The Role Of Women in Creating A 21st Century Economy

Crystal Johnson

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What an amazing weekend! April 20 was Equal Pay Day to promote women being paid fairly for their work and for its contribution to the economy. April 22 was Earth Day to celebrate the amazing planet we are dependent on for everything we need to survive and thrive (even though for some of us everyday is Earth Day).  As I have mentioned previously, the link between women and the state of the economy and the environment is significant.

 At the 3rd Annual Sustainable Economy Conference on April 30 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston the key panel is “the Role of Women in Creating a 21st Century Economy”. While I crafted and am moderating the panel, the following Amazing and Brilliant women are participating as Conversation Leaders:

 Jacqueline Cooke is the Regional Administrator for Region I of the U.S.

Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau. headquartered in Boston.

Administrator Cooke and the Region I staff serve the six New England states Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Women’s Bureau is the only federal agency devoted exclusively to promoting the rights and interests of women in the workplace. As Regional Administrator, she is responsible for creating programs and implementing national policy for the Bureau in New England. Administrator Cooke will discuss the U.S. Department of Labor’s booklet “Green is Your Color” that recognizes that sustainability will be implemented across all career sectors and it will bring great earning potential. Their focus is to advance women into the green economy recognizing that such an investment serves families, communities and the economy. 

Sylvia Maxfield, PhD. Is a Professor at Simmons School of Management.

Through Dr. Maxfield’s experience in both the academic and business worlds she is a specialist in the global economy, financial crises and corporate social responsibility. She focuses on the interface of politics, society and financial markets. I look forward to her conversation on how the risk and uncertainty in the economy impacts women’s role in the 21st century economy. 

Jackie VanderBrug is the Managing Director of Criterion Venture.Jackie is a leader in the emerging global field of gender lens investing, heading Women Effect Investments. To create the enabling environment for gender lens investing, Jackie cultivates both investors and investment vehicles committed to a gender lens. She provides the business case for investing in women as leaders. 

Liz Levin of Liz Levin & Company built her company on her belief that organizations with thoughtful leadership can create exciting opportunities in good times and bad. She strengthens an organization’s foundation. She makes them better at what they do and empowers them to go to new and exciting places. She will present several models she developed for leading companies on how to create an organization for superior performance with women leadership.

 In support of the role and value of women in creating a 21st century economy, MA Treasurer Steven Grossman will also be a Speaker.

 I look forward to the above Conversation Leaders’ provocative discussion regarding the role of women in transforming our economy and society within the next decade and beyond. Women’s leadership roles, economic empowerment and entrepreneurial growth are drivers of the 21st century economy. The implications will be vast and profound.

 

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