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!
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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!
Written by: Sarina Santiago
Last Tuesday, herNetwork kicked off the Spring semester with an info session with Epsilon. The company is known for its large-scale digital marketing with over 2000 clients worldwide. Epsilon is intelligent in its marketing as it targets customers’ specific needs and habits. The company began in 1960 and has since grown to a well-known name in its industry winning multiple awards such Largest US Digital-Agency Network 2015. One of their famous accomplishments is Dove’s “Real People” campaign.
Campus recruiter, Lauren Kent, along with two BU alums came in to talk about several internship opportunities Epsilon offers. There is an 11-week paid internship mostly targeted for college junior and seniors where interns work in a group project. For graduate students, there is a two year Epsilon New Grad program, which is not limited to people who have done the internship. However, international students are required to have the internship program before applying for the New Grad program. Additionally, freshman and sophomore students can join the Epsilon bootcamp where they shadow employees for the day.
Written by: Catherine Chen
On November 17th, herNetwork partnered with RISE to bring AAUW on to campus for a salary negotiations workshop. Attended by both men and women undergraduate and graduate students, attendees had the opportunity of learning about the causes and effects of the gender wage gap, identifying the steps of salary and benefits negotiation as well as practicing negotiation strategies and techniques through role play exercises.
While at the workshop, I learned a few facts about the gender pay gap. In 2014, women working full time in the US were paid roughly 79 percent of what their counterparts were paid and this gap does not appear to be disappearing any time soon. One of the solutions of minimizing this gender gap is through salary negotiation. According to Linda Babcock’s Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation-and Positive Strategies for Change, “30 percent of women always negotiate versus 46 percent of men” and according to a survey conducted by Levo League, “59% of millennials didn’t negotiate for any part of their compensation in their current job.”
In order to combat this and begin the negotiations process, AAUW recommends the following steps:
- Know Your Value
- Benchmark Your Salary and Benefits
- Know Your Strategy
- Practice, Practice, Practice!
The workshop was extremely helpful and informative for those who are planning on navigating the art of negotiation. For those who are still interested in learning more, make sure to visit www.aauw.org.