The last few years have been about adapting to change. We’ve learned how to be resilient and nimble in our personal and professional lives, and how to take a step back to affect the world in a more positive way. Let’s take time to influence and inspire at The She Leads Symposium @ WashU with in-depth, relevant insights on how we live, learn, and influence in our new world today.

Join us on Friday, October 21 for a half day of discussions with eminent WashU faculty, administrators, and alumni, joined by a variety of distinguished experts in their fields. Preview this year’s agenda below to discover sessions that will spark evolution in four key She Leads areas:

Paula Boggs

Secure your place to hear engaging and thought-provoking discussions with a range of thought leaders. This year’s Karl King Hoagland, Jr. Keynote features Paula Boggs.

The She Leads Symposium @WashU is sponsored by The Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship.

1:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks
Michelle DeLair, Director of Curricular Innovation
College of Arts & Sciences, Washington University

1:10–1:40 p.m.

Bridging the Gap
Amy Eyler, Professor of Public Health, Brown School, Chair, Faculty Senate Council, Gender Equity and Faculty Development Fellow, Office of the Provost

Merriah Croston, Olin Fellow, Doctoral Student, Public Health Sciences, Brown School, Washington University

Jen Smith, Vice Provost for Educational Initiatives
Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University

1:40–1:45 p.m.

“A Truer Knowing” Dance Performance

Kendra Key, Olin Fellow, Dance MFA Student, Arts & Sciences, Washington University

1:45–2:30 p.m.

Women and Well-Being at Work

Kia Caldwell, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Professor, African & African American Studies, Washington University

Kristin Johnson, Chief Transformation Officer, Edward Jones

Stephanie Kirk, Director of the Center for the Humanities
Professor of Spanish, Comparative Literature, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University

2:30–3:00 p.m.

Olin Fellows 3MT® Research Presentations

Merriah Croston
Jaisal Merchant
Allison Perelman
Rebecca Reals
Cinthia Romo-Alba
Stephanie Wormleighton

3:00–3:15 p.m.


3:15–4:00 p.m.

Impact STL
Ali Hogan, Rung, Founder and Chairwoman

Brittany Hogan, Manager of the Center for Human Service Leadership, Delmar DivINe

Shanti Parikh, Chair and Professor, African and African American Studies; Professor, Anthropology, School of Arts & Sciences, Washington University

4:00–4:45 p.m.

Inaugural Karl King Hoagland, Jr. Speaker
Paula Boggs, Founder, Boggs Media, LLC, Tedx©Speaker, Writer, Lawyer, Army Veteran, and Musician

Beverly Wendland, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Washington University

4:50–5:00 p.m.

Presentation of Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship Awards

Robert R. Anschuetz Memorial Olin Fellowship in American Cultural Studies

Robert E. Thach Olin Fellowship in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

5:00–6:00 p.m.


The She Leads Symposium @WashU 2022 will be held in Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall on the Danforth Campus at Washington University.

If you’re unable to join us in St. Louis, please register to join us virtually. After registering, you’ll be sent information to virtually join us on October 21!

In person space is limited, so please register early to secure your seat!