Second annual Women in Graduate School Day Conference to be held Feb. 10

Elizabeth Harper
January 24, 2018

Whether you are already working on an advanced degree or just thinking about it, the second annual Women in Graduate School Day Conference has something on the agenda to help you.

The free event, from 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Baker University Center, will offer presentations and workshops as well as a keynote address by Gloria Burgess, Ph.D. Burgess, whose background encompasses both business and the arts, became the first Black female executive in the computer industry when she was named director of multimedia development for Aldus Corp. – creator of PageMaker – in 1991. As CEO and founder of Jazz International, Burgess promotes creativity and leadership through books, lectures and workshops and advises companies including Starbucks, Microsoft and Boeing.

Merri Biechler, assistant director of the School of Dance, Film, and Theater, will present a Forum theater-style workshop with students on strategies to respond to sexual harassment in the classroom. Other workshops and panels will occur throughout the day and focus on an array of various subjects, including graduate school applications, salary negotiation techniques and mentorship. A full conference schedule, including topics, speakers, and room locations can be found on the Women in Grad School Day Conference webpage.

Early registration ends January 31 and spots may be filled by then. Those who register by 5 p.m. on January 31 will receive a small boxed lunch free of charge.

The Women in Graduate School Day Conference is sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Graduate College, Graduate Student Senate, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the AAUW-student affiliate, the Alumni Association and the LGBT Center.