About 175 people attended the inaugural event for the Center for Women & Business on Friday, October 2. According to Professor Kathleen Simione, QU Center for Women & Business, “The goal of the event was to showcase successful female leaders and entrepreneurs and provide them an opportunity to share their insights about their experiences. We believe that hearing from these women, particularly the high points and how they overcame challenges, is inspirational and encourages us all to strive for excellence.”
The event was moderated by Diane Smith, a New York Times bestselling author, Emmy award winning journalist, producer and speaker. She is the author and senior producer for program development at CTN, the Connecticut version of C-Span. Smith was joined by Ann Arpino, a Director for Marcum LLP, and Kate Emery, Founder and CEO of the Walker Group, a technology services firm started over 20 years ago and ranked one of Connecticut’s Best Place to Work 2015. Other panelists included, Caren Kittredge, Director of Marketing for UTC Building & Industrial Systems; Fran Pastore, Founder, President & CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council; and Cindy Russo, Central Region Vice President for Operations for Hartford Healthcare.
Event attendees included students, faculty, staff, alumni, business professionals and others from the community.
“This event was a great opportunity to hear stories from top professionals and let me know there is hope for someone like me coming out of college looking for a job,” said QU sophomore Lindsay Paixao. “I will keep their advice and comments with me as I move forward with my corporate journey,” added Paixao, who is an accounting and CIS major.
Yu Mei Li, a 2012 QU graduate with a B.S. in accounting, also found the event valuable. “I liked the message that a woman can have a family, children and still have a successful career.” Current international MBA students, Malna Polya, of Hungary, and Beta Ambroze, of Poland, noted that women’s empowerment in the U.S. is very advanced. But they also added that there are challenges in both a national and an international context for all career women.
Attendees echoed the idea put forth by the panelists that the journey to achieving a career goal is “a jungle gym and not a linear path.”
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