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Past Speakers

2017 My Body, Not Their Politics

-Wendy Davis- Former Texas State Senator 

2016 "Breaking Through"

Carol Mosely Braun-First  African American Women Senator

2015 "We’ve Shaped Our History; Let’s Create Our Future!"

-Lilly Ledbetter- Equal Pay Advocate and author of Grace and Grit: My fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and beyond

2014 "Women are Superheroes"

- Kim Olson - Grace After Fire

2013 "Mind the Age Gap"
Ellen Jackofsky - Associate Professor at SMU
- Bekah Boyers -  SMU Women's & Gender Studies Student

2012 "Making the Leap: Women as Agents of Change"
- Marlee Matlin - Academy Award Winner for Best Actress for her work in Children of a Lesser God.  Deaf since she was 18 months old, she is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf.

2011 "Happiness is..."
- Julie Powell - Author of "Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously" and "Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession"

2010 "Answers Empower: You Can Ask the Questions!"
Dr. Laura Berman - Author of Real Sex for Real Women and a columnist for the Chicago-Sun Times

2009 "Women and The Monetary Truth"
- Glinda Bridgforth - Financial expert and author of Girl, Get Your Money Straight!

2008 "The Time is Now!"
- Eleanor Clift - Contributing editor to Newsweek magazine and author of Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling

2007 "A Collective Purpose-Crossing the Cultural Boundaries"
- Asma Barlas - Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at the Ithaca College, New York

2006 "Having It All - Our Families and Our Future"
- Ann Critteneden - Author of The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued

2005 "Are We There Yet? 40 Years on the Road to Full Participation"
- Patrice Gaines - Author of Laughing in the Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman 
    of Color
- Juliet Garcia - President of the University of Texas-Brownsville
- Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison - United States Senator
- Helen LaKelly Hunt - Philanthropist and author of Faith and Feminism: 
    A Holy Alliance

2004 "Turning the Tide: The Power of One to Initiate Change" 
Jackson Katz - Founder of MVP Strategies for gender violence prevention. 
Angela Oh - Attorney, author, ordained Priest of Zen Buddhist-Rinzai Sect, appointee 
    to President Clinton's Commission on Race Relations.
Ellen Ruppel Shell - Co-Director of the Knight Center for Science and Medical
     Journalism at Boston University

2003 "Listen...Learn...Lead: Laying the Foundation for Change"
- Julianne Malveaux - President and CEO of Last Word Productions, Inc.

2002 "The Quest for Success: Discovering Personal & Professional Empowerment"
Diana S. Natalicio - President of The University of Texas at El Paso
Cheryl Mills, Senior Vice President for Corporate Policy and Public Programming, 
    Oxygen Media
Ellen Bravo, National Co-Director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women

2001 "Thinking Outside the Box: Reshaping the World as Agents of Change"
Faye Wattleton - President of the Center for Gender Equality
Donna Shirley - Assistant Dean of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma and 
    former manager of NASA's Mars Exploration Program
Suzan Harjo - President and Executive Director of The Morning Start Institute

2000 "Leadership as a Legacy: Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future"
- Patricia Ireland
 - President, National Organization for Women
- Cathy Bonner - President of the Board, The Women's Museum: An Institute for the 
- Wilma Mankiller - Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation 

1999 "Balanced Lives:  Constructing a Vision"
Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson - Anthropologist; professor, George Mason University;
    and author, Composing a Life
Dr. Judy Jolley Mohraz - President, Goucher College
Christy Haubegger - Founder and publisher of Latina; profiled as "Most Inspirational
    Women of the Year" by NBC 

1998 "Voices of the World: Turning Words into Action"
- Dr. Alondra Oubre
 - Medical Anthropologist; author, Instinct and Revelation: Reflections 
    on the Origins of Numinous Perception
- Swanee Hunt - U.S. Ambassador to Austria, 1994 - 1997
- Kerry Kennedy Cuomo - Founder, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights
- Kazuyo Kay Sekio, Ph.D. - Consultant and Former Japanese Diplomat 

1997 "Mapping the Future:  In Search of Balance"
- Amy Berstein
 - Senior Editor, U.S. News & World Report
- Cecilia Conrad - Professor of Economics, Pomona College
- Julie England - Vice President, Quality Semiconductor Group, Texas Instruments
- Naomi Wolf - Author, The Beauty Myth and Fire with Fire:  The New Female Power 
    and How it Will Change the 21st Century 

