Published 01/05/15

Women's Summit 2015, "Succeed & Thrive," to be held March 13, 2015

Women's Summit 2015 SMITHFIELD, R.I — More than 1,000 women are expected to participate in the 18 th Annual Bryant University Women’s Summit on Friday, March 13, 2015. 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 Women’s Summit promotes professional, personal, and economic empowerment through education. Through innovative ideas, nationally known motivational keynote speakers, and practical success strategies presented in more than 20 different break-out sessions, the day-long educational conference provides women with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to succeed and thrive in today’s complex world.

“For 18 years, the Women’s Summit at Bryant University has served as a vital resource for thousands of women from all walks of life to discover crucial tools, hear motivating messages, and experience networking opportunities to enhance both their professional and personal lives,” said Kati C. Machtley, director.  “The Women’s Summit reflects Bryant University’s ongoing commitment to the advancement and success of women.” 

Women’s Summit reflects Bryant's "ongoing commitment to the advancement and success of women.”

For more than 150 years, Bryant has had a tradition of educating women and preparing them to achieve success and thrive in their careers and personal lives. The Summit is aligned with the University's bold Vision 20/20 strategic plan and mission to educate and inspire individuals to become innovative leaders who make a difference around the world.

Keynote speakers

For 2015, the Women’s Summit features three prominent keynote speakers who are leaders in making and shaping the national news:

  • Sallie L. Krawcheck, Chair of the Ellevate network, who is widely recognized as one of the most powerful women in business and has been called “The Last Honest Analyst” by  Fortune Magazine as well as an innovator in the wealth management arena;
  • Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC’s TODAY and four-time Emmy Award nominee;
  • Mel Robbins, CNN contributor and co-founder of Inspire52 the fastest growing news and entertainment website produced for and by women.

The day also includes more than 20 workshops to choose from and a power plenary session led by personal finance expert and COO of Getting Smart LLC, Charlotte Stallings. Stallings is the author of I Wish Someone Had Told Me: Financial Lessons Learned the Hard Way (2012) and former vice president of investment strategies at Ameriprise Financial.

Kati C. Machtley, with the help of a dedicated committee, has directed the Women’s Summit throughout its 18-year history.  Machtley recognizes that over the years women’s lives have become more complicated.

“The need for such a conference is increasing every year. Women are striving to make a difference through meaningful and purposeful work, even as they seek to make their lives better and enhance their sense of well-being by balancing work and family commitments. At the same time, the factors of an aging population, shrinking workforce, and economic challenges combine to increase the pressures and demands they face.”

The Women’s Summit is a resource for developing skills that women can put to work right away to empower themselves, advance their careers, enhance their quality of life, and better provide for their families.