2019 Women’s Summit: Move Forward. Make Change Happen!

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have drawn significant attention to the sexual harassment and discrimination that women encounter across many industries. Women were empowered to join these movements by women – and men – who courageously and publicly revealed the shocking experiences they experienced from high-powered executives, particularly in the film, stage, and television industries. The groundswell of these movements has provided women with a sense of unity and the confidence to move forward.

On November 1, thousands of Google employees walked off the job to protest what they said was “the tech giant’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives.” In Tokyo, Singapore, London, and San Francisco, highly paid engineers and other workers staged one-hour walkouts. Their protests reflected rising #MeToo-era frustrations among women at “frat house behavior and other misconduct” in heavily male Silicon Valley. In New York and Cambridge, women and men took to the streets, holding signs that said, “Time is up on systemic racism,” and “Enough is Enough.” In San Francisco, a thousand workers chanted, “Women’s rights are workers’ rights.” In addition, Facebook also encountered criticism over salary parity and gender discrimination.

The protests signaled that frustrations among women had reached a boiling point. Professor of Management Stephanie Creary, Ph.D., who specializes in diversity at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, said, “People simply aren’t willing to put up with it anymore.”

Because they believed their concerns were not being fairly represented in Congress, state, and local governments, a record number of women ran for office in the 2018 midterm election, prompting some to call this the “Year of the Women in Politics.” This title was true as many women won, including a record number of women elected to Congress.

At the 2019 Women’s Summit, we will address many thought-provoking and enriching topics important to women throughout the day. In addition to our four inspiring keynote speakers, you have 23 sessions from which to choose.

The mission of the Women’s Summit is to promote professional, personal, and financial empowerment for all who attend. We are grateful to our generous sponsors for joining us in helping all who attend to Move Forward. Make Change Happen!

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2019 Women’s Summit at Bryant University!

Kati Machtley
Director, Women’s Summit