Innovative Women’s Conference features workshops, discussions

Submitted by Anna Rzewnicki on Thursday Nov 12, 2015.

For the second year, the MBA Student Association in the NC State Jenkins MBA program at Poole College is bringing together women in business and industry and women graduate students throughout the Triangle for a full day of workshops and conferences on Friday, November 13, at the NC State Talley Student Center.

The event begins with a networking session on Thursday evening, November 12, at HQ Raleigh, which also is home to the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic based in Poole College.

Coordinators of this year's IWC are Jenkins MBA students Dataline Aguirre, Nina Keidel, Padmaja Soundararajan and Jen Wiles. Tickets are being sold in advance and at the door. 

Following is the list of this year's IWC sessions and presenters.

Pre-conference Networking Social (Nov. 12)
Jamie Stewart, senior director of technical services, Cisco

Keynote Presentation
Valerie Fields, entrepreneur and public relations lecturer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Panel Discussion | Women in Sourcing
Mandy Althoff, Jenkins MBA (2014), Supplier Sourcing Consultant for Metlife
Debra Giles, supplier diversity administrator, Cree
Dorothy Hurt, buyer, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and practicum advisor, Poole College's Supply Chain Resource Cooperative

Panel Discussion | You are What You Eat: Women in Food
Sarah Blacklin, NC Choices program director
Jill Bullard, co-founder and CEO, Interfaith Food Shuttle
Jillian Mickens, owner and farmer, Open Door Farm

Panel Discussion | Women in Sustainability
Harpreet Cheema, co-founder, Waste to Green
Rosanna Garcia, associate professor, NC State University
Mimi Shankin, director of sustainability, Avant
Liz Tracy, director of community engagement, HQ Raleigh

Panel Discussion | Women in Healthcare
Janet Hadar, vice president of operations, UNC Hospitals
Claud Viveros, director, human resources and organizational development, Quintiles
Panella Washington, CEO, Advance Community Health (previously Wake Health Services)

Panel Discussion | The Evolution of Women in Tech
Denise Helfrich, technical support manager, Cisco
Sarah Penley, program manager, Cisco

Workshop | Power of Persuasion
Carol Hoss Perriccio, president, Influence Forward

Workshop | Crucial Conversations
Amy Podurgal, owner, Square Peg Consulting, Inc.

Workshop | How to Turn Your Passion into a Small Business
Christy Chapman, founder and owner, Bean Traders

Workshop | Keeping Up with Consumer Expectations
Stacy Wood, Langdon Distinguished Professor and executive director, Consumer Innvoation Consortium, NC State Poole College of Management


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