Office of Student Activities and Leadership

University of Massachusetts Lowell Women’s Leadership Conference

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The purpose of this one day conference is to expose our women student leaders, and those from neighboring schools in the New England region, to thoughts and concepts that will enhance their skills, stimulate their thoughts and urge them towards activism at their current institutions as well as their chosen fields and communities. We have selected the theme “ Know Your Voice” to emphasize the importance of speaking up and adding to the conversation to make a significant difference. Starting at 9 a.m. and closing at 4 p.m., the day will consist of 2 keynote addresses with four additional session blocks throughout the course of the day. Lunch is included. The conference will start and end in Cumnock Hall University of Massachusetts Lowell 1 University Avenue Lowell, MA 01854 

Session topics (partial listing) here:

Finding your Passion

Knowing what really matters to you, what you are passionate about and being able to share a developed vision for how to act on it leads to Leadership with Purpose. This session will share strategies on how to connect your passions with a vision and allow time for participants to identify action steps to prepare you to act upon your passions! Presenter: Holly Sateia                                                              

Social Styles: A look at how others see us

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about your own social style and to better understand how the 4 different social styles impact the effectiveness of a group. What the social styles are, how individuals manifest the styles and how to effectively harness the positive aspects of each style will all be discussed. Presenter: Holly Sateia  

Going for it: Creating and Identifying Opportunities for Leadership and Career Advancement 

Don’t wait to be invited to the proverbial table! Hard work, good thinking, collegiality, and enthusiasm will be welcome by any organization. These qualities are all important factors in career success; but additional skills and actions are needed for career advancement. Moving forward with your personal and professional goals not only takes applied leadership skills, mentoring, and networking, but also healthy risk taking and self-advocacy—putting yourself out there and not waiting to be rewarded for your good work! This session will focus on identifying and going after those opportunities that can help you broaden your portfolio, move towards your goals, and sustain positive working relationships with mentors and colleagues. Presenter: Judy Robinson


Discovering the ACT in Activism: Lessons learned and Wisdom gained

Using your voice effectively starts with a single act, a single stand. It does not always have to be an historic moment to have a lasting impact. Throughout all communities you can meet volunteers who take the best interest of their communities to heart and volunteer o serve. Coming from backgrounds of professional and family obligations our panelists will share their paths of participation, what they have gained and what they have learned over the years. Presenter: Ellen Duggan and Colleen Brady 


Playing in the Sandbox: Taking a vision from Idea to Profits

The Merrimack Valley Sandbox is a project of the Deshpande Foundation, which has encouraged the use of entrepreneurship and innovation as catalysts for sustainable change in the United States, India and Canada since 1996. The mission of the MV Sandbox is to connect and strengthen the ecosystem in Lowell and Lawrence, Mass. around entrepreneurship and leadership. This mission is supported by the following three principle MV Sandbox programs: Catalysts, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. A graduate of the Sandbox Leadership Institute, Amsi will share pertinent points from the program and how she was able to put them into practice to develop her A.M.S.I. Foundation , a non profit 501c3 organization which awards scholarships t o high school student s and assists those seeking to participate in higher education. Presenter: Amsi Morales 

Managing Conflict Like a Professional

Living in a conflict free world would be ideal. Unfortunately, such an ideal is unrealistic. How you resolve conflicts with friends, in group settings and in the workplace will impact how successful you are in your personal and professional lives. Focusing on a work environment, this session will share proven strategies that you can utilize as you navigate conflict in the workplace as well as within volunteer organizations and with peers and family, and discuss common triggers for workplace conflict and examples of legal implications that can result from employing poor conflict resolution approaches.

