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Women's Symposium

2016 Discussion Track: Education and Careers
sponsored by DeltaStyle Magazine
Women in STEM:
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math  
9 - 9:50 am
SUB Ballroom
Why is it so vital for more women to enter the STEM fields? Women in STEM fields can earn 33 percent more, thus increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women in all fields. In the 21st century, we must focus on removing the gender and race clouds that hover over STEM fields and engage more women and women of color in STEM.

“The stakes could hardly be higher. Our country needs a new generation of visionary scientists and innovation to ensure our future prosperity.”Sally Ride

Hear how these panelists faced challenges, overcame obstacles, and paved their way in STEM professions.
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Dr. Anne Case Hanks
Associate Director, School of Sciences
University of Louisiana Monroe
Lindsey Eickman
Senior Project Engineer
JE Dunn Construction
Maxine Moreau
Executive Vice President
Network Services
CenturyLink, Inc.
 MODERATOR: Meredith McKinnie

The Art of Innovation and Creativity:
Women in Liberal Arts and Humanities  
10 - 10:50 am
SUB Ballroom
Let’s face it, Liberal Arts degrees get a bad rap. How can graduates with this background obtain leadership positions in business or work in a technology-driven environment?

Women leaders with Liberal Arts backgrounds have the ability to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, analyze and problem solve, understand social interactions, manage relationships, and conduct research to generate well-formed arguments.

"For technology to be truly brilliant, it must be coupled with artistry. It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing."Steve Jobs

Hear how these panelists' Liberal Arts degrees are contributing to their success.
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Kelsea McCrary
Talent Aquisition
CenturyLink, Inc.
Dr. Ruth Smith
Director of the School of Humanities
University of Louisiana Monroe
Robin Stephens
Associate Professor of Dance
University of Louisiana Monroe
 MODERATOR: Meredith McKinnie

Business Culture and Communication:
Interactions, Relationships, and Leadership  
11 - 11:50 am
SUB Ballroom
How does gender affect your communication strategies in the workplace? How can women negotiate salaries and communicate with confidence and non-apologetic behaviors? How can a woman give others credit while also acknowledging her own contribution?

Non-verbal communication through gestures, clothing, paralanguage, surroundings, and writing often speaks louder than words. Mastering verbal and non-verbal communication is essential to a women’s success in the workforce, especially in leadership roles.

“Your body language shapes who you are. Our non-verbals govern how other people think and feel about us. Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”
Amy Cuddy

The panelists will share insight on business behavior and how the way women perceive, speak, and act sets them apart as valued employees and leaders.
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Brenda Allen
Treasury Sales Manager
Executive Director
JP Morgan Chase
Christine Wong Rambo
Senior VP Communications and
Business Development
North Louisiana Economic Partnership
Kathy Spurlock
General Manager/Executive Editor
The New-Star Media Group
MODERATOR: Meredith McKinnie