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...