In 2014, the Isenberg Women in Business Club (WiB), in collaboration with the Undergraduate Programs office, Chase Career Center, Development office, and the support of our first sponsor, Target, successfully launched the Women of Isenberg conference (WOIC). Created to connect current students and alumnae, participants in the conference have the opportunity to share experiences, foster confidence, and discuss challenges and opportunities of being students in the classroom as well as women in the workplace. This event has earned considerable acclaim. Through the generosity of our sponsors, Isenberg students, alumnae, and faculty from diverse backgrounds and industries, connected through their Isenberg roots, participate in continued community building. Our goal is to inspire students to build relationships, gain advice from alumnae, and to provide an opportunity for alumnae to become more involved with their University.
The conference is entirely driven by student planners, and guided by a steering committee of Isenberg staff and alumni. The team envisions a grander, more robust conference year by year; each conference has experienced 50% growth in attendance. The past 2016 WOI Conference encompassed 305 total attendees, which included 230 students and 42 speakers. It also consisted of 2 keynote speakers, 9 panels, a luncheon, and networking session.
This year’s WOI Conference will take place at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center on Saturday February 25, 2017 beginning at 8 am. A snow date for the event will be the following Saturday March 4th, 2017. A cocktail party will be held the Friday night before the event in the Isenberg atrium.
- Personal Finance
- This panel will help audience members learn how to better manage their money. Panelists will discuss investing, building good credit, taxes, and saving for retirement so students can start to pave a path towards financial stability.
- Careers in Tech
- Panelists, who work in the technology industry, will discuss what types of careers are available in the industry, and what types of specific skills are necessary to succeed in the tech sphere.
- Negotiating is an essential skill for young professionals. This panel will help attendees learn how to negotiate for a salary, a promotion, or with a client, and will also discuss the challenges to negotiation in today’s business and communications (virtual) world.
- Leadership Styles
- Panelists will discuss their personal leadership style, how they have worked to develop leadership skills throughout their career, and how they have adapted their leadership skills to fit the changing needs of their career.
- Start Ups
- Panelists, who work at a startup company or own their own company, will discuss the mission of their company. They will also discuss what drew them to the startup world and the tradeoffs between working for a startup and working for an established corporation.
- Redefining Having it All
- Panelists will discuss how to balance careers and personal lives. They will speak from their own experience as career-oriented women with families, friends and hobbies, and how they’ve developed a balance between each aspect of their lives.
- Careers in Media
- Panelists, who work in marketing, broadcasting, or public relations, will discuss their path in the media industry and why they chose it. They will also discuss the skills necessary to succeed in media.
- Panelists will discuss their personal experience with mentoring– times that they have been a mentor, as well as times they have been a mentee. They will discuss how to initiate this type of relationship and how to successfully maintain it.
- Panelists will share their best tips on successful networking. They will discuss how they leveraged networks – their own, their company’s or industry to achieve success in their career.
- Coding Workshop
- This workshop will give attendees practical knowledge about the coding (programming skills) that will help to brand them and advance their careers. The workshop leader must have advanced coding skills (e.g., experience creating blogs or websites).
- Public Speaking Workshop
- This workshop will help attendees polish their public speaking skills, understand nonverbal cues and body language, and be ready to tackle presentations, speeches, and everything in between. The workshop leader will have extensive experience with public speaking.
- Interviewing Workshop
- This workshop will allow attendees to practice their interview skills. The workshop leader will provide their personal interview tips and tricks, and allow attendees to practice and improve these skills in this session.