OWN IT 2017 Speakers 

Check out the 50 amazing women we had speak at our event in 2017.  Each and every one is inspiring, accomplished and enthusiastic about the summit. Check back in soon for information on the women who will be joining us for OWN IT UPenn 2018! 

 HELENA FOGARTY: CEO OF MI OLA   What Owning It Means to Her:  "I own it every minute of every day, by being laser focused on my goals, personal and professional. And letting NOTHING deter me. I eat challenges for breakfast and ask for a second helping."

HELENA FOGARTY: CEO OF MI OLA

What Owning It Means to Her: "I own it every minute of every day, by being laser focused on my goals, personal and professional. And letting NOTHING deter me. I eat challenges for breakfast and ask for a second helping."

 NANCY SOLOMON: MANAGING EDITOR AT WNYC/NEW YORK PUBLIC RADIO   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Every gain women have achieved had to be fought for. And each generation has benefited from those who came before. To own it, for me, means to honor those who fought for us and take the baton and carry it forward."

NANCY SOLOMON: MANAGING EDITOR AT WNYC/NEW YORK PUBLIC RADIO

What Owning It Means to Her: "Every gain women have achieved had to be fought for. And each generation has benefited from those who came before. To own it, for me, means to honor those who fought for us and take the baton and carry it forward."

 corinne warnshuis: executive director "girl develop it"   What Owning It Means to Her:  "To own it means to take every opportunity that comes your way, and take risks along the way. Does public speaking or attending networking events solo make you uncomfortable? Then throw yourself in and learn in the discomfort!"

corinne warnshuis: executive director "girl develop it"

What Owning It Means to Her: "To own it means to take every opportunity that comes your way, and take risks along the way. Does public speaking or attending networking events solo make you uncomfortable? Then throw yourself in and learn in the discomfort!"

 Jazmine HugHeS: Writer & Associate Digital Editor, The New York Times   What Owning It Means to Her:  "OWNing it means doing it for myself, and never getting too comfortable."

Jazmine HugHeS: Writer & Associate Digital Editor, The New York Times

What Owning It Means to Her: "OWNing it means doing it for myself, and never getting too comfortable."

 Katie McGinty: Environmental policy official & former u.s. senate Candidate

Katie McGinty: Environmental policy official & former u.s. senate Candidate

 Regina Gwynn: Co-Founder & CEO, TresseNoire Inc.   What Owning It Means to Her:  "I own my strengths as completely as I own my weaknesses. I'm not afraid to own my power, and am excited to encourage other women to do the same!

Regina Gwynn: Co-Founder & CEO, TresseNoire Inc.

What Owning It Means to Her: "I own my strengths as completely as I own my weaknesses. I'm not afraid to own my power, and am excited to encourage other women to do the same!

 Vanessa golembewski: Comedy Writer & Producer, NBCUniversal   What Owning It Means to Her:  ""Owning it means being your own advocate. Mentorship is powerful and invaluable, but you cannot rely on others to put into motion the steps you need to build the future you've envisioned for yourself."

Vanessa golembewski: Comedy Writer & Producer, NBCUniversal

What Owning It Means to Her: ""Owning it means being your own advocate. Mentorship is powerful and invaluable, but you cannot rely on others to put into motion the steps you need to build the future you've envisioned for yourself."

 MONICA MEDINA: DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM FOR THE WALTON FAMILY FOUNDATION   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Young women entering the work force today should strive to “own it” rather than “have it all.” Young women today can decide what and how they want to achieve in their careers and in their personal lives and they should strive to fulfill their own dreams. When I was entering the work force, we dreamed of being high achieving in all aspects of life rather than seeking happiness and self fulfillment on our own terms. Millennials know better - what matters most is having what YOU want and working hard to get it. YOU own your destiny!"

