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New Year, New Faces at the IWL

As we dive into the 2017-18 school year, we would like to share some updates from the IWL. Jean Beaupre, former Faculty Director of the IWL, has moved to an Advisory Role, and Rachel Ferreira has taken over as Director. Supporting Rachel as Program Coordinator is recent graduate Rachael Fassnacht ’17, previously a member of the IWL Student Advisory Panel. Rachel, Rachael, and Jean share their thoughts below.

RachelFrom Rachel Ferreira, Director: My sister graduated in 2010 from Nichols College, and I found my way here because I saw the impact this institution had on her. Now in my role as the Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, I hope to directly impact current female students in their journey. My background is in international relations and human rights, and I know that bringing awareness to issues impacting women’s leadership here at Nichols is one direct way of promoting change.

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 1.03.01 PMRachael Fassnacht ’17, Program Coordinator: I am a graduate of Nichols College, in my fourth year, pursuing my dual MSA/MBA. As a panelist for the three years of my undergrad, I am dedicated to the discussion of women and leadership. To me, the two go hand in hand. It is important for these conversations to encourage Nichols students regarding the future of their leadership as women in business.

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 11.20.30 AMFrom Jean Beaupre, Faculty Advisor: After four years of serving as the Faculty Director of the IWL, I am thrilled to see it enter its next phase. Rachel is an amazing choice to take the reins, and I know the IWL and our students are in great hands. Also, it’s wonderful to see Rachael come back as a graduate and continue her contributions. I’m excited to see where  the IWL goes next, and am happy to be able to support their efforts in an advisory role, as I take on a new one of my own as Chair of our new Communication B.A.

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What’s Ahead for IWL

We plan to focus our theme this year around confidence and the effects it has on women in business. Whether it be professional development, networking, or negotiation of the wage gap, confidence can play an enormous part in how women strive to close the gender gap.

Our upcoming events include:

Lean In Circles: Monthly gatherings for discussions among students regarding issues they are facing. Each month a new facilitator brings a new voice and perspective.

Conversation Projects: Dinner gatherings where students have the opportunity to meet and network with visiting professionals in a comfortable, conversational setting.

Socials & Workshops: Students are able to further their professional development with networking and negotiation skills through our immersive social and workshopping events designed to raise awareness.

Conferences: We invite our students to represent Nichols at the largest women’s conference in the country — the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston — and are proud to host our own Empowering Women in Business Conference here on campus, welcoming professional women in the region for networking, skill building, and inspiration.

Please click here to see the current schedule for Fall 2017.

Fall 2017 Schedule

Below are the events currently scheduled for the Fall 2017 semester. With any questions or suggestions, please stop by IWL in Academic Building 206 (next to the Registrar’s office) or email iwl@nichols.edu

