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connecting women 3 The 3rd Annual Connecting Women Breakfast Forum was held on February 26.  More than twenty five professional guests met with students in a round table forum to discuss business opportunities for women. Key in the exchange was a conversation about mentorship and its importance in building and establishing relationships. Kiku Jones, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and conference professional guest,  noted, “There was great conversation regarding mentorship, particularly at the beginning of your career. The informal conversations you have with your mentor can be just as important, if not more important, than the formal ones.” The breakfast allowed students to interact with professionals through a series of “table talks” that involved discussing work and life balance, how to build on current skill sets, and how to land, achieve, and advance. Female students were able to learn from professionals on how to successfully transition from classroom to career.  MBA candidate and conference participant, Alexandra Nardelli stated, “This was a great network event with successful women. It was very motivating in making you want to achieve as much as these women have in their careers.”  Dean Matthew O’Connor and Connecting Women Breakfast Forum Chair Sharon Porter kicked off the morning exchange. The event closed with remarks from Prof. Kathleen Simione, accounting, and Prof. Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Chair of management.  Grace Peiffer, Director of Employee Relations and a member of the steering committee, stated, ” We are grateful for the Dean’s support of the yearly event focused on helping female students with career guidance.”  

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