Women in the Workforce Conference Recap

This past Sunday, April 7th, Berkeley Women in Business hosted its second

annual women in the workforce conference, and it was a great success! Through

keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and conversations with fellow students and

women in business, we all learned a lot about not just women’s issues in the

workplace but also how to begin and advance our careers in the modern world.

Our first keynote speakers, Gioia McCarthy and Kellie McElhaney, spoke at

length about how far women have come in the finance industry and in the business

world in general, touching on the balance of having a full time career and being a

full time parent, a current issue for many women looking to advance their careers

but not willing to sacrifice their family life. Listening to these two powerful and

intelligent women speak was inspiring for all of us in BWIB.

Our second keynote speaker, Jenny Dearborn, was equally as inspiring,

speaking with us candidly about her experiences in the workplace regarding the

growth of her career, her interactions with men in the workplace, and her

strong-willed and passionate attitude that has led her through many obstacles in her


Through breakout sessions that taught us about specific industries and how

to network, we learned so much about tangible ways to start our career and prepare

now as undergrads. Hearing personal stories and getting small tips on interviewing

and recruiting gave us specific ways we can work towards our goals, which was

truly motivating.

Overall, the Women in the Workforce Conference was a great opportunity

for us BWIB members to reflect on why we choose to be apart of such a

motivating and inclusive community here at Cal, with a mission aligned with some

of the most influential and successful women in the Bay Area today. We can’t wait

to see what next year’s conference brings and we hope to use what we learned this

year to continue our work as undergrads in Berkeley Women in Business!

By: Carina Massana