UNH Women’s Conference Focuses on Redefining Leadership, Success

Teresa Younger

Teresa Younger

Teresa C. Younger, CEO and president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and Maddy Dychtwald, a leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping the marketplace and the workplace, will be keynote speakers at the University of New Haven’s Women in Leadership Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Maddy Dychtwald

Maddy Dychtwald

The conference, which will take place at the Alumni Lounge in UNH’s Bartels Hall, the campus center, on the main campus, 300 Boston Post Road, beginning at 7:45 a.m., will focus on redefining leadership and success.

“Women are graduating from college at higher rates than men,” said Lourdes Alvarez, dean of the UNH College of Arts and Sciences and co-chair of the conference. “Yet, although they are about half of the U.S. workforce, by all traditional accounts of leadership and success, they lag behind their male counterparts.”

Wells Fargo is the lead sponsor of the conference, which will explore how new generations of women leaders are  challenging traditional ideas about what it means to a leader and how the organization and companies they lead are defining success. Issues they are grappling with include conscious capitalism, social enterprise and collaborative leadership styles.

“UNH is thrilled to be hosting this one day conference, sponsored by Wells Fargo and others, that will inspire and empower women to seek their highest level of personal and professional development,” Alvarez said.

Workshops planned include the “Art of Negotiation,” “Managing Conflict and Confrontation,:” “Work-Life Balance,”  “Building Your Personal Brand,” “Strong Mind, Strong Body, Strong Leader,” “Cracks in the Glass Ceiling – How Executive Coaching Can Help Women Succeed” and “Sharpening Your Financial Acumen.”

Younger has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety and economic security. The former executive director of the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, she was the first African-American and the first woman to serve as executive director of the Connecticut American Civil Liberties Union.

She is a board member of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, whose mission is to increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office and serves on the National Advisory Board on Religious Restrictions on Care, which works to protect hospital-based health care services, such as birth control, threatened by mergers between secular community hospitals and religious-based health systems. Younger is a leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping the marketplace.

Dychtwald has spent more than 25 years investigating and forecasting lifestyle, marketing and retirement implications of the age wave.  The author of three books including “INFLUENCE: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better,” she has emerged as an authority on the economic ascent of women and their impact on various industries such as financial services, healthcare, and consumer marketing.

Dychtwald is regularly featured in prominent media such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Forbes, Newsweek, TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Fox Business News, CNBC and NP

She is the founder of the non-profit organization, Women Against Alzheimer’s.

Other speakers include Erin S. Gore, executive vice president and national head of the education and non-banking segment of Wells Fargo Government and Institutional Banking; Kate Emery, founder and CEO of The Walker Group, a technology services firm she started more than 20 years ago; Joan Hartel Cabral, founder, owner and CEO of Vantel Pearls, the largest direct-selling pearl company in the world; and Sharon Cappetta, director of development at The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) will moderate a panel discussion.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.