Women’s Networking Association presents “The Joy of Persisting”

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm | Location: Virtual – Zoom

Event Description

There is joy in persisting and it often involves self-discovery, a sense of purpose, and progress. Join this conversation led by Dr. Brenda Nelson, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in Culinary Services, to explore and reflect on your own joy of persistence. It is journey of growth, the process of overcoming obstacles, and the satisfaction derived from consistent effort that makes is so fulfilling.

Established in 2013, the Women’s Networking Association (WNA) seeks to connect professional women across campus through meaningful and empowering relationships. Providing an opportunity for women to network and support one another is an essential step for building women’s leadership at Michigan State University and in the Greater Lansing community.

WNA hosts monthly seminars which focus on professional development and leadership building. WNA programs are open to all but may have particular relevance to women-identifying individuals seeking to advance their careers or develop networking and leadership skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Defining of the Joy of Persistence
  • Delving into crucial elements of the Joy of Persistence
  • Discussing practical applications for the Joy of Persisting in relation to women’s leadership

About the Speaker: Dr. Brenda Nelson, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, Culinary Services

Brenda Nelson is the Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for Culinary Services in the Division of Student Life & Engagement. She has 42 years of experience in higher education, supporting students and team members. She is committed to creating an environment that fosters academic, professional, and personal success. Her approach is rooted in Servant Leadership, focusing on changing lives, helping individuals discover their authentic selves, and encouraging team members and students to reach their full potential. Her influence extends beyond her professional roles. She is known for her involvement with community organizations across the state, showcasing her dedication to making a positive impact beyond the university. Her presentations on leadership, self-branding, and inclusiveness highlight her ability to personally connect with and inspire others. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Urban Health, and a Master of Arts in Higher Adult Lifelong Education. Recently earning her Ph.D. in Higher Adult Lifelong Education at MSU, Brenda continues to exemplify a lifelong commitment to learning and personal growth. She is married and has an amazing extended family.