2016 Workshop

March 4 & 5, 2016
UMass Amherst

Friday, March 4, 2016

3:00 - 4:00 Business Etiquette

  • Facilitator: Janet Parnes ’73, First Impression and Etiquette Expert
  • Location: Campus Center 804-08


4:00 - 5:00 Mentoring Meet-Up
Students and mentors have been communicating all semester. This time is set aside for mentoring groups to meet informally face-to-face.

  • Location: Campus Center 804-08


5:30 -6:00 Photos and Student Reception with Dinner Speaker
A special VIP session for students to meet with our evening speaker.

  • Location: Campus Center 804-08


6:00 Women in Politics Dinner Reception - Doors Open

  • Location: Marriott Center, Campus Center 11th floor

6:30 Welcome and Introductions


6:45 Featured Speaker: Secretary Kristen Lepore, MA Executive Office for Administration and Finance 

7:00 - 7:30 Dessert Buffet and Networking


Saturday, March 5, 2016

All sessions take place in the Integrated Learning Center (ILC) N211 unless noted.

8:00 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast and Check-In


8:30 - 8:45 WelcomeWorkshop Overview & Reflection on Current Events

  • Micaelah Morrill ’04, Co-Chair, UWiL Board of Directors and Program Manager, Greentown Labs

8:45 – 10:00 Women in Public Service: The Past and the Present
What is it like to be a woman in politics today? And how has it changed over the years? This panel will bring together leading women in politics, policy, and public service to discuss their personal experiences in public leadership, the road that led them to their current positions, the obstacles they may have faced, and successes they’ve experienced along the way.


10:00 – 10:10 Coffee Break

10:10 – 11:25 Understanding the Legislative Process
If you work in public service – even if it’s not in elected office or at the State House – you need to understand how government works. This presentation will provide an overview of the legislative process, including the formal rules for process, the reality of staffing, and the differences between what you might learn in the classroom and experience on the job.

  • Moderator: Micaelah Morrill ’04, Co-Chair, UWiL Board of Directors and Program Manager, Greentown Labs
  • Panelists:
    • Christine Barber '03G, MA State Representative (D-Somerville)
    • Lisa Dixon ’02, Special Counsel for Regulatory Reform, Executive Office for Administration & Finance
    • Jennifer Flanagan, MA State Senator (D - Leominster)
    • Erika Scibelli ’06, Government Affairs Manager, MA Health Policy Commission


11:30 - 12:30 Lunch


12:30 – 1:45 Public Affairs & Advocacy 
You often hear lobbying discussed in negative ways. But do you really understand what lobbying is? Why is it important and effective? What can lobbyists teach us about how to get government officials to pay attention to your cause? What strategies are used by lobbyists to gain information and to influence policy? What does a career in government affairs look like?


1:45 - 1:55 Break


1:55 - 2:55 PM Fundraising
If you work in the non-profit or public sectors, it is likely that you will have to raise money at some point in your career. How do you decide on the best strategy? How do you identify donors? How do you actually make an ask?

  • Moderator: Michelle Goncalves '06G, Executive Director, UWiL
  • Panelists:
    • Amy Burke ’89, Associate Director, Development Communications, Harvard Business School and former Finance Director, Attorney General Maura Healey
    • Kristen Elechko, Campaign Manager for Patty Morey Walker for Mayor (Greenfield) and Associate at Imagine Philanthropy


3:00 – 4:30 Engaging the Media
You have your cause. Now how do you get other people to care about it? This session will discuss how to best frame your issue, event, or activity to catch the media’s attention and bring more recognition to your cause.

  • Moderator: Ann Murphy ’77, Senior Vice President, O’Neill and Associates
  • Panelists:


4:30 – 4:45 Break


4:45 – 6:00 The Future of Women in Politics
We close the workshop with a discussion of the future of women in politics, existing efforts to close the gender gap, opportunities to engage young women, and where our elected leaders and public officials see changes in the political environment over the next five years.

  • Moderator: Denise Hurst ’01, Member, Springfield School Committee; Commissioner, MA Commission on the Status of Women and Quality Improvement Coordinator and Human Rights Coordinator, MA Department of Mental Health
  • Panelists:


 6:00 – 6:10 Closing & Relfections on the Day

  • Christina Knowles ’05, Executive Director, DirectWomen and UWiL Board of Directors co-chair


6:10 - 7:00 Pizza and Goodbyes
Relax and enjoy some informal networking.