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Sixth Annual Innovative Women’s Conference Hosts 200 Via Zoom

The sixth annual Innovative Women’s Conference was held on Friday, March 20 virtually for about 200 guests hosted by the Jenkins MBA Women’s Club. The HerStory Month event is designed to bring together the Triangle area community of women to encourage discussion and relationship building 

A quick glimpse at the 200 virtual attendees

This year’s conference was a full-day of engaging speakers, panels and workshops that featured Microsoft’s chief technology officer of U.S. services, Gina Loften, as the keynote speaker. Poole College’s Leigh Shamblin, director of leadership and professor of practice, also led an interactive Design Your Life workshop.  

“It was rewarding to individually meet each of the panelists that we invited to participate as they represent various business industries and serving in broad capacities,” said Grace Williamson, an MBA student and president of the Jenkins MBA Women’s Club. “While we each have our own personal goals and can share our lived experiences, there is a common thread for each of these women that brings the business community together, which includes allyship, creating space for those who need it, and being brave leaders.”

Beth Shepherd, Jenkins MBA online program manager and online coordinator for the Innovative Women’s Conference, says that the event went so smoothly that many attendees couldn’t believe it wasn’t originally planned as a virtual event. 

“Panelists were able to field questions from the attendees via the Zoom chat, and attendees were able to connect to each other through LinkedIn and private chat messages within the Zoom meetings,” said Shepherd. 

Each session of the conference was recorded for those who were not in attendance, or for those who want to rewatch specific sessions. Sessions can be found at

This post was originally published in Poole College of Management News.

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