One great perk of academic life is access to speakers and events that can expand your own perspective and provide an opportunity to network with others. Simmons is especially great for providing these opportunities in both formal and informal settings. In the short time I've been at Simmons, I've attended a key note, lunch session, happy hour, and reception, just to name a few.
Before I was admitted to Simmons, I attended two spectacular events as a prospective student. One was a talk by Lisa Levy, consultant and author, called "Opting In-Between: Making Gender Equality Real." This event extremely relevant topic on gender roles for working families, similar to Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, was open to the community, and was attended by students, alumni, and businesswomen of the Boston area, who all stopped by for the lunchtime event (and food was provided, which was a nice little treat). I was amazed to see how many people turned up during their lunch hour to hear Ms. Levy talk about such an important topic. And it didn't hurt to brush elbows with some powerful women either.
I also attended the Annual Leading Women Awards Breakfast hosted by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Although breakfast required getting to the event before 7AM, it was more than worth it. Simmons President Helen Drinan was being honored, along with then- Mayor Menino, and other inspirational role models. The Girl Scouts themselves were a treat to see; so young, full of energy and possibilities, and proud to be hosting such a powerful event. I also met current and prospective Simmons students at the event, which was comforting during a time when I was still putting application materials together. Plus, getting a box of Thin Mints and Caramel Delights during "cookie off-season" was icing on the cake.
Now that I'm a student in the Simmons MBA program, I am excited to have even more access to speakers and events! Last month trans rights activist and author, Janet Mock visited Simmons to deliver the Black History Month Keynote and discuss her newly released book Redefining Realness. Janet Mock's unforgettable and inspirational charisma, intellect, and "fierceness" brought together straight and LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and the Boston community. Seeing such support and openness at the event made me feel I pretty proud to be a Simmons student that night.
Although working full-time prevents me from attending everything, I made a promise to myself attend at least one event a month. While so much is learned from the classroom setting, attending non-class related events are an opportunity to open yourself to experiences and relationships you may not have had access to within your daily routine. Make sure to use those email filters to flag any Simmons Updates that have important details on upcoming speakers and events coming up!