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Women’s Leadership Forums

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Free
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Join prominent women leaders in a conversation about gender equality then and now!

Three virtual panel discussions address the past, present and future of women’s leadership.

On November 4, a dozen women leaders in business, finance, law, education, journalism, politics, government and civic advocacy will explore the status of gender equality in the U.S., reflecting on lessons learned, current challenges and action plans for the future. This interactive event is free and open to the public. Register here for one or all three forums: REGISTER NOW

FEATURED PANELS:

  • A Historical Look at Active Women’s Citizenry (10-11:30 am)
  • Women’s Leadership in Our Time (1-2:30 pm)
  • The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality: Leadership for the Future (3-4:30 pm)

 

BONUS: The nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center will give a briefing at 12 pm about its August FactTank report on national perceptions of gender equality and women in leadership. Vision 2020 thanks The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company for sponsoring this event. Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican, and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, are serving as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Jennifer M. Granholm

BIO
Jennifer M. Granholm

Jennifer is a former two-term governor of Michigan who led the state through a period of unprecedented economic challenge and change. She became the first woman elected governor of Michigan in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006 with what was at the time the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in the state. She was term limited in 2011. Prior to being elected governor, Jennifer was the Michigan attorney general from 1998-2002. After leaving public office, she joined the faculty at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in law and public policy. She is a senior research fellow at both the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, and the California Institute on Energy and the Environment. She is a senior contributor to CNN and is the CEO of Granholm Mulhern Associates. Jennifer chairs American Bridge, a political research entity, and serves on the board of the National Vote at Home Institute and numerous other not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. She co-author of the political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Future.

Olympia J. Snowe

BIO
Olympia J. Snowe

Olympia is a former United States Senator who served from 1995-2013 and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995. Prior to her election to Congress, she served in the Maine Senate and the Maine House of Representatives. Olympia was the first woman to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. When first elected a U.S. Representative in 1978 at the age of 31, she was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress. She is currently on the board of directors of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and Synchrony Financial and vice chair of the board of the Kaiser Family Foundation. She is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the board and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform. She is a member of the advisory group for Roivant Sciences. Olympia also serves as a board or committee member for a number of nonprofits, including the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and the Committee of Square Roots. In 2014, she

BOOKS: Seven participants in the Women’s Leadership Forums are authors. See below links to one of their recent books.

 

Agenda

Welcome and Introduction

Lynn H. Yeakel President of Vision 2020

Lynn H. Yeakel, MSM

BIO
Lynn H. Yeakel, MSM

Lynn is the founder and president of Vision 2020, the national women’s equality coalition headquartered at Drexel University. She is also director of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, where she holds the Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women’s Health. Previously Lynn was Mid-Atlantic regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, having been appointed by President Clinton in 1994. She won the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary for a U.S. Senate seat in1992, drawing national attention in “The Year of the Woman 1.0,” and nearly unseated the longtime incumbent in the general election. Prior to that, Lynn was a founder of Women’s Way, the first and largest women’s fundraising coalition in the nation, and served as its CEO from 1980-1992. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and former trustee of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and received a masters degree in management from the American College. She has been honored with numerous awards for leadership and humanitarian contributions. Since 2010, Lynn has received the Common Cause John Gardner Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Red Cross Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Alice Paul Institute Alice Paul Equality Award, among others. She is the

Panel 1: A Historical Look at Active Women’s Citizenry

10 – 11:30 am Moderator: Renée T. White, PhD Wheaton College Provost

Panelists

  • Ellen Goodman Co-host She Votes! Podcast, Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, Author, and Founder of The Conversation Project
  • Angela P. Dodson Editor and Writer, Author of “Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box”
  • Jacqueline Antonovich, PhD Professor of History at Muhlenberg College

Renée T. White

BIO
Renée T. White

Renée is provost and professor of sociology at Wheaton College (MA). Her professional and academic projects combine her training in sociology with urban studies, black studies and women’s and gender studies. Renée earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. She is author of one book and co-editor of three books. Her recent articles include “I Dream a World: Black Panther and the Re-Making of Blackness” (2018) in New Political Science and “Doing the Hard Work: Democratic Practice in Higher Education” (2016) in the book Higher Education for Democratic Innovation. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Black Panther: Afrofuturism, Gender, Identity, and the Re-Making of Blackness. Renée currently serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education, and on the National Leadership Circle of Vision 2020. She actively participates in the Council of Europe’s International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy.

