Women’s Conference 2021 Resources

Thank you for attending Women’s Conference 2021!

Below, you will find links to videos and other exclusive materials from individual conference sessions. You can also visit the Women’s Conference website for complete session details and speaker bios.


Monday, May 3, 2021

Opening Session

Presented by a panel of Purdue volunteer alumnae leaders.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

What the Research is Telling Us: Women and Transition

Presented by Maureen Breeze and Annette Watkins, cofounders, Retreat Reinvent Recharge

Seize Your Future – Powerful Writing Is the Key

Presented by Carla Bass (LA’77), Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Honor Your Journey

Presented by Rochelle Asberry (LA’85), CEO and owner, Dominique’s Enterprise LLC

Big Impact on a Limited Budget

Presented by Beth Hobson (MS LA’20), fundraising campaign director, Hosparus Health

Find Your Voice, Not “The Man’s”

Presented by Laura Downey (DVM’88, MS M’97), CEO, Concordance Health Solutions

What about Me? Beating Burnout!

Presented by Jokima Hiller (BS’96), assistant professor, Missouri State University

Embracing Your Uniqueness: What Your Creativity Brings to the Table

Presented by Jill Barclay (LA’03), cybersecurity communications specialist, CommonSpirit Health

Your Hidden Superpower: Releasing Your Daily Dose

Presented by Danielle Bryan (A’10), meditation teacher and spiritual mentor, Self Love Society

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Be Your Own Best Friend

Presented by Beth (MS M’89) and Peter (MS M’89) Bostwick, authors and entrepreneurs

Scholarships at Purdue – the Key to Affordability

Presented by Karen McCullough, director of scholarship stewardship and development at the Purdue for Life Foundation and featuring Molly Grotjan, Purdue Agribusiness Student

Expedition Ever True: 20/20 Encounters and the Stories We Tell

Presented by Karen Bishop Morris (MA’96, PhD LA’02), associate professor, Purdue University Northwest

Designing Your Life

Presented by Michelle Layman (BS’88), president, redefined

Lead Powerfully and Positively, Even When You Don’t Choose to Lead

Presented by Mariya Petrenko (PhD S’12), life and leadership coach

Square Peg, Round Hole: How Three Purdue Graduates Navigated from College Students to GE Engineers

Presented by Tess Devinger (BS IE’20), Kate Henn (BS AAE’97), and Asha Hosangadi Smith (MS AAE’11), engineers, General Electric

The Guilt Trap: How the Struggle Between Personal and Work Life Negatively Impacts Women’s Careers and What We Can Do About It

Presented by Yvette Scheiber (LA’17), managing director, Yvette Scheiber & Associates

Five Ways to Test if Independent Consulting is for You

Presented by Kris Taylor (MS M’96) and Katie McNamee (LA’16), co-founders, LEAP

Thursday, May 6, 2021

A Black Woman’s Journey in a White Woman’s World

Presented by Ashley Gilmore (LA’05), founder and CEO, Gilmore Counseling and Consulting Services, PLLC

Rock the Room: Realizing Your Potential as a Presenter

Presented by Michelle Gladieux (HHS’93 MS T’95), president, Gladieux Consulting

Coaching Your 4Vs: Vantage, Voice, Visibility, and Vigor

Presented by Toyinda Smith (HHS’98), principal, The Coaching Seat, LLC

Plan A, Plan B, and Serendipity for Life’s Unpredictable Journey

Presented by Susan Barnes (HHS’72), president and CEO, the Landmark Group of Companies

Women, Peace, and Security: How the US Is Helping Women around the World

Presented by Elizabeth Lape (T’83), deputy for individual training, U.S. Department of Defense

Redesign Your Interior, Transform Your Life

Presented by Maggie Kyle Petraits (HHS’80), owner and designer, MKP Studio Koncepts

Taking Care of the Important Things

Presented by Lora Williams (LA’93), attorney, Williams Law Office PC

Gifting Outside the Box

Presented by Jill Anderson, senior director of development, Purdue Research Foundation

Closing Keynote

Presented by Carolyn Peck, ESPN analyst and former Purdue women’s basketball coach