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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 questions or comments about this program, please email womenlead@rice.edu.     

Lesley Briones, J.D.,  Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel 2015 LL Lesley Briones

for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Tuesday February 24th,  3-4:30pm  (RSVP Here, email womenlead@rice.edu with questions) 

Lesley is responsible for managing the Laura and John Arnold Foundation's day-to-day operations and overseeing its legal matters. Prior to joining the Foundation, Lesley was an attorney at Vinson & Elkins, LLP, where her practice primarily focused on tax-exempt organizations. Before becoming a lawyer, Lesley taught at-risk public high school and middle school students in her hometown of Laredo, Texas, on the United States-Mexico border. Lesley holds degrees from Yale Law School and Harvard University. Lesley is Vice President of Leadership and a Director of the Texas Lyceum. She also serves on the Loan Committee of the Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education.

The core objective of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation is to produce substantial, widespread and lasting reforms that will maximize opportunities and minimize injustice in our society. To do this, they identify challenges and address their root causes through innovative, multi-disciplinary solutions. They aim to foster a culture in which individuals have the best chance to succeed and prosper, while encouraging a sense of responsibility, compassion and reinvestment toward their communities and society as a whole.  


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 

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