Jones School to host 13th annual Women in Leadership conference

Event to feature a keynote address by reality television star Dr. Jennifer Arnold of ‘The Little Couple’

Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business will host the 13th annual Women in Leadership conference, “The Road Less Traveled – Exceptional Women Paving the Way,” Feb. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in McNair Hall on the Rice campus.

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIPThe event will include keynote speeches by Linda Geffin, chief of the Harris County Attorney’s Special Prosecution Unit and Dr. Jennifer Arnold, medical director of the Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and co-star of TLC’s docudrama “The Little Couple.” Panel discussions will feature leading women executives, including Subha Barry ’85, Rice Board of Trustees member and former senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Freddie Mac; Kim Cotner David, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Baylor College of Medicine; Twila Day, senior vice president and chief information officer for Sysco Corp.; and Anne McEntee, president and CEO for Flow Process Technologies at GE Oil and Gas Services.

The conference will also include a networking lunch and sessions with Houston women who have made significant contributions to the global marketplace and have forged unique paths to leadership through the uncertain times facing today’s world. For a full list of conference speakers, visit

The Women in Leadership Conference is an annual conference organized by a committee of MBA women leaders from the Rice University chapter of MBA Women International (MBAWI). This leadership conference was created with the objective of providing present and future women business leaders with a unique forum to exchange ideas, an opportunity to gain thought leadership on professional development and issues important to women in today’s workforce and a chance for corporations and industry leaders to directly contribute to the development of women leaders in the community.

MBAWI is dedicated to empowering graduate women in business to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance diversity in the workplace. For more information, visit 

Registration for the event is $20 for MBAWI student members, $25 for Rice University students, faculty and staff and $40 for MBAWI professional chapter members and the general public. The first 100 people to register will be entered into a drawing for an Apple iPad. To register online, visit

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