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Women Lead 2022

Women Lead: Leading Through Change

This conference, a partnership between the College of Business and College of Law at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, features women in law, business, government and philanthropy. Women judges, mayors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, professors and more from across the country will share insights about advancing their professions.


Friday, March 4, 2022
Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, NE
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Opening Keynote
connie Collingsworth
Connie Collingsworth
Chief Operating Officer | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Connie Collingsworth is chief operating officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her responsibilities include leading a significant portion of the foundation’s operational needs, including information technology, human resources, legal, global security, grants and contracts services, and overall business design. In this role, she oversees much of the foundation’s daily operations, providing guidance and leading strategic planning for each division to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness in support of the foundation’s missions. She is also the foundation’s chief legal officer.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2002, she was a partner and member of the executive committee of Preston Gates & Ellis (now known as K&L Gates), where her practice focused on corporate securities law and private equity investments.

Collingsworth has extensive nonprofit governance experience including serving as co-chair of the board of Women’s World Banking, board chair of Social Venture Partners, and board chair of the French American School of Puget Sound, of which she was also a founder. She serves on the board of directors of Premera Blue Cross and Banner Corporation.

She earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in international business legal studies from the University of Exeter, England. Additionally, she earned her juris doctor from the University of Nebraska School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Andrews University.

Closing Keynote
Deborah Archer
Deborah Archer
President | American Civil Liberties Union

Deborah Archer is the president of the ACLU, a tenured professor of clinical law and director of the Civil Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law, and co-faculty director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU Law. Archer previously served as the inaugural dean of diversity and inclusion and as associate dean for academic affairs and student engagement at New York Law School. She has served as chair of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, and on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Legal Aid Society and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.

In recognition of her work, the New York Law Journal named her one of its 2016 Top Women in Law. Previously, Archer was assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. An established civil rights lawyer, scholar, and teacher, she began her career as the Marvin M. Karpatkin Legal Fellow at the ACLU. She has been a member of the ACLU board since 2009, and a general counsel and member of the executive committee of the board since 2017. She also served on the board of directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union. In her new role as ACLU president, she brings with her a wealth of experience on racial justice and constitutional matters. The election of Deborah Archer marks the first time a Black person will lead the ACLU’s board of directors.


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Conference Location

Innovation Campus
Innovation Campus

2021 Transformation Drive
Lincoln, NE 68508

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Sheri Irwin-Gish
Sheri Irwin-Gish
College of Business
Molly Brummond
Molly Brummond
College of Law