The National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering female business professionals to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the diversity of the nation's workforce. Our focus is on the development of early to mid-career stage professionals. We serve three related client groups: female MBA students, female business professionals, and employers.
The MBA Women International Conference was a great opportunity for networking with a wide array of professionals. The smaller size of the conference meant there were shorter lines for the career fair, as well as opportunities for more in-depth conversations. The smaller size also allowed for smaller sessions and panel discussions, and an opportunity for those of us in the audience to actively participate in the conversation and interact with members of the panel.
The opportunities for networking were plentiful – the attendees of the conference ranged from entrepreneurs and CEOs to CMOs to fellow MBA students, and everything in between. I had the chance to hear from several inspiring keynote speakers (Lee Rhodes, Scott Woelfel, Leo J. Hindery Jr among others!), as well we meet and network with people from all over the world!
The MBA Women International Conference provided me with great networking experiences, and the opportunity to meet such a great mix of interesting people!
"I found the MBA Women International Conference to be most beneficial. I went into it with an open mind, as a way to simply broaden my experiences during my time in business school. Believe it or not, I actually came out of it with an internship offer! That aside, the smaller size of this conference allows for a more intimate environment overall, but especially with regard to the speaker events and the career fair element. I was able to engage in valuable conversations with recruiters, fellow professionals and company representatives without feeling rushed or under pressure. I had meaningful conversations that allowed me to learn a lot about each company of interest.
Not only can insight and knowledge be gained from the various seminars and speakers, but networking skills can be sharpened. There are plenty of individuals to meet and talk to and you just never know who you will connect with and what those connections may lead to. In addition, you will be motivated and inspired by professional female leaders from all over the country and world. I would definitely advise future MBA students to attend this conference!"
"The MBA Women International Conference at Phoenix was a perfect opportunity for me to meet a lot of amazing women and network with companies! It had an intimate feel because the companies have a lot of time to speak to you, give you their contact information and answer any question that you may have without rushing you off the line. I met companies that do not typically recruit from Fisher. The keynote speakers and workshop sessions were very amazing and I left the conference feeling very inspired by the group of women I met. I definitely recommend the MBA Women Conference to any MBA Woman aspiring to become a very successful leader"
"I was so proud to represent Fisher at the NAWMBA Conference as the lead academic sponsor. It was great to be involved in the conference on a much deeper level than simply being an attendee. By volunteering for various roles at the conference, we were able to network and interact with many industry professionals. The break out sessions and lectures were amazing, and I left the conference feeling inspired by the accomplished women I had met at NAWMBA. This is definitely an event that I plan on attending next year!"
"I had the great pleasure of attending the NAWMBA (National Association of Women MBA’s) Conference in Louisville, KY the past few days. Here are some of my thoughts…
- Louisville is a beautiful, charming city! I had never been to the revitalized downtown area before, only the Historic District. The city is very well-kept, people are extremely friendly, and the restaurants and pubs are busy and delightful.
- There are so MANY amazing, powerful, awe-inspiring, talented women. I have always been impressed by Fisher women (and all the students!), but it was mind-blowing to meet so many other ambitious, insightful women that I shared so much in common with.
- Karen Hough of ImprovEdge, gave me so much to think about. Her presence, her warm smile, her thoughtfulness and ability to read and respond to her audience is something that truly touched me. Her presentation resonated with me, and I encourage everyone to check out her company, her philosophy, and also her book launch, which is happening in March 2011 right here in Columbus!
- Lynn Tilton. What can I even say about her? This is a confident, self-secure woman who has absolutely no compunction about sharing her deepest thoughts about the American economy, manufacturing, industry, morals, and how to live life like it’s the only one you have – because it is. Listening to her speak had me on the verge of either crying or spontaneously standing up or dropping to my knees in acknowledgment and thanks. She espouses values that I try to maintain in myself – and did so eloquently. Again, this a woman EVERYONE needs to know. To anyone that has ever read anything by Ayn Rand, this is the current day embodiment of her theories, philosophies and “fire”, in spades. To quote Lynn, the most powerful thing in the world is “people standing shoulder to shoulder, walking together.” What a powerful, powerful message.
It’s not very often that something happens that shakes me to my core. Points 3 and 4 did that. Without a question. I am truly humbled by what I heard this weekend, and I hope that I can incorporate even just a few of these powerful womens’ thoughts and values into my own life.Many thanks to all the faculty, staff and students of Fisher for their involvement in this conference."