  • IWL Open House ~ Wednesday September 6, 2017  1:00-2:15 pm > Campus is invited to stop by IWL for refreshments and to learn more about IWL’s activities and plans.   
  • Staff/Faculty Lean In Circle ~ Monday September 11, 2017  1:30-2:15 pm > Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment.  
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ Wednesday September 13, 2017  1:30-2:15 pm > First monthly Women of Nichols Lean In Circle of the semester, offering motivation, learning, support and connections with other female students in a supportive, open environment. Lean in Circles are held worldwide with women of all ages. 
  • First-Year Students Dinner ~ Tuesday September 19, 2017  5:00-7:00 pm > The IWL Student Advisory Panel will host a get-to-know-you catered dinner for all female first-year students. 
  • Conversation Project Dinner ~ Tuesday September 26, 2017  5:00-7:00 pm > Conversation Projects are dinner gatherings where students have the opportunity to meet and network with visiting professionals in a comfortable, conversational setting. Guest at this dinner to be announced.
  • IWL Student Advisory Panel Dinner ~ Thursday September 28, 2017   5:00-7:00 pm  > Introductory dinner for the 2017-2018 panel, and to plan for the year ahead. 
  • Staff/Faculty Lean In Circle ~ Monday October 2, 2017  1:30-2:15 pm > Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment.  
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ Wednesday October 4, 2017  1:30-2:15 pm > Monthly gathering for learning, support, and connection with other female students.  
  • Second Annual Networking Social ~ Tuesday October 10, 2017  5:00-7:00 pm > Students learn and develop networking skills one-on-one with visiting professionals, followed by a mocktail reception. 
  • Conversation Project Lunch ~ Tuesday October 17, 2017  1:30-2:15 pm  > Guest: Jennifer Kushell, author and founder of YSN, Your Success Now. Made possible by a collaboration with the Fischer Institute 
  • Conversation Project Dinner ~ Thursday October 19, 2017  5:00-7:00 pm > Guest: Social Worker providing court ordered treatment & Manager in Court System  
  • College Connection Mentoring Program/Part I ~ Thursday October 26, 2017 8:30-2:00 pm  > Volunteer Nichols students spent the day mentoring a group of high school juniors on: visioning their future, networking, and assertive communication.   
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ Wednesday November 1, 2017  1:30-2:15 pm > Monthly gathering for learning, support, and connection with other female students. 
  • Staff/Faculty Lean In Circle ~ Monday November 6, 2017  1:30-2:15 pm > Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment.  
  • Film: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Matthai ~ Wednesday November 8, 2017  4:30-7:00 pm > This film is the story of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Laureate Wangari Matthai who began a national movement for safeguarding the environment, human rights, and democracy by planting trees.   
  • Conversation Project Dinner ~ Monday November 13, 2017  5:00-7:00 pm > Guest: International Business guest from Santander Bank 
  • Conversation Project Dinner ~ Tuesday November 28, 2017  5:00-7:00 pm > Guest at this dinner to be announced.
  • Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston ~ Wednesday December 6, 2017  (6:45am departure, return to Nichols at 7:00pm) > A small group will represent Nichols College at the largest women’s conference in the country.   
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ Thursday December 7, 2017  1:30-2:15 pm > Monthly gathering for learning, support, and connection with other female students.  

 

Lean In Circles Spring 2017 Semester

by Mary Daly ’17
IWL Program Coordinator and Advisory Panelist

circle-logo-largeAs an IWL Student Advisory panel member and Program Coordinator, my true passion has been helping other women feel confident and succeed. Lean In Circles were created by Sheryl Sandberg to bring women together and build them up instead of tear them down, so they are a great fit for us.

IWL brought Lean In Circles to campus two years ago. This past semester, we met on the first Wednesday of each month in the IWL suite, in a small, comfortable group setting, addressing a different topic at each meeting. February was all about goals and organization. Students gathered together, discussed what we wanted to achieve and how to get there, and each of us created a Bullet Journal. Creatively, we designed ways to help stay on track with our weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. Each of the students met new people at the Circle, and we all worked to start the semester off right!

jarIn March, we focused on confidence and positivity. Research shows that if you’re happier, you’re also more confident. The creative aspect of this Circle was designing “pick me up” jars that hold positive messages so when you’re having a bad day, you can get positive vibes. The students chatted about things that make them feel less confident and how the jars could have a positive impact on their lives.

tableApril was our final Lean In Circle of the semester, and the activity was to create a summer goals board. We discussed how when you write down goals, you are more likely to remember them and therefore more likely to achieve them. The goals could be about anything, like losing weight, going on adventures, eating healthier, or just catching up with old friends. Academic, personal, and professional goals were all created. Students got creative, had fun, and leaned on each other for motivation and support.

Through our Lean In Circles, women around campus have learned about confidence, leadership, and how to lean in together in a confidential setting where they can be themselves. Keep your eye out for next semester’s Lean In Circles! Or if you have ideas for a topic, email us at iwl@nichols.edu.