by Hima Kethu
One of the breakout sessions for the Her Network conference was a finance panel. The speakers of this panel included Morgan Cappetta and Jacqueline Galichon from Wellington Management who were VP and President, respectively, for Her Network during their time here at Boston University. The panel also included Carolyn Arida from GE energy. All three women talked about their usual work days and how they got to the position they were in. While they were all in finance, each were in a different sector and they each had very unique work days and experiences to contribute to the panel. They also spoke about their college experiences, internships that they had and also gave basic interview tips for the students who attended the panel.
One of the highlights of the panel was the open conversation everyone had about the discrepancy between the number of men and the number of women in the finance industry. There is a gender gap, which they all noticed when they started their job but they mentioned that it didn’t bother them and it just made them work harder. They gave us the advice that we had to be louder and more confident with our opinions so we would be heard as females in a male-dominated industry. Hearing their perspective and their experiences with this issue was really eye-opening and showed that while it may be male-dominated there are women that can and do succeed in the field. We ended the panel on an optimistic note with the fact that in the recent years the gender gap has been getting smaller within the industry and slowly more and more women are holding higher job positions and are now able to compete on even playing field.
Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of hosting two professionals from Andersen Tax, an independent tax firm, come and talk about the firm. Andersen Tax was formed in 2003 by 23 public accounting partners and is one of the largest independent national firms in the United States. It was a great opportunity for those interested in accounting and tax to learn about the business of it all.
If you are hired as an associate, you go through various training sessions and spend two-weeks learning alongside new hires. Learning your role is crucial to your success at Andersen Tax. Some of the tasks you might have to do as an associate could be:
- Helping prepare tax returns at the local, state and federal level
- Gather client information
- Understand the space
- Participate in tax planning
Andersen Tax is looking for someone who is a self-starter, internally motivated, and passionate about tax preparation, with a willingness to learn and try new things.
Written by: Jacqueline Galichon
herNetwork was visited by several women from the Women’s MBA Association in Questrom. They shared with us more about what the MBA program is like within Questrom including the student life, curriculum, and professional opportunities. They highlighted the program’s emphasis on networking and professional events that occur on the regular. This is because the turnaround is just two years, compared to four for undergraduates. The Feld Career Center does a great job providing these networking opportunities that reflect the students’ interests.
Additionally, BU offers students the option to pursue two master’s degrees – one in business and one in public health. This was a key defining factor for several of the women. Many of the panelists have a public health background including previous work experiences in hospitals and healthcare administration. They came to BU to pursue an MBA and/or MPH in order to enhance their career further in the health sector as well as in consulting. In general, the MBA student body is diverse regarding undergraduate degrees, prior work experience, and post-graduation goals. This makes for a collaborative and dynamic environment for sharing ideas. We would like to thank all the amazing women who sat on our panel!
If anyone has any questions or is interested in learning more about the women, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Sanjna Basa
Last week, we held an event with Ernst and Young, learning more about their social initiatives and using our creativity to decorate hats to donate to Boston Children’s Hospital for kids diagnosed with cancer. We were very excited to welcome EY Campus Recruiter, Kristen Schmidt, who gave us an overview of EY as a company and its philanthropic events.
EY is one of the “Big Four” accounting firms, specializing in Tax, Assurance, and Advisory. The company’s Boston branch is currently located in the John Hancock tower in Copley Square, right in the heart of the city. They believe in supporting local companies, so they organize company volunteer opportunities at local Boston hubs, such as the Greater Boston Food Bank and Cradles to Crayons. Nationwide, they partner and volunteer with Boys and Girls Club and United Way of America.
After a brief informational session, Kristen explained that we will be supporting Codi’s Hats by decorating white baseball caps to donate. Codi’s Hats is a nonprofit that provides hats for pediatric patients all over the nation. Our event members used their creativity to draw fun designs, network with each other, and really bring out their artistic talents. Our hat designs ranged from fun and kooky flowers to mini pineapples to a cool aquarium scene.
Thanks for this wonderful opportunity, EY and Kristen, and thank you all who were able to attend and volunteer!
Written by: Amanda Ashley
Dress for Success is an amazing organization that helps at-risk women prepare for job interviews by giving them professional clothes and helping them practice before interviews in order to help these women break the cycle of poverty. This past Friday, March 24th, we volunteered at their location in Allston and helped with sorting and organizing their extensive inventory of clothes, shoes, and accessories. In total, we had about a dozen volunteers from herNetwork come and we were able to help them organize the storage room they had been working on for months! We even had the chance to help out front in the main room where all of their clients look around for their clothes and prepare for their interviews. It was amazing and inspiring to actually get to see women there getting ready for their interviews!
We also learned more about Dress for Success while we were there. Not only do they collect and donate clothes to women-in-need who are going to interviews, but they also help women going to appointments to get better housing or appearing in court to fight for custody. Dress for Success really goes above and beyond to help all women-in-need in the community and we are so happy we were able to help them. Everyone was so friendly and appreciative of our help and we are already looking forward to volunteering with Dress for Success again next semester!
Written by: Emily Lee
About an year ago, HerNetwork’s spring conference was held at Questrom School of Business. With panelists from various competitive industries such as finance, accounting, marketing, law, fashion and consulting, attendees of the event were able to gain insight and advices on their careers.
For example, during the finance panel last year, panelists from Wellington Management, Morgan Stanley, Fidelity and Charles Schwab highlighted few key points in their career in finance industry. They emphasized the importance of soft skills, how career in finance require communication skills. The panelists also mentioned how you do not need to know everything before you are hired; companies such as Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab provide programs for employees to get certification while working. They also recommended attendees to subscribe daily financial news to keep up with the industry trends.
Not only attendees were able to network with those professionals, but also could receive those practical advices. 2017 Women Mean Business Spring Conference also invites professionals from Ernst & Young, PwC, Accenture, Hubspot, New Balance and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the professionals and gain advices on their future career path.
Come Hear, Engage, Respond with herNetwork on Saturday February 11th!
Written by: Yuriya Miyako
Last Tuesday, January 31st, herNetwork teamed up with John Hancock to create Valentine’s Day cards for the Boston Children’s Hospital. John Hancock offers financial services related to college savings, investments, life insurance, and retirement plans.
During the event, all attendees created heart-warming, colorful letters to the children that warm up our hearts. One of the things that the representatives, like the campus recruiter Sarah Swan, mentioned was the opportunities for students. John Hancock offers internships and co-ops for students in a variety of fields like accounting and mutual funds operations. They also have new graduate programs in areas like leadership and business analysis. John Hancock has a lot to offer, as they are looking for eager students!