Panel Discussion

Mobilizing Change: Educating a New Generation of Women Leaders

September 23, 2011
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Littlefield Concert Hall
Mills College

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Earlier this year, an unprecedented milestone was set when the US Census Bureau reported that, for the first time, women exceeded men in the attainment of advanced degrees and bachelor's degrees. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the first time in American history, women now make up half of the total US workforce and hold 51.4 percent of managerial and professional jobs.

Today, we are witnessing a swell of change that will revolutionize and redefine the traditional role of women in America. As a nation, what should we expect from the economic and societal shift these changes will inevitably trigger? As women, how can we harness this momentum to mobilize change? And as educators, how will we successfully educate a new generation of women leaders?

Mills College brings together some of the country's top thought leaders in business, economics, and workforce equity to discuss the potential power of these critical trends and the impact they will have on women and society as a whole.

Moderated by:

Lynn Jimenez, Business Reporter, KGO Radio
Lynn Jimenez Lynn Jimenez keeps the San Francisco Bay Area up to date on Your Money every weekday morning as KGO radio's business reporter, a position she has held since January 1990.

Jimenez has more than two decades of experience in radio and television. Before joining KGO, she distinguished herself as an award-winning reporter for KCBS radio in San Francisco and KIRO radio in Seattle. Read more »


Maddy Dychtwald, Author and Co-founder of Age Wave
Maddy Dychtwald Maddy Dychtwald is a nationally recognized author, co-founder of Age Wave, and leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping the marketplace, the workplace, and our lives. Having spent 25 years investigating and forecasting lifestyle, marketing, and retirement implications of the age wave, she has recently emerged as a renowned authority on the economic ascent of women, including its impact on various industries—financial services, healthcare, and consumer marketing.

Dychtwald is the author of three books: her newest, Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better (2010), explores how women are the major change agent of the decade to come. She also wrote Cycles: How We Will Live, Work, and Buy (2004), the winner of the 2004 Book of the Year Award from the National Community Colleges Association, and co-authored an illustrated children's book on personal reinvention entitled Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings (2008). Read more »

Selena Rezvani, Author and Co-president of Women’s Roadmap™
Selena Rezvani Selena Rezvani is a recognized author, speaker, and consultant on women and leadership. She is co-president of Women's Roadmap, a consulting firm whose goal is to propel more women into leadership positions and to help companies position an inclusive workplace as a competitive advantage.

Rezvani established Women's Roadmap while writing her debut book, The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School (Praeger, 2009), and after identifying the need for Generation X and Y women to be seen as a viable talent pool and leadership pipeline. Read more »

Myra Strober, Labor Economist and Professor Emerita, Stanford University
Myra Strober Myra Strober is a labor economist and professor emerita at the School of Education at Stanford University. She is also professor emerita at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University (by courtesy). Strober’s research and consulting focus on gender issues at the workplace, work and family, and multidisciplinarity in higher education. She is the author of numerous articles on occupational segregation, women in the professions and management, the economics of child care, feminist economics, and the teaching of economics. Strober's recent book is Interdisciplinary Conversations: Challenging Habits of Thought (Stanford University Press, 2010). Past articles include “Habits of the Mind: Challenges for Multidisciplinary Engagement” in Social Epistemology and “Feminist Economics: Implications for Education” in Feminism Confronts Homo Economicus: Gender, Law, and Society, edited by Martha Fineman and Terence Dougherty (Cornell University Press, 2005). Read more »