Women Who Empower events advance our mission by connecting women with opportunities for learning, leadership, and networking. From interview series with industry leaders and influential public figures, to networking events, conferences, seminars, and more, these events engage our global audience and create unparalleled opportunities for connection.

Enjoy these highlights from Women Who Empower events through the years. 

“We Can Change What This System is Optimized For By Challenging What It Means To Be Beautiful,” Journalist Elise Hu Examines Artificial Beauty Standards During a Powerful Talk

“We Can Change What This System is Optimized For By Challenging What It Means To Be Beautiful,” Journalist Elise Hu Examines Artificial Beauty Standards During a Powerful Talk

Hu shared observations on emerging digital beauty standards and discussed her book, “Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital” during a Women Who Empower event on the Boston campus, co-hosted with the Mills Institute.

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Their Journey Was Exhausting, But Worth It. Entrepreneurs Inspire Northeastern Community At Women Who Empower Event In London

Their Journey Was Exhausting, But Worth It. Entrepreneurs Inspire Northeastern Community At Women Who Empower Event In London

In a celebration at Northeastern University’s Devon House on Monday night, two inspiring women entrepreneurs took to the stage to discuss how they’re using their business acumen to change the world, and how they overcame obstacles along the...


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


Boston, Massachusetts
San Francisco, California
Dubai United Arab Emirates
Charlotte, North Carolina
Toronto, Canada
Seattle, Washington

Women Who Empower: Are You In?

November 18, 2018

Nastia Liukin – Five-time Olympic Medalist and Co-Founder of Grander

Robbie Myers – Editor-in-Chief of Shondaland.com & Former Editor-in-Chief

Cheryl Kaplan
– President and Co-Founder of M.Gemi

– Singer-Songwriter

Fernanda Tapia
– Chef and Co-Owner of

Henry Nasella, UC’77, H’08
 – Chair Emeritus, Northeastern University Board of Trustees

Women Who Empower: Our World

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

Women Who Empower Summit: The Story of Our Lives

November 7, 2017

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

November 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

September 26, 2017

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

May 3, 2017

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

She Started It Film Screening and Reception

April 12, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Nora Poggi, Film Director and Producer

Career Workshop for Creative Professionals

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

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

November 9, 2016

Meredith “Max” Hodges | Boston Ballet

Kristen Kish | “Top Chef”; “36 Hours”

Helen Russell, DMSB ’88 | Equator Coffees & Teas

Maryrose Sylvester | Current powered by GE