Women's Summit 2020

On June 10, 2020, more than 1,000 women and men from around the region are expected to gather for the 23rd Women’s Summit® at Bryant University. This year’s theme is “2020: Expand your Vision,” and keynote speakers will share inspiring stories of how seeing beyond the horizon (and in one case, the stratosphere) enabled them to achieve success and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

“We are undergoing a technological revolution that will alter how we live, work, and communicate with each other."

“We are undergoing a technological revolution that will alter how we live, work, and communicate with each other,” says Kati Machtley, Director of the Women’s Summit®. “We all need to ‘Expand Our Vision’ to meet the many challenges ahead. We also must expand our vision of diversity and inclusion to foster civil discourse among all races, genders, religions, and political parties. To navigate these changes, women must be at the table.”

This year's featured keynote speakers are:

  • Opening Keynote:  Laura K. Ipsen, President and CEO of Ellucian®, the leading provider of software and services built to power higher education. Ipsen is a 25-year Silicon Valley veteran who has previously held leadership roles and worked to drive transformation at Oracle, Microsoft, and Cisco Systems. 

  • Power Plenary Speaker:  Susan David, Ph.D., CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist who has authored the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book “Emotional Agility.” Her TED talk on the topic went viral in its first week of release.

  • Luncheon Keynote Speaker:  Mae Jemison, M.D., First Woman of Color in Space, and Founder and President: the Jemison Group and 100 Year Starship®. Jemison, an audacious and pioneering, polymath, is a leading voice for science, social responsibility and education. Today, she is paving the way for human interstellar travel.

  • Closing Keynote Speaker:  Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President and Chief External Engagement Officer, Target. Ward achieved success through her ability to lead through change. She served on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service under two Presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

One of the longest-running and most popular conferences held in New England, the Women's Summit® has sold-out every year. Notable keynote speakers over the years include: Viola Davis, Arianna Huffington, Geraldine Ferraro, Jane Pauley, Suze Orman, Sherron Watkins, Mary McDonnell, Mika Brzezinski, Carla Harris, Soledad O'Brien, Geena Davis, and Sally Krawcheck. 

In addition to the inspiring keynote speakers, the event will also feature breakout sessions and panel discussions, led by presenters who are experts in their fields. These educationally enriching sessions include topics on leadership, communication, finance, entrepreneurship, personal branding, diversity, health and wellness, technology, and career advancement.

Throughout the day and at the Amica Insurance-sponsored networking reception, which follows the Closing Keynote Speaker, Women’s Summit® attendees will have the opportunity to interact and learn from one another.

Wednesday, June 10 at 7:30am to 5:30pm

Bryant University

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