1996 "Lifting As We Climb"
- Hillary Rodham Clinton
 - First Lady of the United States; Attorney
- Stephanie Coontz - Social Historian; Author
- The Honorable Senfronia Thompson - Texas State House of Representatives
- Sara Martinez Tucker - Former National VP, Global Business Systems, AT&T
- Helen Zia - Contributing editor Ms. magazine

1995 "Rights & Responsibilities: Striking A Balance"
- Claudine Schneider 
- Former U. S. Representative; Executive producer PBS 
    series Alive & Well
- Nadine Strossen - Professor of Law, New York Law School; President, American 
    Civil Liberties Union
- The Reverend Sandra Wilson - Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Denver, 

1994 "Women's Voices for a New Global Agenda"
- Deborah Prothrow-Stith 
- Assistant Dean for Government and Community 
    Programs, Harvard University School of Public Health
- Shirley Hill Witt - Former First Secretary to the Embassy, Mogadishu, Somalia
- Robin Wright - Foreign Correspondent, The Los Angeles Times     

1993 "The Personal is Political - Leadership, Challenge & Change"
- Judy B. Rosener
 - Graduate School of Management, University of California, 
- Mable Thomas - Former member, Georgia State House of Representatives
- Kathleen Kennedy Townsend - Director, Maryland Student Service Alliance, 
    Maryland State Department of Education

1992 "Bridging the Gaps"
- Gwendolyn Calvert Baker 
- National Executive Director, YWCA of the USA
- Richard Reeves - Author, Syndicated Columnist
- Linda Wertheimer - National Public Radio, Host "All Things Considered" 

1991 "Can We Be Human Together?"
- Sally Helgesen
 - Author, The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership
- Michael S. Kimmel - Professor of Sociology, State University of New York
- Madeleine M. Kunin - Former Governor of Vermont
- Helen Moye - Director of Personnel, General Motors Corporations, Detroit and 
    New York Offices 

1990 "Reflections: Past, Present and Future"
- Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
, Author
- Kendall Hailey, Author, Actress
- Patricia Diaz Dennis - Attorney, Former Member, Federal Communications 
- Cokie Boggs Roberts - ABC News Correspondent
- Steven Roberts - U.S. News & World Report
- Gloria Randle Scott - President, Bennett College
- Jacqueline Grennan Wexler - President, National Conferences of Christians and Jews

1989 "Pathways to the Future"
Daniel Bell - Sociologist and Futurist; Harvard University
Mary Catherine Bateson - Anthropologist; President, Institute for Intercultural 
Paula Giddings - Journalist; Contributing and Book Review Editor Essence 

1988 "An American Revolution: Conflict, Change & Commitment"
- Johnnetta B. Cole 
- President, Spelman College
- Georgie Anne Geyer - International Correspondent and Author
- William Schneider - Political Analyst; Resident Fellow, American Enterprise
    Institute for Public Policy 

1987 "Leadership: Strategies for the Future"
- Maya Angelou
 - Television producer, Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird 
- Carol Bellamy - Former President, New York City Council
- David Broder - Syndicated Columnist

1986 "Negotiating Tomorrow: Decisions for your Future"
- Yvonne Brathwaite Burke
 - Former member, U.S. House of Representatives
- Roger Fisher - Director, Harvard Negotiation Project
- Gail Sheehy - Author 

1985 "Shaping America: The Forces and Counterforces of Change"
- Anne Armstrong
 - Former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain
- Charlayne Hunter-Gault - Reporter and TV Correspondent
- Lester Thurow - Author and Professor of Economics

1984 "The Politics of Power and Conscience"
- Marlene Johnson - Lieutenant Governor, Minnesota
- Ruth Love - Superintendent, Chicago School District
- Jody Powell - Political Analyst, ABC Television Network 

1983 "Choices, Values and Struggles: A Changing Dream?"
Coretta Scott King - Civil Right Leader
Mary Metz - President, Mills College
Richard Reeves - Author of American Journey, Syndicated Columnist 

1982 "To Live Equally: Issues and Strategies"
- Francine and Douglas Hall
 - Management Consultants
- Nannerl Keohane - President, Wellesley College
- Eleanor Holmes Norton - Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 

1981 "Risking Partnership: Women and Men Face the '80s"
- Caroline Bird
 - Author/Journalist
- Yvonne Brathwaite Burke - Former Congresswoman from California
- Ellen Goodman - Syndicated Columnist and Author 

1980 "Who's Running the Country?"

