Women’s Networking Association




Women's networking association planning committee




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 or to be added to the email list, contact worklife@msu.edu or (517) 353-1635. 

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



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How I Became the Kind of Person Who Can Work a Room
This article examines some tips for successfully networking at social and professional events.

10 Ways To Build Your Personal Brand
Knowing your “personal brand” is a key component of a successful career path. This article offers 10 quick tips for discovering and enhancing your “brand.”

Meet the Committee:


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

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

Redefining Women’s Empowerment: Multi-layered Leadership Pipeline
Wednesday, October 25, 2019
Speaker: Lauren Bealore
Info on Speaker: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenbealore/

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Tracking Your Professional Success
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Speaker: Jaimie Hutchison, MA, LPC, GCDF

Women’s Mental Health
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Spring Programming
Wednesday, February, 12, 2020

Spring Programming
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

End of the Year Event
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Past Events

The 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.

Thinking Differently by Design 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 
NOTE: The time allotted for this seminar is one hour longer than usual in order to fully cover this topic.
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. Presenter: Shana Redd, Professor of Practice, MSU Broad College of Business.

Evening of Networking & Panel  
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 
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." 
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. 

Navigating Difficult Workplace Moments: Becoming a Change Agent 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 
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. Presented by: Transforming Theatre Ensemble (TTE). 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.

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