What happens when you gather 300 women? Inspiration, networking and movement! We had a great turnout at the 3rd Annual Booth Women Connect Conference this past Friday! Holly Shearer, Director of Student Services described the conference as, "An opportunity for students, Chicago Booth alumnae & the business community to connect in a supportive environment. Many connections were made during the day-long conference." If you were unable to attend, here are a few highlights:
The morning was kicked off by Susan Annunzio, President &; CEO of the Center for High Performance.
During lunch Keynote Mary Tolan ('92), Founder &; Chair of Accretitive Health shared her experience as a leader in the health care revenue-cycle management. She encourged women to be warm and seek out mentors. "The two most important qualities of influence are strength and warmth."
"Successful people proactively see out mentors."
Attendees could choose from 6 concurrent sessions in the morning. Some got inside of the Booth Shark Tank (shown: Pretty Quick)
The afternoon sessions were equally inspiring. Women could choose from 12 sessions during the last half of the day. Including: "Want Leadership Success? Make sure your EQ is higher than your IQ" lead by Elene Cafasso ('87), Executive Coach & President of Enerpace, Inc. 'The "Bored" Room: Increasing Diversity on Today's Board of Directors' with a panel featuring Ellen Carahan ('84), Cheryl Francis ('78), Michele Hooper ('75) and Katie Hill-Gottesman ('13).
Chicago Booth Evening Alumnae, Gurjot Sidhu ('93) talked about the importance of power dressing for the advancing executive. She brought to life her experience as an executive and what her company does differently to help working women feel good, dress well, and always let what's on the inside shine.
Of course what fantastic event would be complete without cocktails and networking to wrap up the day!
Thanks to everyone who attended! Please check the Booth Women Connect Conference site in early 2014 for details about next year's event! We look forward to seeing everyone again!