• Life-Long Learning Series Begins with Women in Finance Seminar


“Women Making a Difference in Finance” was the first program in the 2008-2009 Life-Long Learning Series presented by the Sawyer Business School’s Institute for Executive Education.

A panel of women financial leaders from State Street Global Advisors, Genzyme, Staples, EMC and TDBankNorth drew a crowd of 160 people representing 65 companies to the September luncheon.

The panelists shared their personal stories, highlighting their accomplishments and the challenges they faced in climbing the corporate ladder. Panelists were asked a number of questions including how they balanced their professional and personal lives, what key factors helped them succeed, and how turning points along the way affected their careers.

Audience reactions were uniformly positive from “What a fabulous success that was!” to “Thank you for putting this great program together” and “The panelists were excellent. They were very direct and candid about their experiences.”

The September event was one of six programs planned through October 2009. Two more events focus on the role of women in other industries: “Women Making a Difference in Retail” (December ‘08) and “Women Making a Difference in Healthcare” (April ‘09).

The Series will also present “Leading the Business of Law” (February ‘09), “Leading the Business of Non-Profits” (March ‘09), and “Leading the Business of Life Sciences” (October ’09) which offer both men and women an inside look at leadership roles in these diverse fields.

The Series is part of the Business School’s commitment to provide its constituent community with the necessary access and opportunity to continue their education. "At the end of the day, our job is to be a relevant partner on the life-long learning path" says Michael Barretti, Director of the Institute for Executive Education.  For more information about the Institute for Executive Education, call 617.573.8660 or email ExecEd@suffolk.edu

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