MONICA MEDINA: DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM FOR THE WALTON FAMILY FOUNDATION

What Owning It Means to Her: "Young women entering the work force today should strive to “own it” rather than “have it all.” Young women today can decide what and how they want to achieve in their careers and in their personal lives and they should strive to fulfill their own dreams. When I was entering the work force, we dreamed of being high achieving in all aspects of life rather than seeking happiness and self fulfillment on our own terms. Millennials know better - what matters most is having what YOU want and working hard to get it. YOU own your destiny!"

 vanessa chan: Founder and Chief Designer of re.design & former partner at McKinsey & Company   What Owning It Means to Her:  "“Owning it means not being afraid to redefine yourself as you evolve. Who you are now, is not who you will be in 5 and 10 years. As you evolve, take the courage to embrace what is most interesting and important to you now. Don’t feel like you need to pursue the status quo or what is expected of you. If you can stay true to who you are at a given moment in time, you are in for an incredible journey that YOU defined and that YOU OWN - not a journey that is defined and owned by others"

vanessa chan: Founder and Chief Designer of re.design & former partner at McKinsey & Company

What Owning It Means to Her: "“Owning it means not being afraid to redefine yourself as you evolve. Who you are now, is not who you will be in 5 and 10 years. As you evolve, take the courage to embrace what is most interesting and important to you now. Don’t feel like you need to pursue the status quo or what is expected of you. If you can stay true to who you are at a given moment in time, you are in for an incredible journey that YOU defined and that YOU OWN - not a journey that is defined and owned by others"

 farah jimenez: Philadelphia School Reform Commissioner & President/ CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Women who “OWN it” blaze their own path through life.  They are informed, but not shaped, by the opinions of others.  They know themselves, their weaknesses and their strengths.  And, they let neither the kind nor the foul words of others deter them from their final destination.  In the end, they know those opinions and those words hold no power over them…because they “OWN it.”

farah jimenez: Philadelphia School Reform Commissioner & President/ CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund

What Owning It Means to Her: "Women who “OWN it” blaze their own path through life.  They are informed, but not shaped, by the opinions of others.  They know themselves, their weaknesses and their strengths.  And, they let neither the kind nor the foul words of others deter them from their final destination.  In the end, they know those opinions and those words hold no power over them…because they “OWN it.”

 Desiree pETERKIN-bELL: President and CEO DPBell & Associates & Lecturer Annenberg School for Communication, UPenn   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Being driven by Purpose and Not Position is what "Owning It" means to me. Understanding the value you bring to the table, the ability to stay and be focused on the work and step over the obstacles that try to impede that progress. It is knowing that you are driven by the desire to do the work and no one can stop you.

Desiree pETERKIN-bELL: President and CEO DPBell & Associates & Lecturer Annenberg School for Communication, UPenn

What Owning It Means to Her: "Being driven by Purpose and Not Position is what "Owning It" means to me. Understanding the value you bring to the table, the ability to stay and be focused on the work and step over the obstacles that try to impede that progress. It is knowing that you are driven by the desire to do the work and no one can stop you.

 Judy Lichtman: Women's Rights Lawyer & Senior Advisor at the National Partnership for Women & Families.   What Owning It Means to Her:  "“OWN IT means working every day to make this world a better place. We are put on this earth to work hard so that everyone has an equal opportunity.”

Judy Lichtman: Women's Rights Lawyer & Senior Advisor at the National Partnership for Women & Families.

What Owning It Means to Her: "“OWN IT means working every day to make this world a better place. We are put on this earth to work hard so that everyone has an equal opportunity.”

 Breanna mOORE: Founder, LaBré   What Owning It Means to Her:  “"OWNing it means being confident and owning your talent, your intelligence, your value, your uniqueness, your originality, your beauty, everything that makes you, you.  Owning that you are a child of God that was created with an amazing purpose to fulfill his will for your life."

Breanna mOORE: Founder, LaBré

What Owning It Means to Her: “"OWNing it means being confident and owning your talent, your intelligence, your value, your uniqueness, your originality, your beauty, everything that makes you, you.  Owning that you are a child of God that was created with an amazing purpose to fulfill his will for your life."

