympic Medalist and Co-Founder of Grander
Robbie Myers – Editor-in-Chief of & Former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE
Cheryl Kaplan – President and Co-Founder of M.Gemi
Anjimile – Singer-Songwriter
Fernanda Tapia – Chef and Co-Owner of Comedor
Henry Nasella, UC’77, H’08 – Chair Emeritus, Northeastern University Board of Trustees

Women who Empower our World

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Diane MacGillivray: Senior Vice President of University Advancement, Northeastern University
Philomena Mantella: Senior Vice President & CEO of Northeastern University’s Lifelong Learning Network
Bella Pollen: Writer and Journalist
Farida Khelfa: Model, Actress, and Documentary Filmmaker
Juliette Mayers: Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker
Ashley Paré: Founder & Coach, Own Your Worth, LLC
Jessica Yamas: CWE-WBENC Director
Binja Basimike: Vice Chair of the Young Alumni Advisory Board, Northeastern University
April Zhong: Founder, President & CEO, SilRay Inc.
Jeannine Sargent: CEO, Investor, Advisor and BOD Member
Sherry Moore: Senior Engineer, Google

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


Beyond the Label: Redefining Success on Your Own Terms

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

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

Seed to STEM

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

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

Work Smart Salary Negotiation

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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

She Started It Film Screening and Reception

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Nora Poggi, Film Director and Producer

Career Workshop for Creative Professionals

Monday, March 27, 2017

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

The State of Women’s Advancement in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Policy Research Symposium

Friday, March 3, 2017

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


Women Who Empower Summit

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

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