Published 01/12/16

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Bryant to host 19th annual Women's Summit

SMITHFIELD, RI – More than 1,000 women are expected to participate in Bryant University’s annual Women’s Summit on Friday, March 18 th . 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. Through innovative ideas, nationally known motivational keynote speakers, and practical success strategies presented in engaging breakout sessions, the day-long educational conference provides women with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to excel and advance in today’s marketplace.

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

Throughout its 153-year history, Bryant has maintained a tradition of educating women and preparing them to achieve success. The Women’s Summit is aligned with the University's Vision 20/20 strategic goals of anticipating the future in a changing world.

"The Women’s Summit reflects Bryant’s ongoing commitment to the success and advancement of women in their careers and personal lives."

For 2016, the Women’s Summit features three prominent keynote speakers who are pioneers in making their marks on the world in positive manners – Sheila Heen, founder of Triad Consulting; Carla Hall, Co-Host of ABC’s The Chew ; and Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

The Summit will also include a power plenary session by author, nutrition, and fitness expert Pamela Peeke M.D., and 21 breakout sessions to choose from. The sessions represent leading trends in leadership, diversity, business, education, communication, financial empowerment, entrepreneurship, and wellness. These interactive sessions will allow for women to not only learn from the keynote speakers, but also to learn from experts, panelists, and group discussions. Throughout the day, and at the networking reception immediately afterwards, conference attendees will have opportunities to make new connections and learn from each other.

Kati Machtley has directed the Women’s Summit throughout its entire 18-year history, and looks forward to this coming years’ 19 th annual conference. She recognizes that over the years women’s lives have become more complicated and the Summit’s goal is to address that and help women to create the right balance while advancing their professional and personal lives.

The Bryant University 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.

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant University has approximately 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students from 32 states and 63 countries.  Bryant University is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s