For biomedical engineering PhD candidate Kacey Ronaldson, the monthly L2 Ladies Luncheons hosted by the School’s GradSWE (Society of Women Engineers) chapter have been more than just a nice meal with friends — they’ve been an invaluable career development experience as well.
Ronaldson, who is president of GradSWE at the Engineering School, initiated these monthly luncheons to help women sharpen their networking skills as well as connect with successful women engineers who share their own personal experiences balancing life, career, and professional development.
“I do feel women innately do not network in the same way that men do,” says Ronaldson. “Providing opportunities for women to network with one another, and more importantly, to learn how to effectively network, is very important to me.” Networking also means supporting one another to “reach their fullest potential,” she adds, “and to develop a foundation to support one another whenever needed or to just share a laugh.”
The L2 Ladies Luncheon series, co-sponsored by the School's Office of Graduate Student Affairs, began last year as a way to provide networking opportunities and facilitate mentorships and collaborations within and across engineering disciplines. Featured luncheon speakers have included Read more...
From left to right: Kacey Ronaldson, Gwen Effgen, Analisa Balares, & Clarissa Peña
This month's invited speaker to the GradSWE Ladies Luncheon was Analisa Balares, CEO and founder of Womensphere (www.womensphere.org), a unique leadership community and global social enterprise that brings together people, networks, companies, and institutions for the shared purpose of unleashing women's potential. Analisa discussed her background and establishing Womensphere, as well as, the current status of gender equity in the work place and what our role as women leaders should be.
After sharing her story and her interest in promoting women in the workplace and in society by educating and informing them she took questions from the audience. She also engaged the audience with questions of her own like what they thought as young women in engineering about the concept of a gender bias and how to overcome it. Learn more about Womensphere and Analisa below.
Analisa's Blog: www.analisabalares.com
About Womensphere: www.womensphere.org