Women’s Networking Association


The mission of the Women’s Networking Association (WNA) is 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. Topics have included: Effective Networking; Creating Your Brand; Goal Setting and Achievement; Communication Skills for Women; among others. WNA programs are open to all and may have particular relevance to individuals seeking to advance their careers or develop networking and leadership skills.

For more information about the Women’s Networking Association email worklife@msu.edu or to be added to the list serv, visit https://worklife.msu.edu/listserv

While these seminars are intended for professional women at MSU, WNA activities are open to all.

Fall 2021 Events

September 2021

Thursday, September 30 11:30am-1pm: Taming Imposter Syndrome (Amy Pierce-Danders)

October 2021

Wednesday, October 27 12pm-1:30pm: Building Up Women Around You Panel

November 2021

Wednesday, November 17 12pm-1pm: Mitigating Bias in Hiring (Tina Alonzo)

December 2021

Tuesday, December 7 12pm-1pm: Holiday Fun/Trivia on Famous and Historical Women

January 2022

Wednesday, January 19 11:30am-1pm: Women's Mental Health and Intersectionality (Dr. Farha Abbasi)

February 2022

Wednesday, February 9 12pm-1pm: Follow up Q&A to Women's Mental Health and Intersectionality (Dr. Farha Abbasi)

March 2022

Wednesday, March 23 12-1pm: The Power of Affirmations - An Antidote to Imposter Syndrome & Burnout (Jaimie Hutchison)

April 2022

Wednesday, April 27 12-1pm: Identity, Difference, and Connection: A Dialogue & Strategy Sharing Session

May 2022

Date TBD: Vision Boarding

Meet the Committee:

  • Tina Alonzo, EVPA DEI Administrator - Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration 

  • Jaimie Hutchison, WorkLife Office (WNA chair)

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  • Shana Killips, Marketing and Sales Manager/S - Executive Development Programs

  • Robbia Pipper, Complex Dining Services Manager I - REHS
  • Felicia Berryman, IT Services Analytics And Data Solutions

Past Events

May 2021 - End of Year Event 

Wednesday, May 12 11:30am-1pm: Processing through Reflective Writing (Dr. Denise Acevedo)

April 2021

Wednesday, April 28 3pm-4:30pm: Crucial Conversation (Collaboration with HR)

March 2021

Wednesday, March 17 3pm-4:30pm: Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 31 12p-1p: Assertiveness: The secret ingredient for self-care and unlocking your untapped power

February 2021

Thursday, February 4 12pm-1pm: WNA: Clutter and the Mind

Wednesday, February 17 12pm-1pm: WNA: 9 to 5 Story of a Movement Discussion

January 2021

Wednesday, January 27 9am-10:30am: Representing Women in the Arts (watch the replay)

Thursday, January 28 7pm-9pm: 9 to 5 Story of a Movement (Collaborative with WKAR)

November 2020

Wednesday, November 18 3pm: WNA Professional Development Session

October 2020

Wednesday, October 28  3pm: Managing Emotional Overload (Presented by: Lisa Laughman)

September 2020

Wednesday, September 21 3pm: Leadership and Being a Person of Influence ​(Presented by: State Representative, Sarah Anthony)

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Women's Networking Association programs and seminars are open to all

Lauren%20BealoreThe Journey to “Jeopardy!”: A Study in Persistence

Thursday, May 7, 2020, Speaker: Robin Miner-Swartz

Robin Miner-Swartz had been trying to be a contestant on "Jeopardy!" since her days as a student at Michigan State. After 29 years of studying and auditioning, she finally made it. Along the way, she learned the value of goal setting and persistence, and she gained a new appreciation for alumni networks of all kinds.

Responding to Harassment in the Workplace & Online

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Speaker: Sabrina Merz and Lydia Weiss

There are policies that govern harassment in the workplace, but how can we respond in the moment?  This webinar will explore dynamics of harassment in general, and offer skills for handling instances of harassment in person and online.

The History of Work-Life Balance and Women

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Speaker: Jaimie Hutchison

Work-life balance. We’ve heard of it and know we need it, but how is it incorporated into our current personal and professional situations? Join us for an interactive experience providing hands-on activities to identify options for adjusting your current approach to your work-life commitments so a greater sense of balance (or fit) is possible.

