Against the Flow: Overcoming Resistance to Workplace Diversity 

Friday, March 31
10:30-11:45 am – Campus Center 003

Diversity work is a process of resistance and insistence. As organizations increasingly rank ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ at the top of their strategic priorities, the actual practice of diversity can be more challenging. Explore ways in which diversity is promoted, but not pursued, in our work environments and daily interactions: ways we obstruct one another to protect the status quo, or to further our agendas; ways we resist diversity by virtue of our own privilege, or by simply not understanding its value. Become aware of how social identity informs our perspectives on race and gender, and how we can work within our ‘spheres of influence’ to insist upon greater equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Stephanie Lipscomb Teterycz ’89 is Director of Faculty Support at the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and co-founder of the Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference, which she directed from 2005 to 2016. Since 2010, Stephanie has worked actively for the cause of racial and social justice in her community: as an advisor to the Northwestern University Change Makers program, founder of a local organization, MEET (Making Evanston Equitable Together) in 2015, and in her work on behalf of the Evanston D65 school district to facilitate an annual parent education series, “Navigating Real-life Diversity with our Kids,” since 2014.


Unconscious Bias in the Corporate Environment

Friday, March 31
10:30-11:45 am – Campus Center 102

What does a leader look like? How should a project manager communicate to a team? Who is right for this job?  Our brains trick us into thinking we can follow our “gut” or “instinct,” but these unconscious inclinations often discount women, people of color, and people from other cultures.  Consider ways to address these issues head on in a positive and productive manner, and offer your colleagues the language and lens to approach these optically uncomfortable issues.

Tessa Ann Taylor ’07 is a software engineer at The New York Times, where she builds products that help journalists address their audience with accuracy, speed, and insight.  She is a co-organizer of the Women in Technology group, and has been active in improving recruiting practices and advancement for women. 


Aliza Leventhal ’09 is the corporate librarian and archivist for Sasaki Associates. In addition to supporting information needs and institutional memory, she has reinvigorated the diversity initiative in her office, starting with a comprehensive survey oriented towards identifying actionable issues.


It Starts With Me!

Friday, March 31
10:30-11:45 am – Campus Center 103/104

In this interactive workshop, you will creatively and collaboratively clarify your vision, map an action plan and begin to walk in your purpose.  Through small and large group strategy discussions, you will learn to listen to your body, invest in relationships, and know when to draw the line. These strategies will help you build the courage to slow down, self reflect, and live your most purposeful life.

Nicole E. Kenney ’06 is a budding Philadelphia filmmaker. Her debut documentary, It Starts With Me!, is based on her experiences as a millennial woman navigating stress, the superwoman complex and society’s ideals of excellence. In addition to being a filmmaker, Ms. Kenney is a strategic communications consultant and dream architect with over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she served as a Senior Communications Associate for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Washington, D.C.  She received a Master of Arts in Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University.


Creating Authentic Connection: Captivating Performance Techniques for Speakers

Friday, March 31
10:30-11:45 am – Campus Center 204

Why are some speakers irresistible to watch? Great speakers present more than just compelling content. Learn how to use your body, breath, timing and physicality to build a genuine affinity with any audience. Practice performance techniques to relax, connect with your public and calm fidgeting. Discuss methods to build rapport, enter and exit with aplomb and win a laugh.

Krin Haglund ’99 is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary circus performer and artistic director. She toured for more than 10 years with many of today’s most exciting circus companies, including Cirque Eloize, 7 Fingers and Cirque du Soleil. With her company The Radiant, Krin creates world-class circus performance committed to exploring the intersection of character, comedy and acrobatics. After graduating from Smith, she trained at San Francisco’s Circus Center and Clown Conservatory. Her creation work is supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal and TOHU – Cité des Arts du Cirque.


Activate Your Superpowers: Live The Life You Most Want to Live

Friday, March 31
10:30-11:45 am – Campus Center 205

Unlock your greatest power by engaging in the process of transforming your life from the inside out. Apply concepts and techniques from design thinking, positive psychology and transformational leadership to learn a framework for developing personal and professional goals in a whole new way – a way that is often not discussed or taught in the business world, but is the material that real leaders are made of.  When you learn the power of who you are and you lead from that power, you become unstoppable.

