The spring semester is in full swing and so is the Women’s Council. We have a busy April and May ahead. Now is the time to get upcoming events on your calendar.
Our signature annual event, the WILD Summit, is April 10th
. It is always an amazing day that is not to be missed, so be sure to register now. Also, we’re recruiting for WILD Committee members for next year. Call or email me if you’re interested in hearing more.
This year’s theme for WILD is "Choices". Personally, I’ve made some good (and not so good) choices that have impacted my life in profound ways. I’m sure you have too. This year's theme will be especially important for students and young professionals advancing their careers in an age where change is the only constant. We have space reserved for 100 students
to join us at this year’s Summit. I hope you will come as well… and come prepared to share your wisdom, stories and decision-making advice with the CU students who attend.
Speaking of choices, thank you for making the Women’s Council a priority in your life. We hear every day about large and small ways the Council is benefiting the Leeds School of Business and the student body at CU.
I’m not a cold weather person, so I’ll close with HAPPY SPRING.
CEO, Atomic 20
Trish Thomas, Women's Council Chair
Next Leeds Connect on April 21
Do you want to get to know more Council members, learn about what is happening at Leeds, and understand how to get more involved with the Council? If yes, you’re in luck.
The next Women’s Council Leeds Connect event is April 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Leeds School of Business. Leeds Connect helps members stay connected and get to know more people. It’s a fun way to branch out to learn how to get more involved as you make new contacts. Look for an Evite email.
Lessons from Leaders
, former CEO of Work Options Group and chair of WILD Summit, offers the following leadership advice to seasoned and new leaders.
Q: What are the key success factors for executive leadership?
A: Great leaders are great listeners, advisors, and cheerleaders. They have the ability to visualize a future and to articulate that future in a way that others are willing (and hopefully excited) to help create.
Q: What advice do you give to rising executives?
A: Don’t be afraid to dream and don’t be afraid to make hard choices along the way to achieve that dream. Sometimes it gets lonely as an executive and difficult to find someone in whom to confide and ask advice... but it’s important to seek out objective points of view as it’s often difficult to find people who are willing to challenge you when you’re “the boss.”
Q: What lessons did you learn early in your career that you still apply as executive leader?
A: Business is
personal. Businesses are the totality of the personalities, hearts and brains of the people that do the work. So I always try to remember that the choices I make in the name of “business” affect the lives of the people that work to make that business happen.
Q: What career and life advice do you give to graduating college students?
A: Don’t be afraid to take risks if you can see a path laid out in front of you. Gather information on what’s been done before you and how others might have done it…but then there comes a time when you need to stop gathering information and make up your mind so that you can make something happen and get s*#t done!
Q: Important mentors over the years?
A: My dad. By far my most important mentor ever.
The Leeds Evening MBA Program is Going South - In a Good Way
The Leeds School of Business is excited to be launching a second cohort of its nationally ranked Evening MBA program. The CU South Denver location in Parker begins this May
. The program, designed for working professionals, will be a game-changer in South Denver for those who seek a flagship MBA experience and education but for whom it simply isn’t reasonable to travel to Boulder two nights per week. For companies located in South Denver, the Leeds Evening MBA program represents a more convenient way to access Leeds’ world-class faculty and strong student cohort experience and ultimately develop and retain their high-potential talent.
How can the Women’s Council help
? Spread the word among your colleagues and contacts that live and/or work in South Denver! Highlights about the Leeds evening MBA program and additional details can be found here
- Ranked 39th in the U.S. News & World Report 2014 ranking of the nation's top part-time MBA programs surveyed
- Same high quality as the full-time MBA program, but designed for working professionals
- Classes two nights per week for six consecutive semesters, completed in 24 months
- Strong peer community and graduation rates consistently above 90%
- Now accepting applications through April 1, 2015 for May enrollment
Leeds Has Talent!
The Leeds school has over 3,400 graduate and undergraduate students who are ready to help you meet your business needs. With strong business fundamentals and focus areas in real estate, supply chain, data analytics, social responsibility, quantitative finance, and entrepreneurship – our diverse group of students offers unique depth and breadth of talent for entry-level and experienced positions. Students are eager for internships or part-time positions to hone their skills during the school-year and many seek full-time summer internships or employment. Leeds Career Development
office can help you connect with the right talent to meet your strategic needs. Contact Jocelyn Sommers
for more information or download our Recruitment Guide
to get started.