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 format of this conference (in-person/virtual/hybrid) will be determined over the summer.

The theme of this year's conference is "Learning From the Past, Facing the Future" and we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of women at Stevens. 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

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 Relations, 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]