After graduating from Smith, Robin Spencer ’12 took a job in management consulting. She had lots of opportunity for growth, but felt she was “looking for something more”. In 2015, she cut back everything (including her job) and moved across the country to a city she had never visited, in an attempt to redesign her life in the way she wanted to live it: with fierce passion and vulnerability. She currently works at Google, helping the company’s business leaders build the most effective teams. She is launching her own coaching business, aimed to help women live their biggest lives and writing a book about taking big leaps in work and life. Her passion is helping women activate their superpowers.


How Motherhood Impacts the Leadership Development of Women

Friday, March 31
1:15-2:30 pm – Campus Center 003

With so many brilliant and talented women pushed out of the workforce because they are tired of fighting a broken system, discuss how current and future mothers can become their own best advocates. Learn about the current State of Paid Family Leave and parental leave support practices in the US; discover how motherhood impacts the workplace positively and negatively; and gain tools for individual and public advocacy to change the system for mothers and fathers at work.
Rachael Ellison is an organizational development consultant and executive coach specializing in work-life synergy. She coaches hundreds of mid-to-senior level executives through professional changes, capitalizing on clients’ strengths and working with them to create innovative solutions to their challenges – especially the transition to parenthood. She is a well-known speaker and columnist discussing the role of work-life programs in organizational development and has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times and Fast Company.


Forging Into Unchartered Territory: Brand Building for the Solopreneur

Friday, March 31
1:15-2:30 pm – Campus Center 102

The internet and its ease of communication has opened the door to a new type of professional – that of the solopreneur. These one-person businesses, which may eventually grow beyond the owner and creator, must build a network and a brand. With so many hats to wear, you’re likely also spearheading an idea or service with no roadmap to follow! Learn to identify your strengths and weaknesses, accept your fears, grow your brand, and discover the keys to leadership in this new age. Warning: A fulfilling, inspiring career doing what you love may follow.

Rebekah Rotstein ’98 is an industry leader in exercise, Pilates and movement education. She is the creator of the medically-endorsed Buff Bones® system  and producer of an award-winning DVD endorsed by the former U.S. Surgeon General. Based in New York City, she guest presents internationally on topics including rehabilitation, functional anatomy and bone health at conferences and exercise facilities. Diagnosed with osteoporosis at age 28, Rebekah’s personal interest in the subject led her to serve as an ambassador for American Bone Health and a partner of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.


Creativity: The Inexhaustible Secret Ingredient in Business and Beyond

Friday, March 31
1:15-2:30 pm – Campus Center 103/104

Creativity in business is highly sought out and seemingly rare to find. If we accept that creativity is “inexhaustible,” then where is it, and who has it?  Gain a new understanding of creativity and what it means to be a creative leader.  Move away from widely held “creativity myths” and toward “creative acts” that prioritize outcomes over process. Engage in exercises that offer greater insight into a multimodal, bisociative approach to creativity that will change how you lead, work, and succeed in business and beyond.

This workshop is led by Dr. Lucille M. Booker ’92, Senior Partner and Strategist at BHP Solutions, LLC, and Dr. dt ogilvie, Distinguished Professor of Urban Entrepreneurship, Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology.


“Honey, will you cut my steak?” – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Friday, March 31
1:15-2:30 pm – Campus Center 204

Being called “sweetie” by a work colleague is demeaning and easy to identify.  But what about being coldly frozen out of a conversation in an important meeting or having your questions and contributions ignored?  Being successful at work often requires a balancing act of deciding whether to call out sexism in the moment or ignoring it in order to accomplish an immediate goal.  Learn how to identify different forms of harassment and develop solutions for how to survive harassment in the workplace as it occurs.

