Keynote Speech by Victoria Kennedy

We are beyond excited to announce that our Keynote Speaker for this year’s Empowerment Conference will be Vicki Kennedy!


Victoria Reggie (Vicki) Kennedy is both an accomplished attorney and a non-profit leader. She is senior counsel in the corporate and securities practice group at Greenberg Traurig LLP, as well as President of the Board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a non-partisan, non-profit organization in Boston that educates the public about the unique role of the United States Senate in our democracy. The Kennedy Institute has won international awards for its innovative and interactive design and approach to encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

In addition to her law practice, board service and non-profit leadership roles, Kennedy has been a leading voice on the empowerment of women and girls in our society and is an advocate for expanding medical research and for access to health care to all Americans.


Effective Communication In Your Hardest Conversations – Workshop

Many graduate women at MIT have expressed concerns about talking to friends, family members, co-workers and acquaintances about controversial or taboo topics. This 2-hour workshop is intended to provide practical advice on how to effectively communicate in the midst of some of the hardest conversations we have.


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This workshop will be led by Stacy Heen Lennon. Stacy is a Consultant with Triad Consulting Group. As a negotiation and conflict management trainer, facilitator and coach with experience in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, sub- Saharan Africa, and North America, Stacy’s work spans contexts from supporting consensus building processes to using “sports diplomacy” to foster warmer relations between the United States and Iran.