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Joining IWL, Joining the Movement

By Alyce Viens ’14

My name is Alyce Viens and it is with great pleasure that I return to the Nichols College campus as the new Program Coordinator for the Institute for Women’s Leadership. As a 2014 graduate, with a degree in Business Administration: Management, this campus holds a special place in my heart. It is at Nichols that I began to truly figure out the direction in which I was headed for the future. During my time at Nichols I reinforced my passion for education, interned for the Empowering Women in Business Conference, and spent a semester in Washington, DC as an intern for the United States Department of the Interior. I always look back fondly on my time at Nichols and think of it often.

alyce viens , headshotAfter Nichols, I continued with my education and went from being a Bison, to a Bulldog, at Bryant University where I obtained my Master of Arts in Communication. My communication studies at Bryant led me in several different directions, but my research was primarily focused on political neuroscience and communication, identity formation and expression, persuasion, and organizational communication. During my time at Bryant I was fortunate enough to have incredible mentors, some of the top names in the communication field. They pushed me to the limit every day and definitely played a large role in where I am today. In addition to my part-time position with IWL, I am also a communication adjunct professor at Bryant University and Quinebaug Valley Community College.

During the end of my time at Nichols, IWL was just getting off the ground. I attended a few of the events and found them to be very fulfilling. However, after graduating I had not really thought too much more about it. It was only until I heard Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations’ launch of the HeForShe campaign that I started to think about women’s leadership once again. I was simultaneously astounded and not at all surprised about the information of women still being unequal to men. Though I had hardly ever consciously considered this, reflecting back on the experiences I have had in both education and in the “business world,” I know this inequality to be true. I became fascinated with knowing more and it was then that I dedicated a semester to research into this phenomenon. I dug a little deeper into the word “feminist” and the denotative and connotative meanings associated with it. As a communication student I was primarily interested in the social construction of the word itself and asked myself what the public’s perception of the word was. By definition feminism is the political, economic and social equality of men and women, but my research on perceptions, by both men and women, told a different, more negative, story. It was then that my passion for women’s leadership surged even further forward. I continue to keep it as an area of interest and a priority to make a difference in the movement towards equality, making this position with IWL a perfect fit for me. I knew from the moment I read the first page of Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In that something had to be done and that I was one of the people with the drive and enthusiasm to do so.

And here I am! I am here to not only be a resource and support agent for IWL, but also to take control, take a stand, and take a step forward towards redefining the role of women in leadership. I also hopefully am here to inspire and empower other women to do the same. As Steve Jobs once said, “The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

IWL Welcomes New Intern

By Mary Daly ‘17

maryDalyMy name is Mary Daly and I’m a junior specializing in Accounting with a Business Communication minor. I work as a student ambassador in the Admissions office, and am Vice President of the Campus Activities Board, in the Honors program, and on the IWL Student Advisory Panel for the second year.

I chose to do an internship with IWL because when I first came to Nichols it was IWL’s first year, and I felt like I was a part of it as soon as I walked in for move-in day. I went to every single IWL-sponsored event that year, where I met a lot of people who I now consider my close friends. I agree with everything that IWL stands for, and wanted to be more involved in the movement; the internship was one of the best ways I felt I could do so. The resources and connections that are built through IWL both internally and externally will help female students in ways they can’t even begin to imagine, and I’m lucky to be a part of it.

This semester, my internship will include a lot of behind-the-scenes work, helping to plan events and activities on campus. I will also be helping to start a Lean In Circle for students and professionals, and will be researching other women’s programs around the country. In addition, I will be working in the IWL office and helping with the Student Advisory Panel. Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions at!

Gearing up for 2015 Fall Semester!

It’s an exciting time on campus! The new Academic Building has just opened, and in it – the new IWL Suite. It is a truly wonderful space and we can’t wait for the students to return and experience it.

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Plans are underway for an engaging and exciting semester ahead. Here are just a few events we have planned; more will be added so check back. For events requiring RSVPs, emails will be sent with more information.

  • September 22: Conversation Project dinner (RSVP required)
  • September 23: IWL Open House
  • October 20: Conversation Project dinner (RSVP required)
  • November 2: “Miss Representation” movie night / co-sponsored by Fischer Institute
  • November 12: AAUW Negotiation workshop (RSVP required)
  • November 16: “The Mask You Live In” movie night / co-sponsored by Fischer Institute
  • November 18: Conversation Project dinner
  • December 10: MA Conference for Women, Boston (RSVP required)