Keynote Speakers

    Stephanie Coontz

    Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-04.

    Coontz is the author of "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique" and the "Wives of The Greatest Generation" (Basic Books, forthcoming 2010) and the award-winning "Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage" (Viking Press, 2005). She also wrote "The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap" (1992 and 2000, Basic Books). "The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families" (Basic Books, 1997), and "The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families". She edited "American Families: A Multicultural Rerader" (Routledge, 2008). Her writings have been translated into French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Czech, German, Norwegian, Turkish, Greek, Chinese, Ukrainian, and Japanese.

    Coontz has testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, DC, and addressed audiences across America, Japan, Australia and Europe. She has appeared on the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, Crossfire, 20/20, NPR, CNN's Talk Back Live, CBS This Morning, Leeza, the O-Reilley Factor and MSNBC with Brian Williams, as well as in several prime-time television documentaries, including ones hosted by Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters. Most recently she appeared on CSPAN as one of the featured authors in the kickoff conference for "The Shrive Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything".

    Coontz has published articles in the New York Times, The Observer/Guardian, The Times of London, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Washington Post, Newsweek, Harper's, Vogue, LIFE, Time-LIFE Books, and Mirabella, as well as in such academic and professional journals as Family Therapy Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, National Forum, and Journal of Marriage and Family.

    A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Coontz has also taught at Kobe University in Japan and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In 2004, she received the Council on Contemporary Families first-ever "Visionary Leadership" Award. In 1995 she accepted the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her "outstanding contributions to the field of child development". She also received the 2001-02 "Friend of the Family" award from the Illinois Council on Family Relations. She served as a marriage consultant to The Ladies Home Journal from 2006-2009.

    Sara Laschever

    Sara Laschever has worked as a writer and editor for over 25 years. Her work has been published by the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, Vogue, Mademoiselle, WomensBiz, the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Review, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She has taught writing at Boston University and privately edited books published by the Harvard Business School Press, Perseus Books, Hyperion Books, and Alfred A. Knopf. She also worked for three years as a senior writer and editor at Mercer Management Consulting in Lexington, Massachusetts.

    Her interest in women's life and career obstacles led her to work as a research associate and principal interviewer for Project Access, a landmark Harvard University study that explored impediments to women's careers in science—the hindrances, both internal and external, that prevent women from rising to the tops of their fields. For Project Access, Ms. Laschever interviewed over 200 scientists, both men and women, from all over the country, wrote biographical sketches of each, and summarized her findings in a lengthy document now archived at the Murray Center for Research on Women at Harvard University. Ms. Laschever's work on Project Access contributed to the publication of two seminal studies in this field, Gender Differences in Science Careers: The Project Access Study and Who Succeeds in Science? The Gender Dimension, both by G. Sonnert, assisted by G. Holton.

    In 1994, Ms. Laschever co-founded the journal millennium pop, a quarterly journal (now a web-site) devoted to serious commentary about popular culture. She has appeared on the Boston area television discussion programs, "The Group," "Greater Boston," and "New England Cable NewsNight" as a cultural commentator.

    Since the publication of Women Don’t Ask, Sara Laschever has been invited by organizations all over the country to speak about women and negotiation. These organizations include the Microsoft Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Procter & Gamble, the Aon Corporation, Deloitte Consulting, DuPont, the Employment Management Association, Meeting Professionals International, the Forbes Executive Women’s Forum, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Women in Communications, Inc., the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Agnes Scott College, Fletcher School of International Affairs at Tufts University, Columbia University, Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin Fluno School of Executive Education, Washington and Lee University, Boston College, University of Memphis, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Iowa State University, and many nonprofit professional associations and women’s leadership groups nationwide.

    Sara Laschever earned her BA in English and European Cultural Studies from Princeton University and MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, the music critic Tim Riley, and their two sons. She can be contacted by email at

    Lisa Wolf-Wendel

    Lisa Wolf-Wendel, PhD is a Professor of Higher Education and Coordinator of the Higher Education Master’s Degree Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Wolf-Wendel joined the faculty of the University of Kansas (KU) in 1995. She serves as President of the Faculty Senate at KU and recently served as the Interim Associate Dean of the School of Education.

    Dr. Wolf-Wendel is the author of 6 books and numerous refereed journal articles on topics related to equity issues in higher education. Her research focuses on faculty issues including studies of the academic labor market, the needs of international faculty and faculty from historically underrepresented groups, and several recent research projects pertaining to the policy response of academic institutions in the wake of demands for dual career couple accommodations and work/family balance. She is an editor of the ASHE Higher Education Monograph Series; she serves on the Editorial Board of many publications in higher education including Research in Higher Education, The Journal of College Student Development, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.