Lisa Ilka Abrams ’90 was appointed Commissioner/Judge Pro Tempore, Pima County Superior Court, in May, 2010.  She is a former partner of the law firm of Karp & Weiss, P.C.  Prior to joining Karp & Weiss in 2003, she served as a public defender, and as in-house counsel for a school district. She earned her A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, and her J.D. from the University of Arizona.  She also remains an active Smith alumna, where she has served on the Nominating Committee, the Board of Directors of the Alumnae Association, as an AAC, and as a NAAC. She currently serves on the Smith College Medal Committee. Lisa is a certified therapy dog handler.


Communicate Your Worth

Friday, March 31
1:15-2:30 pm – Campus Center 205

Boundary-pushing requires great communication skills. How can your authentic communication style help you firmly establish you as a credible, effective leader? Discuss challenges women have in executing the steps to create focused communication, telling your own authentic stories without being “too personal” and embracing emotion without being seen as “too emotional.”

Award-winning speechwriter Elaine Bennett ’81 started her career in the rough-and-tumble of late 1980s Wall Street. She observed at the time that “women on Wall Street either get laid or get laid off.” Since then, she founded her own coaching business and has gone on to write for leading executives in a range of industries. Elaine is passionate about great writing and blogs daily on her website, BennettInk.com.

 


Teaching Feminism to the Business World

Friday, March 31
3:00-4:15 pm – Campus Center 003

Use visibility opportunities to create transformative momentum; harness affinities and build coalitions for change; and employ activist tactics to achieve concrete improvements in the workplace.  Learn how to avoid tokenization and speak with a feminist voice about what it’s like to be “a woman in tech” to bring about real change in the workplace.

Beth Andres-Beck ’05 creates software for cyborgs and is particularly interested in the application of Care Ethics to the design of robust, secure software. Most recently, she has been a Senior Software Engineer at Hillary for America. Her Theater degree has served her well during her decade-long career as a programmer; she has spoken on topics both technical and social at conferences including Ohio LinuxFest, Velocity New York and Lesbians Who Tech.

 


Building Your Professional Brand for Advancement

Friday, March 31
3:00-4:15 pm – Campus Center 102

Building a professional brand and developing a strategy for gaining exposure in the workplace can help you to showcase skills, secure stretch assignments, and become well-known and liked by senior, influential leaders within both formal and informal networks – all necessary for meaningful advancement.

Ashli Stempel is the marketing and business development manager for Smith College Executive Education for Women. She is an experienced branding professional, who has worked with and for Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofit and community organizations, and individuals.

Katherine Hall is associate director of Smith College Executive Education for Women where she assists in the design, delivery, and marketing of strategic leadership development programs to support the advancement and retention of women corporate executives.


Cracking the Celluloid Ceiling – Women Breaking Barriers in the Entertainment Industry

Friday, March 31
3:00-4:15 pm – Campus Center 103/104

From developing the script, pitching the pilot, to calling out “action!,” the journey to your “thank you” speech is met with many obstacles along the way, in a white, male-dominated industry. Focus on the hardest question for those looking to leap into the entertainment industry: where does one even begin? Learn about the work of a visual storyteller. Develop strategies to get your foot in the door, surmount expected and unexpected barriers, and what it means to be true to your vision.

Elizabeth A. Lyons ’08 is an international filmmaker whose stories span all forms and genres. Ms. Lyons has received numerous accolades from such festivals as: 2015 NBCU Short Film Festival in New York, 2013 Rincón International Film Festival in Puerto Rico, and as a 2011 Sloan Foundation Grant Finalist. After Smith, she studied film production at both Smith College and NYU-Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Her professional background includes working with such companies as National Geographic, MTV Networks – Nick Jr., Showtime Networks and most recently with Netflix on their original series ‘House of Cards.’ Ms. Lyons received her Master of Fine Arts degree at New York University – Tisch School of the Arts (TischAsia) in Singapore.

Lita Robinson ’08, received an MA in Cinema Studies from NYU Tisch in 2012. She wrote criticism and worked in film sales, festivals, and distribution for four years in New York before giving it all up — mostly — for a day job in academia. She has many thoughts about the business of film, and is glad to help guide other Smithies on their way.

