Bryant Univ. hosts 17th Annual Women’s Summit

The 17th Annual Bryant University Women’s Summit is being held Friday, March 14. And with more than 1,000 women expected to attend, it’s one of the most highly sought-after conferences in New England.

Director Kati Machtley joined The Rhode Show to talk more about this year’s theme, “Be the CEO of Your Life!”

The Summit promotes professional, personal, and economic empowerment through education. Through innovative ideas, nationally known motivational keynote speakers, and practical success strategies presented in break-out sessions, the day-long educational conference provides women with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to excel and advance in today’s marketplace.

“With 51 percent of all women in the workforce, the need for such a conference is growing even greater every year,” Machtley said.  “Women continue to strive for balance between work and family, yet an aging population, shrinking workforce, and economic challenges combine to increase the pressures and demands they face.”

The summit also includes a power plenary session by author and neurologist Marie Pasinski, M.D., and more than 20 workshops. The sessions represent leading trends in business, education, communication, entrepreneurship, and wellness, including workshop topics such as: What Leaders Need to Know to Grow Their Business; Partnership as a Success Strategy: Changing the World Through the Arts; Building Your Personal Power and Presence; Today’s Top-level Social Media Strategies; The Politics of Promotion: Get Ahead and Stay Ahead; and Empowering Women Through Sustainable Initiatives.

A recent Pew Research Center study shows that 40% of mothers with children under the age of 18 are the primary breadwinner in their household. According to the latest Shriver Report, only 20% of American families have a stay at home woman and a male breadwinner. These compelling statistics make it imperative that both employers and institutions of higher learning provide opportunities for women to advance in the workplace.

The Women’s Summit is a resource for developing skills that women can put to work right away to empower themselves, advance their careers, enhance their quality of life, and better provide for their families. For information, visit

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