8th Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women, September 7-8, 2017 at Purdue University

2017 Keynote Speakers

About Jessica Bennett

Jessica Bennett

Jessica Bennett, New York Times Contributing Writer and Author, Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual

All 2017 Conference Participants will receive a copy of Jessica Bennett's book, Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual

Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and critic who writes on gender, sexuality and culture for the New York Times. She has covered sexual assault on campus, spent time with Hillary Clinton’s childhood best friends, and was the first journalist to profile Monica Lewinsky in a decade. She also writes a monthly column on digital language called Command Z. A former staff writer at Newsweek and columnist at Time.com, Jessica is also editor-at-large for Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation, where she is the cofounder and curator of the Lean In Collection, a photo initiative with Getty Images to change the depiction of women in stock photography. Jessica has spoken about sexism and gender bias at leading institutions and government agencies including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Harvard University, Facebook, Google, Thomson Reuters and many others. Yes, she's in a real-life feminist fight club.In Feminist Fight Club, acclaimed journalist Jessica Bennett blends the personal story of her real-life office “fight club” with a studied assessment of the gender gap that continues to plague the American workplace and beyond. With equal measures wit and rigor, Bennett provides tactical strategies—and the camaraderie—that every woman needs to fight back, as well as tools for the men who support the cause. 

About Beronda L. Montgomery, Ph.D.

Beronda Montgomery

Beronda Montgomery, Ph.D. is MSU Foundation Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics in the Department of Energy (DOE) Plant Research Laboratory and Assistant Provost for Faculty Development – Research at Michigan State University (MSU). She completed doctoral studies in Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis and was a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded postdoctoral fellow in Microbial Biology at Indiana University. Since starting at MSU in 2004, Dr. Montgomery’s laboratory investigates the mechanisms by which organisms such as plants and cyanobacteria which have limited mobility are able to monitor and adjust to changes in their external environment. The ability of these largely immobile organisms to adapt their patterns of growth and development to fluctuations in external environmental parameters increases their survival and maximizes their growth and productivity. In addition to her core research and teaching efforts, Dr. Montgomery is actively involved in scholarly efforts to promote effective research mentoring, research management and academic leadership, as well as the inclusion and success of individuals, especially those from groups underrepresented in the sciences. Dr. Montgomery has published numerous articles on promoting diversity in STEM fields through mentoring, faculty development, and institutional transformation. Dr. Montgomery’s scholarly efforts were recognized by her receipt of an NSF CAREER Award in 2007, being selected as a finalist in the 2014 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professors Competition, and a 2015 Michigan State University Nominee for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) U.S. Professor of the Year Award. Dr. Montgomery currently serves as a national mentor training specialist and as a consultant with several national graduate and postdoctoral training programs and academic institutions on issues related to mentoring diverse students and faculty, as well as innovative academic leadership and organizational development

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Schedule of Events


Thursday, September 7, 2017


8:00 - 9:00 am

Check-in Opens and Continental Breakfast, Stewart Center (STEW ) 302/306




9:00 am

Opening Remarks and Welcome




9:30 - 11:00 am

Keynote: Jessica Bennett, “Welcome to the Feminist Fight Club.

Tools for battling workplace sexism—in academia and beyond.”




11:20 – 11:45 am

11:45 – 12:30 pm

Lunch – Marietta Harrison, “University Resources for Research”

Carolyn Perrucci interviews Susan Butler




12:45 - 2:00



Workarounds and Advantages of Different Types of Institutions in Higher Education: Missions, Structures

 Room 279

Joan Fulton

Linda Prokopy




‘Difference’ in the Academy

Room 202

Dawn Marsh

Malathi Raghavan

David Rollock




Making and Changing Policies

Room 278

Alysa Rollock




Be the CEO of You

Room 310

Susan Butler



2:15 pm



2:30 - 3:45



Managing Start-up Funds

Room 278

Mireille Boutin

Zhao Ma

Oana Malis




Utilizing Resources: “Don’t Be a Shadow at the Door- Ask!”

Room 310

Michele Buzon

Preeti Sivasankar

Valeria Chapman




Working with Graduate Students: Individual Advisees and Teams

Room 202

Tom Broden

Stacey Connaughton

Joseph Thomas III




Creating a Strong Teaching/Classroom Instructional Environment

Room 302/306

Ayse Ciftci

Haley Oliver





Make Service, Work for You

Room 279

Natalie Carroll

Cheryl Cooky

Laura Zanotti





4:00 - 6:30 pm

Reception at Dauch Alumni Center

Friday, September 8, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 am

Check-in Opens and Continental Breakfast, Stewart Center (STEW) 302/306


9:00 am



9:15 - 10:45 am

Keynote: Beronda Montgomery, “Cultivating a Career: Defining and Navigating a Personal Roadmap Towards Career Success”


11:00 - 12:15



Negotiating and Advocating for Self

Room 310

Venetria Patton

Wei Hong

Dulcy Abraham




Preparing for Tenure

(step-by-step) - Top 10 Tips

Room 302/306

Rosie Clawson

Jessica Huber

Marlo David




Work Life Balance

Room 278

Nadia Brown

Ellen Kossek




Informal Mentoring

Room 202

Kauline Cipriani

Marcia Stephenson




Men as Allies

Room 279

Andy Hirsch

George Chiu



12:15 - 1:30 pm



1:30 pm