Earlier this month, the Graduate Women In Business at Darden (GWIB) hosted their annual leadership conference, which went virtual for the first time. Conference co-chairs Isabel Caldwell and Lindsay Johnson strived to make this year’s event positive and energizing amidst a difficult and uncertain year. November is a busy time at Darden, and they worked hard to provide two days of sharing, connecting and reflection to create a break from academics, recruiting and other commitments. This year’s theme, moreover, was “The Power of You,” to focus on participants’ internal power, strength, perseverance and resilience through workshops, happy hours and interactive games. Fireside chats on Friday included topics like:
- The Power of Building Your Board of Directors
- The Power of Perseverance Through Adversity
- The Power of Being a Woman in a Male-Dominated Industry
- The Power of Intersectionality in the Workplace
With 17 corporate sponsors, participants networked with recruiters and heard from alumnae keynote speakers. Head of Global Clients and Categories, Facebook APAC Tawana Murphy Burnett (MBA ’04), focused on the idea of “firing superwoman,” embracing imperfection and finding and leaning on your tribe. Friday’s keynote from former President of Global Corporate Payments for American Express Susan Sobbott (MBA ’90), spoke to leveraging your internal strength, holding your ground and valuing what’s truly important. Breaking new ground, this year’s conference provided both networking exposure and an opportunity for renewal.
Director of Admissions Haley Whitlock Gyory was recently joined by GWIB VP of Community Development Emma Finkelstein (Class of 2021) and GWIB members Rachel Gibson (Class of 2021) and Sarah Rumps (Class of 2022) for an informal “Ask Us Anything” session all about Darden’s community and support for women. Check out the recording below:
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