Inspiring Stories from Women in Leadership

Women in contemporary American society have seen more opportunities than ever for meaningful leadership roles in the workplace. As increasing numbers of women become CEOs, professors, and even presidential candidates, it seems that few societal barriers remain to prevent women from professional advancement. Yet it remains an open question if women receive treatment truly equal to men within a workplace environment. Is the day-to-day experience at work really equivalent for the genders?

Four women in leadership roles spoke to these questions in a panel discussion at the Rockefeller Center titled “Inspiring Stories from Women in Leadership.” The panel featured female leaders representing a variety of sectors within today’s professional world. The panelists shared their personal experiences, challenges, successes and insights about the realities of professional women in contemporary society.

The panel included the following women leaders:

  • Jennifer Levy Tu’04, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Hypertherm
  • Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Students and Admissions, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Kathryn Underwood, President and CEO, Ledyard National Bank

The Moderator was Terie Norelli, 2015-2016 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor; former Speaker of the NH House; former President and CEO, NH Women’s Foundation

Submitted by Marie Plecha ’16, Student Program Assistant for Public Programs.


The views and opinions expressed and any materials presented during a public program are the speaker’s own and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Rockefeller Center or constitute an endorsement by the Center.