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Why Conversations Matter

On Monday, October 21, we welcomed Kathy Real, Publisher of Worcester Magazine, to campus for a Conversation Project dinner. Over Italian food at the cozy Black Tavern, Kathy shared some of her experiences in the world of publishing and sales, and discussed some of the challenges and opportunities she’s faced in her career as a female. A small group of students shared some of the situations they’ve faced as women in their jobs or at school. We told stories, laughed, and found a lot of commonality in our very human experiences.


Conversation Project October 21, 2013, The Black Tavern

In thinking about this dinner, it strikes me how easily connections can be made and common ground can be found when we sit down, slow down, and focus on making good conversation with the other people at the table. It’s a fast-paced world we live in, and in business, in school, and in life, we often spend our time on the details, on the numbers, on the due dates. But it’s nice — and necessary — to step away from our fast-paced lives, put aside those deadlines, details, and numbers, and simply talk. After all, isn’t connecting with others a key to success – both individually and organizationally?


What do you think? Should we plan for more conversations and fewer meetings? Share your thoughts and ideas below.


The Conversation Project is a Nichols College program co-sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Leadership and the Women of Nichols. A small group of students is invited to have dinner with a special female guest, hear her stories, ask questions, and chat in an intimate, casual setting.



Renowned Artist Anna Schuleit Haber to Visit Campus

Public artist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber will present a talk on Leading Creative Teams in Davis Hall, 7-8pm on October 29, 2013 — open to all. Following the talk, Anna will also hold a workshop just for female Nichols students on leadership from 8-9 (to RSVP to the workshop portion, please email us at to reserve your spot).

Click here for a PDF of the event flyer.

Please contact with any questions.

Nichols College Launches Institute for Women’s Leadership

Dudley, MA – Leading business school Nichols College announces the creation of The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL). Its stated mission includes developing the leadership potential of the college’s female students and serving as a community resource on issues impacting women in business and society.

“Our new Institute for Women’s Leadership was developed in recognition of the unique qualities and strengths that women bring to organizations and our communities,” said President Susan West Engelkemeyer. “As an institution of higher learning, we realize we have a special opportunity to create and contribute to meaningful dialogue about the various issues that women face in their careers, as well as to prepare our students to be thoughtful, effective leaders.”

The IWL will hold periodic events, develop industry partnerships, provide research analysis, and offer special educational and experiential opportunities to students. “Nichols has focused on preparing the leaders of tomorrow for generations,” continued President Engelkemeyer. “The IWL is a vital piece of this overall mission, and one that our entire community is truly excited about.”

Members of the community are encouraged to share in conversations on the IWL website,, and to provide feedback or questions by contacting Faculty Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership Jean Beaupre at or 508.213.2443.


Media Contact:
Ronald Schachter, Director of Public Information