Ellen Goodman

BIO
Ellen Goodman

A trailblazer and powerful voice for women, Ellen has spent most of her career chronicling social change and its impact on American life. A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, she was one of the first to bring a woman’s voice to the newspaper opinion pages. According to Media Watch, she became the most widely syndicated progressive columnist in the country. Ellen began her career as a researcher for Newsweek magazine in the days when only men wrote for the publication. She moved on to become a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and then The Boston Globe, where she began writing a column. Her twice-weekly column was syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group and appeared in over 400 newspapers until she stopped writing it in 2010. Since then she has written seven books, including the New York Times best seller with Patricia O’Brien, You Know Just What I Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women’s Lives. Honors include the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award and the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Angela P. Dodson

BIO
Angela P. Dodson

Angela is the author of Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box and writer of an introduction to a new edition of Jailed for Freedom: A First-Person Account of the Militant Fight for Women’s Rights, by Doris Stevens, first published in 1920. Angela has been a senior editor for The New York Times and executive editor of Black Issues Book Review. She is CEO of Editorsoncall LLC and most recently worked as a contributing editor for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. As an editor and ghost writer of books, Angela has worked on In Charge: Finding the Leader in You, by Myles Munroe, He Is Risen: Reflections on Easter and the Forty Days of Lent, by Richard Abanes, and Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority, by Tom Burrell. Angela is a graduate of Marshall University and earned a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs at American University.

Jacqueline Antonovich

BIO
Jacqueline Antonovich

Jacqueline is an assistant professor of History at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she specializes in the history of medicine and politics in the United States. Her current writing projects include a book manuscript on women physicians and medical imperialism in the American West, and an article on the public health politics of the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Colorado. She is the co-founder and executive editor of Nursing Clio, a peer-reviewed collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender, health, and medicine. Jacqueline holds a PhD in History from the University of Michigan and a MA in History and Women’s Studies from the University of Wyoming.

Special Lunchtime Session: Views of Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership in the U.S.

12 – 1 pm

  • Hosted by Eileen McDonnell Chairman and CEO of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Presented by Juliana Horowitz Associate Director of Research for the Pew Research Center

Eileen C. McDonnell

BIO
Eileen C. McDonnell

Eileen is chairman and chief executive officer of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. She was appointed CEO in 2011 and president in 2010, after serving as chief marketing officer since 2008. Before joining Penn Mutual, she was president of New England Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife, and senior vice president of the Guardian Life Insurance Company. Eileen is a former member of the Master of Science in Management faculty at The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA, where she held the endowed chair for Women and Financial Services. She is the author of Marketing Financial Services to Women. Eileen serves on the Board of Managers of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn Mutual; on the board of the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania; and on the board of Universal Health Services, Inc. In 2016, she was named to the Drexel LeBow Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board. A graduate of Molloy College, she majored in mathematics and computer science, and received an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2011. She earned her MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University.

Juliana Menasce Horowitz

BIO
Juliana Menasce Horowitz

Juliana is associate director of research at Pew Research Center. She is involved in all stages of the research process, including designing and managing major survey projects, developing questionnaires, analyzing polling data, writing reports and presenting survey results. She has conducted research and written on various social issues, including racial attitudes, cross-national views of gender equality, and the changing American family. She also has worked on the Center’s U.S. politics and global attitudes research efforts. Before joining Pew Research Center in 2006, Horowitz worked at the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland. She received a doctorate in political science from the University of Maryland at College Park. Horowitz regularly presents findings from the Center’s studies to the policy and academic communities and has been interviewed by numerous domestic and international media outlets.