 Ellen yin: Founder, High Street Hospitality Group

Ellen yin: Founder, High Street Hospitality Group

 Amanda Bennett: Director, Voice of America & Former Editor-in-Chief, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Amanda Bennett: Director, Voice of America & Former Editor-in-Chief, The Philadelphia Inquirer

 Ruth Marcus: Columnist & deputy editorial page editor, the washington post   What Owning It Means to Her:  "OWNING it means unapologetically claiming your seat at the table--and then pulling up a chair or two for other women to join.  We need to make women’s full inclusion and participation a baseline expectation, not a luxury or an oddity. "  

Ruth Marcus: Columnist & deputy editorial page editor, the washington post

What Owning It Means to Her: "OWNING it means unapologetically claiming your seat at the table--and then pulling up a chair or two for other women to join.  We need to make women’s full inclusion and participation a baseline expectation, not a luxury or an oddity. "  

 JULIA ROSE: FOUNDER & CEO OF VAGENIE   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owning It' grows deeper and more personal each year. At this point in my life, 'Owning It' means facing the challenges that scare me head on, knowing that nothing is bigger than my dream, my determination and my conviction."

JULIA ROSE: FOUNDER & CEO OF VAGENIE

What Owning It Means to Her: "Owning It' grows deeper and more personal each year. At this point in my life, 'Owning It' means facing the challenges that scare me head on, knowing that nothing is bigger than my dream, my determination and my conviction."

    SARAH KUNST: CEO & CO-FOUNDER 'PRODAY.CO'   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owning it means that you're an active participant in your own success and that you do the research, show up, help out, earn your stripes and take the space you've earned. It means not keeping quiet or being afraid to let your light shine because it might make others uncomfortable"    

 

SARAH KUNST: CEO & CO-FOUNDER 'PRODAY.CO'

What Owning It Means to Her: "Owning it means that you're an active participant in your own success and that you do the research, show up, help out, earn your stripes and take the space you've earned. It means not keeping quiet or being afraid to let your light shine because it might make others uncomfortable" 

 

 MARJORIE MARGOLIES: WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST & FORMER MEMBER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES   What Owning It Means to Her:  "You can do it all. You just can't do it with the same intensity. And its worth a try. I've always told my kids you can't win if you're not prepared to lose, you've got to get on the playing field."

MARJORIE MARGOLIES: WOMEN'S RIGHTS ACTIVIST & FORMER MEMBER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

What Owning It Means to Her: "You can do it all. You just can't do it with the same intensity. And its worth a try. I've always told my kids you can't win if you're not prepared to lose, you've got to get on the playing field."

 Molly Hayward: Co-Founder of Cora   What Owning It Means to Her:  "OWNing it means fully embodying your own spirit, and being empowered by the inherent wisdom and power of your female body.

Molly Hayward: Co-Founder of Cora

What Owning It Means to Her: "OWNing it means fully embodying your own spirit, and being empowered by the inherent wisdom and power of your female body.

 Sarah gonzalez: youth & families reporter at WNYC   What Owning It Means to Her:  ""Owning it," to me, means being confident in who you are and where you come from. Wear your big Mexican hoop earrings to work if you want to. It doesn't make you less of a professional. Know what your strengths are, and make sure the people around you see your strengths. Don't be afraid to challenge the people above you, but do your research, work hard, help out, and have fun."

Sarah gonzalez: youth & families reporter at WNYC

What Owning It Means to Her: ""Owning it," to me, means being confident in who you are and where you come from. Wear your big Mexican hoop earrings to work if you want to. It doesn't make you less of a professional. Know what your strengths are, and make sure the people around you see your strengths. Don't be afraid to challenge the people above you, but do your research, work hard, help out, and have fun."

 Mary Pilon: Reporter, New York Times   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owning it, to me, means being comfortable in your own skin, feeling whole, infinite and full of possibilities, and knowing that we all have the same number of hours in a day as Beyonce."

