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Stephens alumnae gather for leadership weekend

October 9, 2017

Alumnae gathered Oct. 6-8 to hear expert speakers and participate in interactive workshops, discussions and professional networking during the annual Alumnae Leaders Weekend at Stephens College. 

The weekend is dedicated to building confidence and alumnae engagement. 

Attendees had the chance to interact with fellow Stephens alumnae volunteers, including Alumnae Association Board members, class presidents, reunion class representatives and club and network leadership. 

“The Alumnae Leaders Weekend is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and enjoy a weekend of learning and networking,” said Meichele Foster, vice president for Institutional Advancement and Initiatives. 

The weekend involved a number of breakout sessions designed to improve leadership skills. In one session titled “Leading and Succeeding as a Woman: The Three Competencies You Need,” Carolyn Sullivan, president of New Chapter Coaching, discussed how women leaders often sell themselves short. She said the three most common challenges that women leaders face are the self-perception gap, the self-confidence gap and the self-promotion gap. 

In another session, Beth Riggert ’92, communications counsel for the Supreme Court of Missouri, worked with participants to increase their understating of different communication styles and how to apply their skills to help advance their personal and professional development.   

Finally, President Dianne Lynch delivered the State of the College Address and talked about the important role alumnae leaders play at Stephens. 

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