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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 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. 
  • Awareness Event ~ Monday September 25, 2017 1:30-2:15 pm
    Highlighting the wage gap and demand equal pay for equal work for Native Pacific Women.
  • 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.  
  • IWL Student Advisory Panel Dinner ~ Wednesday, October 4, 2017   4:30-6:00 pm  > Introductory dinner for the 2017-2018 panel, and to plan for the year ahead. 
  • 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 ~Wednesday October 18, 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. 
  • Awareness Event ~ Thursday November 2, 2017 1:30-2:15 pm > Highlighting the wage gap and demand equal pay for equal work for Latina Women
  • 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.  
  • Conversation Project Dinner ~ Tuesday November 7, 2017 5:00-7:00 pm > Guest: Guest: Elaine DeCiutiis ’02 MBA’04, risen to a high level in Corporate Finance at General Dynamics Electric Boat, a multi-billion-dollar contractor of the Department of Defense. Current outreach director of the New England Shoreline Chapter of Women In Defense.
  • 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.Staff/Faculty Lean In Circle ~ Monday December 4, 2017 1:30-2:15 pm > Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment. This month’s topic: TBD
  • 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

Connection Goes Both Ways at Nichols-Bartlett Program

By Alexandra Vojtila ’17
IWL Program Coordinator and Advisory Panelist

IMG_0380As the Program Coordinator at IWL, I knew that I would feel connected to the programs being conducted here, but nothing prepared me for the College Connection Program with Bartlett High School. I watched last year as Olivia Barrett, previous Program Coordinator, organized the Fall session of this mentoring program connecting high school juniors with Nichols student mentors for a day of personal and professional development. She pulled all the small details together and I even helped where it was needed. Now, it was my turn.

We began to get ready for the College Connection in the very beginning of the semester by reaching out to volunteers and staff looking for both donated time and donated goods. As time progressed and the date got closer, we had a myriad of lists and jobs that needed to be done. There were a lot of details going into this program and I was excited (and a bit nervous) to see how it would unfold. In the days before the event, we were sorting through Amazon packages, running to the store, stuffing gift bags, confirming volunteers, and making sure that every last thing was in place.

IMG_0358 IMG_0347IMG_0348When the day rolled around, we arrived bright and early to unpack, set up, and make sure that everyone was ready for the day ahead. When I got to the auditorium at sunrise, it was locked. I panicked a little, but then realized this was actually meant to happen. Because I was locked out, I had a few minutes while waiting for public safety to arrive to relax, breathe, and get in the right mindset. Another volunteer showed up as well, so we talked a bit and I had someone to help me right from the jump.

IMG_0350All of the volunteers arrived and we piled our goodies from Professor Beaupre’s car into the auditorium. It was amazing to watch everyone carry out their roles and set up either the stage, the chairs, the table, or the welcome desk. No one complained and no one was tired; it was a team. The girls from Bartlett High School arrived off of the bus and it began to pour. However, with every “good morning” that was yelled out from our greeting committee, the students were quick to respond. As they arrived, it was clear they were excited, but I don’t know if they were aware of what they would be accomplishing throughout the day.

IMG_0353 IMG_0362 IMG_0372 IMG_0383As the day went on, it was like watching a flower bloom as the girls became more comfortable within not only the environment, but even within themselves. They were gaining confidence by talking to their mentors and our school’s faculty and staff. They took advantage of the opportunities we provided for them to learn about college, asking questions on everything from housing to meal plans to class schedule. There was one point in the day when I escorted a couple of the visiting high school seniors to sit in on a class. As we walked across campus, it was so natural having a conversation with them and I felt like they belonged there. If you’re asking what this has to do with me, it’s about feeling. One of the main reasons that I chose to come to Nichols College was because it felt like a home from the second that I stepped on campus. Walking with these girls felt natural, and I knew it could be home for them too.

IMG_0398 IMG_0409 IMG_0412I expected this program to feel like an accomplishment within myself once it was over, being that I organized a lot of it with Professor Beaupre. Instead, I felt happy for the young women who came and I just wanted them to get the most possible out of it. I found myself observing them throughout the day, starting new conversations and wanting to learn more. It was incredible to watch the day unfold and know that I had put something like this together. And I can see now that the title of “College Connection” goes both ways – for the visiting students, and for me and my fellow volunteer mentors.

I believe events for young women should be held everywhere in order to push the idea of growth into their growing minds. Putting this event together made me want to help more in the community and outside of work, and more importantly, it made me EVEN MORE proud to work with Professor Beaupre and an organization as awesome as the Institute for Women’s Leadership.