Women’s Philanthropy Events

Women in Leadership Speaker Series

Our year-round events offer distinguished speakers from a variety of professional backgrounds and academic disciplines. Guest speakers provide insight on their paths to success and unique areas of expertise, before opening the floor to questions from attendees.

Alumni and friends will receive invitations and registration details in advance.

Past Events

March 31, 2021
Karina Edmonds ’92, VP, global head of academies and university alliances at SAP, provides her nationally recognized perspective on careers in innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization. Hosted by Michelle Saunders M.A. ’10.

January 26, 2021
Kelly (Nelligan) Lockwood Primus ’84, CEO of Leading NOW, offers “The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get,” presenting nine critical differentiators for moving from middle to senior and executive positions.

December 16, 2020
Speaker, author, and educator Sixcia Devine ’99 shared her path to success, her strategy for building a personal brand, and what it means to be a social entrepreneur. Hosted by Elizabeth Demers ’03.

October 21, 2020
Paula Bontempi, Ph.D. ’01, new dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography shared highlights from her career with NASA and her return to the Ocean State. Hosted by Theresa Brown ’21.

September 9, 2020
Margo Cook ’86, chair of the URI Board of Trustees, covered highlights from her distinguished career in investing and asset management as well as her path to success. Hosted by Nikki Noya ’00.