I attended a Local Levo event about two, maybe three weeks ago, on the campus of GWU. With February being such a quick, four weeks I am still adjusting to the beginnings of the month of March. At said event, there was a panel of women discussing their careers, business ventures, blogging, etc. It was very well attended and I felt really good afterwards; I even chatted with a few of the speakers, organizers and attendees for almost an hour.
As I walked back to the Metro station, I thought about the energy in the room. It was a comfortable, safe space for young women to ask questions about real-world situations. Crazy bosses. Entrepreneurship. Personal branding. Femininity in business. Networking. There were a lot of thought-provoking questions that created a healthy dialogue.
I wanted to create or perhaps re-create a similar scenario. The only place that came to mind was my alma mater, George Mason University, which has a very diverse student population. By the time I got home, I had panelists in mind, a theme, a location. The following day, I bounced the idea with a college friend. She gave me the feedback and support that I needed - thanks Amy!
Fast forward two weeks. I've been in contact with my alumni office to host a panel of female graduates to discuss life after college for female undergraduate students. There are many issues including the pay gap and family planning that are important for women to really consider prior to graduating. I am hoping that this panel is an opportunity for students to consider these issues and their circumstances in our post-recession world. I am waiting to hear back regarding some of the details and logistics for the event, which will tentatively take place in April. Fingers crossed!
And that's how I am making "IT" happen.
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Oh and Happy Women's History Month.