Mary Pilon: Reporter, New York Times

What Owning It Means to Her: "Owning it, to me, means being comfortable in your own skin, feeling whole, infinite and full of possibilities, and knowing that we all have the same number of hours in a day as Beyonce."

 SONYA WEIGLE: PRINCIPAL OF SWC MANAGEMENT    What Owning It Means to Her:  "Knowing with absolute confidence that what you believe you can achieve- and putting in the work to get it done. Failure only comes when we limit our beliefs in what we can or have the ability to achieve."

SONYA WEIGLE: PRINCIPAL OF SWC MANAGEMENT 

What Owning It Means to Her: "Knowing with absolute confidence that what you believe you can achieve- and putting in the work to get it done. Failure only comes when we limit our beliefs in what we can or have the ability to achieve."

 MARIE HARF: SENIOR ADVISOR FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS TO U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Being unabashedly comfortable in who you are, unafraid to stand up for what you believe in, and unapologetic in embracing the complexities of the world. And it means actually being kind to other women - not just giving lip service to "girl power" or feminism, but living our slogans every day through our actions, big and small."

MARIE HARF: SENIOR ADVISOR FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS TO U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY

What Owning It Means to Her: "Being unabashedly comfortable in who you are, unafraid to stand up for what you believe in, and unapologetic in embracing the complexities of the world. And it means actually being kind to other women - not just giving lip service to "girl power" or feminism, but living our slogans every day through our actions, big and small."

 morgan finkelstein: democratic spokeswoman   What Owning It Means to Her:  "You have a perspective that *literally* no one else has - and it's a valid one. So share your ideas, speak out, and punch up!"  Follow Morgan:   http://www.twitter.com/momofink

morgan finkelstein: democratic spokeswoman

What Owning It Means to Her: "You have a perspective that *literally* no one else has - and it's a valid one. So share your ideas, speak out, and punch up!"

Follow Morgan:  http://www.twitter.com/momofink

 JoAnne fischer: Executive Director, Maternity Care Coalition   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owning it is taking responsibility for what is in my life.  I get to be the author of a creative, productive, passionate and loving life. And when I falter or fail,  I get to choose my attitude and frame…an opportunity for humility, learning and resilience."

JoAnne fischer: Executive Director, Maternity Care Coalition

What Owning It Means to Her: "Owning it is taking responsibility for what is in my life.  I get to be the author of a creative, productive, passionate and loving life. And when I falter or fail,  I get to choose my attitude and frame…an opportunity for humility, learning and resilience."

 Ellen Ceisler: Philadelphia County Judge and candidate for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court   What Owning It Means to Her:  ""Owning it" means taking the risk to lead and the responsibility of setting an example for future women in law. It means taking the initiative to fill gaps and forging a path to leadership for future generations that weren't necessarily there for mine. "

Ellen Ceisler: Philadelphia County Judge and candidate for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

What Owning It Means to Her: ""Owning it" means taking the risk to lead and the responsibility of setting an example for future women in law. It means taking the initiative to fill gaps and forging a path to leadership for future generations that weren't necessarily there for mine. "

 Dr. Jyothi Rao: Founder, Shakthi Health & Wellness Center   What Owning It Means to Her:  "OWN it means to take control of your future and do what is in your heart even if it breaks the traditional molds. Be passionate of your work and strive daily to live your vision no matter how hard it may seem."

Dr. Jyothi Rao: Founder, Shakthi Health & Wellness Center

What Owning It Means to Her: "OWN it means to take control of your future and do what is in your heart even if it breaks the traditional molds. Be passionate of your work and strive daily to live your vision no matter how hard it may seem."

 Christina Tartaglia: Co-Founder, Scientista Foundation   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owning it means taking responsibility for your goals and being your own hero."

