2017 Workshop

March 3 & 4, 2017
UMass Amherst

Friday, March 3, 2017

3:00 - 4:15 Business Etiquette & Professionalism
There is no way around it, first impressions matter. This session will help you understand what expectations exist in a professional setting and help you manage interactions with prospective colleagues, supervisors, interviewers, and others who can influence your own career.

  • Facilitator: Mandie LeBeau, Business Etiquette Consultant, Pardon Me, Inc.
  • Location: Campus Center 168C


4:30 - 5:30 A Conversation with UWiL Alums
You are part of a network of women with an affinity for UWiL. Use this time to talk to alums who have gone through the UWiL program and moved on to exciting internships and careers. What recommendations can they provide? How can they help you plan for the workshop and the rest of the semester?

  • Location: Campus Center 168C
  • Panelists:
    • Stephanie Chan ’17 UMass & ’16 UWiL
    • Shannon Mackey ’16, ’17 MPP UMass & ’16 UWiL
    • Jiya Nair ’19 UMass & ’17 UWiL
    • Lauren Coakley ’17, ’18 MPP UMass & ’15 UWiL
    • Greta Wilt ’17 UMass & ’15 UWiL


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 168C


6:00 Women in Public Service Workshop Dinner Reception

  • Location: Marriott Center, Campus Center 11th floor
  • Welcome: Michelle Goncalves '06G, Executive Director, UWiL
  • Student Speakers: Lindsey McCauley ’18 and Jiya Nair ’19
  • Featured Speaker:  Suzanne Bump, the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth, and the first female to serve in this role in the state's history

Saturday, March 4, 2017

All sessions take place in the Integrated Learning Center (ILC) S211 unless noted.

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


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

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


8:45 – 10:00 AM Women in Public Service: Identity, Intersectionality & Politics 
Identity takes many forms – gender, sexuality, race, class, political affiliation, and more. This panel will discuss how different identities intersect and can influence one’s professional career.

  • Moderator: Erika Scibelli ’06, Government Affairs Manager, MA Health Policy Commission and UWiL Board of Directors co-chair
  • Panelists:
    • Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Attorney and Commissioner, MA Commission on the Status of Women
    • Keiko Orrall, State Representative (R-Lakeville)
    • Jossie Valentin, City Councilor, Holyoke, MA
    • Lisa Wong, Senior Fellow, Governing Institute and Former Mayor, Fitchburg, MA


10:00 – 10:10 AM Coffee Break

10:10 – 11:30 AM Leading in a Globalized Society 
Today’s society is more interconnected than ever before, and competitive professionals need to be prepared to work across culture and country borders. This panel will explore the skills needed to affect change abroad or to tackle issues of international importance, and it will describe the toolkit students should cultivate to start a career with an international focus.

  • Moderator: Jan Feuerstadt ’96, Managing Director, Mercury LCC
  • Panelists:
    • Nyaradzai Changamire, Former Program Officer for Gender and Health Budgets, Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network and current graduate student, UMass Center for International Education
    • Toon Fuderich ’86 MEd, ’07 EdD, former Education Advisor at USAID, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, Washington, DC
    • Karla Giuliano Sarr ’10 MEd, ’15EdD, Assistant Professor of International Education, School for International Training
    • Betsy Vegso, former Chief of Programming & Training, Europe, Mediterranean, and Asia Region, Peace Corps and current graduate student, UMass Center for International Education


11:30 – 12:30 PM Lunch


12:30 – 1:50 PM Interviewing the Interviewers 
A speed networking event with journalists and media professionals. The tables are turned, and it is your chance to find out what makes the media tick, while practicing your own interviewing skills.


  • Moderator: Lauren M. Pardi '09, Communications and Special Projects Manager, Congresswoman Katherine Clark
  • Panelists:
    • Kathryn Alexander, Senior Account Executive, Solomon and McCown
    • Mike Deehan ’07, State House Reporter, WGBH
    • Lauren Dezenksi, MA Playbook author and reporter, Politico
    • Matthew Kitsos, Press Secretary, MA Health Policy Commission
    • Ann Murphy ’77, Senior Vice President, O’Neill and Associates
    • Meagan Racey, Public Affairs Specialist, US Fish and Wildlife Service


1:50 – 2:00 PM Break


2:00 – 3:15 PM Working Across the Aisle: Negotiation, Diplomacy, and Effective Communication 
"Working across the aisle” is a common phrase in politics today, and learning to work with those who hold different – and sometimes opposite—opinions from you is a critical skill for any professional. In this panel, elected officials will discuss their experiences working with colleagues from different political parties and/or with different values. 

  • Moderator: Michelle Goncalves, ’06 Executive Director, UWiL
  • Panelists:
    • Kimberly Ferguson, MA State Representative (R-Holden)
    • Carole Fiola ’82MA State Representative (D-Fall River)
    • Hannah Kane, MA State Representative (R-Shrewsbury)
    • Ellen Story, MA State Representative (D-Amherst, ret.)


3:15 – 3:20 PM Break


3:20 – 4:40 PM Public Affairs and Advocacy 
You have your cause. Now how do you get other people to care about it? This interactive session will allow you to put into practice strategies used by advocates to bring attention to the causes they care about.

  • Moderator: Kate Donaghey ’05, Government Relations Specialist, Massachusetts Teachers Association
  • Panelists:
    • Allyson Perron Drag, Senior Government Relations Director, American Heart Association & American Stroke Association Founders Affiliate
    • Suzanne Morse ’95, Vice President, O’Neill and Associates
    • Lauren M. Pardi '09, Communications and Special Projects Manager, the office of Congresswoman Katherine Clark
    • Edward Philips ’05, Chief of Staff, Representative Louis Kafka (D-Sharon) Division Leader


4:40 - 4:50 PM Break


4:50 – 6:10 PM 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: Christina M. Knowles '05, Consultant, Executive Education and Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons College, School of Management
  • Panelists:
    • Puja Mehta, Chair, Emerge MA
    • Kate Hogan '86, MA State Representative (D - Stow)
    • Kirsten L. Hughes, Chair, MassGOP


6:10 – 6:40 PM Closing & Reflections on the Day


6:40 - 7:15 PM Pizza and Goodbyes
Relax and enjoy some informal networking.