Patricia Russois a nationally respected leader focused on improving the
quality of life for women in the United States. For over twenty five years, she
has held numerous leadership positions in public, private and not for profit organizations centered on women's rights. She has also held leadership
positions on federal,
state and local political campaigns. Currently, Patricia
serves as Executive Director of theWomen's Campaign School at Yale University. She is
also a member of the Council of Women's Health
Research at Yale University
and chairs its Philanthropy and
Patricia has received numerous awards and citations for her leadership in
the area of women's rights. She has been named "Woman of the Year" by the Connecticut Chapters of both the American Association of University
Women (AAUW) and Business and Professional Women (BPW). She was
also the recipient of the prestigious Hannah G. Solomon award, given by the National Council of Jewish Women. She also received the National Abortion
Rights Action League of Connecticut's Catherine Roraback Leadership award.
An accomplished public speaker, she has been frequently interviewed and
quoted in national, state and local newspapers and magazines. She speaks extensively on issues of importance to women before many national women's organizations. She is a popular guest speaker at the Clinton Foundation.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the George Washington University and a certificate in health care and non-profit management from the Yale University School of Management.
Emily Donahoe-O'Keefe is the founder of WOMENSPEAK Training, a public communications training company that specializes in visibility programs and communications best practices for women. Since its founding in 2007, WST has worked with hundreds of clients, including employees and representatives of Saatchi & Saatchi, Farmer's Insurance, Goldman Sachs, and The Estée Lauder Companies. Seminars and coaching focus on furnishing clients with skills for establishing credibility, persuasively targeting, and developing leadership capabilities.
Ms. Donahoe-O'Keefe has been featured on "Entrepreneur Goddess," and has written articles for "The Glass Hammer," an award-winning blog and online community created for women executives in finance, law, technology, and big business. Trained by TJ Walker as senior consultant at Media Training Worldwide, she has led training sessions for employees of Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, The Environmental Protection Agency, P.F. Chang's, Cendant
Corporation (Hotel Group), American Kennel Club, Illumina, E-gain,
National Multi Housing Council, American Spine Association, Jefferson
Pilot Financial, Sovereign Bank, Minnesota State University, and The District Department of Transportation. She taught public speaking at the University
of California, San Diego for two years. Emily has also performed on Broadway & Off-Broadway, as well as in TV, film, radio and new media.