Women and Leadership: How We Do It All—A Breakfast Event
Monday, May 5, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)
New York, NY
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Women and Leadership: How We Do It All a conversation between Carme Chacón, former minister of defense of Spain, and Jessica Lappin, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, will be moderated by Vince Boudreau, dean, Colin Powell School.
In the past few years, conversations about women and work have made headlines, notably in books and articles by Ursula Burns, Sheryl Sandberg, Anne-Marie Slaughter, or Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. Whether it’s about “leaning in,” or “doing it all,” women are without a doubt occupying leadership positions and making personal lives work. This conversation will focus on how leadership, and the role of women in governance, works both in the United States and Europe. Are there cultural differences? How do societal norms structure how a ‘woman’ operates in the workplace? What lessons might we learn from such a transatlantic dialogue? Carme Chacón is Spain’s first female Minister of Defense and a professor in residence at Miami Dade College. Jessica Lappin is President, Alliance for Downtown New York, former New York City legislator and Lower Manhattan business leader.
8:30 Breakfast is served
9:00 – 10:30 Conversation
Please bring photo i.d. for security.
Contact: 212 925 6625, ext 0
4, 5 to Bowling Green; 1, R to Rector Street; J, Z to Broad Street
CARME CHACON PIQUERAS is the former Minister of Defense of Spain (April 2008-Dec.2011). She has also been Minister of Housing (July 2007-April 2008), Vice-president of the Spanish Parliament (March 2004-July 2007) and she has been a Member of Parliament since March 2000 through August 2013. She also was Vice-Mayor of the Municipality of Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain (1999-2004). She is Professor of Constitutional Law in Spain and currently she is teaching as Professor in Residence at the Miami Dade College. She obtained the Degree in Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Barcelona, and also has pursued post-degree studies at the Faculty of Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in Kingston, at the Osgoode Hall Law School in Ontario, at the Université de Montreal, at Université Laval, and at The Victoria University of Manchester (Great Britain). She has worked as Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Girona (Spain) and as Professor of Public Law at The Police School of Catalonia (Spain). She has also served as Practicing Attorney at the Law Firm “Medina and Associates” in Barcelona. She has been International Observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania. She is married and she has a five-year-old child.
JESSICA S. LAPPIN is the President of the Alliance for Downtown New York. The organization manages New York City’s largest Business Improvement District (BID) and provides service, advocacy, research and information to advance Lower Manhattan as a global model of a 21st century Central Business District for businesses, residents and visitors. Lappin joined the Downtown Alliance in February and also serves as the President of its sister organization, the Downtown Lower Manhattan Association. A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Lappin has a distinguished record in civic life and public service. A New York City Council Member representing Manhattan’s fifth district from 200 6 to 2013, she earned a reputation as a committed advocate for her constituents and a champion of common sense, practical solutions. She played a key role in bringing the Cornell Technion Applied Science and Engineering Campus to Roosevelt Island and worked with a wide variety of stakeholders to mitigate negative impacts stemming from construction of the 2nd Avenue subway. As Co-Chair of the City Council Women’s Caucus, she authored a nationally recognized, landmark bill to protect women’s health and reproductive rights. She authored a biotech tax credit that has encouraged small biotech companies to create and keep jobs in the city. A parent of two public school students, she has strived to improve educational excellence and opportunities throughout the city. Before holding public office, Ms. Lappin was a senior advisor to Council Speaker Gifford Miller. In 2013, she was a Democratic candidate for Manhattan Borough President. In 2011, the Aspen Institute, selected her as a Rodel Fellow. The program is focused on transcending political partisanship and addressing overarching questions of leadership and effective governance. She graduated from Georgetown University and lives in Manhattan.
When & Where
Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, CCNY
25 Broadway (downtown, near Wall Street, in front of ‘bull statue’)
7th floor auditorium
Monday, May 5, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)
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