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Both/And in Women’s Leadership: Advancing Gender Equity from the Classroom to the Boardroom
Work or family. Today or tomorrow. Service to self or others. Intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation. These seemingly everyday challenges women business leaders face are often presented and perceived as “either/or” scenarios.

In their newly released book, “Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems”, co-authors Marianne Lewis and Wendy Smith offer a solution to those very challenges: a reframing of those “either/or” scenarios as something completely different — and, potentially, transformative.

Join us in a webinar as Marianne Lewis, dean and professor of management in the University of Cincinnati's Carl H. Lindner College of Business and Wendy Smith, Dana J. Johnson Professor of Management in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics talk with 4 successful female leaders about how they navigate both/and solutions to enable more female leadership and diversity in governance.

Susan Alexander – Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow, Former CHRO at Sotheby's
Liza Bartle - Senior Council for Board of Manufacturers; Delaware Manufacturing Association
Ashlee Carlisle –Data and Platforms Account Executive, Google
Veta Richardson - President, CEO and Ex-Officio Board member, Association of Corporate Counsel

“Both/And Thinking” has received attention from national media outlets such as Newsweek, MarketWatch and Fast Company. It has been named to The Next Big Idea Club’s list of “most promising, must-read nonfiction titles” released in August 2022. Adam Grant, a New York Times bestselling author and host of the TED podcast “WorkLife,” put “Both/And Thinking” on his list of “The 10 New Books to Enrich Your Thinking.”

Co-Sponsored by University of Delaware's Lerner College of Business and Economics Women's Leadership Initiative, Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the University of Cincinnati Lindner School of Business
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Marianne W. Lewis
Dean @Carl H. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati
Lewis was appointed dean of Lindner in March 2019, rejoining UC from Cass (now Bayes) Business School of City, University of London. She started her academic career at UC in 1997 as an assistant professor of management. From 2002 to 2006, Lewis served as Lindner’s associate dean for innovation and program development. She became director of the Lindner Business Honors program Kolodzik Business Scholars in 2007, and in 2009 was named associate dean for undergraduate programs. In 2014, she served as a UK Fulbright scholar, before being named dean of Cass Business School in 2015.
Wendy K. Smith
Dana J. Johnson Professor of Business, Faculty Director & Co-Founder - Women's Leadership Initiative @Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware
Wendy Smith earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior at Harvard Business School, and is currently a professor of management at the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics and co-director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Delaware. Wendy’s research focuses on strategic paradoxes – how leaders and senior teams effectively respond to contradictory agendas. She studies how organizations and their leaders simultaneously explore new possibilities while exploiting existing competencies, and how social enterprises simultaneously attend to social missions and financial goals.
Susan Alexander, MBA ’77
Fellow, Former CHRO at Sotheby's @Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
A seasoned leader through crisis, ambiguity and change, Susan Alexander was the catalyst and curator of a unique global culture at international auction house Sotheby’s. As Sotheby’s Chief Human Resources Officer for over 30 years, she was the trusted advisor to four CEOs and shaped a loose association of art experts from 40 countries into a nimble, global team with a powerful brand identity. Susan shepherded the company through dramatic market cycles, an early online auction venture with Amazon, and even a federal antitrust investigation and subsequent recovery of trust among clients and staff. Susan is a champion of talent development and has a reputation for identifying and celebrating the unique capabilities of others. She is particularly proud of the young people she has mentored throughout her career. Susan received a Bachelor's in Music from Indiana University Bloomington and an MBA from Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.
Ashlee Carlisle, BBA '09
Data and Platforms Account Executive @Google
Ashlee Carlisle is a passionate Tech Marketer at Google who leans into her strengths and passions in the left and right sides of the brain: quantitative and creative. A lover of math, science and the arts, Ashlee studied Marketing and International Business at the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business. She has led $10B+ brands across health and beauty care, food, alcohol and beverage and more to connect with their consumers via innovation and research. She has developed industry-leading advertising strategies to drive millions of dollars in incremental revenue. As a marketer she used creativity and analytics to design unique packaging, target consumers with digital ads, design retailer aisle layouts, create new brand names and products.
Veta T. Richardson
President & CEO @Association of Corporate Counsel
Veta T. Richardson is the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). Headquartered in Washington, DC, ACC is the world's largest legal association dedicated exclusively to serving the interests of in-house counsel. With an international membership of more than 45,000 in-house lawyers at more than 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, ACC serves as the "voice of the in-house bar" for corporate lawyers at 98 percent of the Fortune 100 and 51 percent of the Global 1000. She received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland at College Park and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Liza M. Bartle, '74 '79 MBA
Senior Council for Board of Managers @Delaware Manufacturing Association
Liza is a Supply Chain Executive with experience in global procurement, manufacturing, logistics and people development. She has worked for companies such as Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard. She taught mathematics and computer programming in the Newark, Delaware school district. She has a BA in mathematics and an MBA, both from the University of Delaware.