Meena Harris: Head of Strategy and Leadership of Uber and Founder and CEO of Phenomenal Woman!
Come see and meet Uber's Meena Harris, the 2019 Gasser Lecture Series speaker featured as the RIT Entrepreneurship Conference keynote speaker. Saunders College of Business is proud to be hosting our seventh annual Gasser Lecture Series, on November 7th at 5:00 p.m. in Ingle Auditorium. Tickets are free and are required to attend the keynote speech "Leading with Power and Purpose " and the Meet Meena autograph reception that follows at Saunders College.
4:50 PM - Doors Open
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Keynote Address with Q&A in Ingle Auditorium (tickets are free and required to enter)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Meet and Greet Autograph Reception at Saunders College of Business
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About Meena Harris
Meena is a Commissioner on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, and Head of Strategy & Leadership at Uber, where she oversees transformation initiatives across business units to positively impact brand, customer loyalty, and employee engagement. Previously she was a data privacy and cybersecurity attorney at a major global law firm. Last year, Meena launched the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, which is a women-powered civic engagement platform.
The Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign is a women-powered civic engagement and cross-media marketing platform that supports women's causes through promotion of the Maya Angelou-inspired "Phenomenal Woman" message and t-shirt. Phenomenal Woman launched on International Women’s Day 2017 with the expectation that it would last just one month for Women’s History Month. Instead, on the first day, the campaign remarkably sold 2,500 t-shirts to benefit its nonprofit partners, and has grown ever since.
Phenomenal Woman has now been running and creating positive impact for nearly two years, during which time it's seen huge success, establishing a digital audience of over 625 million, and receiving support from more than 450 celebrities and thought leaders like Serena Williams, Valerie Jarrett, Jessica Alba, Issa Rae, Eva Longoria, and other influential women.
While the original Phenomenal Woman t-shirts are Phenomenal Woman's flagship, viral product, the platform has since expanded and regularly works to grow its impact and connection with the socially-minded women who support it. For example, to deepen engagement with women professionals, Phenomenal Woman launched a "tech tour" at major companies throughout Silicon Valley, including Airbnb, Google, Salesforce, and Uber. The tech tour program evolved into a fireside-chat series and other community events aimed at highlighting women in leadership, and inspiring meaningful discussions around advancing equity and opportunity in the workplace.
Phenomenal Woman also has curated over 30 pop-up portrait studios across the country, providing access to a simple and often overlooked tool for women in the digital space. In addition to always working to increase its impact work, and to providing a tangible connection to a larger community of women, Phenomenal Woman has proven to be particularly effective at urgent moments in our society. Along with the original Phenomenal Woman t-shirt, Phenomenal Woman has launched other activism-focused campaigns and products, including #1600men, Phenomenal Voter, Phenomenally Black, Phenomenally Indigenous, and Phenomenally Latina, with plans to continue to grow and expand.
About the Gasser Lecture Series
William D. Gasser Lecture Series is an annual speaker series aimed at providing thought-provoking and engaging content for students. Consistent with RIT’s specialty of delivering uniquely powerful experiential opportunities Gasser attendees can meet keynote speakers at post-event autograph receptions. For the past six years, the series has been hosted during RIT's Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend. Starting in 2019, the Gasser speaker is the featured keynote speaker for the RIT Entrepreneurship Conference. The Gasser Lecture Series invites disruptive entrepreneurs and industry-leading businessmen and women to share their insights on business trends and opportunities. Check out our Gasser Lecture Series Archive page for a history of past speakers and links to video and photo galleries.