Published 03/01/13

More than 1,000 expected at 16th annual Women's Summit®

More than 1,000 women are expected to participate in the sold out 16th Annual Bryant University Women's Summit® on Thursday, March 14th. The Women’s Summit has sold out every year since its inception, and has become one of the most highly sought-after conferences in New England. Drawing women from all across the region, the Summit promotes professional, personal, and economic empowerment through education. The day-long enrichment program provides women with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to excel and advance in today’s marketplace.

“Each year, the Women’s Summit serves as a resource for women from all walks of life to take time from their busy schedules at work and at home, and to come together to discover crucial tools to improve both their professional and personal lives,” said Kati Machtley, director.  “The Women’s Summit reflects Bryant’s ongoing commitment to the advancement of women.”  The conference is among the signature events of Bryant’s 150th anniversary year, which runs through 2013. Since its founding in 1863, Bryant has had a history of educating women and preparing them to achieve success in their careers and personal lives. The Summit is aligned with the University's 150-year tradition of anticipating the future in a changing world.

The Women’s Summit features three prominent keynote speakers who are pioneers in creating a new vision of opportunity for women  -- Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group; Kay Koplowitz, founder of USA Network, and Marshawn Evans, a reinvention strategist.

It also includes a power plenary session and up to 20 workshops to choose from. The sessions represent current trends in business, education, and wellness, including workshop titled "Self-Confidence: The Foundation of Career Success"; "Make Your Passion Your Profession"; "Common Health Myths: What Women Should Know"; "Presence, Promotion, and Purpose: Aspiring and Achieving Career Advancement"; and "Women and Investing: Take Charge Now!" Throughout the day and at the evening reception which follows immediately after, conference attendees have opportunities to make new connections, network, and learn from each other.

Mrs. Machtley has directed the Women’s Summit throughout its entire 16-year history.  She recognizes that over the years women’s lives have become more complicated. “With 51 percent of all women in the workforce, the need for such a conference is growing even greater every year. Women continue to strive for balance between work and family, yet an aging population, shrinking workforce, and economic challenges combine to increase the pressures and demands they face.” The conference is a resource for developing skills that women can put to work right away to empower themselves, advance their careers, and enhance their quality of life.