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Women's Leadership Conference Brings Corporate and Student Leaders Together

Morristown, N.J. (March 31, 2015) – The month of March is known as Women's History Month – a time when women are not just lauded for their historic deeds, but also for how they strive to make history.

During this month, CSE's Women's College, Continuing Studies, Graduate programs, and admission department hosted a conference that included six panelists of women who were very successful in their respective fields.

CSE adjunct instructor Marge Kelly, a retired vice president from MetLife and currently a consultant in crisis management, was the moderator for the event. The theme was transformation.

The guest panelists were Rose Wolf, retired vice president, MetLife; Liz Hogan, retired senior executive of Societe Generale and independent consultant; Peggy Fechtmann, independent consultant and former executive vice president at MetLife; Linda Reed, vice president of integrative and behavioral medicine at Atlantic Health Systems; and Kathy Henker, retired executive of global human resources at MetLife.

The Women's Leadership Program was originally funded some years ago by a challenge grant. The success of the program has led it to become an academic minor.

Katherine Buck, vice president of student life, noted in her welcoming speech, "The success of the program is not measured in enrollment, but in the achievements of our students and graduates who have gone on to become leaders in their fields."

The panelists offered strategies for transforming oneself to become successful in both career and personal life such as:

There was a brief question and answer period and then an informal lunch during which the students could continue the conversation with the panelists.

"It was good to hear these powerful women talk about having the same insecurities that I have as a student," says Ashley Bouwense '16. "They gave excellent advice as to how to transform from student to career woman."

Alexandra Rojas '15 noted, "I am glad that they talked about asking for help. Sometimes we as women are seen as weak if we can't accomplish something by ourselves. But everyone needs to ask for help once in a while and they proved that it does not deter success."

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