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.
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Events are held throughout the year. The fall semester schedule will be available later this summer.
Women's Networking Association programs and seminars are open to all.
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.