“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
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
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
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?
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.
Predicting the Future: Data Analytics
More than ever, the amount of data contained within our society is growing at an accelerated rate. Our society traditionally associates being analytical with drawing insights from numbers in a spreadsheet– however, data analytics involves much more than that. A data analyst has the power to use data to see trends, issues and relationships in order to improve processes, services, products, operations and finances as well as to remain compliant. The work of a data analyst is comparable to the work of an influencer. Panelists will share how having the ability to work with Big Data is a universal skill that can change the world.
Being “The Woman” in the Room
Women have made great strides in breaking down barriers to take on roles that have previously been male-dominated. However, the struggle is not over once you get your foot in the door. Being one of the only women on a team can present many challenges including: opposition to your authority, exclusion from conversation and lack of recognition for your ideas and contributions. Women are often expected to be “one of the guys” while also upholding their values as a woman. The mission of this panel is to inspire attendees to take a seat at the table and to get your message heard by everyone in the room while remaining professional.
Sustainability describes the ability to maintain various systems and processes — environmentally, socially, and economically over time. We are all responsible for the well-being of society, and therefore we must make our future the cause of the present. As our generation begins to prioritize social responsibility through our interactions with the world and within the workplace, it is vital to continue this momentum and transform unsustainable and unethical business practices. Attend this panel to discuss how both individuals and large corporations can ensure that future generations are equipped and encouraged to make decisions that adhere to the triple bottom line.
Sustaining Our Future
Are you the type of person who is intrigued by cultural differences and the world across the pond? Do you want to bridge the gap between societies by learning to understand people from various backgrounds? Lucky for you, we live in an era of viral globalization. Companies across all industries– finance, technology, healthcare, media, and entertainment are reliant on individuals with a strong global perspective. In this panel, you will hear from women who have worked and studied abroad and learn about their careers and challenges they have faced such as cultural and professional differences.
Global Perspectives: An International Experience
It is vital to determine your non-negotiables, the passions and activities that you are not willing not give up, in order to maximize your potential for success. There comes a certain point where taking on another task becomes overbearing. For some of us, it can be difficult to say “no”. If you spread yourself too thin, there becomes a diminishing return and the quality of your work begins to suffer. However, if you are able to identify your values based on what is important to you, you will begin to say “no” to the right things and invest your time in the obligations that propel you forward.