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Women of Smeal Initiative

The "Women of Smeal" initiative is designed to provide forums for discussing and encouraging women's leadership. It is both raising awareness of existing initiatives, and also creating new opportunities for personal and professional development. The initiative, which grew from cross-constituent requests, includes alumni and students as well as our faculty and staff colleagues.

Several avenues already provide these connections, and they are outlined below. However, if you have information or ideas about other initiatives underway or new ways to embrace the resources we have among us, please share them with the "Women of Smeal" Steering Group:  Tara Banerjee, Meg Brower, Jamie Campbell (Ex-Officio), Rebecca Cianci, Jennifer Crispell, Jennifer Eury (Chair), Meg Handley, Carrie Marcinkevage, Sue Purdum, and student representatives from MBA Women International (WMBA), Multicultural Women’s Forum, and Women in Business.

Opportunities for Students

MBA Women International (WMBA) student group

WMBA is dedicated to enhancing the personal, professional, and economic development of graduate business women and promoting professional, philanthropic, and social networking opportunities. From speed networking to “Careers and Cupcakes,” WMBA is an active catalyst for the advancement of women in their respective fields. View the MBA Student Exchange Calendar to see a list of upcoming events. Join WMBA for a discussion on LinkedIn.

Multicultural Women's Forum (MWF)

MWF is dedicated to creating a support network, and enhancing professional development and leadership skills for multicultural women in, but not limited to, the Smeal College of Business. From networking events to the Big Hat Brunch, MFW is dedicated to addressing a wide range of cultural and gender-specific topics.

Women in Business (WIB) undergraduate student group

WIB is dedicated to promoting the advancement of Smeal women by increasing the awareness of workplace trends and connecting members with Smeal and Penn State alumni. From organizing the Business Inferno competition to fundraising for THON and the Susan F. Komen Foundation, WIB is creating an environment where students can come together to address a number of issues important to women. Join WIB for a discussion on LinkedIn.

Opportunities for ALL Women (and Men) of Smeal

Powerful Women Paving the Way conference, sponsored by the Women in Business undergraduate student group
The Powerful Women Paving the Way conference, recently named Penn State’s Outstanding Program of the Year, provides the women of Smeal with an opportunity to reconnect with the college, and connect with alumni as well as the next generation of women leaders. The annual conference features dynamic speakers and a variety of topics from networking and going to graduate school to working smarter and starting your own business.

Women’s Leadership Forum, sponsored by the Smeal Executive MBA Program
The Women’s Leadership Forum is a professional development and networking opportunity for women featuring Smeal faculty, EMBA alumni, and industry leaders. The panel discussions and breakout sessions explore subjects of special interest to professional women, like work-life balance and developing your personal brand.

Lean In Learning: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, wrote Lean In to encourage new thinking about women's leadership, and has created a library of short professional development lecture videos by leading faculty and experts. Smeal conducts monthly video discussions with community members to enhance professional development and networking. Learn more about the overall program at leanin.org.

Penn State Opportunities

Commission for Women (CFW)

CFW serves as an advisory group to the president of the University on the status of women at Penn State, advocates for women's concerns, and recommends solutions. During the academic year, the commission holds monthly full commission meetings that are open to all members of the University community. Most of the work of the commission occurs through its committees, so this is the best way to get involved. Consider getting involved today.

Center for Women Students

The Center is designed to provide a central focus for meeting the needs of women students. Although it is clear that all units within the University have a responsibility to address these needs, the Center for Women Students provides a point of entry where women students' concerns can be handled directly or referred to appropriate units within the University or local community.