Women Take Action

This year, the conference’s overall theme is “Let’s Go.” This conference builds on the success of last year’s conference, which focused on reflecting and celebrating fifty years of women at HBS. While robust discussions form the foundation of any sustainable movement, the next step is action. In addition to sharing experiences and ideas, this year’s conference will add a focus on tactical next steps toward success across a variety of roles and industries. As Lauren Lockwood, WSA Conference VP, shared, “We had a tough act to follow after celebrating W50 last year, but our conference team has put together an incredible program that we hope will both prepare and inspire women (and men!) for the challenges that lie ahead in W51 and beyond.”

The conference is headlined by four respected business leaders in the retail, technology, and financial services industries. Christine Day, former CEO lululemon, and Vivien Yeung, Vice President of Strategy at lululemon will share their perspectives working together to lead a fast growing athletic apparel company. Maria Renz, CEO of Quidsi, will discuss her leadership experience working in the technology space. Finally, Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley as well as the chair of the National Women’s Business Council, will close the conference with her remarks on leadership in the financial services industry.

Beyond the keynote addresses, this conference will feature three ‘hands on’ workshops where participants will learn and practice real skills for the workplace. Tara Healey, Program Director for Mindfulness-Based Learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, will lead participants to practice incorporating mindfulness meditation in the corporate environment. Robert C. Pozen, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, will work with participants to think about how to improve their day-to-day productivity drawing on his research from his 2012 book, Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours. Finally, Katie Donovan, Founder of Equal Pay Negotiations, LLC, will lead a workshop helping participants to practice their salary negotiation skills.

The conference will also feature 19 topic-specific panels, ranging from media / entertainment to social enterprise to energy. One new panel offered this year is titled “Building Champions: Developing Advocates for Gender Equality in the Workplace,” which features individuals from Harvard Business School’s “Manbassadors” student group. Overall, the conference will provide valuable opportunities to network with current and future business professionals across a range of industries.

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