Zicklin Women in Business celebrated International Women’s Day with its 5th annual luncheon titled “Journeys in Leadership- Values, Goals, Challenges and Trade-Offs” on Wednesday, March 11th at the Newman Library Building. ZWIB invited successful women in leadership positions to share their insights, and to inspire current Zicklin students to become leaders in their industries. Panelists included Wreta Salmon (Audit Director, Deliotte & Touche), Gillian Van Schaick (EVO of Compliance at HSBC Bank USA), Andrea Sullivan (Chief Marketing Officer of North America at Interbrand), and Patricia Cummings (Co-managing partner, CPA, Citrin Cooperman). Ruschell Boone, award-winning Queens Reporter at NY1, served as the spirited moderator and proudly spoke of her own Baruch education (Accounting).
The panel was presented with questions specially curated by the ZWIB board that covered topics such as personal motivation, conflicts in the workplace, and work-life balance. Panelists drew from their personal and professional experiences and gave sound advice to an eager audience.
Common themes that were reinforced by multiple panelists included how to present with confidence in all situations, “leaning in”, and knowing when and how to ask for help. The topic of balancing work and family life was also addressed, with sound advice from Salmon encouraging women to “set boundaries,” and to know when to say yes and when to say no.
Here are some great take-aways for our ZWIB members:
· Take a risk, say yes and always be prepared
· Some skills/attributes of female leaders- Need a baseline quality to generate revenue, ability to get people to follow/engage, exude confidence, communicate/speak up with confidence
· Be in control of our own destiny- do so by networking and/or finding a mentor
· In order to balance work and family life, set priorities and always be flexible. Set boundaries at work and clearly communicate them at work. Never feel guilty, but never check out.
· How to become a leader? Do the job you’re getting paid for, be willing, meet expectations, be likeable, have a good attitude and be “coachable”. The trick is to not focus on how to get to next level, but to be amazing at what you do now.
· Know what makes you happy. Be true to yourself.
· Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and taking risks- shoot for the moon, you may land on a star.
· If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough. Keep pushing! Discomfort is the zone for growth.
ZWIB was proud to present such enlightening and encouraging panelists, and empowers all members to embrace their personal journeys in leadership.