Schedule

8:00-8:55 

9:00-9:50

10:00-10:50

11:00-11:50

12:00-1:30

1:40-2:30

2:40-3:10

3:20-4:00

Registration and Morning Refreshments 

Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address

Breakout Session #1

Breakout Session #2

Lunch and Luncheon Presentation

Breakout Session #3

Career Reception 

Dress for Success and Closing Remarks

"A startup is a company working to solve a problem where the solution is not obvious and success if not guaranteed,” says Neil Blumenthal, cofounder and co-CEO of Warby Parker. Relying on smart decisions over luck, entreprenuers defy many odds to make it in the start up world. The alumnae on this panel will offer unique insight on what inspired them to start their own ventures, while others will share what it has been like working with startups

Start Ups

Room:162


Leadership Styles

Room:163

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." ~ Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady. Leadership style is unique to everyone, and the most successful leaders are self-aware. Taking time to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your leadership style is key to becoming a successful and inspiring leader. During this panel, attendees will learn about each panelists’ experiences in leadership roles. Panelists will speak about their mentors in leadership, how they have adapted their leadership style over the course of their career, and how women specifically can develop themselves into successful leaders.


Media is how we obtain our information and stay connected with the rest of the world. In the age of digital media, a career in media can mean very different things. From managing a brand to working on a television set, there are endless possibilities for careers in this industry for both creative and non-creative people. Panelists will talk about their paths in the media industry and why they chose to take it. They will also discuss the skills necessary to succeed in their respective outlet of media.

Careers in Media

Room:168


Jerry Seinfeld once said, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death..” This workshop will help attendees overcome this fear, polish their public speaking skills, and be ready to tackle presentations, speeches, and everything in between.

 

Public Speaking Workshop

Room: 174


Personal Finance

Room:162

He who will not economize will have to agonize.” ~ Confucius. From balancing your checkbook to financial products such as mortgages, personal finance is an inescapable part of life. Successfully managing one’s personal finances is an important factor for any young professional’s success. The aim of this panel is to discuss how professionals can be conscious of their personal finances and to 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.


Networking

Room:163

According to the US. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 70% percent of all jobs are found through networking. It is more important now than ever to develop this craft. This panel will focus on learning the importance of networking, including stories of how alumnae have leveraged their own network to find career opportunities. Alumna will share their best practices for how they have kept in touch with alumni and former co-workers.


"Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.” ~ Carrie Fisher. Negotiation skills in any role are vital to both personal and professional success. Whether it be in regard to your own salary or coming to agreement with a client, negotiating is essential to any job. Panelists will discuss how they’ve used their negotiation skills to advance their careers. What are the challenges associated with negotiations? How do you initiate the conversation of negotiating your salary? This panel will provide attendees with practical knowledge about useful negotiation tactics.

Negotiating

Room:168


"Finding a job that is a good fit is as much about you selecting the right company as it is about them selecting the right candidate.” ~ Miles Anthony Smith, Author. So whether you're applying for your first internship or you’re getting ready to switch jobs, interviewing skills are necessary throughout it all. This workshop will allow attendees to learn about the best tips and tricks to succeed and practice their interview skills.

 

Interviewing Workshop

Room:174

Women for UMass (WFUM) Presentation

 
 

WFUM is a network established to educate, encourage, and inspire women to be avid supporters and philanthropic leaders engaged with the university. WFUM is led by a steering committee of women donors who want the opportunity to advise the WFUM initiative.

Panel: Overcoming Challenges in Your Career

spondored by pratt & whitney

 
 

Our luncheon panelists will convey real life career situations that might be perceived as enormous challenges that include trade offs, both personal and professional.  They will describe their career, the challenges that accompany their career, how they overcame those challenges, and the lessons learned.

Media is how we obtain our information and stay connected with the rest of the world. In the age of digital media, a career in media can mean very different things. From managing a brand to working on a television set, there are endless possibilities for careers in this industry for both creative and non-creative people. Panelists will talk about their paths in the media industry and why they chose to take it. They will also discuss the skills necessary to succeed in their respective outlet of media.

Careers in Media

Room:162


Coding Workshop

Room:174

Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think”— Steve Jobs. The more we integrate technology into every aspect of our lives, the more important it is to be technical savvy and computer literate. We cannot ignore the importance of computers in business, and understanding the language of computers could offer a professional significant benefits in their career. This workshop will give attendees practical knowledge about coding that will help advance their careers in any industry.


Redefining Having it All

Room:163

I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.” -Oprah Winfrey. Work-life balance is a hot topic among those of all ages and career levels. Is it possible to integrate your career and your personal life? If not, what tough choices does a person with a career have to make? This panel will explore how alumnae have managed to find the balance by prioritizing the goals and commitments that matter to them most.


Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington  Everyone professional at every career level has experience both being a mentor and a mentee, and the mentorship relationship is essential to navigate your career at every level. Panelists will share their experiences with mentors in their industry and how that experience has helped shaped their career. They will offer advice about how to initiate this relationship and how to successfully maintain it throughout your career.

Mentoring

Room:168