Nov 08, 2012

Networking Event: The Changing Face of Business

2012 Networking Panelists
(from left: Monica Juan, Shari Wilkinson, Claire Papanastasiou, Bill Bachman, Jeanne Nutt, and Rebecca Galeota)

Nearly 100 students attended a panel discussion on "The Changing Face of Business" hosted by the Business Management and Facility Management departments on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Executive-in-Residence Bill Bachman moderated a panel discussion on “The Changing Face of Business”, exploring employment issues and key business topics.  The panel was comprised by the following industry professionals:

  • Monica Juan, managing director, East Division, for commercial real estate services firm CBRE
  • Shari Wilkinson, founder and executive director, Newburyport Farmers' Market, and former intimate apparel designer and design consultant
  • Claire Papanastasiou, senior public relations manager for global law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Jeanne Nutt, principal/co-managing director of the Boston office of global design firm Gensler
  • Rebecca A. Galeota, senior director, brokerage services, of Cushman & Wakefield

The panel of women answered student questions over a wide range of issues, including: female professionals dealing with male-dominated industries; the indirect paths that lead the panelists to their present jobs / careers (the “non-linearity” of the modern world, as Bill Bachman noted); how co-op jobs lead to real-world jobs; how they got their first jobs; insights and perspectives on learning from one area and applying it to something  totally unexpected; the importance of Linked-In and other business networking sites; the skills the panelists look for in hiring; the values of mentors and networking; how men deal with women as superiors and employees; the biggest challenges each faces today; the biggest sacrifices that each made in order to move ahead; the factors in how they decided where they wanted to end up geographically; and, for those who had changed careers, the main factor in reaching that decision.

These business leaders took additional time out of their busy personal and professional lives to meet and speak with students, alumni and faculty after the panel discussion, and their valuable insights were greatly appreciated. 

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