Women Making Waves

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What is Women Making Waves?

Tulane University’s Office of Alumni Relations hosts an annual women’s leadership conference, Women Making Waves, each spring during Women’s History Month. The goal of the program is to highlight the career successes of our alumnae to inspire and motivate women to seek leadership positions in the workplace and in their communities. The schedule includes a keynote speaker(s), panel discussions, and ample networking opportunities throughout the day.

Participants often comment on how accessible and open the speakers are in sharing their experiences and many connections have been made during the conference that have developed into friendships, mentoring relationships, and business referrals.

Opening Keynote Address

Lisa Jackson (E ’83)
Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple

Lisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Lisa oversees Apple’s efforts to minimize its impact on the environment by addressing climate change through renewable energy and energy efficiency, using greener materials, and inventing new ways to conserve precious resources. She is also responsible for Apple’s education policy programs such as ConnectED, its product accessibility work, and its worldwide government affairs function.

From 2009 to 2013, Lisa served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she focused on reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues. She has also served as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and as Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Lisa holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University. She serves on the boards of Princeton, Tulane, and the Clinton Foundation.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental breakfast provided

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Sherry Marcus Leventhal (L ’77), Vice Chair, Board of Tulane
Michael A. Fitts, President, Tulane University

Opening Keynote Address
8:40 – 9:30 a.m.

Lisa Perez Jackson (E ’83)
Vice President, Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, Apple

Breakout Sessions
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Gender Issues in the Workplace
• Tania Tetlow (NC ’92), Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Tulane University, Felder- Fayard Professor of Law

Herstories of Resilience
• Dr. Mary Lupo (NC ’76, M ’80, R ’84), Owner and Dermatologist, Lupo Center for Aesthetic & General Dermatology, LLC
• NancyKay Wessman (PHTM ’89), Owner, WessComm, LLC
• Kali Jones (L ’96, PHTM ’96), Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State
Moderator: Felicia Kleinpeter (NC ’87), Co-Founder, Imagine Recovery New Orleans

Becoming the Boss: Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories
• Jayda Batchelder (PHTM ’09), Founding Executive Director, Education Open Doors, Inc.
• Joyce Delery (NC ’84), Realtor, Engel & Völkers New Orleans
• Haley Burns (LA ’15), Founder and Executive Director, Fund 17
Moderator: Collin Ferguson (B ’04), Co-founder and CEO, Where Y’Art/whereyart.net

Networking Break
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Top Leaders Share Stories of Triumph
• Teri Marconi (NC ’85), Sector Vice President & General Manager Navigation & Maritime Systems Division, Electronic Systems Sector, Northrop Grumman Corporation (Retired)
• Lorna Donatone (B ’80), CEO Geographic Regions and Region Chair North America, Sodexo
• Millie Bradley (NC ’73, B ’75), General Auditor, Exxon Mobil Corporation (Retired), Board Member – United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas
Moderator: Smydge Perry (L ’02), Founder and CEO, HABERDAShe

Adapting to Changes in Your Industry
• Sara Barnard (NC ’91), Vice President of Sales and Marketing, The Advocate
• Dean Suri Duitch, Ph.D., Dean, School of Professional Advancement
Moderator: Deirdre Danahar (SW ’93, PHTM ’94), Owner, InMotion Consulting and Coaching, LLC

Failing Forward: Shifting the Mindset
• Tara Lang, Success Coach, Office of Undergraduate Retention & Student Success, Newcomb-Tulane College, Tulane University
• Shaina Spector (SE ’10), Assistant Director and Senior Academic Advisor, Tulane University
• Melissa Berry (NC ’90), Assistant Dean for Student & Career Services, University of Washington
Moderator: Alyana Samai (PHTM ’15), Stroke Program Coordinator, West Jefferson Medical Center

Networking Luncheon
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Artistic Expressions of Resiliency
• Francesca (Frahn) Koerner (NC ’78), Visual Artist
• Jacqueline Bishop (G ’82), Visual Artist
• Moderator: Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Director, Newcomb Art Museum

Closing Keynote
2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Purpose Matters
Tenaya Wallace (NC ’96), Purveyor of Purposeful Work, Tenaya Speaks

Closing Remarks
3:20 – 3:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Platinum - $10,000

Naming Rights to Conference

Gold - $5,000

Naming Rights to Keynote Speaker

Silver - $3,000

Naming Rights to Networking Lunch

Bronze - $1,000

Naming Rights for one Breakout or Panel Session

Student Sponsor - $500

Registration for 25 students


Contact Tulane Alumni Career Services at alumnicareerservices@tulane.edu.