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Murray Hill Institute was founded in 2000 by a group of professional women committed to helping women integrate ethical standards into their personal and professional lives. The Institute affirms women in the unique role they play in promoting a more just and harmonious workplace. In 2001, the Institute formed a Board of Directors and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. In October 2000 Murray Hill Institute held its inaugural conference, Women Transforming Culture. Over 200 women attended, from the United States, Europe, South America and Asia, representing 25 different professions. The conference examined views of women within their historical context, the impact that women’s changing roles have had on society, and ways to better channel the contributions women are making in the workplace. Encouraged by the enthusiastic reactions from conference participants, the Institute adopted “Women Transforming Culture” as the motto for its programs. Since that time the Institute has sponsored six additional conferences on a wide range of topics that relate to women and the world of work.

  • 2010 Women Leading in the 21st Century
  • 2007 Conversations with Soledad O’Brien, CNN Anchor: A Work-Life Luncheon for Women in Media
  • 2006 A Person-Centered Approach to Work-Life Balance
  • 2005 Women, Beauty and Image with Oscar de la Renta
  • 2002 Finding God In and Through Everyday Work
  • 2001 Integrity and Ethics in the Workplace
  • 2000 Women Transforming Culture

Each conference has spawned further initiatives and profession-specific discussion groups. The first, Evenings of Conversation for Young Professionals, began in 2003. These sessions afford young women starting their profession opportunities to hear and share experiences with professionals from various fields. The following year, 2004, the Institute launched “Culture and Core Beliefs,” a scholarly lecture series that examines in depth broad topics such as the relationship between science and faith, political theory, and natural law. On February 15, 2007, the Institute held its first profession-specific conference for women in media featuring Soledad O’Brien as guest speaker. Following the success of “Conversations with Soledad,” the Institute began a series of Evenings of Conversation for Women in Media.

The Evenings of Conversation for Young Professionals partner professional women in the first years of their career with experienced professional women who espouse and exemplify the mission of the Institute. The MHI program is designed to supplement any mentoring that takes place in the workplace.

Although Murray Hill Institute is based in New York City, it maintains a worldwide outreach through its website, which includes a resource center containing talks from the conferences, the Culture and Core beliefs series, and papers that have been published on-line by the Institute.

In 2010 Murray Hill Institute expanded its operations to Houston, TX with the establishment of Murray Hill Institute-TX. Building on its established 10-year foundation, Murray Hill Institute-TX offers similar programs for women in the greater Houston area.





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