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Women’s Breakfast: Harnessing the Power of Female Leadership

Date: 10/27/2021

Time: 9:00am
Where: LMHQ, Virtual,

According to a 2019 leadership analysis in the Harvard Business Review, women outscore men on 17 of the 19 capabilities that differentiate excellent leaders from average or poor ones. Emerging data suggests that female leaders across the globe have outperformed their male counterparts in managing the pandemic. 


The evidence shows that leadership qualities are inherent in women. But women continue to be underrepresented in executive roles. Why is that? At LMHQ’s October Women’s Breakfast we heard from a panel of experts who have spent years understanding, recruiting and teaching women how to harness their leadership capabilities and step into positions of power. Representing public policy, government, business and more, our speakers helped particpants increase their confidence and encourage those around them to do the same!

Speakers included:


About Our Speakers:

Amelia Adams is the Founder and President of Adams Advisors, the Chair of the Board for 21 in ‘21. In 2013 Amelia was deputized as a director of New York Communities for Change (NYCC) where she oversaw the organizing and political departments and implemented their first staff development program. In 2014 she went on to become a Senior Advisor and Director of Community Engagement for Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City’s first Latina Council Speaker. As a seasoned government affairs specialist, Amelia has successfully coordinated internal and external lobbying and legislative efforts by working with state, local, and federal governments.

Umbreen Bhatti is the Constance Hess Williams ‘66 Director of the Athena Center for Leadership at Barnard College, where she works with young women building a better world. Previously, Umbreen led the innovation lab at KQED, the Bay Area’s NPR | PBS station. Umbreen also serves on the board of Global Press, a news organization dedicated to reinventing the craft and business of international journalism by recruiting diverse populations of local women and training them to become professional, ethical journalists.

Dr. Esuna Dugarova is a policy specialist at UNDP where she leads data analytics, research and accountability for gender equality in more than 100 countries. She has authored over 40 publications, including an award-winning book, and is a Chevening laureate for her contribution to international development. Esuna is a co-founder of the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker that monitors policy measures and women's leadership in 219 countries. Esuna holds a Ph.D. in Asian Studies from Cambridge University and speaks 7 languages.

Marya Stark is a women’s leadership expert who has founded highly successful platforms that have changed the face of leadership in the US, most recently with Trajectory Women. Trajectory Women provides peer coaching groups paired with an experienced executive coach for mid-career women across sectors. Previously, Marya co-founded Emerge America, the premier political leadership training organization for women, with 30 statewide programs and over 4,500 alumnae.

This event is sponsored by Verizon.



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