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, contact Lydia Weiss, weisslyd@msu.edu or (517) 353-1635. WNA Word mark

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Upcoming Events

Motivating Your Team to Move Through Troubled Waters
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
8:30AM-10:00AM, Chittenden Hall, Room 110
Leadership isn't all honor and glory. More often, leadership requires you to slog through the muck with your team in less-than-ideal circumstances. And when times are tough, keeping your team motivated and focused to move forward can seem impossible. MSU Alumni Association Associate Director and past Kiwanis International President, Sue Petrisin, will share best practices for navigating through troubled waters and rallying your team to success - no matter whether you consider yourself a leader or not. 

Motivating the Leader from Within
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
8:30AM-10:00AM, Chittenden Hall, Room 110
It was once thought that leaders were born, not made. Now, researchers know that individuals are not pre-determined leaders from birth, but rather that individuals may take affirmative steps to increase their leadership skills. This talk will discuss how you can enhance your ability to lead, whether you are currently in a leadership role or aspire to one. Topics will include mentor/mentee relationships, seeking out career development opportunities, and what "out group" members can do to receive the information and opportunities often reserved for "in group" members. Other topics will include how to lead when you are not in an official leadership role, how to influence others, how to develop political skill, and effective techniques for impression management. Presenter: Angela Hall, Associate Professor, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. 

Pathways to Leadership: Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
8:30AM-10:00AM, MSU Main Library, Green Room (4th floor - W444)
Panelists: Brenda Nelson, Dining Services Complex Manager, Division of Residential and Hospitality Services, Sharri Margraves, Associate Director, Human Resources, and Debbie Edokpolo, Deputy Health Officer, Ingham County Health Department
"Leadership" is often used as a buzzword, but what does it really mean? Being a leader doesn't mean that you have to be the Executive Manager of your department - it can also mean positively influencing your colleagues and taking initiative when others do not. There are multiple pathways to leadership and what being a leader means to every individual person and team. This panel discussion will explore different types of leadership and pathways to becoming the leader you want to be in the world. 

Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:30AM-11:00AM, MSU Library, Green Room (W-444)
Presenter: AAUW Work Smart Facilitators
Don't leave money on the table! You can ask for more. Attend this workshop to learn hands-on salary negotiation skills specifically for support staff and professional women at Michigan State University. 

RSVP for all seminars by emailing worklife@msu.edu or calling (517) 353-1635.


Past Events

Fall 2017 (PDF)
Spring 2017 (PDF)
Fall 2016 (PDF)
Spring 2016 (PDF)
Fall 2015 (PDF)
Spring 2015 (PDF)
Fall 2014 (PDF)
Spring 2014 (PDF)
Fall 2013 (PDF)


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