The 2017 Watson-RIIPL Women In Leadership Conference: A Celebration of What Women Can Accomplish.

Hosted by the Watson Institute and the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab at Brown, the Women In Leadership Conference – 2017 examines the challenges and successes of women as leaders. The conference gathers prominent academic researchers, business executives, and policymakers to discuss current research and experiences and identify solutions to the challenges affecting women as professionals and leaders.  It will synthesize knowledge from data, social science, and practice into actionable solutions to increase women’s impact in business, policy, and society. This unique event will provide opportunities for networking and shared insights between speakers, panelists, and all attendees who are equally passionate about the competitive value of women’s advancement in the workplace.  It is a celebration of what women can accomplish when working together.

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Women in Leadership // Schedule

(Download Printable WIL-2017 Schedule HERE)

 12:30 – 1:00pm
 1:00pm – 1:20pm
Opening remarks
Christina Paxson, President of Brown University and Professor of Economics and Public Policy
 1:20pm – 2:20pm
Panel 1:
Penalties for Success? Gender Norms and Women’s Leadership

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Professor Raymond Fisman, Boston University
Amy Schulman, CEO Arsia Therapeutics and Lyndra
Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea
Stephanie Bell-Rose, Senior Managing Director and Head, TIAA Institute
 2:20pm – 2:40pm
Coffee Break
 2:40pm – 4:00pm
Panel 2: Competition & Gender: Insights for Aspiring Women and Managers

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Professor Muriel Niederle, Stanford University
Professor Katherine Coffman, Harvard Business School
Nancy Zimmerman, Co-founding Partner, Bracebridge Capital
Alexandra Pruner, CFO Perella Weinberg Partners
Colonel Ann Assumpico, Superintendent Rhode Island State Police
Professor Phyllis Dennery, Brown University and Medical Director at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
 4:00pm – 4:15pm
Coffee Break
 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Panel 3:
Structural Challenges to Work-life Balance

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Professor Claudia Goldin, Harvard University
Eric LeVine, Founder, CellarTracker
Ambassador Suzan LeVine
Pamela Reeves, Senior Advisor for Gender Strategy, Executive Office of Melinda Gates
 5:15pm – 6:15pm
Networking Reception

Women in Leadership // 2017 Speakers and Panelists

Colonel Ann Claire Assumpico

13th Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety; the first woman to lead a law enforcement agency in the State of Rhode Island.

Stephanie Bell-Rose

TIAA-CREF Senior Managing Director and Head of the TIAA Institute.

Katherine Coffman

Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiations, Organizations & Markets unit at Harvard Business School.

Phyllis Dennery

Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Chair of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Rhode Island Hospital, Medical Director of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University.

Raymond Fisman

Slater Family Professor in Behavioral Economics at Boston University.

Claudia Goldin

Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Development of the American Economy program.

Nellie M. Gorbea

Secretary of State of Rhode Island, and first Hispanic person elected to statewide office in New England.

Eric LeVine

Co-founder of CellarTracker, one of the most comprehensive wine databases in the world.

Suzan LeVine

Former United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Barack Obama.

Muriel Niederle

Professor of Economics at Stanford University.

Christina Paxson

The 19th president of Brown University and Professor of Economics and Public Policy.

Alexandra Pruner

Partner and Chief Financial Officer, Perella Weinberg Partners.

Pamela Reeves

Advisor to the Office of Melinda Gates on global women’s issues, and former U.S. State Department Director of the International Fund for Women and Girls (under Secretary of State Clinton).

Amy Schulman

Polaris Partners Healthcare Venture Partner, Chief Executive Officer of Arsia, co-founder of Lyndra, and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School. In 2013, Schulman was named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Nancy Zimmerman

Co-founder and managing partner of Bracebridge Capital, Trustee Emerita of the Corporation of Brown University, Chair of the Brown Institute for Brain Science Advisory Council.