WE@BROWN will bring students and female leaders from a variety of industries together on March 9, 2019 in Salomon Hall.

Our mission is to empower women to step outside their comfort zones, turn their big ideas into ventures, and pursue their passions in their professional lives. Dive into workshops with industry leaders and listen to inspirational wisdom from our renowned speakers.


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LISA Caputo

Executive Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Customer ExperiencE, TRAVELERS

Lisa leads Travelers’ marketing, digital, corporate communications, customer experience, research, creative services and brand management strategies and operations. She is a member of the company's Management and Operating Committees, Innovation Council and the Travelers Foundation Board. From 2000-2011 at Citigroup, Lisa served as a senior advisor to three CEOs and held multiple leadership positions, including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing the company’s marketing, public affairs/corporate communications and community relations for five years. She founded Citi’s leading women’s financial services business, Women & Co., and was its chairman and CEO from 2000 to 2010.

Before joining Citi, Lisa held senior executive marketing and communications positions with the Walt Disney Company and the CBS Corporation. She spent over a decade in the public sector, serving as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton and Press Secretary to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House, and as a press secretary in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Lisa serves on the boards of Best Buy Co., New Visions for Public Schools, WNET Channel 13 among others. She is a television commentator and public speaker on politics, women and leadership and corporate reputation management and has been recognized for excellence in business leadership, marketing and corporate affairs. Lisa graduated magna cum laude from Brown University (A.B. political science and French) and received a Master’s degree in Journalism with highest distinction from Northwestern University. 




Author, her big idea

Haley Hoffman Smith is the author of Her Big Idea, a book on creativity, ideation, and women's empowerment which debuted as a Top 3 Bestseller in Women & Business. She is a regular keynote speaker who recently spoke at Harvard, Yale, Microsoft, SoGal Ventures, and more. She has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and the Washington Examiner, and writes for Entrepreneur and Thrive Global. A recent Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, she wrote her honors thesis on how women develop their sense of self agency in entrepreneurship and venture capital. She is also the founder of the Her Big Idea Fund in partnership with Brown University's Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, which awards grants to women who apply with BIG ideas. Having founded an international nonprofit for girls’ literacy and empowerment at age 18, she has harnessed her own self agency to surpass doubt surrounding her age and gender. 

At Brown, she was the President of Women’s Entrepreneurship and started the first-ever women’s entrepreneurship incubator. She is the Director of Community for Next Gen Summit, the premier entrepreneurship community of 5,000+ members, and sincerely enjoys consulting and connecting with other entrepreneurs. She cares deeply about identifying and obliterating the limits women feel in the pursuit of their ventures, so they may live in their full power and create their own BIG ideas.

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Stephanie Kaplan Lewis

Co-founder & CEO, Her Campus Media

Stephanie Kaplan Lewis is the co-founder & CEO of Her Campus Media, the #1 media brand for college women and 360-degree college marketing agency, which she co-founded in 2009 as an undergraduate at Harvard. Her Campus now reaches more college women than any other media brand, across its flagship site HerCampus.com, on-campus network of 370+ campus chapters, 3,000+ member InfluenceHer Collective, annual proprietary programs College Fashion Week and Her Conference, bestselling book The Her Campus Guide to College Life, and more.  Her Campus Media provides award-winning integrated marketing programs for clients including H&M, IKEA, L'Oreal Paris, and Merck, and has partnered with The Office of the First Lady Michelle Obama, The Office of the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, and the US Department of Health & Human Services Office on Women's Health.

Her Campus Media was a winner in Harvard's business plan competition and MassChallenge, and has been named to Entrepreneur magazine's Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Top Small Business of the Year, Forbes 100 Best Websites for Women and 10 Best Websites for Millennial Women among other accolades.  Stephanie has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc.'s 30 Under 30, Businessweek’s 25 Under 25, Glamour’s 20 Amazing Young Women, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women, The Boston Globe's 25 Under 25, and she has appeared on MSNBC, FOX25 News, NECN, and ABCNewsNow among others.


Jeanine Sinanan-Singh

cEO/co-founder, vitae industries

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Meet and Greet/Q&A


Barbara Ann Michaels

artist, author and actor


The Hidden Languages of Business:

Harnessing Humor and Body Language for Breakthrough Communication

Solange Lopes

founder, the corporate sister

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Experience Chats


Cheryl Overton

president, egami group


Beyonce Taught Me: Five Killer Business Lessons From the Queen Bee Herself

dr. Jennifer Nazareno

assistant professor, brown university

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Tracing the History of U.S. Women Entrepreneurship from an Immigrant and Racial/Ethnic Minority Lens


Danna Thomas

founder, happy teacher revolution


The Happiness Revolution: Supporting the Mental Health & Wellness of Change-Makers

Brittanny Taylor

fashion, lifestyle photographer

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The Ever Evolving Career


Margaret Hartigan

ceo & founder, marstone, inc.


Playing to Your Strengths: How Empathy and Collaborative Problem-Solving Help Women Create, Inspire, and Lead


Mint Pattanan

founder and ceo, rootastes


Getting Started: Accelerate Your Idea to a Reality, Sharing Real Experiences That Led Our Start-Up From 0 to a Half a Million Business


Nirva LaFortune

Providence City Councilwoman

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Personal introduction / Q&A

Morra Aarons Mele

founder, women online, mission list


How to Be Great at Networking- Even if You'd Rather Hide in the Bathroom

Tammie NatamoN

Head of development rootastes


Getting Started: Accelerate Your Idea to a Reality, Sharing Real Experiences That Led Our Start-Up From 0 to a Half a Million Business

dr. Taraneh Shirazian, MD

president & founder, saving mothers


How to Start a Nonprofit Organization


InDUstry panel moderated by Haley Hoffman Smith


Saturday, March 9

Welcome Breakfast & Registration 9:30am

Opening Remarks 10:00am

Workshops I & Industry Panel           11:00am

Keynote                    12:00pm

Lunch                                                        1:00pm

Workshops II                                            2:00pm

Closing Remarks 3:00pm

Pitch Competition                                     3:30pm

Organized by BROWN ep's women's empowerment TEAM

The WE@Brown branch of the Brown University's Entrepreneurship Program, led by Antonia Alvarez, Claire Heiden, Hanna Zwerver, and Olivia Simmons, inspires college-aged women to think big and pursue ventures.

The third annual WE@Brown conference brings industry leaders and female mentors to Brown to encourage women to think about what they can create and change in their worlds -- then go out and do it.