Empowering Women | Robert Morris University

Panel Discussion hosted by President Howard and Peggy Outon

All are encouraged to join us for a panel discussion between these women, each a personal inspiration to President Howard. The Empowering Women symposium begins at 5:30 p.m. on October 7 in the Sewall Center International Suite and will shed light on how both men and women today can continue to empower women both in the workplace and in our personal lives. President Howard will moderate the discussion, which is co-hosted by Peggy Outon, executive director of the RMU Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management.

Michelle Johnson

Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson

Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson is superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and a distinguished graduate of the institution, as well as a Rhodes Scholar. She is a command pilot with more than 3,600 hours in refueling, transport, tanker, and training aircraft and has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing level and served as Air Force aide to two presidents. She was an assistant professor of political science at the academy, where RMU President Chris Howard was among her students. Prior to assuming her current role, Lt. Gen. Johnson was the deputy chief of staff for operations and intelligence at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, which controls all NATO operations worldwide.


Donna Auguste

Donna Auguste is a computer scientist and engineer and the co-founder and chief technology officer of Alpha and Omega, a small R&D company in Denver. She holds patents on a number of inventions, from wireless sensors to internet radio to remote controls for digital readers, going back to projects she developed while at Apple Computer. Auguste is the former CEO and co-founder of Freshwater Software, which sold in 2001 for $147 million. For 12 years she was the CEO and founder of the nonprofit Leave a Little Room Foundation, primarily working in developing countries. She writes a technology blog called "Skills247", and is a researcher and Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado in Boulder.


Suzanne Nora Johnson

Suzanne M. Nora Johnson is a corporate executive and former vice chair of Goldman Sachs, where she headed the investment bank's research division. In 2006, the year before she retired, she was named to the Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women." Nora Johnson is a member of several major corporate boards of directors, including Intuit, Visa, AIG, and Pfizer. She also is a trustee of the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Brookings Institution, and serves on the boards of the University of Southern California, RAND Health, Women's World Banking, and the American Red Cross