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KSOM Hosts Women In Business Panel And Luncheon

April 17, 2018
By: Laura Freedman '19

The Kania School of Management hosted its first Women in Business panel and luncheon in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall April 5. Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to attend this free event.

The event started with a panel discussion that featured six alumnae of the University: Tera Hatler ’03 (who served as the moderator), Megan Morgan ’95, Rachele Browning ’84, Kristyn Lartz ’08, Susie Craig ’12 and Betsy Peck ’82. The panelists represented a variety of industries in the business world. Hatler is a partner in EY’s Banking and Capital Markets audit practice; Morgan has spent two decades in the sports industry, is currently the executive director of the Association of Sports Analytics Professionals and will soon launch her own consulting business; Browning is a managing director in SEI’s Institutional Group; Kristyn Lartz is a senior manager for Baker Tilly Krause, LLP; Craig is the senior manager on the product development team at Fenty Beauty by Rihanna; and Peck was the chief operating officer of Markets at JLL before retiring.

The panelists touched on a variety of topics, providing students with advice on how to be successful in the business world.

“Do not settle,” Craig said, sharing with attendees some words of wisdom her mom once told her. “Do not accept no. Push it.”

Panelists also touched on some rookie mistakes they have made or have seen others make. Lartz mentioned how important it is for recent graduates to not fall into the mindset of thinking that they know everything.

“I’ve been doing the same thing for 11 years, and I still am continuing to learn things every day,” Lartz said.

Throughout the discussion, panelists brought up the importance of being about to communicate well with others, whether it be communicating boundaries between colleagues or being able to approach a superior about why you should be considered for a promotion.

“If you’re keeping track of what you’ve accomplished, and how you’ve done it, and you’re communicating that on a regular basis, when you do it, it will be second nature,” Peck said.

After the panel discussion, members of the audience asked questions on topics ranging from how to handle sexual harassment in the workplace to how to know how to approach advisors for help.

Following the question and answer session, panelists and audience members mingled at a catered lunch, which gave students the chance to interact with some of the panelists on a more personal level.

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