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The Women's Leadership Conference by Harvard Student Agencies is an opportunity to learn and connect with others who are invested in developing their leadership skills, while diving deep into women's leadership topics with a full day of keynote speakers, panels, and break-out sessions. Along the way, high schoolers are encouraged to build their confidence surrounding leadership and networking.

With a collection of speakers from STEM, politics, and business fields, the conference provides a range of experiences for students to hear and reflect upon. Students will be able to explore different interests and learn from female leaders in their field and Harvard students.

The agenda - July 21

9-10:30: Intros/Keynote speaker

10:30-11:30: Break-off session

11:30-12:30: Harvard Students Panel

12:30-1:15: Lunch

1:15-2: Break-off Session

2-2:30: Workshop Activity

2:30-3:30: Professionals Panel

3:30-4: closing remarks

4-end: Ice cream social/Networking

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speakers...MORE COMING SOON!

opening keynote speaker

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martha crawford, phd — senior lecturer at hbs & independent director of altran

Martha Crawford teaches courses at HBS on Leadership and Corporate Accountability and The Economics and Politics of Energy. Crawford holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Harvard University (SEAS, 1997), and an MBA from the French Collège des Ingénieurs (1998). From 2007 to 2016, Crawford led the international R&D operations of two French multi-national companies – Air Liquide (2007-2011) and Areva (2011 – 2014) – active in the energy sector. A dual French and American national, Crawford is an Independent Director of Altran, a French multi-national active in out-sourced R&D and technology development. Previous to returning to the business world in 2007, Crawford led the OECD’s program of Environmental Performance Reviews of countries, from 1999 to 2007.

PROFESSIONALS PANEL

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State Representative Kay Khan — RN, M.S.

State Representative Kay Khan has represented Newton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1995. She was originally appointed by Speaker Robert DeLeo in 2009 to serve as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities and has served in this capacity ever since. Chair Khan is one of the Legislature’s most outspoken advocates for progressive policies including incarcerated individuals, including women and juveniles, public health, and healthcare reform legislation. The Chair earned her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Boston University School of Nursing.

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Ayelet Israeli — ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT HBS

Ayelet Israeli is an assistant professor of business administration in the marketing unit at Harvard Business School. Her research focuses on pricing, channel management and online marketing. She earned her Ph.D. in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She holds an MSc and BSc in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from Hebrew University. In addition to her academic experience, Professor Israeli served as a lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces and worked as an engineer at Israel Aerospace Industries and at Intel Corporation in Israel.

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Shantha Kumari Rajendran — Staff Systems Lead Engineer of Panasonic Automotive

Ms. Rajendran has more than 15 years of automotive industry experience with a specialization in Human Machine Interface. She is a Michigan researcher who has been granted a patent for a steering wheel switch that connects with the driver’s wearable device and turns off notifications. She also has another patent granted for a car infotainment unit which can reduce the fatigue of drivers and keep them engaged. She would like to be an inspiration for female inventors and encourages them to explore the usage of technology for public safety.

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Desi Ujkashevic — Director of Ford’s Global Automotive Strategy Office

Desi Ujkashevic has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in the global automotive industry. Ujkashevic joined Ford Motor Company in 1991 and is currently the Director of Ford’s Global Automotive Strategy Office. Her educational background includes B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, and an MBA (Marketing and Finance) from the University of Michigan. Ford has recognized Ujkashevic with an Excellence in Leadership Award and a Diversity Executive Champion Award. In 2010 and 2015 she was named one of the top 100 Leading Women in the Auto Industry by the “Automotive News.” In 2011, she was featured by “dBusiness” as one of eight women recognized in “Powered by Detroit – Women."  Ujkashevic is very active in Ford’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Board and regularly participates in many community outreach programs.  

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