Janice DiPietro’s Mentoring Session

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Janice DiPietro is the Founder and CEO of the Exceptional Leaders International (E.L.I) company. Driven by a passion for helping people and organizations succeed, Janice has successfully consulted with companies for over 25 years. She has experience in many diverse and complex industries, including technology, life sciences, and business services. Janice founded E.L.I. to channel that passion and experience in a powerful new way, bringing together an exceptional team of business veterans to guide organizations through their most critical transitions.

The CWB Student Fellows have the opportunity to sit with Janice and hear about her business experiences over the years, as well as ask her any questions that arise during discussion.

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

Historian Katie’s Reflection on Guilda Hilaire’s Mentoring Session

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Guilda Hilaire is an inspiring and passionate leader in the workforce. Her previous work experiences at Johnson-and-Johnson, BCG and Liberty Mutual have helped shape her into the corporate leader she is today. The difference among the firms’ company cultures and representation of women in the workforce was a major topic that she spoke about. Coming from such diverse fields, Guilda remarked that Liberty Mutual has a great representation of women in the workforce due to the ‘tone at the top.’ When upper management places such a great emphasis on equality in the workplace, the attitudes trickle down to the rest of the organization.

Guilda also advocated being in a career field that you are passionate about. It is not about the salary or the job title but truly doing a career that you are satisfied with. When you follow your dreams you will put in the effort that your job needs. The motivation to excel in the job will be far greater. Do not be afraid of “not knowing what you don’t know” and understand that there will always be something that you don’t know. Guilda lives in the moment and inspired the Fellows to do the same. Her hard work and dedication to equality in the workplace and genuine personality was portrayed throughout the time we spoke with her. The Fellows thought it was amazing to hear her anecdotes and understand more about the shift in corporate culture.

Historian Katie’s Reflection on the CWB Roundtable Event

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The CWB Roundtable was a dynamic event for the CWB Fellowship. Collectively, we had the opportunity to discuss equality issues and learn how to combat them. Topics ranged from men in partnership to advance women to unconscious bias in the workplace. We were exposed to these topics while receiving opinions and knowledge from Sava Berhane, Trish Foster, and Marcie Crary. Their worldly point of views gave us a greater understanding of the topics discussed.

Many of the Fellows felt that hearing multiple perspectives on the topics led to better solutions that could be utilized in the future. The highly engaging environment brought a unique aspect to the Roundtable. Each Fellow was extremely passionate about the topics and were encouraged to speak out. Understanding that gender discrimination is a two-way street and that the road to gender equality needs to include everyone was extremely inspirational. This valuable conversation seemed to be the highlight of the Fellowship for most attendees. We hope to continue these meaningful and passionate conversations in the future.

Article Review 4: “The Confidence Gap”

The Atlantic: “The Confidence Gap” By Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, May 2014

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This article discusses the shortage of female confidence that appears to plague the American workforce and beyond. Top female leaders admit to self-doubt and a constant questioning of their own abilities. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman explore why this is such a prevalent issue, and investigate its impact in the classroom, work, and life itself.

Fellows: Please write a 2 paragraph review on the article. Express your thoughts and opinions, as well as connections you can make from material covered in the Fellowship. A review is required for only 1 out of the 4 articles posted but please feel free to review more than one. This needs to be submitted before final Fellowship presentations.

Article Review 3: “To Achieve True Workplace Equality for Women, Women and Men Need Time Parity”

The Huffington Post: “To Achieve True Workplace Equality for Women, Women and Men Need Time Parity” By Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Aug 26, 2015

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This article discusses the necessary and often unexpected “off-ramps” and on-ramps” sometimes taken in a person’s career. The argument is that more options such as flex-time are needed in the workplace. The article cites companies using unique strategies to keep women engaged.

Fellows: Please write a 2 paragraph review on the article. Express your thoughts and opinions, as well as connections you can make from material covered in the Fellowship. A review is required for only 1 out of the 4 articles posted but please feel free to review more than one. This needs to be submitted before final Fellowship presentations.

Article Review 2: “A Toxic Work World”

The New York Times: “A Toxic Work World” By Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sep. 18, 2015.

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This article focuses on the emphasis American culture puts on the 24/hr work day, and the affects on individuals and families. Undervalued work in certain industries such as childcare and elderly services is also discussed.

Fellows: Please write a 2 paragraph review on the article. Express your thoughts and opinions, as well as connections you can make from material covered in the Fellowship. A review is required for only 1 out of the 4 articles posted but please feel free to review more than one. This needs to be submitted before final Fellowship presentations.

Article Review 1: “I’m Sorry, but Women Really Need to Stop Apologizing”

TIME “I’m Sorry, but Women Really Need to Stop Apologizing” By Jessica Bennett, Jun 18, 2014.

This article focuses on why women often unnecessarily apologize. Excessive apologizing can undermine what a women has to say, and the author calls on women to be more aware of the behavior.

Not Sorry ShineStrong Pantene – clicking on this link will bring you to the Pantene commercial this article references.

“A new Pantene ad calls attention to how the apology is too often used as a crutch and a way to downplay female power.”

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 Fellows: Please write a 2 paragraph review on the article. Express your thoughts and opinions, as well as connections you can make from material covered in the Fellowship. A review is required for only 1 out of the 4 articles posted but please feel free to review more than one. This needs to be submitted before final Fellowship presentations.

Historian Erika’s Aspire to Lead review

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Aspire to Lead was an event that was held and showcased by one the world’s leading and highly regarded service companies, PricewaterhouseCoopers, otherwise known as PwC. Its main goal was to dissect corporate gender equity and to discuss ways to further rising leader and motivate, hardworking college students. After attending this event, the Fellows and I can openly say that this event was an absolute success.

Before the presentation we were given time to get to network and ask questions. We were also offered snacks and dinner. Not that these aspects are ever necessary during any presentation, but they did help us to get to know the PwC staff and their initiatives. We took these positive vibes into the actual presentation. I noticed that throughout every video, everyone was giving their undivided attention, while some students were even taking notes.

By the time the panelists spoke, there were students visually reciprocating the panelists’ energy and enthusiasm by clapping, laughing, or asking questions on gender-related discrimination. The conversations got so intricate that they even probed us to think even bigger onto other social issues that may hinder us in the work place like sense of self, honesty, racism, and ageism. The candor was enlightening and, quite frankly, empowering. It was beautiful to watch so many intelligent students and professionals collaborate. We gathered together to think through what Gender Equity means and how to promote it in the workplace. The #HeForShe campaign put forth, launched, and executed by PwC impressed the CWB Fellows and I and made us look at the company as “not just another corporation.” Overall, the event was refreshing and, to say the least, they knocked this out of the ball park.

Best,

Erika

Guilda Hilaire’s Empowering Mentoring Session

Guilda assumed her current position as the Associate Director of Marketing Operations at DigitasLBi earlier in 2015, where she exercises her deep expertise in digital, contemporary and classic marketing strategies that she built on the foundation of more than 10 years of marketing experience. Prior to joining DigitasLBi, Guilda has held management positions at companies including the Boston Consulting Group, Liberty Mutual, and Johnson & Johnson. As a strong thought leader and an advocate for self-empowerment, Guilda was highly involved in the National Black MBA Association – Boston Chapter as the VP of Communications, and is now serving on the advisory board of Eden & Associates, Inc., a privately funded non-profit organization that conducts self-empowerment seminars and workshops that provide practical life building and leadership development skills.

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