Spring Immersion Trip Reflections: Miriam Charry ’16

Here’s a little recap of Miriam’s awesome experience on the immersion trip and how she has been using her alumnae network for her internship search!
At the beginning of March, a group of 12 CWIB members travelled to NYC for an Immersion trip. During this trip, we participated in three site visits in three different industries, some alumnae-led workshops, and a networking reception. Although this was the second CWIB Immersion trip I had attended, I still learned so much, and still reflect on it although my internship search is wrapping up.
I am personally interested in the marketing/advertising aspects of a company. One of the site visits that we did was to NYDJ Apparel, where Kate Foster-Lengyel ’99 is the VP of Marketing and Ecommerce. I had an amazing time job shadowing Kate in January through the Day in the Life program through Career Services, so when Kate agreed to host the group for a site visit, I was so excited. She explained to all of us what her role within the company is, and a little about fashion marketing and their specific goals as a company. Working on marketing activities for a fashion company would be a dream job for me, so when I applied to a couple internships in fashion marketing, I reached out to Kate to see if she had any advice or any possible connections within the companies that I could chat with further to learn more about the positions. Kate was extremely helpful and ultimately helped me in scoring a couple interviews with awesome fashion companies, truly showing me how helpful and willing to help alumnae can be when you reach out.
On the last day of our Immersion trip, we participated in a networking reception at the Roger Smith Hotel with four alumnae in different industries. I met Kelsey Hill ’04, another incredible woman who founded and owns her own marketing startup, kelsykate. After some great conversation at the reception, Kelsy suggested I email her later on to chat about marketing internships for the summer. Kelsy has given me some great advice throughout this process, and has done her best to help me in any way that she could, which, through the stress of the internship process, has been such a blessing.
The trip last month was a complete success thanks to the wonderful and helpful alumnae who volunteered to participate and spread their knowledge. Above all, looking back on the trip, I learned that the Colgate connection is always so strong, and alumnae in all industries are always willing to lend a helping hand to students, as long as students are willing to put themselves out there and ask for it. Based on the experience that I’ve had, I hope that all members will be able to participate in upcoming trips and take advantage of this network, utilizing our incredible resources and opening up new doors to as many new experiences as possible.
-Miriam Charry ’16

And the award for Best Supporting Actor goes to…


CWiB won the Best Supporting Actor at the Student Organization Recognition Banquet last Thursday! This award went to the group that strives to provide advocacy or bring awareness to important issues.

Each semester, CWiB is growing its member and alumnae presences, diversifying our partnerships, inventing new and exciting events, and we couldn’t do any of our work without your help! As Abigail said on LinkedIn, thank you again for your support. We’re excited to finish up the spring semester with a final coffee hour; as always please reach out to any member of CWiB if you would like to become more involved or are seeking more information.

Spring Immersion Trip Reflections: Liz Mullin ’17

Twelve students traveled to New York City last month as a part of CWiB’s Spring Immersion Trip. Liz Mullin, Class of 2017 has shared some of her reflections below.


As a freshman, I am still on the road to figuring out not only the ropes of college, but which classes and interests along the way will spark a light inside for future career pathways. Colgate Women in Business took a group of 12 students to New York City with the aim of connecting past students to current ones in order to develop networking connections in all realms of the business world. We were able to meet with a variety of companies focusing on fashion marketing, investment banking and business consulting.

The most surprising aspect was the variety of information and advice every single alumna had for us. It was so refreshing hearing the completely different journeys everyone had taken to get where they were now. Here is a short but insightful list of pieces of advice I recall from the trip:


-Market yourself and the liberal arts education

-Keep track of yourself because no one else will do it for you

-Google the top interview questions and know your responses

-Be as resourceful as you can- Figure out as much as possible before asking questions

-Keep a clean and up-to-date presence online- decide whether your presence on all social media is for personal or professional use

-Internships, Internships, internships!

-Never talk about the money- you want the job regardless of the pay

-Work a job on campus (helpful for when you need references!)

-Research your interviewer and/or company to be fully prepared

-Follow up within 24 hours


It was so refreshing knowing that everyone we met went through such similar experiences as we are going through now—some were on clubs, varsity sports, sororities, and involved in a variety of other things on campus which gave great connections for conversation starters and points of interest. Personally, Deloitte Consulting peaked my interest the most because it was a career field I originally had no interest in and it completely spun my viewpoint around. The energy in the conference room gave a strong impression that everyone who worked at Deloitte loved what they did and who they worked with. I had never considered consulting and after walking out of that office I can without a doubt see myself in that field. Lastly, it was so enjoyable to be able to connect with the 12 girls from all different classes at Colgate. I loved all of our conversations, the laughs and the bonding experience to branch out and put ourselves out there to get ahead. This trip was hands-down one of the most influential and turning point experiences I have had thus far at Colgate and I can’t wait and continue to be a part of the CWiB club to further my connections and foster deeper relationships with women in all classes here.

“Ban Bossy”

Almost a year after Sheryl Sandberg visited Colgate, she is out with a new slogan: “Ban Bossy”. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO and Anna Maria Chávez, Girl Scouts of the USA’s CEO have teamed up to ban the word “bossy”. In their article in the Wall Street Journal, they explore the negative connotations and stereotypes stemming from bossy which negatively impact women who have positions in all levels of power. Read the full article here.

You can find a full length video and interview with Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chávez online at the Wall Street Journal.

TIME magazine also wrote an article: “‘Bossy’ Women: 16 Leaders Who’ve Overcome That Label (and Worse)”. The list includes Madeline Albright, Michelle Obama, Barbara Walters and more! Check it out here.

Changing Women’s Portrayal in Images

This past weekend, the New York Times published an article featuring one of LeanIn.org’s newest ventures. Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org and Getty Images are teaming up to transform the portrayal of women in stock photos. Specifically, Getty will be offering a special collection of stock photography “that it says represent women and families in more powerful ways.” You often see stock photos in advertisements; they are photos licensed for specific uses and can be bought online (but many times to appeal to customers, they represent stereotypes or portrayals of women which can fit into many plots). The new collection of images will be able to reach Getty’s 2.4 million customers, including advertisers and the public. Will images be the best start to changing the public’s perception of women and work? Check out the article here.

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The Atlantic and Mashable.com have also written articles covering Getty’s partnership with LeanIn.org.

TEDWomen 2013

Last week, TEDWomen: Invented Here, took place in San Francisco. TED is a global set of conferences that covers every topic imaginable under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”. While the event streamed live through TEDx last week in specific locations, there are plenty of interesting talks and articles available online! From Diane Nyad (the woman who swam from Florida to Cuba this year) to one of our favorite Colgate visitors, Sheryl Sandberg, there is an incredible diversity in the topics covered by TEDWomen. The three sessions last week focused upon the question: what drives local innovation? If you need a break from studying, check out the article links and TEDtalks below!

Recap of Session 1 

Recap of Session 2

Recap of Session 3

11 Fascinating Talks from TEDWomen

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