On Tuesday, February 21st, The Leadership Institute at Rutgers University – Camden sponsored a full day of direct mentoring and networking for all of our students. The day began with an installment of our Lunch with Leaders series, which featured Rutgers-Camden alum Jennie Owens. During the luncheon, Mrs. Owens reinforced the importance of diversifying students’ resumes and increasing on-campus involvement. Perhaps most powerful was Mrs. Owens’ message about persistence when seeking employment and academic success. Several students left the room with brand new perspectives on their own potential while completing their undergraduate degrees. We thank Mrs. Owens for dedicating her time and expertise to our Leadership Institute students!
The second half of the day featured the inaugural Women Leaders Networking Roundtable event. Over forty students attended and were able to directly speak with our esteemed guests. We must thank Dr. Wanda Ronner of Penn Medicine, Tracie Mattison of Merck & Co., Gerogia Gallicchio of Thayer Distribution, Amy Furlong of ERT, and Ellen Marshall who currently works as a consultant, for dedicating their time and expertise to the students of the Leadership Institute and various other offices such as the Honors College, the Business Leaders Development Program, the Civic Scholars, and the EOF Program.
During the roundtable, students were not only able to ask questions to practicing experts, but they were also able to build professional networks and obtain references. Some of the conversations focused on the necessity for obtaining an active mentor and advocate while completing college. All guests and students were invited to a reception following the roundtable sessions in order to continue any conversations which may have been cut short as the students moved from each table.
We are very happy to hear that several students have been able to follow up with our guests outside of Rutgers-Camden in order to inquire about career advice, graduate school, and next steps for their interests. We are looking forward to continuing to foster these types of connections for our students for semesters yet to come. The Leadership Institute is always encouraging students to seek learning opportunities outside of the classroom, and to expand their interpersonal skill sets.