March is Women’s History Month. As part of the month-long celebration, the Jane Kopas Women’s Center, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Center and Career Services joined together and hosted "Women Open Doors." This hugely successful event brought together women from the local community who networked and shared their career stories with students from a variety of majors.
This event was organized to recognize the unique experience women have when they join the workforce. It also highlighted women in the community who have followed their passion and have learned life lessons along the way. Many women face specific gender-based challenges when seeking leadership opportunities in the business world.
Many of the women mentors encouraged students to follow their passion, love what they do and network. Women helping women is invaluable in today’s tight job market. Networking to make new connections is one key to getting your foot in the door.
“Life gets in the way," said one mentor and others agreed that the path forward was rarely straight. There are plenty of challenges, but being willing to be flexible will help as you navigate through life.
The program lasted nearly three hours as students spent time asking questions and interacting with the mentors.
Justine Johnson, director of the Jane Kopas Women’s Center, first thought of the idea and brought Donna Simpson, consultant manager, and Cheryl Collarini, career relations manager, on board because they saw a need on campus for women to connect and find mentors. The group plans to conduct the event again next year. For more information, contact Johnson at (570) 941-6194.