“Women Do It Differently!” Learning Session

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Speaker: Nancy Colflesh

This highly interactive learning session is designed to expand women’s sense of who they are as leaders and what they need, on an on-going basis, for support and encouragement from each other. We will use the Athena Leadership Model as our base and discuss how women leaders lead differently from the traditional male, hierarchical model of management. Several protocols, or strategies, will used to structure and facilitate 1-1 and small-group conversations during the session.

Women’s Mental Health

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Speaker: Beth Morris

In today’s fast-paced world, mental health often takes a backseat, especially for women who often wear many hats. But focusing on combating anxiety and depression allows you to be present in your life and accomplish your goals with much less worry on the way to success. This seminar will provide information on the negative thinking process, the similarities and differences of anxiety and depression, and mindfulness and its impact.

Tracking Your Professional Success

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Speaker: Jaimie Hutchison, MA, LPC, GCDF

Updating your resume and LinkedIn profile is not just for those who are looking for a career move.  By tracking your successes at work, you can build your confidence, understand yourself more, develop a clearer idea of your strengths and be prepared for whatever may come your way.  This presentation will provide you with techniques and strategies to track your professional success and to present yourself in a professional and polished way.

Redefining Women’s Empowerment: Multi-layered Leadership Pipeline

Wednesday, October 25, 2019, Speaker: Lauren Bealore
Info on Speaker: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenbealore/

In today’s social media-driven society, it is very easy to brand yourself with your 9-to-5 or side hustle; however, it is also easy to get pigeon-held to being one-dimensional by separating the two. This has created a “war of worlds” where corporate and entrepreneurship are seen as two separate entities, leading to a misconception of how to develop a multi-faceted career as a woman in leadership. This seminar will provide tips to take you up the ladder of engagement from startup to the C-suite as a professional woman on the rise while also creating a leadership pipeline for other women in the future. 
Click here for a recording of the session with captions (requires MSU NetID)

Break Through the Bias: Women Supporting Women

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Speaker: Dr. Amy Bonomi

Despite advancements in the number of women in leadership positions, women continue to face structural inequalities and bias at the intersection of gender, race and other points of identity.  These realities contribute to the glass ceiling (the underrepresentation of women in the highest leadership positions), the glass cliff (the tendency for women to be hired into struggling organizations where their risk of failure is high), and the glass slipper (agentic, decisive women leaders are judged as harsh and uncaring).  Women supporting other women is critical for buffering against the glass ceiling, cliff and slipper.  This includes building mentorship and peer networks involving other women and allies, advocating that universities provide leadership and professional development opportunities that address the unique challenges women face, nominating and supporting women in key leadership roles and endowed positions, calling out biased and unfair expectations when they are applied to women, and changing visual cues to spotlight women’s contributions in the university.

Navigating Difficult Workplace Moments: Becoming a Change Agent 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019,  Presented by: Transforming Theatre Ensemble (TTE)

Transforming Theatre Ensemble will present a series of vignettes for the Women's Networking Association that will provide a basis for discussion on inclusion in the workplace. In this session, we will discuss moments of tension and awkwardness, and how we can move through those moments in productive ways. TTE uses theatrical sketches to provide an interactive learning experience that engages faculty, staff, student and community audiences in collaborative problem-solving around making our campus community more inclusive.

Evening of Networking & Panel  

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, PANELISTS: Ashley Green, Assistant Dean for Administration, International Studies and Programs; Michelle Pell,  MSU Retail Branded Concepts Manager, Residential and Hospitality Services; Barbara Roberts, Executive Director, WorkLife Office.  

This evening event will provide an opportunity to network with Michigan State University and community leaders. Enjoy a reception for networking and meeting new colleagues and then hear from a panel of incredible women leaders!

The panel discussion will focus on "Having It All: Leadership and Work-Life Balance as a Woman." 

Thinking Differently by Design 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Presenter: Shana Redd, Professor of Practice, MSU Broad College of Business.

Design thinking is a process used to stimulate innovation by drawing on methods from engineering and design and combining them with ideas from the arts, social sciences, and the business world. This process is often applied to generating desirable, feasible, and viable product and service innovations; however, we find that the process offers so much more. Participants will apply real-life examples to learn how design thinking can be used to identify and remove barriers to better processes, strategic leadership, and productive relationships. 

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