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Purdue Krannert School of Management Jane Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management

Emerging Leaders Retreat

Increasing the pipeline of young women in leadership roles is a key strategic goal to achieve a gender balance at all levels of corporate business. Studies have shown that a young woman’s career choice is often influenced by perceptions that occur early in life. The Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center believes that it is imperative to provide pre-college learning experiences that emphasize empowerment and information about the wide range of opportunities available with a degree in business. With these objectives in mind, the one-day Emerging Leaders Retreat was launched on October 16 with 24 girls from two high schools participating in the following activities: 

  • Introduction to potential careers in business and entrepreneurship through hands-on learning experiences
  • Role plays in leadership and empowerment, with opportunities to navigate gender challenges often experienced by women in the workplace
  • Glimpses of life as a business student and as a young professional
  • Interactions with Krannert students, faculty, alumni and business leaders 
  • 2017 Agenda

    8am - 8:25am Registration and Breakfast
    8:30am - 10:00am

    Module I: LaunchBox
    Juliana Casavan
    Students create and market their own company

    10:00am - 10:30am Break
    10:30am - noon

    Module II: Leadership and Empowerment Role Play
    Dr. Meara Habashi
    Hands-on gender exercises

    noon - 1:30pm Lunch at Weiler Lounge followed by Campus Walk with Krannert Students
    1:30pm - 3:30pm

    Module III: Business Careers Review
    Sharlee Lyons, Moderator
    Geetali Pradhan, Karena Newman, Anna McDonald, Erin Walsh; Panelists
    Overview, activities and a discussion with young businesswomen sharing highlights of their career experiences

    3:30pm - 4:00pm Wrap up and Evaluations
  • Student Quotes

    • “I really enjoyed all the sessions with all the business ladies. Their talks really inspired me to become an important leader in business.” 
    • “The retreat exceeded my expectations. There was always something to do.”
    • “It opened my eyes to how many ways you can put your passion into business.”
    • “My favorite part was the role play. It was interesting to learn how gender roles play in a business.”
    • “I discovered a lot of new things about marketing that interested me.”
    • “My favorite part [of the day] was talking to Krannert students and learning their perspectives on campus.”
    • “I really enjoyed the LaunchBox event. It let us come up with our own product and really put me in a position where I felt like a business woman.”