The Bank of America Career Services held an event featuring a screening of the documentary “MAKERS: Women in Business,” followed by a discussion panel as part of Women’s History Month.
“MAKERS: Women in Business” tells the story of women who have taken the business world by storm. Female business leaders told their stories and struggles to prove that a women’s place is wherever she believes it to be.
Madeline Hickey said she’s always loved documentaries and hearing women’s success stories which is what brought her out to the event on Tuesday evening.
“I liked the women who created things and in their own mind tried to make their business a better place for women in the future,” Hickey (freshman-english) said.
Hickey enjoyed hearing the success story of Jennifer Hyman, who is the CEO and cofounder of Rent the Runway — a fashion and technology/logistics company that offers clothing and accessory rentals from over 500 designer brands for women.
“[Hyman] hired women and most of her board members are women, so she is taking the step for other businesses to follow her,” Hickey said. “If it’s working for her and she’s [founded] a billion dollar industry, maybe [other companies] should do that and add more women.”
Trevor Brown, graduate assistant for Outreach and Inclusion in Career Services, said he loves assisting students to use the resources Penn State has to offer and enjoys helping students achieve their career dreams and goals.
“There is sometimes a confidence gap [for women], and just the fact of knowledge that you don’t have to have all the requirements to apply for a position, so if you’re afraid to apply for one, still go for it,” Brown said. [Students should] really emphasize your strengths and think about the positive things you could offer to a company.”
Latisha Franklin came out to the event because she someday hopes to have her own business, whether it be profit or nonprofit, where she wants to educate underprivileged children about science. She said women should not think about what is holding them back, they should just do it.
A question asked during the discussion panel was, “Who is your female role model?” Attendees answered with female figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Malala Yousifazi and their own mothers. Franklin (graduate student-biochemistry and PhD candidate) had a different response.
“That was a difficult question for me to answer because I have plenty of people that I admire certain traits about them, but to say that I have one particular role model, no I don’t,” Franklin said. “Honestly I would pick myself right now because I am so proud of myself and all the different things that I’ve been doing.”
“I’ve been able to not even hear the naysayers and not even pay attention to the fact that there is a glass ceiling there,” Franklin said.
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