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Women LEAD (Leading through Empowerment Affiliations and Development) 

These 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 

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Rice Finance & Women LEAD Present: 21st Century Women Leaders Panel 

Tuesday November 18th,  7-8:30pm  (RSVP Now Closed, email womenlead@rice.edu 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 
amongst women.

We encourage all students, male or female, to attend!

Dress is business casual. Cupcakes and coffee will be provided.

Check out the FB event 

Location will be provided after RSVP on Women LEAD website.


Women LEAD Campus Coordinators, 2014-2015 

Nicole Zhao

Genevieve Tarlton 

Amy Ryu

Stephanie Yeh

Mini Bhattacharya

Michelle Bowen

 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