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Spring 2017 Calendar

We hope you will join us at some of our events this semester!
Email reminders with details will be sent to students prior to each event. Any questions, please email or call 508-213-2443.

  • Film: Joy ~ January 30, 3:45p.m. Based on true story of entrepreneur and self-made millionaire Joy Mangano. Cultural event, co-sponsored with Fischer Institute.
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ February 1, 3:30-4:30p.m. First Wednesday every month in IWL. Casual gathering for fun, development, and support with other female students.
  • Love Your Selfie ~ February 14, 1:30-3:30p.m. Positive messages, photo booth & candy! Conceived by the IWL Student Advisory Panel.
  • Faculty/Staff Lean In Circle ~ February 16, 12:00-1:00p.m (rescheduled from Feb. 13). Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment.  
  • Campus Presentation of 2017 Massachusetts Women’s Leadership Index ~March 1, 1:30p.m. Hear about this IWL research project, and learn about Massachusetts measures up against other states.
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ March 1, 3:30-4:30p.m. First Wednesday every month, 3:30-4:30, in IWL. Casual gathering for fun, development, and support with other female students.
  • Faculty/Staff Lean In Circle ~ March 6, 4:30-5:30pm. Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment.
  • College Connection Mentoring Program/ Part II ~ March 8. Volunteer Nichols students will spend the day mentoring a group of high school juniors on: the college search and application process, as well as transitioning from high school. Made possible in part by grant from American Association of University Women.
  • Guest Speaker/Cultural ~ Olympian Angela Hucles ~ March 22, 7:00p.m
    Two-time women’s soccer Olympic Gold Medalist Angela Hucles will speak about leadership and empowerment through sport.
  • Empowering Women in Business Conference ~ March 23, 1:00-7:00p.m. Nichols presents 7th annual conference, welcoming professional women in the region for networking, skill building, and inspiration. Visit for information. Registration required.
  • Campus Leadership Summit ~ March 26, 1:00-6:00p.m. Planned in conjunction with other departments on campus, students apply to be part of a day of professional development and brainstorming. Designed to bring together student leaders from a variety of areas on campus.
  • Faculty/Staff Lean In Circle ~ April 3, 4:30-5:30p.m. Monthly gathering for learning, connection, and motivation with female staff and faculty in a supportive, open environment.
  • Conversation Project Dinner: April 3, time TBD. Join fellow students for dinner with a professional guest in a casual, conversational setting. Limited seats; registration required.
  • Negotiation Workshop: April 4, time TBD. In partnership with the American Association of University Women, female Nichols students will be trained in assertive, respectful negotiation techniques, in an effort to help decrease the gender wage gap. Limited seats; registration required.
  • Student Lean In Circle ~ April 5, 3:30-4:30p.m. First Wednesday every month, 3:30-4:30, in IWL. Casual gathering for fun, development, and support with other female students.
  • Awareness Week & Equal Pay Day Bake Sale: April 10-14, various times. Members of the IWL Student Advisory Panel will hold a series of events designed to raise awareness on campus on the issues of women and leadership. At the Equal Pay Day Bake Sale, a nationwide awareness event, men will pay $1.00 while women will pay $0.75 – to underscore the impact of the gender wage gap.
  • Improv Workshop: April 13, 3:30-5:00p.m. Fun and interactive workshop co-presented with the Marketing & Communication Student Club. Limited seats available.
  • Cultural: the Status of Women Leaders ~ April 20, 2017, 1:30p.m. Learn about the representation and status of female leaders in various industries.

Notes from the MA Conference for Women

by Alexandra Morrow ’17
IWL Student Advisory Panelist

maconfOn December 8, 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to attend and participate in the Massachusetts Conference for Women at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, MA for the second time. The first time I attended this conference was my freshman year, almost three years ago. Although I have changed and my knowledge has grown, the conference was still just as motivational, helpful and powerful as my first experience. I would even say that I might have absorbed even more information, tips, stories and insight this time. Having spent some time in the professional world, I am better able to understand the speakers from my own experiences, including how the topics have and can affect one’s life, and how important it is for women to stay together if they truly want to make a difference in the world.

I was able to attend two breakout sessions; the first was on “your own” brand. Who are you? What do people who know you think versus who you really are? What do you really want to do? All of these questions can help you begin to create a focused, authentic and organic brand that embodies your values and reflects your vision and goals. Listening to the speakers’ own brands, I tried to brainstorm what I wanted my brand to say. How did I want the world to see me? What did I do well — and how did I want managers, co-workers and my boss to see me? In addition, the speakers stressed the importance of becoming a master on a topic. Be specific on who you are as a person or brand/business and then become an expert in that field. Being an expert can help strengthen your brand and build trust with your clients and customers. They also suggested making a vision board; I added that to my to-do list.

The second session was a negotiation workshop that provided me with tips on navigating the process. It included: how to get negotiations off the ground, anchor with options (always having two proposals), consider the other person’s/company needs, anticipate their reasons for saying “NO,” expect resistance, predict the outcome, and most importantly, do not negotiate from a defensive position. My favorite part was when we got to partner up and practice negotiation scenarios. It was very useful to role play different dialogues depending on the situation. Plus it was a great networking opportunity for the group.

Before our group left, I was able to browse among the exhibits that were at the conference. There were 100+ booths! Although it was more of a zoo-like atmosphere with women as far as the eye could see, I was able meet new people, see new products, learn about recruitment programs, and get free samples too! Overall, I had a wonderful time and hopefully will be given the chance to attend again, but next time representing my company.

The photo below is of me with Annie Clark who is a co-founder of End Rape On Campus. Her story, her actions and her determination are truly inspiring. It was an honor and an experience I will never forget!


Lunch & Learn: October Conversation Project

By Tyler Hussey ’17W
IWL Student Advisory Panelist

My name is Tyler Hussey, and I am currently the only male member serving on the IWL Student Advisory Panel. I am a Human Resource Management major from Concord, NH and it is my goal to serve as a resource and advocate for women’s leadership on the Nichols College campus and within the greater community.

On Monday, October 24, IWL held a Conversation Project luncheon with special guest Heidi Helveston, Talent Acquisition Specialist for Enterprise Holdings Inc.  She joined approximately ten students, including myself, to talk about leadership and tackling interviews.

Heidi has worked for Enterprise since 2005 and has worked hard to get where she is. Heidi spoke about Enterprise’s unique way of hiring and promoting. Almost 100% of full-time employees started out as management trainees and have worked their way into their respective functions. I really appreciated how Enterprise values their employees and shows this by promoting from within.

Along with talking about Enterprise and their career tracks, Heidi also spoke about interviewing. She stated that it is important to leave your phone in the car, be friendly to everyone you meet, and always smile. I agree with her advice. It can be tempting to bring your phone, however, it is extremely distracting during an interview. She also spoke about how important it is to always ask for projects when things get slow. This shows that you are driven and want to learn.

Heidi was a great guest and we enjoyed her company!