Harvard Intercollegiate Business Convention

Yuge Liu (BCom’15) –  Harvard Intercollegiate Business Convention 2014

Featured Speakers:  Richard Edelman, Lauren Leader-Chivee, Andy Bird

Website: http://ibc.huwib.org/

 

I’ve always understood that women face certain struggles in the workplace, but knowing that there is a supportive group of women from across the
continent and meeting them at the Harvard IWIB and IBC was an empowering experience.

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Hearing from speakers like Richard Edelman, Lauren Leader-Chivee, and Andy Bird helped me to see that though the challenges are very real, the support is also there. Most of all – I learned the important role that sponsorship plays in helping women to achieve their aspirations. Sponsorship, not mentorship, could be the turning point in a woman’s career. How sponsorship differs from mentorship is that sponsors actively advocate for their sponsoree, and connect them with opportunities that help them to advance.

 

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Although mentorship is helpful, having certain knowledge without the means to achieve it could be considered to be too passive for some. For example, Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg had a powerful sponsor – Larry Summers – to guide her. And in the same way, I should actively seek sponsors who can support me. Attending IWIB and IBC has been an eye-opening experience for me, and inspires me to keep building up my network for mutual support and sponsorship.

 

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