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Be Heard: Women In Leadership Conference

For three years in a row, the Emerson Leadership Institute’s Be Heard Conference has drawn hundreds of distinguished academics, businesses, and next-generation leaders from St. Louis and beyond for a series of presentations, discussions, debates, keynotes and networking sessions under the goal of advancing gender equity, empowering women, and creating a culture of holistic well-being for all.

Conference Reach

The Be Heard Conference has reached hundreds of attendees yearly for the past three years, with the 2024 conference boasting over 200 registrants. Be Heard has managed to attract a diverse audience from the broader SLU community, which includes over 127,249 alumni, 12,281 current students, and more than 5,000 faculty and staff, as well as countless companies and individuals throughout the region.



Elaine Cha, host/producer at St. Louis Public Radio, speaks on the Asian Women in Leadership Panel at the Be Heard Women in Leadership Conference at Il Monastero on May 3, 2024.

Inspiring Speakers

For the past three years, the conference has featured inspiring discussions from prominent speakers across the country who have volunteered their time, expertise, experiences, wisdom and insights.

Supportive Space

Rooted in principles of understanding, respect, allyship and energy, the conference cultivates a psychologically safe space where diverse voices are heard and valued. Through meaningful discussions and shared experiences, participants embrace a culture of inclusivity and empowerment.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For organizations seeking to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and community impact goals, the Emerson Leadership Institute's Women in Leadership Conference at Saint Louis University's Chaifetz School of Business offers a unique opportunity to support ethical leadership research and practice. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting 

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View the 2024 Conference Report