STORY AND PHOTOS BY: DONNA ROBLES
Four ladies sat in front of a large crowd of students at the pyramid at Cal State Long Beach on March 8. A question was presented, one at a time, and all four of them had the chance to answer the question based on their perspectives. Students were also given the chance to ask questions such as any challenges and to give advices to women and the youth.
These ladies are not just ordinary women who work in known organizations or companies. Rather, they are one of the few who either represent women in the executive or leadership position, or represent women in a field where most men are expected to succeed.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Society of Women in Business together with two other organizations—Society of Women Engineers and International Business Association—put together the very first women’s conference to celebrate the success of women in the workforce, to empower women to pursue their careers in the field that they have chosen, and encourage the CSULB community to be gender inclusive.
The topics of unconscious bias, glass ceiling, minorities, work-life integration, and networking were some of the issues that were discussed during the panels. The panelists were Nicole Cadreau from Southern California Edison, Mary Miller who was the Chief of Financial Officer of Front Porch, Deanne Mendoza who is the executive vice president of Teacher Created Materials, Elizabeth Jones from Coca-Cola, and Roxana Carrillo who is a Senior Staff Engineer from Avocet Environmental.
Michelle Matos, the outreach chair for Society of Women in Business, said she hopes to make the event an annual celebration and expects to network with more people.