Rosie Haber ’07 is an aesthetically minded writer and director. A graduate of Film Independent’s Project Involve, the Outfest Screenwriting lab, and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, her film ‘Instababy’ took home the audience award at Los Angeles Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival after her digital series ‘New Deep South’ was hailed by Jill Soloway as her favorite show. Haber has also been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a fellow at both Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies. She is a writer and producer on the upcoming film adaptation of the classic transgender novel, ‘Stone Butch Blues’ as well as on the award winning web series, ‘We’ve Been Around.’

Melissa Finell ‘08 is an award-winning director and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. Her first feature, Sensitivity Training, had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it was named a “Can’t Miss” film at the festival by the Hollywood Reporter. She has been awarded numerous grants and awards, and currently has a number of feature film projects in active development. Originally from New York, Melissa was a Women’s Studies major and studied sketch comedy writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Mel also holds an MFA from UCLA’s Film and Television Directing program and is a former Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow.


Tools for an Intergenerational Workforce

Friday, March 31
3:00-4:15 pm – Campus Center 204

Supporting an intergenerational workforce is key for an organization seeking responsible and sustainable ways of doing business. It also presents difficult challenges to navigate. Including workers of all ages allows companies to more easily access skilled, trained workers, who help each other grow in a way that fosters innovation and improvement.  Hear examples from companies who make an intergenerational workplace key to their staffing model, as well as some companies who deliberately staff with older workers.

Mary Branagan ’08 is a recognized industry leader of the Senior Community Service Employment Program and Director of Program Affairs for Associates for Training and Development, Inc. Her research was featured at the White House Conference on Aging in 2015, and she has been invited to speak numerous times to congressional committees and groups of nonprofit and academic leaders. She was included in “Vermont’s Top 40 Under 40” by Vermont Business Magazine in 2012, and recognized as Vermont Young Professional of the Year in 2013. She earned her MBA from Northeastern University in 2015.


Women and Entrepreneurship – Strategies for Success

Friday, March 31
3:00-4:15 pm – Campus Center 205

Entrepreneurship can be an exciting and challenging ride. Women entrepreneurs face different obstacles than men, from subtle bias to struggles with fundraising. Gain valuable guidance on strategic and legal considerations for establishing a business, and overcoming the unique challenges faced by women entrepreneurs.

Lynne Zagami Riquelme ’00 is a corporate attorney turned client service expert. She is the Head of Customer Success at Shoobx, a technology platform that helps entrepreneurs form, grow and manage their businesses, and the Director of Community Engagement at SheStarts, an organization that supports women founders through coaching, networking and programming. She previously served as Director of Client Engagement and corporate attorney at Gesmer Updegrove, and was the Director of Client Service at Brightleaf.

 


Asking Good Questions and Learning to Listen

Saturday, April 1
9:00-10:15 am – Campus Center 102

When we engage those who are opposed to us, by asking questions, we show respect for their knowledge and form a connection. Women tend to want to fill silences, those uncomfortable moments where someone is struggling to answer, but if we remain quiet more thoughtful answers surface. The vulnerability created by asking good questions and carefully listening to responses creates an empathetic experience, which magically brings adversaries together.  We will look at the art of recognizing what our contributions are to tense interactions, how to use questions to diffuse the situation, and techniques to actively listen and engage. You will leave the workshop with strategies, ready to connect with people on many levels.

Emily Kumler Kaplan ’00 is an award-winning investigative journalist. As an ABC news producer for 20/20 and Primetime, a newspaper reporter and columnist, and magazine features writer, she has gone inside the minds of murderers, world leaders, celebrities, business innovators, and everyone in between. Emily’s fascination with how our personal narratives play a major role in our experiences makes her a captivating writer and speaker. In addition to her work as a journalist, Emily has founded three startup companies. She is a certified mediator through Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. She also holds a certificate in Advanced Negotiation from HLS. Emily is currently writing her first non-fiction book.


Radical Creativity: How to Come Up with Good Ideas That Change the World

Saturday, April 1
9:00-10:15 am – Campus Center 103/104

Problems, whether large or small, inspire people to find solutions. Solutions are based on ideas. The best ideas can change the course of human history. But who comes up with best ideas? In this dynamic interactive workshop, we introduce radically creative problem solvers past and present, explore the three basic types of ideas that lead to radical creativity, and reveal ways that—whether you are an artist or student, a scientist or CEO—you can practice radical creativity in your own work and life.

