Some Seton High School juniors had the opportunity recently to participate in the Women in Leadership Workshop at GE. This half-day workshop is devoted to connecting young women to high performing professionals in a casual environment in order to foster leadership and mentoring. The following Pre-Calculus Honors students attended the event: Hannah Beiting, Paige Dean, Alex Fieler, Carly Hawk, Analise Kandra, Bella Lohmiller, Tricia McHale, Millie Poehner, Marie Richter and Olivia Webber.
The event explored topics including “Leading as Women”, “Personal Board of Directors”, and “The Power of Diversity”. Students participated in roundtable discussions with GE professionals from engineering, sales, finance, accounting, human resources, marketing, operations, and information technology.
The conference helped students to see how vast the options in their future careers are. “It allowed me to be open to all of the possibilities for my future that I was unaware of in the field of engineering,” said Millie Poehner. “The influential speakers made me realize how blessed I am to go to an all-girls school that prepares me to be a strong woman in whatever career I may choose.”
The students found the speakers to be inspiring and on point. “It was an honor to listen to first-hand experiences of women in the work place in what is traditionally a more male-dominated career,” said Paige Dean. “The main thing I took out of it is that if you put in the work, no matter the goal, you can accomplish it regardless of background or gender.”
Analise Kandra had similar positive feedback. “I felt inspired and thankful that I get to go to a great school that offers opportunities like this in addition to empowering me to be a strong young woman who will be ready for a wide variety of careers in my future.”