PwC’s Aspire to Lead Event

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Aspire to Lead is designed to educate ambitious and knowledge-seeking adults entering the workforce, in the early stages of their career, or those looking for their next role. The third annual global Aspire to Lead webcast is broadcast from Hollywood, CA. The role of gender and leadership in the media and workplace is explored with speakers such as Geena Davis, Co-Founder of the Bentonville Film Festival and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Academy Award nominee and director, and Peter Yobo, Advisory Senior Associate from PwC’s US business. After watching segments of the broadcast, students interacted with a PwC panel to ask questions about the professionals’ personal experiences in the workplace as well as advice for the future.

Student Fellows: Please write a 1-2 paragraph reflection about the event. This may include your thoughts, opinions, aspects you particularly liked or how it impacted you, your studies, your plans, etc.

CWB Roundtable Discussion

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The CWB hosted a roundtable discussion along with special guests Professor Marcy Crary, and Fellowship alumni Olivia Regan. Topics included confidence, men in partnership, and unconscious bias. Fellows shared their personal stories in an inclusive environment that allowed everyone to feel comfortable and to speak their mind. Big takeaways included increased awareness on all of the topics covered, and a sense of hope as solutions and action plans were outlined.

Student Fellows: Please write a 1-2 paragraph reflection about the event. This may include your thoughts, opinions, aspects you particularly liked or how it impacted you, your studies, your plans, etc.

Historian Katie Hughes’ Reflection on Working the Room

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Working the Room with Barbra Hyle was an event hosted by the CWB and PwC. This program taught attendees the fundamentals of how to most effectively network at an event. This included some fun ways to remember people’s names and how to properly introduce yourself. Barbra was informative and engaging, which made it easy to learn these important skills. The interactive aspect of the session gave attendees an opportunity to practice the skills that Barbra taught us.

Barbra offered various tips and tricks to how to enter and leave a conversation without having a dull moment. Everyone always wonders when is enough truly enough. Barbra taught us that an appropriate time-frame for a conversation is 3-5 minutes. This is enough time to get to know the person without having a lull in the conversation. It also means you have enough time to speak with multiple people or groups.

Many of the Fellows mentioned how helpful it was to learn about how to eat at a networking event. It is not always easy juggling your plate, drink, napkin, and shaking hands. However, Barbra demonstrated how to properly hold the cutlery in your left hand so that your right hand is free to shake hands. This event was insightful for so many reasons. I, as well as the Fellows, look forward to attending more sessions like this in the future.

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Working the Room is a dynamic, informative event that teaches you how to mingle and network in a business setting, use proper etiquette while eating, and make a positive first impression. This event included actual networking practice with PwC professionals who are Bentley alumni.

Student Fellows: Please write a 1-2 paragraph reflection about the event. This may include your thoughts, opinions, aspects you particularly liked or how it impacted you, your studies, your plans, etc.

Historian Erika Garcia’s Recap of the Dassault Systemes Experience

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The CWB Fellows had a great opportunity to learn from experienced and well-informed professionals at Dassault Systèmes. The time put into planning an intricate schedule was not only impressive but extremely thoughtful. Many times as young college students, we attend corporate visits without fully understanding the company itself. This wasn’t the case with Dassault Systèmes; as noted in the various responses and reflections, our Fellows cited specific memories and tenants of the company’s corporate culture and core values.

The Dassault panel discussion served as an interactive and effective learning tool for us. Many feel as though the conversations surrounding gender equality in itself were quite limited; I agree with this thought and look forward to future opportunities of continued discussion.

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After an afternoon of learning, my Fellows and I shared a fabulous meal at the Naked Fish; this dinner served as a bonding experience for all of us and gave us the opportunity to discuss our thoughts about the event and simply get to know each other on a more personal level. Trish and Dorothy, we thank you.

With that said, I look forward to our roundtable discussion event at which we will solely be discussing these core gender bias issues. In conclusion, on behalf of the Center of Women and Business Fellowship program, we would like to send a big thank you to Dassault Systèmes for giving us such an in depth look at their internship programs, the 3D experience, and the panel discussion!

Erika Garcia

Corporate Visit to Dassault Systèmes

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Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, provides businesses and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. With the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, customers create “social enterprises” that involve their customers in the innovation process. With its online architecture, the 3DEXPERIENCE environment helps businesses to test and evaluate – anywhere in the development life-cycle of a product or service – the eventual experience they will deliver to their customers.

Student Fellows had the opportunity to meet with leaders within the organization to discuss current and important issues.

Student Fellows: Please write a 1-2 paragraph reflection about the event. This may include your thoughts, opinions, aspects you particularly liked or how it impacted you, your studies, your plans, etc.