Panel 2: Women’s Leadership in Our Time

1 – 2:30 pm Moderator: Roberta Liebenberg, Esq. Senior Partner at Fine Kaplan and Black

Panelists

  • Signe Wilkinson Pulitzer Prize-winning Editorial Cartoonist
  • Lucy Gettman Executive Director of Women in Government
  • Carrie Freeman Co-CEO of SecondMuse
  • Lynn Perry Wooten, PhD President of Simmons University

Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg

BIO
Roberta “Bobbi” Liebenberg

Bobbi is a partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia. She focuses her practice on antitrust and class actions. She has chaired numerous organizations devoted to gender equality in the legal profession, including the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the ABA Gender Equity Task Force, the ABA Presidential Initiative on Achieving Long Term Careers for Women in Law,  DirectWomen, the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations’ committees on women in the profession, and the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness. Bobbi has played a leadership role in Vision 2020 since its creation, serving as a vice chair, a member of the Leadership Circle, and a speaker at several National Congress meetings. Among the many professional organizations and publications that have honored Bobbi with awards are the American Antitrust Institute Private Enforcement Hall of Fame, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the ABA Law Practice Division, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, Chambers Women in Law, the National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel magazine, Inside Counsel magazine, The Legal Intelligencer, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the

Signe Wilkinson

BIO
Signe Wilkinson

In a field dominated by men, Signe Wilkinson became one of four women in the U.S. with full-time cartooning jobs when she was hired at the San Jose Mercury News in 1982. She moved to the Philadelphia Daily News in 1985 and more recently to the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she now draws four cartoons a week on local, national and social issues. Her particular focus is on women's and minority rights, privacy, guns, the climate and education. Although not without critics — "Wrong again, Signe" began one recent email — Signe became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning. She also has been recognized with the RFK journalism award and a citation calling her "Pennsylvania's State Vegetable Substitute," among other honors. Her most recent collection is Herstory: 19 cartoons in celebration of the 19th Amendment.

Lucy Gettman

BIO
Lucy Gettman

Lucy is executive director of Women In Government (WIG), Inc., an organization of 2,100+ women state legislators that provides leadership opportunities, networking, expert forums and educational resources. Previously she was chief advocacy officer for the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the federation of 50 state associations representing 90,000 local school board members. Prior to that, Lucy was director of government relations for a national association of reading teachers, which honored her with the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award in 2009. She has held professional positions at the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Attorney General and the Inter-University Council of Ohio. Lucy earned a graduate certificate in Women, Politics and Political Leadership from the Women and Politics Institute at American University’s School of Public Affairs, where she is an adjunct professor. She received the Alice Paul Faculty Award in 2014. Lucy serves on the Leadership Circle for Women in Government Relations, a professional society for government relations and public affairs professionals. In 2017 she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Career Achievement from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

Carrie Freeman

BIO
Carrie Freeman

Carrie is Co-CEO of SecondMuse, which collaborates with visionary governments, corporations, foundations and startups to build 21st century economies. Passionate about sustainability, equality and innovation, Carrie has worked to advance these as a speaker and leader on a global stage. She has pushed the theory of complex collaboration among governments, businesses, and communities throughout her career. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Carrie spent 15 years at Intel in various management positions, her last as director of sustainable business innovation. Carrie has championed gender equality and women in STEM by initiating, designing and leading programs; while also coaching and mentoring other women. Carrie has had numerous advisory and board positions that span the for-profit, non-profit, public and philanthropic sectors. In 2012 she was honored as a New Mexico 40 Under 40 Business Leader.

Lynn Perry Wooten, Ph.D.

BIO
Lynn Perry Wooten, Ph.D.

Lynn became the ninth president and first African American to lead Simmons University on July 1, 2020. She is an expert on organizational development and transformation, specializing in crisis leadership, positive leadership, and diversity and inclusion. Previously she was dean and professor of management and organizations at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to joining Cornell, she was on the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Lynn also has had a robust clinical practice, providing leadership development, education, and training for a wide variety of institutions. She is the author of two books, Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion and Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis. Lynn earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and her BS from North Carolina A&T State University.

Panel 3: The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality: Leadership for the Future

3:00 – 4:30 pm Moderator: Cherri Gregg KYW Newsradio Community Affairs Reporter

Panelists

  • Erin Vilardi Founder and Executive Director of VoteRunLead
  • Stephanie J. Hull President and CEO of Girls Inc.
  • Jean Chatzky CEO and Co-Founder, HerMoney

Cherri Gregg, Esq.

BIO
Cherri Gregg, Esq.

