Making Strides – Women in Business at Fisher

Have you ever felt hesitant to speak your mind in a meeting, own up to your recent accomplishments at work or take the first chance to raise your hand in class? These are thoughts common to many women in the business world. Fisher Graduate Women in Business (FGWIB) just hosted a workshop to help bring women together and begin combatting these very issues.

The first of four workshops in the series, “Raise Your Hand: A Workshop for Fisher Women,” led by Dr. Claire Kamp Dush, was both encouraging and inspiring! We learned and compared with other women how much we are affected by imposter syndrome, or the tendency for successful individuals to not accept their own accomplishments and develop a fear of being seen as a fraud. We shared stories and created action steps to support one another in preventing some of our default imposter syndrome actions moving forward. Overall, the workshop provided a confidence boost through developing aspirations for being fearless in work, life and school. I am looking forward to the next workshop focused on the best ways for women to self-promote.

Throughout my time at Fisher, FGWIB events and workshops like these have helped bring women together in support and empowerment. I am also a Forté Fellow, and as a part of the Forté Foundation, I am able to expand my network beyond the Fisher community. All female MBA students are able to join Forté as soon as they start the program. Through Forté, I attended one of their annual conferences to network with organizations and other schools, I have listened in on inspiring webinars led by female business leaders across the US, and I have leveraged their job center through posting my resume and interviewing for several positions targeting Forté members.

Overall, despite some of the challenges we face as women in business, being surrounded by conversations bringing these challenges to light, workshops to rise above and resources to expand and grow professionally has made a significant impact on my experience here at Fisher. I look forward to seeing these experiences continue on into the year and for future Fisher women!

Additional Thoughts on NAWMBA…

If you haven’t yet read Stacey Schroeder’s Post about NAWMBA, make sure you check it out! In addition to her summary of the high points, here are a few of my own insights from the conference this past weekend…

1. You are at an advantage because you attend Fisher. The conference included a variety of sessions and events throughout both days, as well as a career fair on Saturday. Ohio State was the lead academic conference sponsor which offered our students a variety of extra perks during the weekend. I was consistently impressed with how often professionals and recruiters specifically sought out Fisher women to connect, network, or talk about job prospects. Major kudos to our career services and NAWMBA planning teams for helping Fisher stand out in such a unique and positive way.

2. Elevator speeches (and other things that you think don’t matter) DO MATTER. I am admittedly a people watcher. One of my favorite parts of this conference was simply watching candidates from other schools speak with recruiters during the career fair. I could literally see a difference in a recruiter’s facial expression and body language between candidates that were well prepared with a brief self-introduction (mostly Fisher women) and those who approached recruiters blindly. Trust me… it is worth the 15 potentially awkward minutes of standing in front of a mirror and practicing to perfect your elevator pitch.

Lynn Tilton of Patriarch Partners

3. Yes, Lynn Tilton IS that ridiculously awesome. Stacey did a good job of explaining why Lynn Tilton’s message was so captivating – but actually seeing her in real life is another story.  Lynn has long blonde hair, wears a minimum of 6″ platform heels (which is both painful and impressive), and dons a wardrobe that made me blush from the furthest row back. She gives her audience just enough time to form an opinion based solely on appearance, then she absolutely smashes it. You quickly learn that this woman has purchased and “flipped” 150 companies, single-handedly saving 250,000 jobs. I found her to be so impressive because she is who she is, and doesn’t apologize for it. That’s not to say I’ll be copying her fashion trends anytime soon, but I definitely aim to inspire others as Lynn has.

Thanks again to all those who helped coordinate such a successful conference!