YaleWomen Webinars

October 2020
YaleWomen will deliver a webinar as an encore event to the 50 Women at Yale 150 program on October 1st at 3 pm EDT: “Breaking the Glass Ceiling.” The webinar will feature an exceptional panel of YaleWomen alumni and Yale faculty who have shattered glass ceilings in a variety of fields: finance, academia/medicine, legal/judicial, Corporate America, and management consulting/entrepreneurship. Panelists will share candidly not only the challenges they overcame, but also advice and insights on implementing successful career paths. The panelists and moderator will be:

• Ranji Nagaswami MBA ‘86, Senior Advisor, SVP Global
• The Honorable Denise Page Hood ‘74, Chief Judge, Eastern District of Michigan
• Dr. Inginia Genao, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, Medical Director, Adult Primary Care Center, Yale School of Medicine
• Moderator: Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans JD ‘90, CEO, The Barthwell Group, YaleWomen Council, Co- Chair Yale Women Programming Committee, President, Yale Club of Michigan, former Yale Alumni Association Board of Governors
• Seyma Aslan PhD ‘12, Senior Project Leader at L'Oreal Research & Innovation, YaleWomen Programming Committee Co-Chair
• Jennifer Cruz, 50WAY150 Program Manager, Yale Alumni Association

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with the Yale Alumni Association Shared Interest Groups, YaleWomen, and 50WAY150. 

Link to Breaking the Glass Ceiling Webinar

May 2020
Climate Emergency: Practical Actions, Equitable Solutions 
Scientists tell us we need to flatten our emissions curve and actively decarbonize our economies by 2030 to avoid the most severe effects of climate change. This will require broad changes in the way we produce and consume energy. As leaders in our communities, how can we ignite this change and ensure that it is a “just transition” for all people - not just a few? What lessons and reverberations from COVID-19 will affect our response to climate?

On May 27th, we heard from:
  • Dr. Kim Cobb ’96 BA, Chair and Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Director, Global Change Program
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Susan Tambi Matambo ’04 MEM, Senior Specialist, World Bank Climate Change Unit
  • and Mary D. Nichols ’71 JD, Chair, California Air Resources Board
This webinar was moderated by Lauren Graham ’13 MEM, introduced by Akosua Barthwell Evans ‘90 JD, and produced by Phoebe Shackeroff Reese ‘98 BA.

It was brought to you in partnership by the Yale Alumni Association (Shared Interest Groups), YaleWomen, Yale Blue Green, the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance, the Yale Black Alumni Association, and 50 Women at Yale 150.

April 2020

Bienvenida Salud: Sustainable Change for Indigenous Women and their Communities

For over thirty years, Minga Peru has been supporting and strengthening communities in the Loreto region of Peru with an innovative program based on communications through radio and grassroots leadership development for women. This webinar gave participants an opportunity to learn a bit about Peru, the Kukama people who live in the Loreto region, the programs that have made Minga Peru so successful that it is a model for programs throughout Central and South America, and why the Yale Alumni Service Corps is partnering with Minga Peru on a program in the summer of 2021, YASC Along the Maranon.

On April 29th, panelists presented a 30-minute overview with another 30 minutes for discussion and Q&A.

This webinar was presented in partnership by Yale Alumni Service Corps, Yale Alumni Shared Interest Groups, Yale Day of Service, Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance, YaleWomen., and 1stGenYale.

Link to Bienvenida Salud webinar

April 2020
Food Fight: How the Restaurant and Catering Industry is Pivoting to Survive in a COVID-19 World

On April 28th, Jessie Gould '04, founder and CEO of Ox Verte, and Wanting Zhang FES '11, co-founder and COO of junzi kitchen, discussed the impact and challenges faced by the retail food sector in a time of pandemic. Wendy Maldonado D'Amico '93 moderated the discussion, and Grace Hsieh '07 led the audience Q&A.

This webinar was presented in partnership by Accelerate Yale, Yale Food + Drink, and YaleWomen.

Link to Food Fight webinar

April 2020
Career Transitions II - How Yale Alumni Successfully Navigated Professional Change

Are you considering or facing a career change? On April 28th, executive coach and leadership consultant Kameka Dempsey ’99 led a discussion by panelists from diverse sectors - the performing arts, business, cultural institutions, and tech - to share insights on how to make the change.
This webinar was brought to you by the Yale Alumni Association (Careers, Life, and Yale) with co-sponsorship by YaleWomen and 1stGenYale.

