Women Network for Career's Sake

Women network for career's sake

By Jeff McKinney * jmckinney@enquirer.com  

May 19, 2010

Networking. Mentoring. Building relationships with people who could be - or may be - the boss.

About 150 women spent the day Wednesday gaining insight on topics ranging from professional development to leadership skills, at the second annual Ohio Women's Conference sponsored by the National Diversity Council at
Kingsgate Marriott in Corryville.

Panelists suggested that women dress the part for the position they'd like to have. They spoke of taking time to learn about cultural differences
that colleagues bring to the job. And the importance of persistence to avoid pitfalls and overcome workplace issues.

Julia Poston, managing partner at Ernst & Young downtown and co-chair of the daylong event, said the conference helped women learn how to work in a male-dominated setting.

"Having those skills will help women move up into leadership positions," she said.

Amy Wagner, a sales finance analyst at GE Aviation in Evendale, attended to pick up ideas and network with women from other industries. She was especially interested in best ways to balance a personal and professional life.

"It's really an interesting forum because the topics are so diverse," she said.

Mary Healy, law partner at Dinsmore & Shohl downtown and married for 28 years, spoke on "Tips For A Successful Relationship With Your Significant Other." Tops on that list: "Communication and flexibility."

For Gigi Hart, business services consultant at the SuperJobs Center in Over-the-Rhine, the conference was a place to make new contacts with women in the business community. Her duties include helping the center's business
customers with everything from recruiting employees to finding training services.

"What I do is all about relationships and networking. It's one way to get the ball rolling," Hart says.

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