Women's summit ages quite well


It hardly seems like 20 years have gone by since the

Bryant University Women's Summit held its first ­gathering.

Founded by Director Kati Machtley to encourage more women to enter careers in business, the event welcomed 350 people in 1997. This year's event sold out within hours and will welcome more than 1,000 attendees to the school's Smithfield campus for a day filled with panel discussions, keynote speeches – including by actress Geena Davis, and Liberian Nobel Laureate and peace activist Leymah Gbowee – and networking.

The project has evolved from the idea of merely helping women see business as a fulfilling career choice to an event that challenges women to maximize their potential and then helps them develop the tools to do so.

An event for both those starting out on a career path, as well as those looking to re-invigorate one in progress, the summit is a testament to Mrs. Machtley's determination to make a difference and her ability to inspire others to join the mission. And it is a sign of what can be accomplished when a good idea is well-executed. •