Berkeley-Haas Women’s Empowerment Day

The 3rd annual Women’s Empowerment Day (WED) took place on Friday, April 10th 2015. WED was hosted by the Undergraduate Program to bring together over 100 undergraduate women that were nominated by professors and staff. This half-day conference was held to inspire, orient and empower women who will soon graduate from the Berkeley-Haas undergraduate program.

Unlike most conferences, WED had a very intimate setting that allowed for 45-minute round-table discussions in small groups. We had the chance to speak with over 10 alums to gain insight about work life balance, how to find meaning on the job, and tips for climbing the corporate ladder. It was a time to ask those questions about what it means to be a successful, powerful woman in business. Speakers included Haas Professors Krystal Thomas, who initiated the conference three years ago and Kellie McElheney, who talked about being a lioness, as well as, Assistant Dean Erika Walker and Dean Lyons.

Cynt and I

Among those alumna was Cynt Marshall, Senior Vice President at AT&T. Cynt, the keynote speaker, was truly inspiring and empowering. By the end of the day, everyone had adopted her catchy, new phrase- HASU– or Hook A Sister Up! Cynt also shared 10 lessons to being a powerful in the business world and making an impact.

10 Lessons to Success in Business… and Life

Always remember where you came from, or you might…

If we forget where we came from or how we got where we are, we may easily lose sight of where we are going and end up back where we started.

Do the right thing

As you venture out, you may be asked to do certain things outside your comfort zone, but never compromise your integrity. Always remember that there’s a difference between “doing things right” and “doing the right thing.” Make sure that is very clear to you now before you starting doing.

Show up

In order to win, you must be present! You need to stand up and be heard. You must DO YOU!

Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a train

Bad stuff happens to good people. That’s just part of life. Also know that tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

Respond gracefully when bad stuff happens

People don’t remember what happened or how it happened, but they will remember how you responded to what happened. So take a moment, take a deep breath, and then respond.

People matter… that’s all that matters

No man is an island; we all need each other, so stop acting like we don’t. Realize that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Embrace you sisters… we’re all we have

One of nicest things we can do is stick together as sisters and look out for one another. Look for the HASU moment and always Hook A Sister Up.

Protect what’s important to you

Know what is really important to you and keep it close to you.

Get MAD- Make A Difference

Life is much more meaningful when leave an impact and are making a difference. Find a cause that makes you mad enough to take action to make it better. Then DO IT!

Find your passion and purpose, cry and get busy

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Find you passion and purpose in life and pursue it. If you find what you truly love, it will never feel like work.

WED was a truly memorable event, so special thanks to Dresden John and the Undergraduate Program for organizing it.

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