Women’s Summit

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For the Greater Good Women’s Summit

The inaugural For the Greater Good Women’s Summit is the first event at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs specifically designed for individuals who identify as female. The summit will include a day and a half of alumni-planned and -led sessions on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. Alumni summit organizers have designed sessions to build leadership capabilities, boost confidence, and foster the network of O’Neill undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students, as well as alumni.

Join your O’Neill community to develop your skills, share your story, and support others on their professional and personal journeys.

Register now

Alumni and friends may register for $55 until August 30, 2019. Prices increase to $65 through September 30, and $75 through October 3. Your registration includes all summit materials, the opening reception, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on the Saturday of the summit.

Students may attend the summit for free but are required to register in advance.

The O’Neill School has reserved a block of rooms at the Graduate Hotel Bloomington. Rooms in the block are available at a discounted rate of $189 per night. Reserve your room by September 4, 2019.

Should you need a ride to campus, the Graduate Hotel offers a shuttle service for its guests.

Attendees are welcome to find other accommodations. We recommend sharing rooms and carpooling when possible.

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Opening Reception
featuring Dean Siân Mooney and Emily Esfahani Smith

IU Presidents Hall Franklin Hall
601 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405


All activities at the O'Neill School, 1315 E 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405

7:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Breakfast Plenary Talk
Approaching Your Work and Life with a Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
O'Neill First Floor Commons

9:00 a.m. Smart Strategies on Creating a Brand That Gets You Hired - SPEA 274
Networking and Mentoring: Why You Need Both to Succeed (Track 2) - SPEA 276
How to Be a Mentor (Track 3) - SPEA 277

10:00 a.m. Focus Career Sessions
With in-depth conversations on salary negotiation, special challenges in the field, and more.
Women in Government (SPEA A221)
Women in Consulting (SPEA A225)
Women in Tech (SPEA A223)
Women in Nonprofits/the Arts (SPEA 277)
Women in the Environment/Energy (SPEA A201)

11:00 a.m. How WE (Women Empowered) Communicate (Track 1) - SPEA 274
Just Keep Swimming: Navigating Difficulties in the Workplace (Track 2) - SPEA 276
Managing Others (Track 3) - SPEA 277

12:00 p.m. Lunch with Interactive Networking and Company Tables
O'Neill Atrium

1:00 p.m. Plenary Panel
Advocating for Yourself and Others
O'Neill First Floor Commons

2:00 p.m. Plenary Panel
#MeToo and the Changing Workplace
O'Neill First Floor Commons

3:00 p.m. Informal Round Table Discussions
Stop into various conversations led by knowledgeable alumni.
Advocating for Yourself and Others Global Women (SPEA 277)
LGBTQ+ & Allies: The Workplace and Beyond (SPEA A223)
Spilling Tea: The Intersectionality of Race and Gender in the Workplace (SPEA A335)
Working Parents (SPEA A225)
Working Through Personal Trauma in the Office/University (SPEA A201)
Salary Negotiation - with IUB Women Rising
(SPEA 276)

4:00 p.m. Becoming a Leader for the Greater Good (Track 1) - SPEA 274
Managing Career Transitions Effectively (Track 2) - SPEA 276
Promoting Growth in the Workplace (Track 3) - SPEA 277

4:45 p.m. Closing Plenary Talk
How Do You Harness and Amplify Your Power?
O'Neill First Floor Commons

Track 1: Students and Early Career Professionals
Track 2: Early and Mid-Career Professionals
Track 3: Established Professionals

Featured Alumni Speakers


Cheryl Hall-Russell, MPA’99

Dr. Cheryl Hall-Russell is the president of BW3, a diversity, equity, and inclusion firm that supports the DEI efforts of corporations, nonprofits, and individual leaders. 


Melody Barham, MAAA’13

Melody Barham is the student services manager at STAX Music Academy which seeks to inspire young people while enhancing their academic, cognitive, performance, and leadership skills.


Noor Shaikh, MPA’16

Noor Shaikh is the senior budget analyst for the Office of Budget at the City of Dallas.


Kathy Koehler, MPA’98

Kathy Koehler is the president of Koehler Partners, a certified women’s business enterprise offering consulting services to government, nonprofit, and private organizations.

Our Sponsors

We are grateful for our generous sponsors who have chosen to support the inaugural For the Greater Good Women’s Summit:

The Women’s Summit is seeking additional sponsors for our inaugural event. Do you work for an organization that employs O’Neill School interns or SPEA alumni? Help us make the first summit a success! Interested sponsors can contact Alison Pitt at aepolle@indiana.edu.

Read more about our sponsorship benefits

Direct questions to oneillar@indiana.edu.

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