She Leads is a two-day conference held Oct. 24-25 and curated by the Olin Fellowship for the women of Washington University in St. Louis.

Over 600 attendees are expected to gather to participate in interactive panels and sessions, network and share meals with one another. Programs will be led by changemakers and disruptors from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Sessions will take place both on campus and at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis.

Opening Speaker

This year’s opening speaker is WashU alum Brittany Packnett, an activist, educator, writer and leader in social justice. She is the co-host of award-winning Pod Save the People and co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. Packnett has been featured on the cover of Essence Magazine, listed as one of Time’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership and is a member of the Gucci Changemaker’s Council and the board of Rise to Run. Packnett will open She Leads on October 24 in Graham Chapel. 

Keynote Speaker 

The featured keynote speaker is Dr. Jill Biden, author, lifelong educator and Honorary Co-Chair of the Biden Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting families and education in America. She will close She Leads on October 25 at the Ritz-Carlton. 

Other featured speakers include:

Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent and political contributor to the PBS Newshour

Emily Cainexecutive director, Emily’s List

Lori Coulter, WashU alum, founder, Summersalt

Melissa Hillebrenner Kilby , co-executive director, Girl Up

Dr. Camille Howard Verovic, founder, Girl & Hair

Kerry Murphy, CMO, The Riveter

Maya Patterson, product designer, Facebook 

Bola Sokunbi, founder & CEO, Clever Girl Finance

See the full speaker line-up.

The event is open to the public. General admission is $100.

Register by October 25


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