NEW YORK CITY — Financial lender Eastern Funding hosted its inaugural Women’s Business Leadership Conference here Nov. 13, bringing together academics, entrepreneurs and other business professionals with a goal of shining the spotlight on leadership that can empower women to gain greater career equity and success.
Keynote speaker Dr. Syleecia Thompson drew from her experiences as an entrepreneur, author and business management professor at Berkeley College during what was described as a “high-energy” and “inspiring” presentation.
She offered tips that women can utilize daily in their individual journeys, from celebrating the little victories to creating daily reminders and to-do lists.
Panel discussions dominated the remainder of the conference. Janytra Brooks of Brookline Bank moderated as panelists shared their experiences and offered career enhancement strategies. In a lively Q-and-A session, audience members posed questions on topics that ranged from the importance of a college degree to how to negotiate a raise.
“Sexism is often subtle because it’s based on societal gender roles that challenge women in leadership. Women can change the narrative by creating awareness and highlighting specific instances,” says Nancy Robles-Guess, executive vice president at Eastern Funding. “This event and others like it will help bolster the fight against biases and toward the goal of women being equal participants in business and career success.”
Co-sponsoring the Women’s Business Leadership Conference were Berkeley College and Brookline Bank.