Bailey Baralt '18: On the Women's Leadership Symposium  

Last year, I received an email from Dean (Marsha) Kelliher regarding my interest in attending a Women's Leadership Symposium in New York City. Considering I grew up in Selinsgrove, the three little words "New York City" were more than enough to spark my interest, so I quickly replied that I would love to participate. Little did I know, I had signed up for one of the most enriching career and personal development experiences of my life.

This year I returned as a student leader for the second annual symposium. Thanks to the generosity of numerous alumni and donors, I, along with 23 other students, had the opportunity to expand our network, visit companies in the city, and obtain advice from leading women executives in the business world. We were inspired by keynote speakers, practiced career development skills with professionals, and had our questions answered by alumni who have made the transition from college to the workforce.

I firmly believe that to be successful as a woman entering a male-dominated world, it is important to understand the challenges women business leaders have faced and how to effectively combat similar challenges in our own careers.

One of the characteristics I love most about this symposium is that it truly demonstrates how much alumni want to help students succeed. I cannot wait to someday pay forward the strong support I have been given, and have the opportunity to empower future generations of female business leaders.

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