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Undergraduate Women Participate in Region’s Leading Business Events to Enhance Networking Skills

October 29, 2009
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Participants in the School’s GEM, or Gateway to Excellence through Mentorship, program are getting the opportunity to meet and network with business leaders at some of the region’s leading business events. GEM is a new program that connects the School’s top female students with local businesswomen to help them develop networking and other business skills.  The participants are each paired with a mentor who will guide them on an individual level and help them make connections.

GEM students had the opportunity to meet and network with area business leaders at a presentation and book signing by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Oct. 6. The event, held in downtown Miami, was sponsored by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). Students also attended a luncheon with the Women's Chamber on Oct. 29. That event featured a presentation by Barbara E. Kahn, dean of the School of Business.

“I hope to get as much as I can out of the program, from working on my networking skills to advice on leadership and career planning, and much more,” said junior Karen Shiers, one of the GEM participants.  “I hope to meet individuals that can truly help me on my career path.”

At the Albright event, the students met with business leaders and practiced making connections for about an hour before listening to Albright’s remarks. The former Secretary of State discussed her new book, Read My Pins, and signed copies for students afterward.  More important than her remarks, however, was the opportunity for participants to develop networking skills.

“For most of us, it was our first time at an event like that and our first real experience with networking and it proved to be very beneficial,” said participant Janelle Llera.

Shiers also expressed her appreciation for the resources that GEM has provided her.

“I am extremely impressed with the GEM program thus far,” said Shiers.  “It is not every day that university students have the opportunity to attend events with such remarkable individuals.”

GEM will continue throughout the school year through a variety of events including a luncheon with Suzy Welch on Nov. 18, a resume building workshop, and the pairing of students with mentors.
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