northeastern university seal
Northeastern University invites you to join us for The State of Women’s Advancement in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Policy Research: Current Trends and Future Directions in Greater Boston and Beyond Symposium.

This exciting half day forum will examine and explore topics critical to the advancement of women in the workplace including pay equity, breaking glass ceilings, and policy decisions. We’ll discuss current research of women’s growth in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, and policy, and what it means for the future.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this timely discussion with researchers, policymakers, business leaders from Greater Boston as well as Northeastern students, faculty, alumni, and administration.

Program Agenda and Panelists:

Event Moderator: Katie Johnston, Boston Globe Reporter

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Light Breakfast 

8:45 – 9 a.m. – Opening Remarks by Event Coordinators

Jamie Ladge, Associate Professor, Northeastern University
Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor, Northeastern University

9 – 10 a.m. – Entrepreneurship: What Barriers and Opportunities Exist that Prevent Women from Advancing on their Own?

Kim Eddleston, Professor, Northeastern University
Nadia McKay, President/Owner, Mom Corps Boston
Gary Powell, Professor, University of Connecticut
Sarah Merion, DMSB’11, Founder, EthosWell
Evelyn Starr, Founder, E.Starr Associates
Susan Vroman, Small Business Consultant

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Women and Leadership:  Who’s responsible for work-life balance? What can Employers do to Advance the Talent Pipeline? 

Marla Capozzi, McKinsey & Company’s Strategy and Global Innovation Practices
Io Cyrus Esq., JD’02, Associate General Counsel, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ellen Kossek, Basil S. Turner Professor of Management & Research Director Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership, Purdue University
Jamie Ladge, Associate Professor, Northeastern University
Ann Tikkanen, DMSB’79, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Greater Boston YMCA

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Public Policy: How can State and Municipal Government Level the Playing Field? 

Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Social
Policy, UMass Boston
Megan Costello, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, City of Boston
Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor, Northeastern University
Karen Spilka, JD’80, Massachusetts State Senator, D-Ashland
Patricia Jehlen, Massachusetts State Senator, D-Second Middlesex (sponsor of pay equity bill)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks, Lunch & Networking 

Friday, March 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Northeastern University Alumni Center
716 Columbus Avenue, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02120


Registration for this event is closed, as we have reached capacity. You can join the discussion via Northeastern University Alumni Facebook Live beginning at 8:45 a.m. on March 3.

Watch the livestream on Facebook Live, presented by the Double Husky Scholarship, beginning at 8:45 a.m. on March 3.

Register Now

Event Location

Alumni Center
716 Columbus Place, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02115 United States

Event Category: