New York — Jan. 13
Deloitte hosted more than 60 first-year female MBAs from the country’s top business schools Jan. 10-12 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas, for the Deloitte Women’s Leadership Launch. During the three-day event, the students engaged in interactive modules focused on preparing them to own, lead and live their careers and lives.
“The Deloitte Women’s Leadership Launch provides a unique opportunity to support women in their pursuit of success following business school,” said Terri Cooper, chief inclusion officer at Deloitte Consulting LLP. “In particular, the program strives to help women live life according to the principle of ‘less wishbone, more backbone.'”
The DWLL targeted leadership development areas for women, including:
• Developing a personal brand and building a professional network.
• Understanding individualized business chemistry to achieve common goals.
• Determining how to align expectations of self, significant other and employer.
The DWLL conference kicked off with each MBA candidate delivering a one-minute elevator pitch about herself, in private, to a panel of Deloitte practitioners. The practitioners then provided feedback as to how the candidate could enhance her pitch and make it more impactful. This set the tone for the event by creating a candid, individualized development environment where the women would challenge themselves and standard conventions.
After completing the “own it” module, the MBA candidates heard from keynote speaker Fawn Germer, best-selling author, on resilience and embracing obstacles. Between learning the lessons of the “lead it” module and creating their own personal action plans from the “live it” module, the candidates had the opportunity to listen and ask questions of Deloitte business leaders discussing their own perspectives on how to navigate their careers and lives. Lastly, the students determined how they would utilize the network of individuals created throughout the weekend.
Source: Deloitte LLP