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Women in Business

Starting in 2006, the student-run Women in Business Conference has been an opportunity for alumnae and students to learn from one another and network. The annual event celebrates, honors and inspires the success of Holy Cross women in business. 


2019 Women in Business Conference

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Location: Hogan Campus Center Ballroom
College of the Holy Cross

2019 Keynote Speaker

Maggie O'Neill '99 is co-founder and chief creative officer of SWATCHROOM, a design, art and fabrication firm. An artist, designer, entrepreneur and lover of color proudly based in D.C., O’Neill was a political science major at Holy Cross. 


9 a.m.            Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m.       Welcome, Provost Margaret Freije
9:45 a.m.       Keynote Speaker, Maggie O'Neill '99
11 a.m.          Ice Breaker Activity, Kim Miles
12 p.m.          Lunch & Networking
1 p.m.            Concurrent Panels, Round One
2 p.m.            Concurrent Panels, Round Two
3 p.m.            Networking
3:30 p.m.      Adjourn


  • Culture Fit

How do you know if a company is a good “fit” for you? Join us to unpack this term and share experiences on finding the ideal company culture. Learn how to leverage the interview process and evaluate a corporate environment to assess how you would fit the culture and align your personal values with a prospective company. Q&A wrap-up. 

Brittany Polanco '12: Product Development & Innovation, Freshly
Cara Hume '03: Senior HR Leader, GE Finance
Katherine Grant '13 Manager, Organization Effectiveness, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

  • Design Thinking

What is Design Thinking and how can I use it?  Attend this workshop designed to explore Design Thinking, an innovative way to foster problem solving ideas through an empathy based-approach for any industry. Q&A wrap-up.

Payton Shubrick '15: Home Office Technology Strategist, MassMutual
Erin Bruehl '02: Director of Content Marketing, Current

  • Investing in Your Future

Don’t know where to start? Intimidating as it may seem, investing is one of the primary ways to grow money over time. Delve into the beginning stages of investing and gain valuable tips for young professionals looking to grow their capital. Q&A wrap-up.

Courtney Moore '92: Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor, Merrill Private Wealth Management
Kim French '16: Investor Relations, Henley Investment Management Ltd

  • Launching Your Career (Students Only)

Actively searching and applying for internships and jobs is a challenge. Join us and review the basics of establishing a career focus, resume prep, job interview do’s and don’ts, networking, and goal setting. Q&A wrap-up.

Mary Donahue Quinlan '76: CEO Career Prep Consultants & Adjunct Professor, LIM College

  • Questions Everyone in Marketing Should be Asking

How does the liberal arts prepare you for communications and marketing? What kinds of questions should I be asking my customers? Where do my strengths align with the industry? These panelists will share insights, anecdotes and life experiences from the field. Q&A wrap-up.

Casey Carty '18: Account Coordinator, Hunter PR
Kathleen Harrington Clark '84: Executive Director, Marketing & Communications, Rice University, Graduate School of Business
Leeann Leahy '92 P22: CEO, The VIA Agency

  • Polishing Your Brand (Alumnae Only)

LLearn how to identify, shape and express your personal brand. The alumnae in this session will guide you through exercises that help you understand your professional self and develop a 90-second elevator pitch. You will also develop strategies for using this insight to gain a competitive edge in today’s workforce. Q&A wrap-up.

Maura Hume Sweeney '07: Director, Alumni Career Development, Holy Cross
Julie Draczynski '99: Associate Director, Center for Career Development, Holy Cross



  • Includes continental breakfast and lunch.
  • Dress is business casual.
  • The conference is free of charge to all registered participants.
  • The keynote speaker will have an ASL Interpreter.

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors

Gold Sponsor: PepsiCo
Bronze Sponsor: Ascensus


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