Women LEAD (Leading
through Empowerment Affiliations and Development)
programs are designed as short events to encourage networking and
provide a woman's view of leadership. Each program will highlight a
female speaker to talk
about leadership through a woman's lens, following the speaker there
will be an opportunity for discussion and networking. If you have
questions or comments about this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rice Finance & Women LEAD Present: 21st Century Women Leaders Panel
Tuesday November 18th, 7-8:30pm (RSVP Now Closed, email email@example.com with questions)
Speakers: Denise Rhodes, Allison Thacker, Laurie McRay and Jessica Seff
The gender gap in today’s workplace is more prevalent than ever, despite the increasing number of well educated and professionally qualified women entering the workforce. It is time to face the truth: there is an alarming shortage of females in leadership positions in the STEM fields. Rice Finance and Women LEAD have collaborated to present a panel discussion, “21st Century Women Leaders” on Tuesday November 18th. This is a rare chance to interact with four powerful speakers and learn about their professional and personal experiences, and how they have navigated the male-dominated STEM fields.
Denise Rhodes (CFO of Texas Med Center)
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Texas Medical Center, Denise serves on numerous advisory boards, including the Houston
Executive Women’s Partnership.
Allison Thacker (CIO of Rice)
A Rice and Harvard Business School alumna, Allison is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Rice and the President of the Rice Management Company. She is responsible for managing Rice’s billion investment fund.
Laurie McRay (CEO of McRay Money Management)
CEO & Founder of McRay Money Management, Laurie is an expert wealth manager who also has a strong commitment to community service. She spearheaded a CPAs Helping School Program in a local elementary.
Jessica Seff (Co-founder of Axiom Retail Energy)
A Vanderbilt and LSE alumna,
Jessica is the Co-Founder &
Treasurer of Axiom Retail Energy
and the president of Dollar
Discipline, a volunteer
organization dedicated to
increasing financial literacy
We encourage all students, male or female, to attend!
Dress is business casual. Cupcakes and coffee will be provided.
Location will be provided after RSVP on Women LEAD website.
Women LEAD Campus Coordinators, 2014-2015
Please email the Women LEAD Coordinators with any questions.
Previous Women LEAD Programs
If you are interested in reading about previous Women LEAD programs, please see
notes from their discussions below:
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhib17bCfpw
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd19BF3CpsU
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55TBFo6Gufs
Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN5IEE-8TSI
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