Meet our Speakers 

  • Christine Cournoyer (Keynote Speaker) is Chief Executive Officer of N-of-One a major healthcare company which supports oncologists by delivering up-to-date content and clinical insights for cancer treatment decisions and diagnostic approaches best suited to each individual cancer patient – all in a highly usable, efficient and cost effective form for treating physicians. Prior to joining N-of-One, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of Picis (now a division of United Healthcare), a leading company in the healthcare IT market offering software solutions that bridge revenue cycle and clinical workflow management for the high-acuity operations of hospitals such as emergency rooms, operating rooms, and critical care. Under Ms. Cournoyer's leadership, Picis' revenues and profits more than doubled in five years, resulting in its sale to United Healthcare in 2010. At the time of its acquisition, Picis' systems were installed in more than 1,800 medical centers, hospitals, and integrated delivery networks in 19 countries around the world. Prior to joining Picis, Ms. Cournoyer was Managing Director of Harte-Hanks, a database and analytics marketing company. She also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Lightbridge, Inc. and held senior management positions at IBM, including Vice President of Business Transformation and Chief Information Officer of IBM's software group. She also served as Senior Vice President at Lotus Development. Ms. Cournoyer was named one of the "10 Most Influential Women in Technology" by Businessweek magazine and one of Boston Magazine's "Top 100 Women Who Run This Town." She served on the boards of the Stride Rite Corporation, GTECH, and BJ's Wholesale Club during the period that BJ's was taken private. She is currently a Corporator for Emerson Hospital and a member of the Boston Club and the Women Corporate Directors. Ms. Cournoyer earned a B.S. from UMass, Lowell and an M.A. in Economics from Northeastern University. She also attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Executive Education Program. 

  • Jacqueline Moloney (Lunch Keynote Speaker) was appointed Executive Vice Chancellor for the University of Massachusetts Lowell in April 2007 and is the first woman to serve in this role in the history of the institution. As a member of Chancellor Meehan’s Executive Cabinet, she assists the Chancellor in overseeing the University’s operations, strategic planning, capital planning and fundraising. Moloney is known for her entrepreneurial and collegial leadership style. She has previously served in numerous capacities at the University, including Dean of Continuing Studies, Corporate and Online Education and the founding Director of the Centers for Learning. Under her leadership, the Continuing Studies Division became a $33.5 million operation which contributes significantly to the University’s operating budget and achieved a national reputation for developing top quality programs. It is the recipient of three Sloan-C awards including Most Outstanding Faculty Development and Most Outstanding Institution-wide programming. Personally, Moloney received the prestigious lifetime achievement award: Most Outstanding Achievement in Online Learning in 2009 from Sloan-C, the nationally recognized professional organization dedicated to the development of online learning. Moloney is a member of the Graduate School of Education faculty, where she received her doctorate in 1992. She has authored numerous scholarly articles on the development of online programs, the use of technologies in the classroom; cross-disciplinary approaches to curriculum reform; and the organizational reform of higher education. 

  • Colleen Brady is the Government Relations Associate in the Office of University Relations at UMass Lowell. The primary responsibilities of her job have her working closely with the Chancellor’s Office to promote UMass Lowell’s mission, events and campus projects to internal audiences and local, state and federal governments. It is an opportunity for Colleen to forge bonds between the UMass Lowell community and various government officials. Colleen moved to Lowell from England as a teenager and graduated from Lowell High School. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from UMass Lowell. Colleen distinguished herself as a student leader through her work as Orientation Leader and Resident Advisor, while simultaneously holding the office of Class President from her sophomore through her senior year. Colleen was a legal intern for Massachusetts Department of Children and Families; a Research Fellow at UMass Lowell, and holds a law degree from Massachusetts School of Law. Colleen is a graduate of Public Matters 2013. Public Matters is a leadership and civic engagement initiative of The Lowell Plan conducted in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park. The mission of Public Matters is to foster and enhance the knowledge and skills of leaders in the city of Lowell. Graduates have learned how to contribute more effectively to a diverse and mutually supportive community. Colleen serves as a Board Member on Lowell Cultural Council. 

  • Amsi Morales graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a focus in Marketing in 2006 and moved onto a law degree at Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Massachusetts. It was during this time that Amsi decided to create the A.M.S.I. Foundation, Achieving Monumental Strides Independently. While working and studying full time, Amsi dedicated her spare time to helping the educational community. In 2010 Amsi was inducted into the Massachusetts Bar Association in Boston, Massachusetts and works for Kevin P. Broderick Attorney at Law. Amsi is the founder of the A.M.S.I. Foundation which is a 501-c3 non-profit organization established in 2008 for the purpose of awarding scholarships to students in the Merrimack Valley Area and providing programs for those seeking higher education. The foundation is made up solely of volunteers who give hundreds of hours of their time each year to developing our programs. Current programs include scholarships, mentoring, public speaking, and community outreach. 

