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Be Heard: Women In Leadership Conference

Join the Emerson Leadership Institute at Saint Louis University's Chaifetz School of Business as we celebrate women in leadership and support one another to be heard!

March 9-10, 2023

Busch Student Center

Saint Louis University

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The second annual Women in Leadership Conference will expand to a two-day conference, featuring keynote speakers, interactive workshops, a research symposium and opportunities in support of women in leadership. With the theme Be Heard, the event will focus on topics of personal effectiveness, communication barriers and solutions, emerging research findings related to women in business and amplifying female voices in organizations.

Research Symposium

March 9, 2023: 6 – 8 p.m.

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Seemantini Pathak, Associate Professor of Management, Global Leadership and Management Department, University of Missouri – St. Louis 
  • Keynote Presentation: Women in Leadership – Where Theory Meets Practice (6 - 6:30 p.m.)
    The presentation will be followed by roundtable discussions with exchange of research ideas and potential collaborations (6:30 - 7 p.m.) Networking reception to follow (7 - 8 p.m.)

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Be Heard: Women in Leadership Conference 

March 10, 2023: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Time Event
8:30– 9 a.m.
  • Welcome: Mich Hancock
  • Opening Remarks: Barnali Gupta, Ph.D.
  • Rung for Women: From a Moment to a Movement: Leslie Gill
9:15-10 a.m.

My Journey to St. Louis Three Times: Two Learnings

Qiaoni Jing
Wool Ball Room

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Executive Track

Microaggressions: Beyond the Impact with Rhoda Banks and  Jada Reese
Wool Ball Room

Mid-Career Track

Fashion for Good with Niki Shamdasani and Ritika Shamdasani
Room 253D

Early-Career Track

remarkHERble Aspire STL Club
Room 253B

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Networking

Blessing: Carlos Esparza, S.J., Ph.D.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

NFTs: Not Just a Buzz Word

Myrina Renaissance Otey-Myton
Wool Ball Room

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Executive Track

Mission Matters: Operationalizing Transformational Leadership with Barnali Gupta, Ph.D., and Patricia Bagsby, Ph.D.
Wool Ball Room

Mid-Career Track

Empowering Women: Negotiation and Advancement with SLU Women’s Commission
Room 253D

Early-Career Track

Empowering Women to Lead with a Diverse and Innovative Mindset with Ronika Moody
Room 253B

3– 3:45 p.m.

The Delmar DivINe™ - Building a Neighborhood Inside of a Neighborhood

Maxine Clark
Wool Ball Room
4– 5:15 p.m.

Keynote - Start Small and Dream Big: Making Better Things With Diversity and Inclusion

Lindsay Wrege
Wool Ball Room
5:15-5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Barnali Gupta, Ph.D.

About the Speakers

Emcee for the Day: Mich Hancock, Founder and CEO, 100th Monkey; Co-Founder of TEDx St. Louis

Keynote Speaker: Lindsay Wrege, Co-founder, 321 Coffee

Lindsay started this coffee shop and roastery with the intention of creating an inclusive business that would employ individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They now employ 50+ individuals in three locations in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area. Recently featured on the TODAY show, Lindsay will share her story and vision in this interactive session. 

Other Featured Speakers

  • Maxine Clark, founder of Build-a-Bear Workshop, inspirator, the Delmar DivINe
  • Qiaoni “Linda” Jing, CEO of Genective
  • Myrina Renaissance Otey-Myton, photographer, TEDx Speaker, NFT Specialist
  • Leslie Gill, president of Rung for Women
  • Barnali Gupta, Edward Jones Dean of the Chaifetz School of Business

Breakout Sessions

Morning and afternoon breakouts will host three sessions each targeted to early-career, mid-career and executive professionals. Speakers include:

  • Tricia Bagsby, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Chaifetz School of Business
  • Rhoda Banks, SVP – talent management, American AgCredit
  • Barnali Gupta, Edward Jones Dean, Chaifetz School of Business
  • Ronika Moody, founder and CEO, Distinct Consulting
  • Aspire STL members - SLU student organization for women & minorities in business
  • SLU Women’s Commission members
  • Fashion and Societal Impact Panel

The conference will also highlight and support St. Louis area women in business through our choice of vendors, partners and speakers.

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