- Martha Griffiths - Former Congresswoman from Michigan
- David Halberstam - Journalist/Author
- Nancy Hicks - President, Institute for Journalism Education

1979 "What Will We Leave to the Children? A Challenge to Personal Involvement"
- John Kenneth Galbraith
 - Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics Emeritus,
    Harvard University, Journalist and author
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter - Formerly Professor of Sociology and Administrative 
    Sciences, Yale University
- Ida Lewis - Publisher, Encore Magazine 

1978 "America's Families: Change and Challenge"
- Nancy Barrett
 - Research Director for Women and the Family, Urban Institute, 
    Washington, D.C.
- Bruno Bettelheim - Psychologist and author
- Loretta Long - Actress and educator 

1977 "Images for the Future: Institutions, the Individual and Power"
- Marcia Ann Gillespie
 - Editor, Essence Magazine
- Alvin Toffler - Author, Future Shock
- Jacqueline Grennan Wexler - President, Hunter College 

1976 "The Politics in Work: Values, Skills and Decisions"
- Warren G. Bennis
 - President, University of Cincinnati
- The Honorable Mary Anne Krupsak - Lieutenant Governor, New York
- Phyllis A. Wallace - Professor, Sloan School of Management, MIT

1975 "Toward a Balance of Power"
- Caroline Bird
 - Author
- The Honorable Yvonne Brathwaite Burke - U.S. House of Representatives
- Amitai W. Etzioni - Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Director
    of the Center for Policy Research

1974 "Can We Be Human Together?"

- Shana Alexander - Columnist, Newsweek
- Lupe Anguiano - Directress, Southwest Regional Office for the Spanish Speaking, 
    San Antonio
- Marion Corwell - Technical and Production Information, Ford Motor Company
- Cynthia Fuchs Epstein - Associate Professor of Sociology, Queens College of the
    City University of New York
- Warren Farrell - Coordinator, Masculine Mystique Task Force, National Organization 
    for Women 

1973 "When All the Myths are Gone...Women's Roles in Contemporary Society"
- David Alvirez
 - University of New Mexico
- Harriet Harvey Coffin - Free lance writer and visiting lecturer in Creative Writing, 
    Yale University
- The Reverend William Sloane Coffin - University Chaplain and Pastor of The 
    Church of Christ, Yale University
- Eleanor Holmes Norton - Chairman, New York City Commission of Human 
- Susan Sontag - Author and Critic

1972 "Coping with the Future: Kaleidoscope of Change"

- Elisabeth Mann Borgese - Author and Senior Fellow, The Center for the Study 
    of Democratic Institutions
- Michael Mahoney - Department of Psychology, Stanford University
- The Honorable Patsy Mink - Representative to U.S. Congress from the Second
    Congressional District of Hawaii
- Joy Williams Moore - Department of Psychology, University of California at 
- Marlene Sanders - ABC-TV News Correspondent

1971 "The Political Process: A Multiple Choice"
- Ramsey Clark
 - Former U.S. Attorney General
- Marian D. Irish - Charles O. Lerche Professor of International Relations, 
    American University, Washington, D.C.
- Patience Latting - Mayor, Oklahoma City, OK 

1970 "On the Eve of Becoming - Sex, Science and Woman's Role"
Rita E. Hauser - U.S. Representative to the United Nations Commission on 
    Human Rights
Margaret Mead - Anthropologist
Albert Rosenfield - Managing Editor, Family Health Magazine 

1969 "Willing to Risk - Students in Ferment"
Jacqueline Grennan - President, Webster College
Seymour M. Lipset - Professor of Sociology, Harvard University 

1968 "Crisis Time: Are You Listening - What Do You Hear?"
Dorothy Height - National President, The National Council of Negro Women
Daniel Lerner - Ford Professor of Sociology and International Communications, 
Elspeth Rostow - Associate Professor of American Studies, The School of 
    International Service, The American University

1967 "This Generation - The Hinge of History"
 Harrison Scott Brown - Professor of Geochemistry, The California Institute of 
Katie Loucheim - Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and 
    Cultural Affairs
Barbara Ward - British Economist and Author 

1966 "The Education of Women for Social and Political Leadership"
Mary I. Bunting - President, Radcliffe College
Carl N. Degler - Professor of History, Vassar College
Viola H. Hymes - Chairman, The Governor's Commission on the Status of 
    Women, State of Minnesota
Helen V. McLean - Psychiatrist, The Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, IL
The Honorable Marietta Tree - former U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations