Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Webinar, Thursday October 1st, 3pm EDT
YaleWomen will deliver a webinar as an encore event to the 50 Women at Yale 150 program, featuring an exceptional panel of alumnae 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. REGISTER HERE
The panel includes:
Dr. Inginia Genao is a graduate of Marymount College and attended medical school and residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester. She is an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine where she has been for the last 14 years, initially as the Medical Director of the Adult Primary Care Center and for the last three years as the Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine, and GME Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In these roles, Dr. Genao has created a new visiting program for underrepresented minority (URM) students. She is the recipient of various awards among them the Department of Internal Medicine Yale School of Medicine Faculty Award for Achievement in Clinical Care, the Georgia Hospital Association Community Leadership Award, the National Association of Public Hospitals “Safety Net” Award, and the National Hispanic Medical Association Health Leadership Award.
Denise Page Hood '74 presently serves as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Judge Hood currently serves on the Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee for the 6th Circuit and the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee of the United States Judicial Conference. She is Chair of the U.S. District Court's Pro Bono Committee, Co-chair of the Ad Hoc Jury Committee, and also serves on the Rules, Clerk's Office and Criminal Law committees of the Court. Judge Hood has been honored with several awards, including the 2019 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Woman of the Year Award; the 2019 Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award; the 2019 Judge Kaye Tertzag Purple Sport Coat Award; the 2016 Michigan Chronicle’s “Woman of Excellence” award, and the 2016 Damon J. Keith Soul and Spirit Humanitarian Award. She was named one of UPN’s 2006 Black History Month “Hometown Heroes” and she received the 1999 Alternatives for Girls’ Role Model Award.
Ranji Nagaswami '86 MBA is a Chief Executive Officer/Chief Investment Officer with 30+ years of investment, business and government leadership. She is currently Senior Advisor at SVP Global, the leading distressed debt focused private equity and hedge fund manager. Ranji was an inaugural recipient of the Leadership in Business and Society Award presented by the Yale School of Management New York City Alumni Chapter. She has served as trustee and member of several boards including the Yale University Investment Committee, Yale School of Management Advisory Board, Yale International Center for Finance Advisory Board. Ranji is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and the Founder/Lead Moderator of the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship program. She graduated from Mumbai University with a Bachelor of Commerce, received her MBA from Yale University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Akosua Barthwell Evans ‘90 JD is an attorney and a strategic organizational innovator whose career spans leadership in management consulting, asset management and securities/corporate law. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit-based The Barthwell Group, a boutique management consulting firm that provides strategic planning, diversity training, assessments and other services to Fortune 500 corporations, institutions of higher education and the military. Dr. Evans holds a JD from Yale Law School, a PhD and MPhil in Political Science from Columbia University, and an AB in Government from Barnard College. She previously served a 3-year term on the YAA Board of Governors (2016-19).
Dr. Seyma Aslan leads a team of scientists for innovation in product formulation at L’Oréal Research & Innovation Laboratories and responsible for a Global Innovation Platform which focuses on North America, South America & Africa Zone. She received her PhD, Masters of Science, Masters of Philosophy, and Postdoctoral Training from Yale University and a bachelor of science degree from Drexel University in Chemical Engineering. She had worked at large chemical companies including DuPont, Sunoco, and Saint-Gobain. She teaches Innovation courses in Engineering School at Yale University. Dr. Aslan works with many non-profit organizations including “Well Spring Educational Foundation”, “Society of Women Engineers” and was the recipient of “Community Service Award” from Yale Univ. and Harvard Univ. for her work in advancing women in education. She serves in the board of trustees at YaleWomen, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, NEICC, and Peace Islands Institute NY.