The 2014 Women in Public Service Institute benefited from the expertise not only of its delegates, but also from global leaders, policymakers and scholars who shared their thoughts and vision for women’s leadership, peace building and strategies for effecting positive change around the world.

Among featured speakers at various programs during the two-week event were:

  • Suzanne Bump, state auditor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Radhika Coomaraswamy, global professor of law at New York University
  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis, director, Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Fernande R.V. Duffly, justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Erin Ennis (Mount Holyoke ’92), vice president, US-China Business Council
  • Paula Green, professor, School for International Training Graduate Institute; former founder of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
  • Sonali Gulati (Mount Holyoke ’96), filmmaker, activist and educator
  • Jane Harman (Smith ’66), director, president and CEO, The Wilson Center
  • Nita Lowey (Mount Holyoke ’59), Congresswoman
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka*, executive director, UN Women
  • Sochua Mu, member of the Cambodian Parliament
  • Therese Murray, president, Massachusetts Senate
  • Amy Nechtem (Simmons ’76), justice, Massachusetts Juvenile Court; past president, National Association of Women Judges
  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Smith ’02), Oscar-winning filmmaker
  • Farah Pandith (Smith ’90), resident fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard University
  • Gloria Steinem (Smith ’56), author and activist
  • Mona Sutphen (Mount Holyoke ’89), member of President Obama’s Advisory Intelligence Board; former White House deputy chief of staff for President Obama
  • Niki Tsongas (Smith ’68), Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Melanne Verveer, executive director, Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, Georgetown University

*Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka offered videotaped remarks.

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