DSWIL Spring 2014
ABOUT THE EVENT
Female alumni involved in business, government and non-profit businesses will share their stories with students at the first Symposium on Women in Leadership, sponsored by the Dyson School, scheduled for Feb. 21-22.
“The event will be inspirational and also informative for students, no matter what their career paths,” said Deborah Streeter, the Bruce F. Failing, Sr., Professor of Personal Enterprise in Dyson. The event includes 13 student organizations and features two days of keynote speeches and panel discussions with more than 20 alumni.
Panelists will cover topics of interest in the entrepreneurship, corporate, non-profit and government sectors. Speakers will also talk about gender-related challenges in the workplace and participants can take part in workshops focused on skills like networking and pitching.
Friday night’s keynote speech will come from Barbara Novick ‘81, cofounder and vice chairman of BlackRock, an asset management company with offices around the world. Novick’s talk is titled “Own Your Choices.” It takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Ampitheater of the Statler Hotel and is free and open to the public.
Saturday’s events require registration and will include talks by Shelly Porges ’74, MPS ‘77, national finance co-chair of Ready for Hillary and previous senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State; Amy Siskind ‘87, president and co-founder of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, sexual assault and domestic violence; and Erica Nicole, founder of YFS (Young, Fabulous and Self-Employed), a digital magazine for startups, small business news and entrepreneurial culture.
The symposium is sponsored by the Charles H. Dyson School, the Dyson Business Minor for Engineers, the Corporate Leadership Center (co-founded by Cheryl Francis (‘76) and the Moses and Loulu Seltzer Endowment Fund via Entrepreneurship@Cornell. Student groups involved include: 85Broads@Cornell, The Black Women’s Support Network, Cornell Women’s Resource Center, Female Leadership in Hospitality, The Johnson Women’s Management Council, Les Femmes de Substance, The New Agenda, Society for Women in Business, Society for Women in Politics, Society of Women Engineers and Women in Computing at Cornell.