Spring is a time of transition at Foster. The second years are getting ready to graduate, and the first years are getting ready to become the new second years. This means MBAA leadership and club leadership is transitioning too, so that we can make plans for the year to come while we still have some wisdom around. Women in Business (WiB) took the beginning of Spring Quarter head on, and as the new VP of Speakers, I got to take the reins on our first event of the quarter: the WiB Negotiations Seminar. After meeting with my predecessor to go over protocol and get the details, it was my turn to order lunch, be in touch with the speaker, and track RSVPs to the event. Professor Christina Fong led the discussion about being a woman in negotiations – common stereotypes, pitfalls, and strengths that women bring to the table. About 20 club members ate some Jimmy John’s sandwiches as they got a head start on learning how to negotiate. The board’s first event was a great success. With our first event under our belts, we were ready to tackle the next one: the WiB Spring Retreat, a weekend away on the Hood Canal which featured fresh oysters plucked up off the beach, red wine, and planning for the events next year.
~Guest Blogger Cate van Oppen, Full-time Class of 2013