Being a woman in the workplace often comes with its own set of challenges. What can Meredith students expect in their career? The Diversity Panel answered this question and more on the evening of September 20h in Belk West. This event kicked off the Office of Career Planning’s certificate program, Angels Suited for Success, a partnership with the Diversity Council and StrongPoints®.
In the span of an hour and a half, the four panelists, Sara Beck, ’08, Pat Nathan, ’74, ClarLynda Williams, and Gabriela Zabala, ’91, tackled topics such as gender bias, career experiences, and the dreaded word “bossy.” The discussion began with questions submitted by students in advance. Then panelists answered questions from the audience.
Some of the advice from the panelists included the following:
“The time is now!” said Pat Nathan. With equality on the rise, Nathan said that students have to take initiative instead of a backseat approach when it comes to job opportunities.
Gabriela Zabala encouraged students when faced with adversity to look at themselves as equal.
Sara Beck shared how your support system can lead to personal growth.
"Find your why," said ClarLynda Williams in her final remarks.
The night of discussion brought laughter and insight, letting Meredith students know that women can definitely succeed professionally in spite of obstacles they may face.
Students are encouraged to sign up on CareerLink for the Office of Career Planning’s next Angels Suited for Success program, “Using your Strengths in Situations of Diversity,” to be held on November 16.
By Brandi Janay Doubt, ‘17
Adapted from article written for The Meredith Herald