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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!

Reflections on IWL’s Fall College Connection

by Gina Petruzzi ’17
IWL Student Advisory Panelist

On Wednesday October 26, student volunteers and members of the IWL Student Advisory Panel welcomed Bartlett High School juniors and senior females to campus for our second annual College Connection. The program is made possible in part by a grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The Nichols students acted as mentors for the Bartlett High School students for the entire day. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot from each other.

The Nichols mentors arrived in Daniels Auditorium bright and early at 7:15AM to prepare for the day that was about to begin. At about 8AM, we welcomed the Bartlett students to Nichols. Each of the students got off the bus with an eager smile on her face and you could tell that they were all excited to see what the Nichols College mentors had in store for them. As excited as all of the Bartlett students were, we Nichols students were equally as excited. We began the day with introductions and a few icebreakers. We then broke out into small groups and got to know each other a bit img_0169 img_0165more. We made vision boards and encouraged the students to dream and envision their futures. We led the students through an interesting exercise where they drew the roads that were going to pave the way to achieving their dreams. It was useful to better understand the various steps it would take to turn a goal into reality. We then helped the students craft a personal introduction, tapping into our elevator pitch experience from our Effective Speaking course. The goal was to get the students comfortable with networking and asking questions of people who might help them achieve their goals. Then, it was off to lunch — the Bartlett students love Lombard!

After lunch we went back to the Auditorium and the students participated in a mock networking img_0191event, where they were able to practice their introductions. Lots of volunteers — staff, faculty, and students — came to help; their role was to role-play as whomever the Bartlett students thought might be useful to meet. The students had identified a wide variety of people such as manga artists, tourists, doctors, RNs, college admissions counselors, and faculty of their desired majors. Each student was tasked with finding their “person” in the crowd, then practicing their introduction and interacting with that person. This was an awesome part of the day because it was when each student came to life and stepped out of her comfort zone. It was amazing to watch the progression of each individual throughout the day.

img_0209One of our last activities was forming a large circle with all the students, mentors, and staff. Each individual gave one word to describe the day; they included: inspiring, amazing, life changing, motivational, and awesome. All of the words said were so sincere about the day for everyone involved. We ended the day with certificates of completion for each of the students, and goodbyes. We were sad to see our friends from Bartlett go, but we look forward to seeing them again in March!

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IWL Holds First Speed Networking Social

By Olivia Barrett ’16W
IWL Program Coordinator

Being a senior in college, especially at a business school, I feel I should be proficient in networking. But when given the opportunity to put these skills to a test last spring, it is safe to say, I was less than pleased. It was a male-dominated setting with significantly older professionals, and I found it a little overwhelming. Improving these skills quickly became a top priority for me. From that day on, I now take the initiative to attend any and every networking opportunity that I am offered. In addition, I also suggested that the Institute for Women’s Leadership hold a networking event.

frontdeskAfter weeks of preparation, we recently hosted our first-ever Student-Professional Networking Social. The IWL invited faculty, students and professional guests to come together in Daniels Auditorium. The evening was separated into two parts: the first section was speed networking and the second section was a “mocktail” reception.

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For the speed networking img_0121section, students and professionals were paired up for five minutes to have one-on-one conversations that were guided by prompted questions about networking. At the end of the five minutes, students would rotate one seat to the left, giving them the opportunity to speak with nine professionals over the course of the evening. During this time, the room was buzzing with conversation!

img_0145The “mocktail” reception that followed was a fun and interactive way to simulate an actual networking event. This portion of the evening enabled students and professionals to circulate around the room and connect with individuals that were of interest or professionals they had not had the opportunity to meet. A lot of the attending professionals spoke very highly of the Nichols students whom they had met throughout the evening. It was a night full of great conversation, networking advice, and connections.

All in all, this was a great event that I believe students and professionals alike were able to benefit from. In the future, I hope the IWL will host more Networking Socials, and who knows, maybe I will even get to come back as a professional in the near future!