2021 LeadHERship Conference Information 

The 2021 Conference will kick-off with a keynote speaker on Friday, September 17th, followed by a networking reception. All workshops will take place on Saturday, September 18th. The theme of this year's conference is "Learning From the Past, Facing the Future" and we are celebrating 50 years of women at Stevens. Join fellow leaders, change-makers and life-long learners at this inspiring conference open to all! 

Conference programs and workshops will align with one or more of the following thematic areas:

  1. Trust the Science: research-based workshops on gender equity, inclusion or related topics
  2. Foundational Leadership: skills-based workshops on leadership, inclusion and identity development
  3. Lessons in Life and Work: highlighting voices of alumni and seasoned professionals
  4. The New Normal: assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its future implications

In order to welcome all to join our conference, while still addressing the health and safety needs of our campus community during the ongoing pandemic, we will be inviting the public to join virtually via Zoom and livestream. Stevens students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to attend in-person or choose a virtual option. Whether you attend online or in-person, you will experience engaging, high-impact sessions, and learn from a variety of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who will share their wisdom and research-based insights to support leadership growth at any level.

2021 Conference Speakers

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, is founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling book What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.

Learn more about Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP
Portrait of Aprille Joy Ericsson

Aprille Joy Ericsson, Ph.D.

Aerospace engineer Aprille Joy Ericsson’s career is distinguished by “firsts,”, she considers her most prestigious honor of being the first person of color to receive The Washington Award from the Western Society of Engineers. She is the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University (HU) and the first African-American female civil servant to earn an Engineering Ph.D. at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

Learn more about Aprille Joy Ericsson, Ph.D.


The LeadHERship Conference is co-sponsored by the Lore-El Center for Women’s Leadership, Graduate Student Life, Undergraduate Student Life, and Development and Alumni Engagement, along with generous support provided by Jim '89 and Dianne (Smith) Szipszky '90 M.Eng. '91 and the Office of the President | Diversity & Inclusion. Learn more and contact us at [email protected]

Stevens will follow, at a minimum, the COVID-19 guidelines required by the State of New Jersey on the date of the event. Stevens requests that all unvaccinated attendees wear a mask at the event.