“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” ––Verna Myers

Is every part of your identity accepted in the place you put most of your time and energy – the workplace? Biases and stereotypes can often create barriers between coworkers and therefore we must emphasize the importance of celebrating our differences to create a more unified workforce. This panel will discuss how the unique perspectives of each panel member contribute to meaningful collaboration in the workplace. Panelists will share experiences that challenged their identity and how they overcame them with the help of their companies, peers, and other resources.

The Strengths in Our Differences: Diversity & Inclusion

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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Life after college is a reality that is often difficult for students to visualize as they are focused on their current reality of: classes, extracurriculars, on and off-campus employment, community service, and social activities. Panelists from all stages in their careers will speak about their post-graduate experiences to give attendees insight into the college afterlife. Attendees will hear about career paths across different industries, how to handle unexpected opportunities and managing the tradeoffs. Your take away– change is sometimes necessary for success; life after college is not the end of something great, but the true beginning of everything you are becoming.


There is something spectacular in having the courage to pursue ideas, businesses, and career opportunities that speak to your strengths and passions. This creative sense and innovative mentality are what build individuals, teams, and corporations. Innovators and entrepreneurs are not just owners of businesses or big ideas. They are the risk takers who envision concepts and take the steps to transform them into realities. This panel discusses the characteristics and actions that contribute to tapping into your creative mind through stepping up in order to stand out.

Entrepreneurial Way of Life

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Arthur Ashe once said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” In a world where everyone seems more than qualified for employment, it can be difficult to distinguish yourself from your peers. In this panel, industry leaders will discuss how to highlight your standout qualities and your industry knowledge during interviews, elevator pitches, presentations and networking events, as well as other professional settings. We will also discuss how to build confidence within your industry and how to emit confidence through your knowledge and persona as you continue to grow in your profession.

Corporate Confidence: Who’s Behind the Suit?

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Most leaders have unique management and communication styles. The most successful leaders are the ones who are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and can use these traits to their advantage. During this panel, attendees will learn how both introverted and extroverted professionals grew to identify and leverage their distinct characteristics. Panelists will share not only how they lead others in the workplace, but in turn how they manage being managed. This panel will also address how to cultivate meaningful relationships with superiors and subordinates.

Leadership Styles 

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