Photos from the 2018 Boston WLN Event

On Thursday, March 15 the PLUS Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Network hosted Moving Women into Positions of Leadership and How to Bring Men into the Conversation at the Boston College Club in downtown Boston.

The event featured executives from Boston’s business community discussing the challenges facing women as they climb the corporate ladder, sharing first-hand experiences as to how individuals and companies can overcome a preference for the status quo, and offering expert advice regarding how to engage men in the conversation and foster gender partnership.

Thanks to everyone who made this great event possible.

The Women’s Leadership Network has several other events planned throughout the country. Find one near you and register to attend today!

April 19 in Hartford
Changing the Trajectory: Yourself, Your Workplace, and Your Legacy
Jennifer Openshaw, CEO of Girls with Impact

May 3 in Chicago
The Value of Leadership in Today’s Global Marketplace
Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London

May 22 in San Francisco
Abusers and Accusers: How Women Leaders are Changing the World 
Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, The James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Enjoy the photos from the Boston event…

Los Angeles Hosts 2018 Women’s Leadership Network Event

PLUS Foundation Women’s Leadership Network hosted a fireside chat with Shelly Kapoor Collins, founding partner of the Shatter Fund, on February 22 in Los Angeles.

The discussion with Ms. Kapoor Collins, titled Why I invest in the Emerging Market of Female Entrepreneurs and My Journey into Venture, was moderated by PLUS member Chelsea Laing, Area Vice President of Arthur Gallagher & Co.
Thanks to everyone who attended this great WLN event. There are a number of future WLN events already on the calendar for 2018… Check out the links below for one in your area:


Shiza Shahid Inspires at WLN Event in Seattle

By Mary DePaolo Haddad, Helsell Fetterman LLP:

Shiza Shahid, the keynote speaker for PLUS Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Network event in Seattle, inspired those in attendance by describing her childhood experience in Pakistan, the second worst country in the world for women to be born.  There, the average level of education for girls is 6 years to America’s 12.  Before getting accepted to Stanford, Shiza was a young activist and helped serve imprisoned women with children.  At Stanford, Shiza learned of the Taliban’s prohibition of girl’s education by Malala Yousafzai – who blogged about it.  Shiza wanted to give back to girls from her country from circumstances she found abhorrent and began working with Malala’s father.  She organized a summer camp for 26 girls to navigate their lives under the Taliban and help expose this human rights violation to empowered leaders whose influence could remedy it.

After Malala was shot by the Taliban at 15 for her activism for girls’ education and gender equality, Shiza rushed to her side and witnessed a miracle as Malala made a full recovery, stronger than ever before.   Malala, thereafter became the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and directed the corresponding flood of monetary support to be used to educate girls around the world to grade 12.  Shiza left McKinsey and co-founded the Malala Fund that carries out this mission.  After serving as the fund’s CEO, Shiza created NOW Ventures that backs “mission driven” start-ups.

At the Women’s Foundation event, Mary Haddad and Shiza discussed why NOW Ventures backs mission driven startups and why they are expected to bring scalable change and measurable profit.  Shiza moved from the nonprofit sector, as the co-founder of the Malala Fund to create NOW Ventures to maximize the scale of change of mission driven companies.  At our event, she challenged women to engage in investing and understand that they are far more comfortable donating time and money.  While women in America enjoy far more opportunity in the market place than women in Pakistan, their rise into leadership positions over the last 30 years has stagnated.  While different, women in both Pakistan and America fail to progress in education and work for similar reasons; because they lack the support of their spouse, are held back simply because they are a woman (implicit gender bias), and disproportionately take on the burden of household chores and childcare responsibilities.