She Rules: A Female Leadership Panel
Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM
110 E 2nd St
Organizations continue to trumpet the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce to ensure a leading, competitive position. While it’s true that many barriers have been broken, a host of challenges still limit the potential of some employees because of their gender, age, race or ethnicity. The Catalyst Census recently investigated the idea that women and men have equal opportunities and found that under 15% of executive leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies are occupied by women and that this percentage has grown less than 1% in four years. Fields such as finance, technology, professional sports, military and advertising seem to present some of the toughest environments for women to break through. In this panel, we’ll hear from The Muse's Kathryn Minshew, Sproutel's Hannah Chung, JWT's Mary Margaret Connell and Brigadier General Lori Reynolds of USMC, all women who have persevered in their professions and now occupy top positions in traditionally male dominated fields.
Col Jennifer E. Carter
Colonel / MCCDC Comptroller
United States Marine Corps
Chief Creative Officer
Hannah believes that innovation and creativity fuel positive change. As a maker and a doodler, she loves transforming ideas into tangible products and systems. Hannah admires the intuitive and simp...Show the rest
Hannah believes that innovation and creativity fuel positive change. As a maker and a doodler, she loves transforming ideas into tangible products and systems. Hannah admires the intuitive and simple. She is passionate about inventing educational models that foster creativity via design and technology.
A graduate of Northwestern University with a passion for engineering and design, she is the Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sproutel. Sproutel is the creator of Jerry the Bear – an interactive robotic teaching toy for children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Her company was named one of the “Top 5 Startups that Use Tech To Do Good” by Mashable in 2012 and “Best of 2013 Design” by GOOD magazine.
In 2012, Hannah was named one of the "Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc Magazine and recently won the Perfect Pitch competition at the Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit, where Warren Buffet was one of the judges. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including Design and Emotion, ACM Creativity & Cognition, RISD Mindshare, IFTF, and Women@TheFrontier by Singularity University and NASA.
Before co-founding Sproutel, Hannah co-founded Design for America, a national student organization that helps students solve local social problems through design. She currently sits on the Design for America advisory board as a national advisor.
Hannah’s goal is to inspire her generation to follow their passions and solve big problems. In her particular journey, she is working towards getting Jerry the Bear in the hands of children with type 1 diabetes around the world. Hannah's driving force is empathy. She hopes to empower kids to thrive in their day to day lives by creating relatable experiences through toys like Jerry.Hide the rest
Kathryn Minshew is the Muse's CEO and number one swashbuckler. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall ...Show the rest
Kathryn Minshew is the Muse's CEO and number one swashbuckler. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. She was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media and Inc.’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech. Before founding The Muse, Kathryn worked on vaccines in Rwanda and Malawi with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was previously at McKinsey. Say hi on Twitter @KMin.Hide the rest
Mary Margaret Connell
Mary Margaret is responsible for the oversight of all integrated business activities for multiple accounts at JWT Atlanta, including managing partner activities, creative development, fiscal respon...Show the rest
Mary Margaret is responsible for the oversight of all integrated business activities for multiple accounts at JWT Atlanta, including managing partner activities, creative development, fiscal responsibilities, & working directly with multiple clients, influencers and stakeholders to set strategic direction and short and long term goals. She brings valuable experience from both the client and agency perspectives. Prior to joining JWT several years ago, she was with The Martin Agency where she worked on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia, Amgen, Alltel, KinderCare and Men’s Health Magazine. She then worked for Mullen and oversaw the entire agency team on the Nextel Partners account. On the client side, Mary Margaret served as brand manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.Hide the rest