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Women's Symposium

Business Culture and Communication:
Interactions, Networking, and Relationship Building
8:30 am - 9:30 am
SUB Ballroom B

Building relationships in the workplace can be a daunting, but critical path to success. Communication, networking, and interactions with subordinates, peers, and superiors require confidence and strategic thinking, while acknowledging one’s 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.

These panelists will share insights on business behavior, and how women perceive, speak, and act sets them apart as valued employees and leaders.

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Darian Atkins
Director of Public Relations
Louisiana Delta Community College
Amy Robinson
The Paper Market
Anne Lockhart
Senior Development Officer
University of Louisiana Monroe
 MODERATOR: Dr. Pamela Saulsberry
ULM School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Support Over Sabotage:
The Crab Bucket  
9:45 -10:45 am
SUB Ballroom B

Crab mentality, sometimes referred to as ‘crabs in the bucket’, is a way of thinking best described by the phrase, "If I can't have it, neither can you."

The analogy in human behavior is that members of a group will attempt to negate or diminish the importance of any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, spite, conspiracy, or competitive feelings, to halt their progress. We all know women who have done this and how counterproductive it can be.

How do we break the cycle and learn to help each other succeed?

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Janet Durden
United Way of Northeast Louisiana
Paulen Luttgeharm
State Farm Insurance
Juanita Woods
Monroe City Councilwoman
District 3 and
Director of Programs and Participant Services NOVA Workforce
Institute of NELA
  MODERATOR: Dr. Pamela Saulsberry
ULM School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Growing Professionally:
Mentoring, Philanthropy, Volunteerism, Travel
11:00 am - 12 Noon
SUB Ballroom B

The mentoring/mentee relationship is mutually rewarding with invaluable benefits. Both parties learn lessons about themselves as well as build their skill sets and leadership qualities.

Philanthropy is a measurable way to give to a charity, non-profit, business, scholarship, etc. Contributing to enhance the betterment of other’s lives is linked to happiness and self-worth.

Perhaps the first and most significant benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their communities.

Traveling has many benefits that contribute significantly towards your professional growth. Skills learned from traveling include: communicating effectively, adaptability, budgeting awareness, confidence, planning and organization, decision-making, problem solving, and thinking independently.

It is inherent in us to give back to others in nurturing ways, and these four opportunities are a perfect way to give back.

The presenters for this topic will share stories about how they have grown and continue to grow professionally.

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Brooke Foy
Assistant Professor
School of Visual and Performing Arts
University of Louisiana Monroe
Vanelis Rivera
English Instructor
School of Humanities
University of Louisiana Monroe
and freelance 500 RYT Yoga Instructor
Tammy Washington
Life Skills Coordinator
Children's Coalition

  MODERATOR: Dr. Pamela Saulsberry
ULM School of Behavioral and Social Sciences