Cherri is the community affairs reporter for KYW Newsradio, the all-news Entercom station based in Philadelphia. She reports on race and culture, civil rights, grassroots community issues and social justice issues, telling human interest stories that dispel stereotypes. Cherri is also producer and host of Flashpoint, a nationally recognized weekly public affairs show that airs on six Entercom stations in the Delaware Valley. She produces the Flashpoint Podcast and Flashpoint Extras that give listeners an in-depth look at stories dealing with hot topics. At KYW, Cherri puts her law degree to work, providing legal analysis on decisions by the US Supreme Court, and on critical civil rights issues such as mass incarceration, immigration rights and voting. She stays active in the community by moderating town halls and by providing coverage of everyday heroes who are changing the lives of those in need. An award-winning journalist, Cherri is a graduate of Boston University, Howard University School of Law and Temple University School of Media and Communication. She was named Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists 2019 Broadcast Journalist of the Year.

Erin Vilardi

BIO
Erin Vilardi

Erin is the founder and CEO of Vote Run Lead, the nation’s largest and most diverse training program for women to run for office and win. She launched Vote Run Lead when she was serving as vice president of program and communications at The White House Project. She also has been a leadership development consultant for a range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, global girls’ initiatives and the U.S. Department of State, reaching women leaders in a dozen international cities. She has appeared on the mainstage at Personal Democracy Forum, on CNN, BBC, and Fox News. Her work has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, and New York Magazine.

Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D.

BIO
Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D.

Stephanie is president and CEO of Girls Inc., a national organization that inspires more than 132,000 girls to be strong, smart, and bold through a network of 80 local organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Girls Inc. also advocates for policy and culture change to strengthen opportunities for girls. Under Stephanie’s leadership, the Girls Inc. network is expanding into new high-need communities and developing new partnerships with schools. Stephanie served as an executive at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, as head of the all-girls Brearley School in New York City, and as a faculty member and administrator at Mount Holyoke College and Dartmouth College. She is a board member of the Professional Children’s School; Code Nation, which equips students in underresourced high schools with skills for careers in technology; and Humanity in Action, an international nonprofit that helps young people become leaders on issues related to human and minority rights. Stephanie holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and B.A. from Wellesley College.

Jean Chatzky

BIO
Jean Chatzky

Jean launched HerMoney Media and HerMoney.com in 2018 to provide women with information about money they can actually trust. The award-winning financial editor of NBC Today, Jean also has appeared on Oprah, MSNBC, CNN, The View, The Talk and many others. Millions have tuned into her podcast, HerMoney with Jean Chatzky, which has received shoutouts from The New York Times, Yahoo Finance and Refinery29. The best-selling author of 11 books and an in-demand motivational speaker, Jean is also AARP’s Financial Ambassador and a fierce advocate for financial literacy. In 2015, she partnered with the PwC Charitable Foundation and Time for Kids to launch Your $, an in-school magazine that reaches 2 million school children each month. Her most recent book is Women with Money: The Judgement-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve.

Summary and Next Steps

Elowyn Corby Vision 2020 Program Manager

Elowyn Corby

BIO
Elowyn Corby

As the Vision 2020 Program Manager, Elowyn works to boost women’s civic engagement and turn record numbers of women out to the polls in 2020. While managing the Women 100 Women’s Leadership Forums and SHE Leads Road Rally, Elowyn works to ensure that on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the importance of elevating women’s voices at the ballot box is reflected in all aspects of Vision 2020’s programs.

Prior to joining the Vision 2020 team, Elowyn ran grassroots advocacy campaigns around a range of issues including fighting climate change, protecting workers’ rights and increasing public education funding, as well as electoral programs across the country. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and peace education from Swarthmore College, and while she grew up in Northern California, she's been happy to call Philadelphia home for the last decade.


Books by WLF participants

Jean Chatzky

Women with Money: The Judgement-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve.

Angela P. Dodson

Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box

Ellen Goodman

I Know Just What You Mean: The Power of Friendship in Women’s Lives, with Patricia O’Brien

Jennifer Granholm

A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Future, with Dan Mulhern

Signe Wilkinson

Herstory: 19 cartoons in celebration of the 19th Amendment

Lynn Perry Wooten, Ph.D.

Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis, with Erika Hayes James

Lynn H. Yeakel

Majority Rules: Completing the Journey to Women’s Equality

Details

Date:
November 4
Time:
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Women 100

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