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Penn President Amy Gutmann featured leader in Inaugural Women’s Summit hosted by Penn Law

March 14, 2016

From March 22–24, Penn Law will host its inaugural Women’s Summit, convening outstanding women lawyers and leaders from across the U.S. and around the globe to learn, network, and engage on topics critical to lawyers and professionals. The three-day conference is comprised of 15 panels and over 60 speakers, and awards presented to former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, who will be accepting by video message, and Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz W’83, L’86, the Summit’s keynote. Among the women leaders in attendance will be Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania, who will preside over the awards ceremony at a Summit luncheon Wednesday, March 23.

“The women we are honoring at the inaugural Women’s Summit are inspiring examples of leadership in action,” said Gutmann. “There is still much work to be done in the world to achieve gender equality, but this Summit is an important opportunity for talented women lawyers, professionals, and leaders to engage on critical issues and serve as examples for the next generation of women who will follow in their footsteps.”

The Summit presents an opportunity for Penn Law to spotlight women’s successes within and outside of the profession, to educate and promote discussion on substantive topics relevant to lawyers and other professionals, and to highlight women leaders excelling and serving as inspiring role models in a range of practice areas and spaces. The Summit continues the Law School’s engagement with women’s rights, including recent partnerships with UN Women and UNESCO to address global issues of gender equality.

Dr. Gutmann is 8th President of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication, with secondary faculty appointments in Philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education.

An internationally recognized leader in higher education, since becoming president in 2004, she has been an outspoken advocate for increased access to higher education, and has led Penn to become the largest university to establish an all-grant policy for all undergraduate students who qualify for financial aid. A first-generation college student herself, President Gutmann has significantly expanded the number of students from low-income, middle-income, and first-generation college families attending the University.