Upcoming Women Entrepreneurs & Innovators Summit



WE@Yale Summit

Tuesday, April 17th 4:00pm – 8:00pm
at the Yale School of Management, Beinecke Room

WE@Yale (Women Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Yale) will host the WE@Yale Summit, featuring:

  • Fireside Chat with Sheila Lirio Marcelo—Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of Care.com, interviewed by Louise Story (Yale College ‘03, Yale SOM ‘06), journalist at the New York Times
  • Panel on Women in the Workforce with
    • Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of Care.com
    • Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder and CEO of Walker's Legacy & Walker's Legacy Foundation
    • Sara Holoubek, Founder and CEO of Luminary Labs
    • Baljeet Sandhu, leading UK Human Rights Lawyer, founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) and founding partner of the 2027 Project
    • Serena Fong, Vice President of Catalyst.org
  • Networking and drinks

Over the past year, the role of women in the workplace has become a central topic in the news and across social media. The phrase “Me Too,” first used by activist Tarana Burke in 2006, became a rallying cry in 2017 for women across many industries to speak out about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. This conversation has spurred a wider discussion about the ways in which companies in a variety of industries--including tech, architecture, entertainment, venture capital, and media--can build more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

For this panel, we look forward to having a lively discussion about the challenges that women have historically faced in the workplace, as well as the opportunities that entrepreneurs have to build a new generation of companies that are inclusive to all employees, as well as to their families and to society as a whole. We will discuss strategies that entrepreneurs and managers can use to build more diverse and inclusive companies, and how these practices can create a competitive advantage in the marketplace. We will also discuss ways in which companies and society at large can build and support an infrastructure of care that will enable more people--and, more diverse people--to enter and thrive in the workforce. Our hope is to provide a set of actionable solutions that you can use in your roles as managers, founders, employees, policy-makers, and activists.

This event is open to attendees of all gender identities.