Camille Sweeney is an award-winning journalist, contributor to The New York Times, Fast Company, columnist of The New York Observer, and former project editor The New York Times Magazine. Josh Gosfield is an illustrator, former art director, including of New York Magazine, filmmaker, and fine artist, whose work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. Camille and Josh are coauthors of “The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well” (Penguin Random House) and are frequent speakers on success and creativity including at SXSW, TEDx Philadelphia, Harvard University, and the United Nations. They are at work on their next book, “The Trickster Manifesto: How Radically Creative People Change the World.”


 

Leadership as Disruption: Women of Color and their Allies Moving Beyond the Boundaries

Saturday, April 1
9:00-10:15 am – Campus Center 204

What are the unique challenges women of color face when in leadership roles? Look in depth at the careers of Melissa Harris Perry, Shonda Rhimes and Ava Duvernay to illustrate the unique challenges and opportunities facing Women of Color as they enter into leadership.   Together, we will identify steps for finding and projecting your voice as a woman of color in leadership roles or as an ally of women of color in leadership.  Strategize practical steps to increase opportunities/representation for women leaders of color within organizations

Aziza E. Jones MSW ’07 is a licensed clinical social worker with 10 years of experience working in elite medical institutions, community based mental health and Military communities in the US and abroad.  She is passionate about improving the lives of individuals and communities as they journey towards wholeness while striving to secure social justice. Ms. Jones is a highly skilled mental health clinician and innovative thought leader in understanding cultural competence in the fields of mental health and professional development. 


Be the Squeaky Wheel: Maximize Your Potential by Advocating for Yourself

Saturday, April 1
9:00-10:15 am – Campus Center 205

It’s sometimes easier to not challenge the status quo: to not upset someone, not make noise, not be “that person.” But we all have a game-changing moment: It could be the time you were passed over for a promotion; the time your heart was broken; the time you suspected that you weren’t being fairly compensated compared to your peers; or the time you didn’t stand up at the school PTA meeting. This workshop will offer the tools to make yourself heard and ask for what you need.

Laura Holmes-Haddad ’97 is a writer from Northern California. After Smith, she completed the chef’s program at the California Culinary Academy.  Laura worked as a cookbook editor at Simon & Schuster before becoming a freelance food writer and co-authoring cookbook and lifestyle titles. In 2012, at the age of 37, she was diagnosed with Stage IV inflammatory breast cancer. She is currently in remission and has become a patient advocate and speaker. Laura hopes to help other cancer patients and caregivers with her book “This is Cancer: Everything You Need to Know, from the Waiting Room to the Bedroom,” (October 2016, Seal Press). She lives in California with her husband and two children.


Why More Young Women Have To Rock Startup Land

Saturday, April 1
10:45 am-12:00 pm – Campus Center 003

Through a dynamic presentation, learn about the current climate of female entrepreneurs, how the gender gap is keeping us from scaling to billion-dollars companies, and why the next five years is the perfect time for women to flip the imbalances in the world of entrepreneurship.  Hear the ten things to launch a startup, how Natasha did it in 90 days, and what women need to do to prime their startup idea to become a real business.

At age 8, Natasha Clark was told that a woman’s job is to take care of the home. Since then shas built her career out of telling women they can do whatever the hell they want to. Publisher of Lioness, the digital magazine for female entrepreneurs, the former news reporter has created a platform to educate, elevate and support female entrepreneurs. In addition to publishing and hosting events for women, Natasha enjoys spending time with her teenage son, Shaun.


Opportunities are Seldom Labeled

Saturday, April 1
10:45 am-12:00 pm – Campus Center 102

Pushing boundaries in a male-dominated workplace is complex, and may include situations over which a woman has little control.  Recognizing these instances is essential to figuring out innovative strategies for achieving goals, since opportunities for success are seldom labeled. Success requires serious commitment and brutal honesty about one’s abilities and propensities. Regardless of the chosen career-path, gaining a successful foothold in a male-dominated profession is accomplished with a solid achievements and a staunch belief in yourself and your goals.  

Dr. Constance Brinckerhoff ’63 is the Nathan Smith Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry Emerita at Dartmouth. She earned a PhD in Microbiology/Immunology, and had 2 children as a graduate student. With few female colleagues at the time, she relied on her own instincts to navigate the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession, raising children while establishing a career, and balancing the line between personal and professional success. She has received the Smith College Medal and was Acting Provost of Dartmouth. She is a breast cancer survivor, and lives with her husband in New London, NH.


 

Reporting on Official Homophobia and Global Health in the 21st Century

Saturday, April 1
10:45 am-12:00 pm – Campus Center 103/104

Hear about the challenges, difficulties, and rewards of reporting these important and timely topics. This workshop will provide relevant training, including tips for finding guts and creativity when reporting on your passions. Great journalism is not always financially rewarding, and attendees will have candid conversations about the realities for most journalists. Finally, hear about the Pulitzer Center, Solutions Journalism, and mechanisms for support of great work.

As a journalist for 25 years, Nora FitzGerald is passionate about human rights, sexual minorities, migration and global health. She received a Pulitzer Center grant to report about the government crackdown on the LGBTQ community in Russia, which was published in Politico. She has served as a correspondent for The Washington Post and International Herald Tribune from Moscow, Berlin and Warsaw, was a correspondent for The Chicago Tribune from Warsaw and Berlin, and was the Moscow correspondent for ARTnews. Nora currently works as a freelance writer, communications consultant and journalist trainer. She has written about social issues and culture for Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Financial Times and USA Today.

Misha Friedman is a documentary photographer with a background in international relations and economics. His recent long-term projects deal with patriotism and corruption in Russia and the tuberculosis epidemic in the former Soviet Union. Friedman’s work appears in leading international publications and has been recognized by a number of industry awards and grants.


Shifting A Male-Dominated Work Culture

Saturday, April 1
10:45 am-12:00 pm – Campus Center 204

While women have made tremendous gains in male-dominated professions, it can often be trying, at best, to get men in your organization to hear your voice and agree to adapt the environment to be more inclusive for women. Discuss strategies for thriving and excelling in today’s male-dominated business culture. Drawing from career experiences, Niki will discuss how communication, behavior and leadership are the keys for women to succeed in the modern workplace.

Niki Ingram ’76 serves as the director of the Workers’ Compensation Department, for the regional defense firm of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin. Ms. Ingram is also a member of the firm’s board of directors. She helped to develop the firm’s Human Relations Policy and was the chairperson of the Human Relations Committee for 10 years. Ms. Ingram received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is the co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women’s Rights Committee and a member of the Investigative Division on Judicial Selection for Philadelphia Bar Association. She is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Ingram lectures frequently on her practice area as well as on issues involving Diversity and Inclusion.


Ambition is not a Dirty Word

Saturday, April 1
10:45 am-12:00 pm – Campus Center 205

One of the hardest parts of being a woman in our culture is having ambition. We’re told to reach high and challenge ourselves, but we’re often reserved about going after what we want. Learn how to see ambition from the business perspective through personal stories of a successful advertising career. Hear tips to take control of your own life, learn to nurture your ambition, and take away thoughts on being an ambitious woman in male-dominated fields that are concise, pithy and fun!

Dolores Kunda ’77 is a corporate board director with experience from Lenox Group, Inc., and Finish Line, Inc. In board work, Dolores works for minorities and women in their quest for a seat at the table. During her 30-year career, Dolores was a Hispanic marketing expert and founded Lápiz Advertising. During her time there, she directed the growth of the company from five employees to seventy—Latinos all—in just over a dozen years. Concurrent to founding Lápiz, Dolores was President of Leo Burnett Puerto Rico. In 2015, Dolores became the first Executive Director of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA, 2015/2016). Dolores also advises the administration of her graduate business school, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, as a member of the Kellogg Alumni Council.