About 1,800 female Michigan Tech students were invited to Student Development Days with the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA). More than 200 students reserved their seats for this exclusive event, running today and tomorrow (Sept. 21-22).
The theme of this two-day event is "HerStory," emphasizing the inspiration, value and wisdom communicated through individual stories that focus on the female perspective.
Today's event includes lunch and Lightning Talks, 10-15 minute presentations by members of the PCA. Topics for the talks include: Negotiating salaries, dealing with conflict or disrespect in the workplace, making the most of your summer internship, socializing in the workplace and professional communication at work.
Lunch is sponsored by Ford Motor Company and starts at noon. Breakfast, sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and keynote speaker Brenda Ryan, will kick off tomorrow's event at 8 a.m. Ryan graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in metallurgical and materials engineering in 1976. She is the president and owner of Ryan Industries Inc., Ryan Properties LLC in Wixom, Michigan and Alliance Industries LLC, in Springfield, Missouri. She also serves as the current vice chair of Michigan Tech's Board of Trustees.
Following her address, students will engage in round-table discussions with members of the PCA. Round-table discussions allow students to ask questions, express their concerns about the future and receive personal advice from the women of PCA.
A special session on social media and personal branding is at 2 p.m. Student Development Days events take place in the Memorial Union Ballroom.