Unlocking Your Potential: Annual Conference Features Alumnae
“Women do not have to change who they are to be successful,” said Pamela Strobel at the 3rd Annual Women in Business Conference in mid-February.
The all-day event, entitled “Unlocking Your Potential,” was hosted by the Women in Business Society and the Illinois MBA program. Among the attendees were MBA students, including members of the MBAA and the Women in Business Society, other graduate students, faculty, and professionals. The speakers, mostly
Opening speaker Pamela Strobel kicked-off the conference, emphasizing in her talk that women need to learn to take more risks in the workplace. The
Beth Donovan, the keynote speaker, had a similar theme. A marketing graduate of the
Donovan also stressed the importance of effective communication in the workplace. She noted that in order to be successful, you should be a part of a community and work together to generate the best results for the company and its customers. “When people know what it is you want them to do—it goes for miles,” Donovan said.
The conference emphasized interaction between the students and the guests and professionals. In addition to the speakers, the conference boasted a choice of two workshops. Wanda M. Costen, an assistant professor at the
Another panel discussion entitled “Work/Life Balance,” featured panelists Beth Donovan, Karen Kurek, Norma Lauder, and Joy Thomas who reflected on their personal experiences of balancing their professional and personal lives. The panel took questions from the audience that focused on how they were able to become successful and still maintain a fulfilling personal life.
Attendees mingled during the luncheon and networking portions of the conference. T.J. Houren, first-year MBA student, found these aspects of the conference to be the most valuable. “I enjoyed the interactive setting most, and learned a great deal from just being able to speak with people,” Houren said.
Overall, the conference was a success, and students appreciated its overlying message. Li Anne Foo, another first-year MBA student, was impressed by the overall quality of the conference. “I was very impressed by the quality of the speakers. They all had strong credentials and came from many backgrounds,” Foo said.