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Northeastern University’s Women Who Empower program is grounded in the belief that there is tremendous power and impact in sharing our stories and creating connections with others.

This special community and forum offers inspiration, engagement, and learning through unique opportunities to hear from distinguished speakers with diverse experiences and professional paths.


International Women’s Day: London, Boston, San Francisco

On International Women’s Day, we are taking our program to new places in celebration of our global network of female leaders. Northeastern alumni, parents, students, and friends will gather in Boston, San Francisco, and London in celebration of our global network of women leaders. Join us in inspiring and investing in future generations of women who empower!

Ham Yard Hotel | 6:00 p.m.

Engage with our global community, including university leaders Diane MacGillivray, Philomena Mantella, Rick Davis, and featured speakers, author Bella Pollen P’22, and fashion icon and documentarian Farida Khelfa P’22. Enjoy complimentary food and cocktails while experiencing a rockin’ performance by our award-winning Nor’easters!

Succeeding Together
Boston | Alumni Center | 6:00 p.m.

Our inspiring panel of accomplished alumnae have made it their mission to advance women’s professional success. As leaders, they are empowering women to reach their goals and status in the workplace. From each of their stories, you’ll learn new strategies for achieving your goals in areas such as strategic networking, salary negotiation, and making your next moves. Join us for lively conversation with our alumni community to gain fresh ideas and make new connections.

The Power of Science & Entrepreneurship: Discovering Our Future
San Francisco | The Marker Hotel | 6:00 p.m.

Join members of our Bay Area community at a special evening of inspiration, engagement, and learning dedicated to the female scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who are discovering, creating, and powering the future.


Registration for these events is complimentary. Please consider making a gift of $25 or more to the Women Who Empower Fund to support future events and generations of young women leading the way in our classrooms, labs, arenas, companies, and communities. Gifts to Women Who Empower will help ensure that young women at Northeastern have every opportunity to pursue their passions and professional paths.

Share on social media using #NUWomenWhoEmpower and #AlumniNU when you register for the event!

Alumna Stories

Know a strong, female alumna who has broken the mold to inspire the next generation of female leaders? Tell us about her! Fill out a quick survey to share why you think we should profile the alumna. (You can also nominate yourself!)

  • Insights

    Women Who Empower events feature some of the most accomplished leaders in industry sharing their expertise with attendees. Below is a sample of the great insights shared through the program, from advice on how to be an entrepreneur to sharing perspectives on the future of big data.

    Visit our YouTube page for a full collection of videos from previous events.

  • Giving Opportunities

    The Women Who Empower Fund supports women’s initiatives on campus, including providing greater opportunities for female undergraduate students of merit and need to pursue a Northeastern education. Your investment empowers the growth and development of future generations of women leaders.

    You may make a gift online.

    “As a donor and as Chair of the Board, I am pleased to support the efforts of Women Who Empower to acknowledge women for their leadership, foster mentors, and ignite opportunities for women at every level.”

    —Henry Nasella, UC’77, H’08

  • Past Events

    Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 
    Women Who Empower Summit: The Story of our Lives

    Article | Photo Gallery | Words of Advice | Graphic Summary

    Featured Speakers:
    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


    Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 
    Beyond the Label: Redefining Success on Your Own Terms


    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



    Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
    Seed to STEM
    Article | Videos

    Featured Speakers:
    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


    Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Work Smart Salary Negotiation
    Photo Gallery

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




    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    She Started It Film Screening and Reception

    Keynote Speaker: Nora Poggi, Film Director and Producer



    Monday, March 27, 2017
    Career Workshop for Creative Professionals

    Keynote Speaker: Jess Peterson, AMD’07 | CEO & Creative Producer of Mighty Oak and HATCH Stories




    Friday, March 3, 2017
    The State of Women’s Advancement in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Policy Research Symposium
    Article | Videos | PhotosSlides

    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



    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
    Women Who Empower: Global Entrepreneurship
    Article | Video

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Kerry, H’15 | Co-Founder and CEO, Seed Global Health
    Moderator: Dr. Carmen Sceppa | Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences


    11/09/16 - BOSTON, MA. - Keynote speaker, Helen Russell, Co-founder &CEO, Equator Coffees & Teas, Inc. and President Joseph E. Aoun give remarks during the Women Who Empower event held in East Village, 17th Floor at Northeastern University on Nov. 9, 2016. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
    Women Who Empower Summit
    Article | Photo Gallery | Graphic Summary

    Featured Speakers:
    Meredith “Max” Hodges | Boston Ballet
    Kristen Kish | “Top Chef”; “36 Hours”
    Helen Russell, DMSB ’88 | Equator Coffees & Teas
    Maryrose Sylvester | Current powered by GE


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