Christina Tartaglia: Co-Founder, Scientista Foundation

What Owning It Means to Her: "Owning it means taking responsibility for your goals and being your own hero."

 sOLANGE fRANKLIN: fASHION edITOR-AT-Large, paper magazine & FreeLANCE Stylist 

sOLANGE fRANKLIN: fASHION edITOR-AT-Large, paper magazine & FreeLANCE Stylist 

 Melissa richmond: vice president, running start

Melissa richmond: vice president, running start

 Amanda Shulman: Cook, Vetri Restaurant

Amanda Shulman: Cook, Vetri Restaurant

 LUBNA MIAN: Executive DIRECTOR, Faculty Affairs, Upenn office of the provost   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owning it can mean learning from your mistakes, understanding that you need not be terrific at all things, and creating space for yourself to move ahead even when you've encountered obstacles."

LUBNA MIAN: Executive DIRECTOR, Faculty Affairs, Upenn office of the provost

What Owning It Means to Her: "Owning it can mean learning from your mistakes, understanding that you need not be terrific at all things, and creating space for yourself to move ahead even when you've encountered obstacles."

 Dorothy Roberts: George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology, University of pennsylvania   What Owning It Means to Her:  ""Owning it" means working for a more just and humane world where all women can reach their full potential as equally valuable human beings."

Dorothy Roberts: George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology, University of pennsylvania

What Owning It Means to Her: ""Owning it" means working for a more just and humane world where all women can reach their full potential as equally valuable human beings."

 sarah kate ellis: President & CEO, GLAAD

sarah kate ellis: President & CEO, GLAAD

 Laurie strongin: Founder and CEO, Hope for Henry Foundation   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owning it means living and working with confidence, generosity, direction and impact. When you “own it,” you leave the world a better place than you found it.

Laurie strongin: Founder and CEO, Hope for Henry Foundation

What Owning It Means to Her: "Owning it means living and working with confidence, generosity, direction and impact. When you “own it,” you leave the world a better place than you found it.

 Dr. Susan Taylor: Associate Professor of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owing the leadership potential inside of you, embracing it and most importantly, living it each and everyday.

Dr. Susan Taylor: Associate Professor of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

What Owning It Means to Her: "Owing the leadership potential inside of you, embracing it and most importantly, living it each and everyday.

 BROOKE WURST: FOUNDER/CEO OF TRIAD TRUST & REMOTE HARBOR   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owning It is having the integrity to walk the talk every day, living consistently with the mission of the organizations I've created -- even when it would be more comfortable to take an easier path."

BROOKE WURST: FOUNDER/CEO OF TRIAD TRUST & REMOTE HARBOR

What Owning It Means to Her: "Owning It is having the integrity to walk the talk every day, living consistently with the mission of the organizations I've created -- even when it would be more comfortable to take an easier path."

 Lisa tretler: CEO, Chief Strategist, Business Boosters Consulting   What Owning It Means to Her:  "“Owning it” means having a stake in the game, taking risks, embracing your shortcomings, and believing that you can achieve your goals and dreams. For aspiring entrepreneurs, it means having the strength of character, confidence, commitment to your idea, and ability to dust yourself off when you falter and keep pushing forward until you can say, “I did it!”

Lisa tretler: CEO, Chief Strategist, Business Boosters Consulting

What Owning It Means to Her: "“Owning it” means having a stake in the game, taking risks, embracing your shortcomings, and believing that you can achieve your goals and dreams. For aspiring entrepreneurs, it means having the strength of character, confidence, commitment to your idea, and ability to dust yourself off when you falter and keep pushing forward until you can say, “I did it!”

 anita dunn: Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker & former White House Communications Director   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Don’t be the person who doesn’t speak up because you don’t think you are as experienced, or qualified, or knowledgeable, as those around you.  Be the person who has the confidence to own their ideas, opinions, successes, and yes, failures, as part of what makes you smarter and stronger and better moving forward. 

anita dunn: Managing Director, SKDKnickerbocker & former White House Communications Director

What Owning It Means to Her: "Don’t be the person who doesn’t speak up because you don’t think you are as experienced, or qualified, or knowledgeable, as those around you.  Be the person who has the confidence to own their ideas, opinions, successes, and yes, failures, as part of what makes you smarter and stronger and better moving forward. 

