Sponsored by the WELL Center in the College of Business and Economics at Regis University and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program

Please note our location change: Claver Hall - Recital Hall

We invite you to attend our inaugural Women and Leadership Conference at Regis University. We plan to leverage on our expertise and open a dialogue to explore the current challenges that women face and opportunities for change. We will cover issues like pay gap, achievement gap, non-linear careers and ambition. We will look at the role society at large and our institutions play, what is the playbook for businesses and what can we do as individuals to lead change.

While women have made progress compared to the 1950s, the progress has been painfully slow since the 1990s. We need to take on the challenge and build a world where everyone can succeed.

This conference aligns with our Regis University mission to change and improve society. By educating the community about topics like these, we create conversations and action to improve injustices. It aligns with the mission of the College of Business and Economics pursuit of solutions to complex challenges. The issues we will discuss cut across society, organizations and individuals, with complex interactions.

We hope you will leave having a better understanding of the issues and with a plan of action. Our goals are to inform you and discuss these challenges and opportunities so that you can be empowered in your life to make a difference.

Please join us on March 25, in the Claver Hall Recital Hall.

Women and Leadership Conference


8:30 a.m.    Breakfast and Introductions

9:00 a.m.    Current Situation

                        Prof. Maria A. Quijada

11:00 a.m.   Break

11:15 a.m.   Institutional Issues

                        Prof. Eve Passerini

12:30 p.m.   Lunch

1:30 p.m.    Organizational Issues

                        Prof. Maria A. Quijada

2:30 p.m.    Break

2:45 p.m.    Individual Issues

                        Ms. Jenna Oliver

4:00 p.m.    Wrap up

Meet our conference presenters

Jennifer Oliver
Manager, Innovation and Business Evolution
College of Business and Economics

Jenna Oliver graduated from The New School University school of social research with a master’s degree in Media Studies. She has diverse experience in media production, public relations and education. She has worked as a professor of digital media production. Currently she leads the innovative strategic communications for the Centers of Distinction in College of Business and Economics at Regis University, where she hopes to help others understand how social justice can be good for business and that education is power. 

Dr. Eve Passerini
Associate Professor, Sociology
Regis College

Eve Passerini is a professor of Sociology at Regis University in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Criminal Justice. She has a doctorate degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was the Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program and has taught Gender-related courses for more than 16 years. Gender has been a strong interest woven into her research, teaching, and volunteer work throughout her career.

Maria Alejandra Quijada Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Management and Leadership
College of Business and Economics

Maria Alejandra Quijada is a professor of management and leadership. She teaches classes in management, leadership, diversity and women in business. She holds a doctorate in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of scholarly expertise include organizational change, culture, issues for women in business and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her work experience includes the telecommunication, lottery, and consumer product industries.

We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this event.