  • Judith McGuire Robinson, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Student Outreach and Support at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she oversees programs and services for students in crisis, student conduct programs, alcohol and other drug use prevention, and conflict resolution programs. Judy has spent over 25 years in higher education working in the areas of student learning assessment, alcohol and drug use prevention, off-campus student life, and residential life programs. Judy also served as the Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention. She has also served on the faculty at the Boston College Lynch School of Education and continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member periodically. Judy is active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and currently serves as the Region I representative for the assessment, evaluation, and research knowledge community. She holds degrees from Boston College (Ph.D., Developmental and Educational Psychology), the University of Connecticut (M.A., Counseling Psychology), and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (B.A., Education). 

  • Holly Fell Sateia served for over 35 years at Dartmouth College starting in Admissions and Financial Aid, served 20 years as Dartmouth’s Dean of Students and prior to her retirement in 2010, was Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE). She served as the Chief Diversity Officer and worked with all divisions and departments to support Dartmouth’s commitment to learning, pluralism and to providing an inclusive environment for all members of the Dartmouth community to work and learn. Holly served as chair of the Dartmouth’s Women’s Caucus, an organization that focuses on the needs of women faculty and staff. She was the College’s representative to the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) and served as chair of its steering board. CHAS is comprised of 34 select colleges dedicated to promoting high achievement and engagement of students on member campuses with a focus on promoting success among students of color and first generation college students. She developed Leadership Matters, a leadership Program for undergraduate women at Dartmouth. She was active in ACUI (Association of College Unions International) for many years serving on the Regional Steering Committee and then as the Regional Director. In 2005-2006 she received the ACUI Region 1 Distinguished Service Award and in 2006 she received ACUI’s Revis A. Cox Memorial Award which is presented to a student affairs professional in recognition of his or her commitment to multicultural education. In 2007 she was elected to ACUI’s Board of Trustees. She also was a founding member and past president of New Hampshire Women in Higher Education Leadership and currently serves on the Board of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.   
  • Ellen Duggan started her career, at what was then the Lowell Technological Institute in 1970, as the first woman Resident Director of the very first residence for women, a house that was shared by 21 women. Her appointment was the direct result of the women on campus pitching tents on the University grounds and demanding the same access to housing the men on campus enjoyed! She rose through the ranks of Assistant Dean, Associate Dean and finally became the Dean of Students in 1997. A tireless advocate for students her responsibilities included oversight of Counseling, Health Services, Residence Life, Career Services, Disability Services, Campus Conduct, University Police, Community Services, Campus Ministry and Student Activities. While maintaining a busy professional life, Ellen was always involved in town politics, serving on boards and committees depending on the issue at hand, in her home town of Maynard.  Since her retirement in 2004 she has been very involved in the Meals on Wheels program, as the community representative to the middle school School Improvement Council, assisted with searches for the Town Administrator, and served on the Historical Commission and The Community Preservation Committee.                                                                      
  • Terri L. Pastori is an experienced litigator and employment law attorney.  Pastori started her own law firm after working at leading large firms in Boston and New Hampshire for 15 years.  Her practice focuses on employment law and commercial disputes. Her employment practice involves counseling and representing employers and employees in employment matters, such as employee discipline, terminations, investigation of complaints, drafting and implementing policies and practices, training, in-house dispute resolution, and the defense of claims of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, and breach of employment and collective bargaining agreements.  Pastori earlier work experiences include being a  partner at Peabody & Arnold LLP, Boston’s oldest law firm, as an associate at New Hampshire’s largest law firm, McLane Graf Raulerston & Middleton, P.A. and serving as a law clerk to Justice W. Stephen Thayer of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  She earned her B.S. from UMass Lowell magna cum laude in 1993 where she was active on the residence life and campus guide staffs.  She received her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School summa cum laude in 1996.  She was voted a Rising Star Super Lawyer from 2005-2009. She is a founding member of the UMass Club in Boston, the incoming Chair of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society Committee for New England (2014-2016), and founding member of the soon to be established New Hampshire Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Her Campus (UMass Amherst) will be present to assist in leading roundtable discussions with the participants as well a offering a workshop session. Her Campus is the #1 online community for college women. Written entirely by the nation’s top college journalists – with 3,000+ contributors and counting – features national content on Style, Health, Love, Life, and Career supplemented by local content from 200+ campus chapters across the country.