Amanda Milberg Discusses the Forté Foundation College 2 Business Leadership Conference

April 10th, 2015 – Deloitte. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC

This past Friday I attended the Forté Foundation College 2 Business Leadership Conference. After a competitive application process, I along with 80+ women representing 40 schools as well as multiple countries came together at Deloitte’s office in New York to ‘learn by doing’. The conference started with a presentation by Nicole Weber, the Corporate Trainer from Great on the Job. Nicole taught me how to perfect my pitch and take my leadership to the next level by improving my brand. She explained how I can improve my executive presence by having confidence, looking great, sounding great, and sharing my story about what makes me unique. After her remarkable and informative presentation, there was a summer internship panel consisting of three current representatives from Citi, Macquarie Group, and Deutsche Bank. These three women helped me gain a better understand on how to prepare my resume, interview successfully, and the necessary steps to land my dream job in the upcoming future.

The rest of the afternoon was spent doing an online Marketplace Business Simulation. Each group consisted of four women and one mentor from a one of the companies that sponsors Forté Foundation. This stimulation places each team in a virtual business world setting as the managers of start-up company. Each individual was responsible for a given department, I was the head of manufacturing, but the team worked cohesively to execute a business strategy and make the final decisions. The stimulation gave each team the opportunity to experience all aspects of business management. I quickly realized the challenges, benefits, risks, and rewards of a business environment.

The last hour of the conference was a Company and Graduate School Expo which allowed each of the participants to talk to employers and network. Overall, I learned so much in such a short period of time and am so thankful that CWiB introduced me to this opportunity. I spent the entire day talking to aspiring women business leaders and making important connects with big name companies who are interested in having motivated women, like myself, become a part of their team in the future.

Deborah Tutnauer ’81 Discusses How to Demand Your Value as a Women in the Workplace

Deborah Tutnauer ’81, gave an extremely powerful talk last Friday about how women can demand more in the workplace, and why this is important. She discussed that women carry old stories and heavy baggage about money around with them, both unconsciously and consciously. Deborah took us through the history of money and demonstrated that money has always been in a male domain. She then stated that men and women both have a responsibility to change this and bring money into balance. According to Deborah, women typically want to help others and claim that making a lot of money is not important to them. As a women who feels similarly, this part of the lecture was extremely interesting and applicable to me. As a life coach and mentor, Deborah said she constantly has to remind women that money IS important! If women have passion AND money, then they can make an even greater impact on the world and help even more people.

Deborah brought up a lot of great points about our relationship to money that we typically do not discuss: our value, worthiness,  self-greed, power, altruism, and business. Many women feel that if they demand more money, they are power-hungry and greedy. This does not have to be the case. There is plenty of money out there waiting to be made by women and waiting to be put towards something important.

So how do we demand more for our value? Deborah says that first we must shift our stories. We all carry around stories and beliefs about money. We must shift these stories and bridge the gap by asking ourselves what our beliefs about money are and what we want them to be. Women oftentimes see the world through a filter and we must dissect these filters and find a way to make a shift so that women can recognize their self-worth and demand the money that they deserve.

Know the Hiring Manager, Land the Job

The hiring manager for any particular job is usually the person that requested the opening be made on the team and almost always the supervisor the eventual hire will report to. Hiring managers play a key role in the interview process and define the responsibilities and qualifications required of candidates. Their opinion is heavily weighed when a decision is made, so knowing who the hiring manager is and using that information to your advantage is a great way to give yourself a leg up.

Read the rest of this article here to learn more about how to land your next job!

What 11 CEOs Wish Interviewees Would Ask Them: The Most Impressive Job Interview Questions to Ask.

1. What New Skills Can I Hope to Learn Here?

This is just my perspective, but I’ve always secretly hoped to hear this question. It signifies a few positive things: the applicant acknowledges they don’t know everything and it signals both humility and potential. This individual is actively seeking knowledge and using that as a criteria to judge opportunity. They know that skills are important, not just knowledge. – Brian Honigman,

Read the rest of the article here and find out which questions you should be asking your interviewer!

TOMORROW AT 4:30, Deborah Tutnauer ’81 Presents: Demanding Your Value: How Smart Women Can Stop Settling for 75¢ on the Dollar

4:30 – 5:30, Friday March 27
Persson Auditorium

Presented by Deborah Tutnauer ’81, Success coach and mentor

Women consciously and unconsciously carry around old stories and heavy baggage regarding money. Often they can end up confused about value, worthiness, self-worth, greed, power, altruism and business and how all these pieces should come together. The issue is contained within women themselves and the greater culture in which we live.

The outcome is that women still get paid less than men for the same work, even today when some are calling “Women’s Liberation” a worn out term.  As a whole, women still earn on average 75% of what men do for similar work.

This talk will help women understand how they often sell themselves short because of their conscious and unconscious relationship to money. We will look at expectations and unspoken agreements that form the fabric of our culture in families, the workplace, and society as a whole. This will include early messaging, media, business, and family structure. We’ll talk about challenges in how women relate to money as entrepreneurs, in the workplace and personally and then provide perceptual and practical solutions for change.