Whitman Voices

Introduction

Women Business Leaders Share “Infinitely Useable” Information

Women Business Leaders Share “Infinitely Useable” Information

Tracy Barash and Amy McHale
Tracy Barash and Amy McHale

Women Business Leaders Share “Infinitely Useable” Information

While many of the summer residency programs focused on issues related to the pandemic, a more universally relevant track, Women as Business Leaders, proved to be extremely popular. Presented by Amy McHale, assistant dean of the master’s programs, this virtual residency hosted 60 female and five male students.

“This topic surpassed my expectations,” says Dania Stewart ’20 MBA, senior processor, NFM Inc., who Zoomed in from North Carolina. “I wanted to hear from female leaders about what they’ve encountered in the workplace. I was especially amazed by the experiences guest speaker Tracy Barash ’89 (vice president of marketing for Turner Sports at WarnerMedia and a member of the Whitman Advisory Council) shared, as well as how much she has accomplished.”

Stewart, who has a concentration in entrepreneurship, had attended a residency on supply chain in Munich last year and was skeptical of how this year’s virtual program was going to compare.

I thought it was just going to be another online class, but it was very structured and well-organized. I’m a very busy person, but this was a good use of my time, as I got great ideas and had the opportunity to network and discuss this topic with other women.”

Dania Stewart ’20 MBA

“I thought it was just going to be another online class, but it was very structured and well-organized,” she says. “I’m a very busy person, but this was a good use of my time, as I got great ideas and had the opportunity to network and discuss this topic with other women.”

Logging in from Boston, Abby Ryan ’20 MBA, global director, marketing operations at SAP Concur, was disappointed when the June residency in Stockholm was postponed, but she really enjoyed the Women as Business Leaders residency.

“It was a great topic and one that everyone should be learning about,” Ryan says. “Women don’t always understand their power, and men don’t always understand how to be an ally. There was a great focus on self-awareness and asking yourself the tough questions. It was a chance to explore issues that don’t usually come up — and you could see a light bulb going on for a lot of people. There was infinitely usable information that came out of this residency.”