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Women in Leadership Conference

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Women in Leadership 2018 event photo

Monday, April 30, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The 2018 Women in Leadership Conference welcomed women leaders in government and public policy for an inspirational day to discuss the importance of women’s leadership. A video recording of the entire program is available for viewing below, footage from each individual segment may be accessed by clicking the segment titles. You may also explore photos from the event by viewing the Institute’s Flickr album.The program was as follows:


• Mary K. Grant, Ph.D., President, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate


• Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Co-Founder and President of the Board, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Morning Keynote Address (video)

• U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire

Congresswomen of New England (video)

• U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (D-MA-5)

• U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3)

• Moderator: Alison King, Political Reporter, NBC Boston


By the Numbers: Tracking Women’s Political Participation (video)

• Ann Bookman, Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston

• Amanda Hunter, Communications Director, The Barbara Lee Family Foundation

• Moderator: Danielle Kurtzleben, Political Reporter, NPR


Afternoon Keynote Address (video)

• Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Karyn Polito

The Commonwealth’s Leadership Pipeline (video)

• Mayor Yvonne Spicer (Framingham, MA)

• Mayor Ruthanne Fuller (Newton, MA)

• Moderator: Lauren Dezenski, Political Reporter, POLITICO Massachusetts

Closing Reflections

• Mary K. Grant

The Institute was honored to work with the following organizations as community partners to host this important convening, including AAUW Work Smart in Boston, Asian American Women’s Political Initiative, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Chica Project, City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, Emerge Massachusetts, Gloria Cordes Larson Center for Women in Business at Bentley University, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Latina Circle, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Spark Boston, Strong Women, Strong Girls and The Partnership, Inc.

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2018 Women in Leadership Conference

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