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Program Schedule

13 November 2018

12:30 – 13:30

Check-In and Refreshments

13:30 – 14:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Joyce Kulhawik, Master of Ceremonies
Helen G. Drinan, President, Simmons College

14:00-15:00

Opening Keynote

Dame Stephanie Shirley

At the Forefront of the High-Tech Revolution

Dame Stephanie Shirley, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful high-tech entrepreneur you've never heard of. In the 1960s, even before women had the right to work in the UK, she founded a global software company that ultimately employed over 8,500 workers and was valued at $3 billion. In her candid and often hilarious talk, Dame Shirley describes how she upended the expectations of the time—not least by pioneering flexible working conditions for professional women raising children.

15:00 – 16:00

Business Panel

Men Who Get It

Speakers TBA

Our stereotypes and beliefs about gender impact all of us and can contribute to an inequitable work environment. With the majority of organizational leadership positions being held by men, it is vital that men are engaged in creating environments where everyone can flourish. Developing new cultural norms—especially in larger, established companies—is a challenge that requires the commitment and support of men in positions of power. Attend this informative panel discussion to hear from several male leaders “who get it” about their personal perspective on promoting equity, gender balance, and inclusion in the workplace.

16:00 – 16:30

Meet the Speakers

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Book-Signing Break

Dame Stephanie Shirley, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

16:30 - 17:30

Afternoon Keynote

Stacy Blake-Beard

Stacy Blake-Beard, Professor, Simmons School of Business

17:30 - 18:30

Closing Keynote

Leymah Gwobee

Mobilizing Women to Forge a Better Future

Leymah Gwobee, Activist & Author

During Liberia's prolonged civil wars, violence and trauma became the new normal. It was under these intolerable conditions that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee led a coalition of Christian and Muslim women in a protest movement that ushered in the end of conflict and paved the way for election of the country's first female president. Today Gbowee continues to wage peace in Africa and worldwide, working tirelessly for the education and engagement of women and youth—and especially young girls—as leaders and agents of change.

19:00 – 21:30

Irish Themed Networking Dinner

14 November 2018

8:00 — 8:30

Welcome and Coffee

8:30 — 9:30

Opening Keynote

Halla Tómasdóttir

Be a Change Catalyst: Lessons for Principled Leadership

Halla Tómasdóttir, Business Leader & Entrepreneur

An ardent believer in becoming the change you want to see, Hallas Tómasdóttir left a successful career in the corporate world to start the world's first investment firm based on "feminine" values. The payoff from favoring collaboration over ego and emotional capital over financial capital was clear when her firm was one of the few to survive Iceland's financial market meltdown. Tómasdóttir, who also ran a spirited and nearly successful grassroots campaign for Iceland's presidency, has critical lessons to share about challenging the status quo and fighting for a place at the table of power.

9:30 — 10:30

Business Panel

Disrupt the Ordinary

Speakers TBA

Innovation has always been a high-stakes game, but what's different now is that the rules are no longer fixed. Instead of companies trying to out-execute the same business models as their competitors, business models themselves are being rapidly displaced, disrupted, and even destroyed. Drawn from a range of companies that continue to thrive in this new environment, the senior executives on this panel share their insights about encouraging and managing disruptive innovation both personally and professionally.

10:30 — 11:00

Meet the Speakers

Leymah Gwobee

Stacy Blake-Beard

Book-Signing Break

Leymah Gwobee, Activist & Author
Stacy Blake-Beard, Professor, Simmons School of Business

11:00 — 12:00

Morning Keynote

Diana Theodores

Discovering Your Inner Revolutionary

Diana Theodores, International Performance Coach

The great female pioneers of modern dance dared to disrupt a century of constrictive attitudes toward the female body, finally claiming ownership of a full range of expression. Executive performance coach Diana Theodores draws on her years of training with these revolutionaries to show today's women leaders how they, too, can create their own authentic signatures and raise the visibility of their voices, vision, and values. Through a mix of storytelling, case studies, and interactive experiences, Theodores's session will demonstrate how stepping into your fullest presence can open up new levels of professional engagement, power, and fulfillment.

12:00 — 13:15

Luncheon

13:15 — 14:15

Afternoon Keynote

Lara Logan

The View from the Front Lines

Lara Logan, 60 Minutes correspondent and CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent

In an era of fake news and broad distrust of the media, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is known as a truth-teller. Offering a behind-the-scenes look at foreign affairs reporting, she shares some of her experiences as a witness to war—most notably in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Logan also describes her decision to report on her brutal sexual assault at the hands of a mob in Egypt, and to speak up about the violence that women journalists face in the field. With compelling insight and refreshing honesty, Logan argues passionately about the need for journalists to demand truth and justice in an increasingly connected world.

14:15 — 15:30

Signature Dialogue

Mariane Pearl

Lara Logan


15:30 — 16:00

Meet the Speakers

Diana Theodores

Book-Signing Break

Diana Theodores, PhD, International Performance Coach

16:00 — 17:00

Closing Keynote

Ziauddin Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Ziauddin and Malala Yousafzai

Investing in the World, One Girl at a Time

Ziauddin Yousafzai with Malala Yousafzai

As an educator and activist, Ziauddin Yousafzai encouraged his daughter Malala to excel in school and to speak her mind. In his introductory talk, he describes the unjust, exploitative treatment of girls in their native Pakistan, the conditions that Malala began to protest from the age of 10 and made her the target of the Taliban’s vicious attack. Speaking via satellite from the UK where she now attends university, Malala then joins her father in telling the story of their ongoing fight for the right to education. For 130 million aspiring girls who are still unable to attend school, Malala seeks nothing short of social transformation.

17:00 — 17:30

Connection Reception