Last month’s launch of the new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Women in Business, attended by GWSB students, featured presentations from women executives on improving opportunities for women to succeed in business.
The students attended the March 21 event through the F. David Fowler Career Center.
The event — focused on identifying and eliminating barriers for female executives and creating new opportunities — featured keynote speeches from Sharon Allen, former chair of Deloitte LLP, one of the Big Four accounting firms; and Ilene Lang, president and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, a nonprofit membership organization that seeks to expand opportunities for women in business.
Allen’s story was “insightful, and I learned a lot about how to navigate one’s network in the business world,” said Dingfang Cai, a junior who is majoring in international business.
“I was interested in Sharon Allen’s idea of ‘drive-by mentoring’ − the idea that someone can be a mentor even if you don’t have a long-term relationship with that person,’’ said Rachel Schaengold, a second-year MBA candidate.
The agenda also included a panel of women executives and a presentation from Laurie Tucker, FedEx’s senior vice president for corporate marketing, who talked about building a personal brand and gave tips to help women be stronger leaders and gain more respect in the workplace.