BostonTalks: Fearless Females

THU, NOV 14, 2019 (1:06:41)

Who runs the world? Women! Celebrate and hear from some of the fearless females who are trailblazers in their fields:

  • Andrea Campbell, President of the Boston City Council representing District 4, was unanimously elected by her peers to be Boston City Council president. She is the first African American woman to hold this leadership position.

  • Susan Esper, Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, has over 28 years of public accounting experience and has specialized in the financial services industry. Susan has been a great mentor to women and has supported women’s efforts to gain more visibility on boards.

  • Jen Deaderick, historian and author of “She the People,” discusses some of the local groundbreaking women throughout history who have blazed trails for women’s equality.


+ BIO: Stephanie Leydon

Stephanie Leydon is director of special projects at GBH News. She produced the newsroom’s COVID and the Classroom series which offered an intimate look at the lives of three high school seniors navigating their last year of high school and a pandemic.

Stephanie joined GBH News in 2014 as a reporter and was promoted to senior editor in 2018. Her work has aired on NPR, PRI’s The World and PBS Newshour. Before joining GBH News, Stephanie worked as a television reporter and anchor at WLVI-TV in Boston, WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire and WMGT-TV in Macon, Georgia.

+ BIO: Susan Esper

Susan is a Partner with over 28 years of public accounting experience and has specialized in the financial services industry throughout most of her career. Susan has served as an audit partner on several of Deloitte’s largest investment management accounts with responsibility for leading teams to deliver client service excellence. In this role she is responsible for the planning and execution of the audit process, including compliance with internal control requirements and industry regulations.

In addition to her client service responsibilities, Susan holds many leadership roles at Deloitte. She is the Audit & Assurance Clients Leader, responsible for developing and executing strategies for delivering a differentiated client experience across Deloitte’s client segments, nationally. Susan is the New England leader for growth in Deloitte’s Private Company practice, which includes private equity-backed, family owned, and closely-held businesses. Susan previously led the New England Financial Services Industry practice, comprised of clients in the banking and securities, insurance, asset management and real estate sectors.

+ BIO: Andrea Campbell

Andrea Joy Campbell was first elected as the District 4 Boston City Councilor on November 3rd, 2015, representing primarily the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan, as well as parts of Roslindale and Jamaica Plain. On January 1st, 2018, at the start of her second term, Councilor Campbell was unanimously elected Boston City Council President by her colleagues. She is the first African-American woman to serve in this role.

Born and raised in Boston, and educated in all Boston Public Schools, including Boston Latin School, Councilor Campbell went on to graduate from Princeton University and UCLA Law School. She began her career at a non-profit in Roxbury, providing free legal services to students and their parents on education matters, including school discipline and special education needs.

+ BIO: Jen Deaderick

Jen Deaderick has written about gender and citizenship for the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Experience, and Dame. She is also a regular contributor on WGBH’s news show, Greater Boston. 

Since 2008, she has run the largest Equal Rights Amendment page on Facebook. In 2012, she founded the #UseThe19th campaign, which encouraged women to get out and vote. In 2017, she took over the social media for A is For, an abortion rights organization founded by Martha Plimpton and other artists.

She is a lifelong Unitarian-Universalist, and once watched her mother portray Victoria Woodhull giving a speech from the pulpit of Arlington Street Church.

Her book, She The People, is an illustrated history of women’s citizenship in the US from 1776 to now.

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