SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

Welcome and Registration

8:30–9:00 AM

Coffee will be available

Welcoming Remarks

9:00–9:30 AM

Joseph E. Aoun  |  President, Northeastern University

Frédérique Vidal | Minister for Research and Higher Education, Government of France (video remarks)

Tania Del Rio | Executive Director for the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement, City of Boston

(on behalf of Mayor Walsh) 

Roundtable • A Global Assessment

9:30–11:10 AM

Lawrence Bacow | President, Harvard University

Alain Fuchs | President, Paris Sciences et Lettres

Sylvie Retailleau | President, University of Paris-Saclay

Christina Paxson | President, Brown University


Moderator: Joseph Aoun | President, Northeastern University


11:10–11:40 AM

Coffee will be available

Plenary Session • Women in Science

11:40–12:45 PM

Carla Brodley | Dean, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University

Jill Pipher | President, American Mathematical Society; Professor of Mathematics, Brown University

Susan Silbey | Chair of the MIT faculty, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences at the Sloan School of Management

Elisa Simonpietri | Science Programs Director, Foundation L'Oréal and Executive Secretary of L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards

Moderator: Pascale Witz | Founder and President, PWH Advisors

French Lunch

12:45–2:00 PM

Susan Windham-Bannister | President, Association for Women in Science (AWIS), CEO Biomedical Growth 

Linda Pizzuti Henry | Managing Director, Boston Globe, Co-founder of HUB Week

Plenary Session  Women and Public Affairs

2:00–3:05 PM

Victoria Budson | Founder and Executive Director, Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Insaff El Hassini | Founder and Director, Lean In France

Brenna Callahan | Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement, City of Boston

Jennie Stephens | Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs,

Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy, Northeastern University


Moderator: Amina Sabeur | Program Director, French American Foundation


3:05–3:25 PM

Coffee will be available

Plenary Session • Women in Business, Women Entrepreneurship

3:25–4:30 PM

Clément Cazalot  |  Managing director, Techstars

Robin Ely  |  Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Zara Nanu  |  CEO, Gapsquare

Vanina Laurent-Ledru | Vice-President and Head, Global Public Affairs-Specialty Care, Sanofi-Genzyme

Moderator: Lakshmi Ramarajan  |  Associate Professor of business administration, Harvard Business School


4:30–4:45 PM

Coffee will be available

Concluding Plenary Session • Leading by Example, Raising International Standards

4:45–6:00 PM

Jason Beckfield | Faculty Co-sponsor of the Weatherhead Center Initiative on Gender Equality; Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Isabelle Estèbe | Director Global Affairs, Dassault Systèmes

Olga Granaturova | Founder of Brighter Ventures; Co-Founder and CEO of LuciditAI

Minh-Hà Pham | Vice President, International Relations at PSL

Moderator: Arnaud Mentré | Consul General of France in Boston

Networking and French Pastries

6:00 PM

Refreshments will be available

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