BOSTON — The Harvard Business School Women's Student Association held its 18th annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference on Saturday, January24th, drawing together more than 500 women, including students from Harvard University and other Boston schools, HBS alumnae and faculty, distinguished business leaders, and community members. One of the biggest conferences held on the Harvard Business School campus, the event explored the opportunities and challenges women face in today's business world.
This year's keynote speakers were:
- Leslie Blodgett, CEO of Bare Escentuals, and
- Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Action Fund
The event included many panel discussions running simultaneously throughout the day that explored a wide variety of industries (e.g., asset management, healthcare, retail, social entrepreneurship, technology) and general interest trends (diversity, communication skills, working abroad). Participants also interacted with one another and the panelists during networking lunches.
The "Marketing: The Evolving Role of Consumer-Generated Content" included (left to right) Gay Gaddis, The Think Tank (T3), founder and CEO; Analisa Balares (MBA '05), Womensphere founder and CEO; Dorothee Fisher YouTube, Global Partner Marketing Manager; Stacy Taffet (MBA '07), Pepsi Associate Brand Manager for Aquafina; and Pamela Codispoti (MBA '93), American Express, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Cobrand Partnerships Division. Photo: Yao Li (HBS 2009)
"The Dynamic Women in Business Conference is the Women's Student Association's (WSA's) biggest event, and this year was a great success," said Grace Licorish (HBS 2009), Director of Conference Marketing, Webmaster. "We introduced a number of new conference features, including a lunch keynote address, 'make unders' performed by Bare Escentuals, and a live twitter feed on the WSA Conference Website."
About the Women's Student Association
The mission of the HBS Women's Student Association (WSA) is to help develop outstanding women business leaders who impact their communities with passion and integrity. Each year, the WSA strives to promote the diversity of HBS women's achievements and contributions, work with the HBS administration to make sure that issues that are relevant to women are being addressed, connect current students to HBS alumnae, and lay the foundations for a powerful network of future female business leaders. The WSA connects and supports female students at HBS through mentoring programs, networking events, speaker series, the annual conference, and social and community events across MBA sections and with other schools and organizations.