Women Mean Business Conference Recap: Panels!

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Accounting Panel: Stephanie Martin, Taylor Stein, and Stephanie Stanczyk

By: Jacqueline Galichon

One of the earlier panels at herNetwork’s Spring Conference featured three BU Alums from 2 big accounting firms: Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. They offered great insight about the trajectory from Questrom’s curriculum into the industry. Some of the things they shared included their preparation strategy for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Exam as well as their paths into each company. It was exciting to hear that accounting is more than the common misconception of sitting alone in a “cube” in that it is actually heavily team-based. One panelist even highlighted the traveling that her work entails. Each year she and her team go to Toronto for an onsite audit, however, she stays for an extra weekend in order to further bond with her team.

The women also discussed the presence of women in leadership at their firms and the formation of women’s networks within each company. In that regard, it was comforting to know that a previously male-dominated industry is evolving to be more gender equal. Their final word of advice was to reassess your career position each year and reevaluate your life in order to set new realistic goals for both your professional and personal lives. It is important to take charge and take risks as a women in the professional world, make sure your voice is heard.

 

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Finance Panel

By: Alex DelloStritto

As a finance concentrator myself, I was excited to sit in on the finance panel at our 2016 Women Mean Business Conference. We welcomed four panelists representing Wellington Management, Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, and Fidelity Investments. Despite the fact that each woman came from a different company and held different positons, there were common themes throughout the panel:

  1. Soft skills are important

Finance is a number-based field, but you still need to have communication skills. Take note of the way you interact with people and with a team. Employers certainly do.

  1. You don’t have to know everything…

It a firm sees enough potential in you, they’ll fill in the gaps. Companies like Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab offer programs that help their employees get certifications throughout their employment, so you can learn while you work.

  1. …but, it helps to stay informed

Subscribe to a financial newsletter and read it every day. You don’t need to get too in-depth; just a quick scan will give you an idea of what’s going on. One of our panelists recommends Morning Brew for daily e-mail updates (I recently subscribed to this one!)

  1. Internships aren’t everything

We all know getting an internship can be a pain. While it’s great to have a big name company on your resume, having any experience is great– even if it’s a job at a local coffee shop. Make the most of whatever job you have. Working a regular job can be a great way to work on those soft skills and expand your network!

 

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Law Panel: Rachel Spooner, Lucia Passanisi, Mary Casey, and Catherine Rajwani

By: Sophia Smith

The law panel at herNetwork’s 2016 Spring Conference was insightful and helpful. Here are some of my big takeaways:

  1. Law School is ALL about the grades.

Okay, so this one wasn’t that surprising. But, generally speaking, law firms don’t care about your extracurricular or various odd jobs that you held. They want you to receive high grades and be consistent. But, that being said…

  1. Internships are IMPORTANT.

Make sure you get internships early on in the game—at small firms, big firms, or even clerical jobs. Whatever you can find that’s related to the field of law will help you in the long run.

  1. Go to the School that Offers You the Most Money.

Law school is expensive. Sure, if you get into Harvard, GO to Harvard. But otherwise, you will get a job as long as it is one of the top 50 schools. Make connections early on and do your work.

  1. Undergraduate Majors Do Not Matter.

Do what you love! If law is what you are meant to do, you will eventually find your path. Two of the panelists were engineers before they even went to law school, and all of the panelists had different jobs before they figured out their lives.

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