Link to Career Transitions II Webinar 

April 2020

Navigating and Thriving in Remote Work Environments

On April 7th, Grace Hsieh '07, Co-Founder of Accelerate Yale and Yale Angels and Board Member of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA), hosted a conversation with Catherine Stewart '05, Chief Business Officer at Automattic, the company with a 1,300-person globally-distributed workplace behind WordPress.com, followed by a Q&A led by Wendy Maldonado D'Amico '93, YAA Board of Governors.  Catherine discussed the benefits and challenges of remote work environments both before and after their proliferation in the COVID-19 era.


Link to Remote Work Webinar

August 2019

Women, Men, and Food

On August 27th, Professor Paul Freedman spoke about Women, Men, and Food, an excerpt from his upcoming book: "American Cuisine and How It Got This Way."  He discussed perceptions of men and women's food preferences in the 20th century, and how new products such as Jell-O and magazines such as Good Housekeeping and Gourmet alternately reinforced and upended prevailing stereotypes around food and gender.  Moderated by Wendy Maldonado D’Amico ’93, YAA Board of Governors.


Link to American Cuisine Webinar

Link to The Yale Food and Beverage Group, an online global Facebook community

June 2019

Ageism at Work: Breaking the Universal Barrier

On June 26th, Diane T. Ashley ’76, MS, JD; joined Ashton Applewhite, author and activist; and Leslie Morrison Faerstein, EdD, LCSW, and Executive Director of amazing.community for an enlightening conversation about how to combat ageism and thrive. Moderated by Amy Armitage ’86 MBA, the webinar covered a range of topics, including:

  • Debunking ageism myths (and why it’s the “ism” we all face)
  • Untapping possibilities in your career at any age
  • The advantages of aged-based diversity
  • Practical strategies for gaining back your work mojo
  • Combating unconscious bias

Link to Ageism Webinar

January 2019

Career Transitions

YaleWomen and the Yale Alumni Association (Careers, Life, and Yale) partnered for a webinar on a topic relevant to so many alums: career transitions.

This webinar featured four Yale women alums sharing their experiences with career transition due to:

- job loss
- re-entering the workforce after taking time off to raise children
- a desire to reinvent oneself and switch careers entirely

Two career coaches then provided further insight and led a Q&A to give participants an opportunity to actively engage in the conversation. Participants also received a follow-up email with a list of resources for their own career transitions.

Jennifer Ebisemiju Madar, YC ‘88

Catharine Gately, YC ‘89
Katy Kincade, YC ‘85
Cristina Thais Vittoria, YC ‘93
Wendy Maldonado D’Amico, YC ‘93

Career Coaches
Amy Armitage, SOM ‘85
Cindy Cornell, SOM career coach

Link to Career Transitions webinar
May 2018
This webinar will examine how language shapes perceptions. The word choices we make – how we describe success, the words we use to label failure, the way a promotion is explained – demonstrate what we implicitly value. Sometimes our word choices are deliberate, but oftentimes our word choices are unintentional. In these instances, stereotypes about gender, ethnicity, and other characteristics may inadvertently influence the words we choose in ways that can advantage some or disadvantage others on our team. 
February 2018
YaleWomen presents: a discussion about women on corporate boards with Dr. Akosua Barthwell Evans, Brande Stellings and Ann Fudge.
December 2017 
Carolyn Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor in Women’s Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale. Dr. Mazure came to Yale for her fellowship training after completing graduate school and three years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Immediately following her postgraduate training, she was invited to join the Yale faculty. Dr. Mazure’s contributions in women’s health began with her own internationally recognized research in the field of depression. Understanding the value of uncovering gender differences in the field of depression, combined with recognizing that such data are sorely lacking across many fields of biomedical research, Dr. Mazure designed and launched Women’s Health Research at Yale, the university’s interdisciplinary research center on health and gender.

June 2017

Strategies for Successful Salary Negotiation with Yale alum Deb Ellis

Moderated by Ursula Burton of YaleWomen LA and YaleWomen National Council. Produced by YaleWomen. Special Thanks to YaleWomen Council members: Susan Lennon, Jen DeVore, Phoebe Shackeroff Reese. Thanks also to Dr. Hal Strelnick.

October 2016

Women in Politics Webinar with Patti Russo and Kathryn Lofton

Patricia Russo, Executive Director of the Women's Campaign School at Yale, joins Kathryn Lofton, Yale Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity in conversation about Women in Politics. This is a recording of a live webinar discussion held on October 19, 2016. 

June 2016
YaleWomen's inaugural webinar, "Confidence When It Counts: Rising Above Self-Criticism and Bias to Maximize Your Influence and Earnings." Bridging her psychology research at Harvard Medical School and current research on gender bias, Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. will provide insights on how to navigate obstacles so you can advance and be recognized for your talents.

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