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Check out the speaker videos from the 2013 Women’s Leadership Forum










The Advocate

Martha Coakley // Attorney General // State of Massachusetts

In her second term as Attorney General of Massachusetts – the first female to hold this office – she has devoted her career to protecting children and public safety, consumers and taxpayers, and fighting for equality for all. A true advocate for the people, Martha is an outstanding example of a committed public servant.

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Just a Girl & a Bot

Heather Knight // Social Roboticist, Founder // Marilyn Monrobots

MIT educated Knight grew up in nearby Lexington. After a stint with NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, she fell in love with robots and found her true calling. She now runs Marilyn Monrobot Labs (while conducting her doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon) and lives at the intersection of Entertainment and Robotics. She believes that robots can change the world for the better and, in addition to automating our lives, they can be incredibly entertaining. After you meet her personal bot, Data, you’ll agree. Heather was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 for Science and Innovation.

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Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Nicole Freedman // Director, Boston Bikes Program // Former Olympic Cyclist

Nicole set out to make Boston a world-class biking city in 2007. No small feat, as Boston was ranked among the least bike-friendly cities. Under her leadership, Boston has become one of only a handful of cities in the US with a full-sized bike sharing system, New Balance Hubway, and counts itself among the few nationally recognized biking cities. With infrastructure improvements, the Boston Community Bikes Program and on-bike youth training, Nicole is well on her way to making the dream a reality.

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Making Waves

Amy Richards // Feminist Writer // Activist // Producer

As a senior at Barnard in 1992, Amy was working at her dream job in the Press department at Christie’s Auction House for $10 a week when Gloria Steinem approached her with a her a job offer that paid $10 an hour. Therefore, she defines herself as one of the few people who have come to feminism for financial reasons! That was just the beginning. Amy’s leadership and visionary work launched her as a primary spokesperson and leading voice for young feminist issues. Most recently Amy was a producer on the HBO documentary Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words and is consultant on the PBS documentary, MAKERS, on the women’s movement in America.

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Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Linda Brennan // Instructor, Threshold Program // Lesley University

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Brooke Loughrin // US Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Brooke is a Presidential scholar at Boston College and the first-ever US Youth Observer to the UN. She blogs and tweets about her experience. With a strong commitment to social justice and a knack for languages, she speaks six or seven, she would like to pursue a career in Foreign Service …and she’s only in her junior year at BC!

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A Life’s Work

Corinne Grousbeck // Brand Strategist

Corinne truly believes that you can change a life with the simplest gesture. This former marketing executive certainly makes it seem simple as she applies her marketing and branding skills to the causes that are close to her heart. She is a powerful advocate known for her tenaciousness when it comes to helping others. Corinne does a world of good in her own neighborhood and around the world…and she does it with remarkable style.

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The Comeback Kish

Kristen Kish // Chef de Cuisine, Stir // Top Chef

Kristen’s reputation as one of the country’s great chef’s was confirmed as she was awarded the coveted title of Top Chef on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10: Seattle on February 27, 2013. With her passion for cooking inspired by watching cooking shows on TV when she was a child, Kristen is now the Chef de Cuisine at Stir, where she creates unforgettable experiences for the 10 guests of Stir every night.

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