WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE

 

WE@BROWN will bring students and female leaders from a variety of industries together on March 4, 2017 in Salomon Hall. Our mission is to empower women to step outside their comfort zones and pursue their passions in their professional lives. During the conference there will be opportunities to get mentorship and network during small workshops and a sit down lunch.

 

OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Melanié whelan

CEO OF SOULCYCLE

Prior to her CEO appointment, Melanie served as the brand's COO for four years, focusing on scaling the business from 7 to more than 70 studios.  Melanie graduated from Brown University with a degree in Engineering and Economics, and began her career at Starwood Hotels & Resorts before joining Virgin Group and then Equinox as the VP of Business Development. 

Melanie was named one of Fortune's 40 Under 40 in 2015 and Crain's New York 40 Under 40 in 2016. She is a member of the board of the GO Project and a member of the YPO Metro New York chapter. Melanie lives in New York with her husband and two young children and when not with her family, can usually be found riding at SoulCycle.

OPENING REMARKS BY

SOPHIE PURDOM

Brown '16

Sophie Purdom graduated with honors from Brown in 2016 with a ScB in Environmental Science and a focus on Sustainability in Development, where she was a Henry David Thoreau scholar. During her senior year, Sophie led the creation of the Brown University Sustainable Investment Fund, enabling the Brown Investment Office to manage endowed funds with a focus on environmental, social, and governance investment opportunities. As part of her efforts, she created and taught The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Investing and wrote a book on the future of sustainable investing, Sustainable Investing: Revolutions in Theory and Practice. Sophie is currently working at Bain & Company in their Boston office, and will be attending Harvard Business School.

CLOSING REMARKS BY

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MELISSA tischlEr

Head of Strategy at Fahrenheit 212

 

Melissa is an Associate Partner and the Head of the Strategy team at the innovation strategy firm, Fahrenheit 212. In this role, she guides the Strategy team to create solutions that are commercially rigorous, feasible, and strategically aligned to the clients’ business.  Melissa has worked with clients to launch more than a dozen new products and businesses across hospitality, consumer packaged goods, non-profits, and financial services. While at Fahrenheit 212, Melissa has helped found the non-profit Women in Innovation, a network of innovation professionals in NYC focused on advancing women within the industry through skill building. Prior to joining Fahrenheit 212, Melissa was an entrepreneur, launching a line of women’s personal care products called EOS. The iconic EOS lipbalm sphere now sells more than 1M units per week. Melissa holds an MBA in Strategic Management and Marketing from Wharton and a BA in Psychology from Brown.

 

 

OUR MENTORS

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Laura thompson

VC Investor at GV (Google Ventures) Brown '09 in Public Policy
Co-Founder of Runa tea

Marian salzman

CEO of Havas PR North America
World Renowned trendspotter
Brown '81

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Nicki MAHER

SVP of Alex and Ani
Lead the effort to focus the company's mission.

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JOANNA LAU

CEO of JEMMA a workwear line
Previously a trader at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan

YURI TOMIKAWA

Founder and CEO of Zencare
Previously McKinsey & Company
Brown '12 

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Melissa Tischler

Associate Partner, Head of Strategy
at Fahrenheit 212
Brown ‘98

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ALEXANDRA DICKINSON

Founder & CEO of Ask for It
Contributor to Women@Forbes
Volunteer for The Lady Project

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Sierra barter

CEO & Co-Founder of The Lady Project
Mentor with Year Up

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Mehak VohRa

CEO & Founder of Jamocha Media
Growth Hacker, YouTuber.

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Ashley Olafsen

Co-Founder of MOVE
TEDx speaker and Huffington Post Contributor

Kim Kaupe

Co-Founder of ZinePak
Mentor with Year Up. Forbes 30 Under 30, Ad Age's 40 Under 40.

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EMILY RALEIGH

Founder of Spire & Co
An online life-style sanctuary for ambitious young women.

Camila Tellez

Committee member of Fair Trade USA
Digital mortgage broker at Morty

ALEXA GAMBARDELLA

Youngest Project Manager at Vitech Systems Group

XOCHITL GONZALEZ

Co-Founder of The Gate a strategy and brand experience firm
Brown '99

SCHEDULE

 

 
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Lady Launchers is a RISD/Brown student organization that promotes and supports female entrepreneurs. We provide a colorful collection of events to foster inspirational dialogue, external mentorship, and entrepreneurial experience. Lady Launchers is part of the Brown Entrepreneurship Program.

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