Better Together: Partnering with Male Allies

Join us for a fireside chat with guest speakers Sarah Green Carmichael & Dr. David Smith, moderated by Nirva Fereshetian, WITI Boston Alliance Chair. Learn about the importance of male allies in Sarah's personal journey. What does it mean to be a male ally? Understand the role that male allies can have in championing women through Dr. David Smith's research. We'll also hear from McKinsey Boston Partner Megan Ann Greenfield, PhD who will present McKinsey's "Women in the Workplace 2019 report".

This event offers an exciting opportunity to network with our partners, including WEST, Innovation Women, SIM, Harvard WIT, General Assembly, ISACA NE, She Leads Tech, reacHIRE, PTC, Alpfa, & Ellevate

Registration: Free for WITI members and non-members. WITI is about inclusivity so men and women are welcome.

Note: please register in advance and have a picture ID ready to enter the building.

Featured Speaker(s)

Nirva Fereshetian
CIO of CBT Architects and WITI Boston Alliance Chair.

Nirva Fereshetian is a highly skilled Senior Information Technology leader, experienced in managing projects and people with an interdisciplinary background in Architecture/Construction/Technology and a capacity to bridge that knowledge to enable informed business decisions and increased productivity. She is currently the Chief Information Officer at CBT Architects, a Boston based design firm providing services nationally and internationally in architecture, interior design & urban design. She is responsible for aligning business technology strategy to meet primary business objectives. She specializes in leading and managing technology solutions in creative design environments, technology adoption and change management. She is a member of AIA CIO Large Firm Roundtable, AEC/IT Leaders organization & Society for Information Management.

Sarah Green Carmichael
Editor and Columnist at Bloomberg Opinion

Previously, she spent over a decade at Harvard Business Review, where she served as an executive editor and host of the HBR IdeaCast and Women at Work podcasts. She has also been a managing editor at Barron's, a sports columnist for the Boston Metro, and a researcher for Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman at the Boston Globe. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University.

David Smith, PhD
Co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women

Associate Professor of Sociology in the National Security Affairs Department at the United States Naval War College. A former Navy pilot, Dr. Smith led diverse organizations of women and men culminating in command of a squadron in combat and flew more than 3,000 hours over 30 years including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a sociologist trained in military sociology and social psychology, he focuses his research in gender, work, and family issues including gender bias in performance evaluations, dual career families, military families, women in the military, and retention of women. Dr. Smith is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters�"many on the topic of gender and the workplace.

Megan Ann Greenfield, PhD
Megan is a Partner in McKinsey's Boston office and leader in the healthcare and private equity practices. Through McKinsey's partnership with, she has conducted extensive research on how institutions can improve their diversity, inclusion, and equity in their workplaces. She recently published “Women in the healthcare industry” and is publishing a series of posts on recruiting, promoting, and retaining women. She has presented the findings to numerous non-profits, companies, conferences and trade organizations.