 Elaine Gonzalez Johnson: Founder, latinas in motion   What Owning It Means to Her:  "Your dream is your God given assignment... it's time for you to "own it"! Own your talent, own your skills, own your gifts. Own up to how powerful you truly are.

Elaine Gonzalez Johnson: Founder, latinas in motion

What Owning It Means to Her: "Your dream is your God given assignment... it's time for you to "own it"! Own your talent, own your skills, own your gifts. Own up to how powerful you truly are.

 Rachel RUBIN: pUBLIC dIPLOMACY OFFICEr, U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT   What Owning It Means to Her:  "‘Owning it’ means succeeding at a seemingly insurmountable challenge, and knowing I can do it again.  ‘Owning it’ also means having the right attitude and the energy to meet challenges as they come. "

Rachel RUBIN: pUBLIC dIPLOMACY OFFICEr, U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

What Owning It Means to Her: "‘Owning it’ means succeeding at a seemingly insurmountable challenge, and knowing I can do it again.  ‘Owning it’ also means having the right attitude and the energy to meet challenges as they come. "

 Lynn Carroll: Career Coach & Career Development Facilitator   What Owning It Means to Her:  "OWNing it means tapping into your unique talents in an authentic way to make your mark on the world."

Lynn Carroll: Career Coach & Career Development Facilitator

What Owning It Means to Her: "OWNing it means tapping into your unique talents in an authentic way to make your mark on the world."

 Dr. Lee Erickson: Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Clinical Operations,  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center   What Owning It Means to Her:  “Owning It” means never letting someone else tell you what you can or cannot accomplish – its about having faith in your own ability to learn, to  improve yourself, as you strive to make the world a little better for all of us. In other words – “Don’t let the #@$% grind you down!”

Dr. Lee Erickson: Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Clinical Operations,  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

What Owning It Means to Her: “Owning It” means never letting someone else tell you what you can or cannot accomplish – its about having faith in your own ability to learn, to  improve yourself, as you strive to make the world a little better for all of us. In other words – “Don’t let the #@$% grind you down!”

 Dana Seshens: Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Dana Seshens: Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

 Priscilla Jimenez: Associate, Kline Specter

Priscilla Jimenez: Associate, Kline Specter

 Maris Kreizman: Editorial Director, bOOK OF THE mONTH & Former Publishing Lead at Kickstarter   What Owning It Means to Her:   "Owning it means being a great communicator: both having the confidence to say what you mean, and the ability to really listen to and learn from others. It means developing a strong sense of self, even while remembering that community is key."

Maris Kreizman: Editorial Director, bOOK OF THE mONTH & Former Publishing Lead at Kickstarter

What Owning It Means to Her:  "Owning it means being a great communicator: both having the confidence to say what you mean, and the ability to really listen to and learn from others. It means developing a strong sense of self, even while remembering that community is key."

 dr. Moitreyee Chatterjee-Kishore: Senior Director, Compound Development Team Leader, Immuno-Oncology Janssen   What Owning It Means to Her:  "OWNing IT means knowing when to lean in, when to lean back, and when to lean away. In summary it is all about emotional and perceptional intelligence for me. Some of us are lucky to have an inane sense of how to do this but for most us it is a product of experience and practice and learning from small mis-steps,  in order to capture that elusive bird called success !

dr. Moitreyee Chatterjee-Kishore: Senior Director, Compound Development Team Leader, Immuno-Oncology Janssen

What Owning It Means to Her: "OWNing IT means knowing when to lean in, when to lean back, and when to lean away. In summary it is all about emotional and perceptional intelligence for me. Some of us are lucky to have an inane sense of how to do this but for most us it is a product of experience and practice and learning from small mis-steps,  in order to capture that elusive bird called success !