11th Annual Women in Business Conference

The 11th annual Women in Business Conference took place on campus on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Sponsored by the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies (COES), the conference brought together nearly 200 current female students and alumnae.

“The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Women on Wall Street: Changing the Ratio,’ says Rosangel Cruz Cabrera ’18, one of the members of the student planning committee. “More than ever before, women are entering banking with full force, making their voices heard and creating an impact in the industry. Eighty-seven percent of Holy Cross alumni work in business roles, proving that a liberal arts education is an excellent foundation for successful business careers.”

The keynote speaker was Diane Vazza ’79, the head of global fixed income research at Standard & Poor’s (S&P). “A classics and French double major with 30 years of experience in finance, Diane certainly demonstrates that the ratio can be changed in a traditionally male-dominated industry,” Cruz Cabrera says. “She did an amazing job describing her experience on Wall Street and how she is able to balance her busy work life and her family life.”

In addition to the keynote speakers, there were panels on banking, networking and mentoring. Some panels, like “From Cool Beans to Corporate,” were meant for students, while others offered opportunities for alumnae to sharpen their skills, like “All A-Board! Joining a Corporate or Non-Profit Board.” Other panels brought both groups together, including “Opportunity Knocks: Opening the Door to Mentoring.” One of the planning committee’s goals was for alumnae and students to network based on their current field and areas of interest: “Each participant had a colored dot on her name tag, representing different business industries, to facilitate networking.”  ■

—Maura Sullivan Hill with Evangelia Stefanakos  ’14