Professional development events encourage female leadership

Last month's Professional Development Dinner featured speaker Kim Scouller, a leader in the world of finance.

As Mountaineers prepared to leave for Spring Break, a group of students attended the annual Professional Development Dinner in the University Center Ballroom.

Each year, this free event equips students for the work world by providing them with networking tips, etiquette advice and an opportunity to meet others in their fields.

This year’s dinner included a keynote by former broker-dealer-president Kim Scouller, who served as an in-house attorney at Transamerica. Scouller also spoke at a luncheon designed for female students in the Borick School of Business.

The Women in Business Luncheon is a new part of the tradition of work-world preparation at Western. Students from different areas of study within the School of Business met, mingled and networked. They also engaged in compelling conversations with strong leaders from the Gunnison Valley and beyond.

During this discussion, new ideas formed about the future of female empowerment at Western, both in and out of the classroom. Scouller stressed the importance of education throughout the event and offered up advice on how students could learn leadership skills throughout their careers.

Western’s annual celebration of Women’s History Month had a similar focus, emphasizing how women involved in local businesses shape the future of their communities.

The Women in Business Luncheon will return next year, along with the Professional Development Dinner and more opportunities for female students to grow and learn.

Story by Anna Lhuiller.

Date: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 1:00pm