On-Campus $tart $mart Workshop 11/5!

The American Association of University Women and the Wage Project offer a salary negotiation workshop, $tart $mart preparing college women with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits in the job market. This workshop is coming to Colgate on November 5th!

According to AAUW’s website:

“When students leave the $tart $mart campus workshop, they learn

  • how the gender wage gap affects their lives
  • how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs
  • how to benchmark salary and benefits
  • how to negotiate for their first salary out of college

According to AAUW research, just one year after graduation, women earn just 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn, and the gender wage gap widens over the next 10 years”

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The workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 5th from 6-9 pm in the Coop Conference Room (134). Dinner will be provided.

Please register via e-mail to Shauna Hisrshfield, shirshfield@colgate.edu with the subject line: $tart $mart Registration


Family Weekend Reception!

During the packed weekend, we hope you can join us and bring your families to CWiB’s Family Weekend Reception on Saturday October 26, at 3-4:30 pm! This will be a great opportunity to network, mingle, and learn more about CWiB. Dean Suzy Nelson will be kindly hosting this event at her home. Please contact Selina Koller at skoller@colgate.edu to RSVP, we hope to see you there!

On-Campus Opportunity: Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute



Interested in working with other Colgate women to explore and develop leadership practices through interactive discussions and hands-on workshops? The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute will be at Colgate on November 16- November 17, 2013 to sponsor this 1.5 day interactive workshop on women and leadership in partnership with Fox Leadership Institute. This great program “promotes leadership in young women through self-empowerment, connection with others and activism in their communities”. Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity right here on campus!

To register, please fill out this brief survey! If you have any questions, contact Ms. Katie Rapp, our fantastic alumna from the Class of 2013 and EFLI’s Campus Coordinator (krapp@efli-life.org).


Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute

Coffee Hour: 8pm Tuesday, October 8th!

Join us Tuesday at 8:00 for our first coffee hour of the semester. In 560 Case-Geyer (Batza Room), stop by to hear from seniors who went on the CWiB immersion trip to NYC last weekend, speak with members of our Alumnae Advisory Board via Google Hangout, and talk about the year ahead.

We would love for everyone to join us to learn, ask questions, and contribute ideas. It’ll be the PERFECT break from midterm studying (treats and coffee never hurt)!


Dates to Remember this Week: CCS Spotlight!



There are some fantastic opportunities for Colgate women interested in business! The Center for Career Services is kicking off their first week of info sessions and RECRUITING (Colgate Premier) APPLICATION DEADLINES! Stop at these info sessions and discussions to learn more about the companies represented, to ask questions, or to network with current employees and alumnae/alumni! These on-campus events are the perfect way to start thinking about summer internships or entry-level jobs.

Monday September 16

12:20 pm Kantar Retail Lunch Info Session (rsvp)

7:00 pm MarketBridge Info Session


Tuesday September 17

8:00 am Goldman Sachs Info Session/Teleconference

2:30 pm Oliver Wyman Webinar

5:00 pm Cambridge Associates LLC Info Session

Deadlines (see naviGATE): Insight Strategy Advisors, URBN Urban Outfitters, Inc., Alliance Bernstein


Wednesday September 18

5:00 pm Peace Corps Info Session


Saturday September 21

10:00 am Ernst & Young LLP Company Info Session


As always you can stay tuned to what’s happening by following CCS on Facebook and Twitter!


No More Bossy!

After reading Sheryl’s book, watching her on 60 minutes, Jon Stewart, and TED, and then meeting her in person (I’ve obviously become quite the fan…), I have realized how much I feel she is speaking to me. As someone who is constantly referred to as “bossy” and “dominating” with a negative connotation attached to it, it was nice to hear that I am not alone in feeling this way. I never truly realized how much of my thinking stems as a direct result of socialization. For example I attribute getting good grades to working really hard. I almost never call myself “smart,” and I usually downplay what I get on tests. I can’t even explain why I do this. Is it because I am embarrassed? Is it because I don’t know how to feel proud or admit I’m smart? These thoughts have always been at the back of my mind, though I have rarely discussed them with anyone. Until now.

I think the conversation needs to be had not only at a business level, but at a personal level as well if we want to see results. She inspired me to talk about this with my parents, my friends, and even my boyfriend. The more people that realize that there remains a large divide between the sexes, the more we can slowly eradicate it. By taking this advice to a personal level, we will inadvertently use it in the business world as well.  Hopefully with this continued conversation, in the future women will earn the same as men for equal work—and they won’t be afraid to ask for a raise if they deserve it.

I understand some people may think her points are unrealistic for the majority of the population. However, the elimination of the sex divide needs to occur from the top down—so she is speaking to the right people! As someone who has taken sociology courses and has learned how much this message is only talking to those who are fortunate enough to attend collegiate universities, I realize why she is sometimes viewed controversially. There is really not much fluidity in regards to class lines, but that is a whole different issue that would take a whole other book to address. She is speaking to our generation of highly educated women who have the ability to make a real difference.

I hope she continues to advocate as she does, because I know she really touched a lot of women. I also hope that men will listen as well; we cannot do it without them!

Oh, and one more thing: let’s take bossy out of the dictionary.

–Abigail Sickinger, 2014

Leaning In with Sheryl Sandberg at Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend

Sheryl Sandberg was the star act for Colgate’s Entrepreneur Weekend this year. As the COO of Facebook, mother of two and now published author, she spoke to an impressive audience about the challenges that females face as they climb the career ladder. Her book, Lean In, explores these issues as well as provides proactive solutions through which women can achieve greater and more rewarding success.

Key Points

Leaders get to create the rules – it’s a simple fact of being in charge. If more women are leaders, more women will be making crucial decisions which both impact their business directly and speak for women around the globe.

Sandberg wants to ban the word “bossy” from the playground and replace it with the phrase “executive leadership skills”. Bossy is most commonly associated with little girls rather than boys. She explained this phenemonen to be an outdated concept: it’s no longer natural for boys (and men) to lead while their women watch passively. Sandberg believes that all women possess the capabilities to lead if only they choose to lean in and take more risks, whether those risks be professional or personal.

Taking credit and attributing one’s skills to the success of a project is key. Men are more likely to claim personal involvement in a successful situation whereas women will call on the powers of luck and the help from others. Sandberg understands that assertiveness can be a major factor in selecting employees for promotions and profitable project proposals, and shyness will prevent women from reaching top leadership positions.

A final point, one which received both criticism and applause, was that Sandberg advised choosing the right life partner to be the most crucial decision of one’s career. It’s understood that the right person, not just any husband or wife, will appreciate and understand each other’s goals, strengths and weaknesses. At this point a tangible sense of discomfort and dissension rose from the crowd. Many young women, including myself, feel enough pressure to find the right job, choose the right partner and attempt to complete these “Herculean Efforts” before the age of 30. Hearing one of the most current successful females in business mention this further emphasized the competitve pressures all female Colgate students face. Although I stand in agreement with Sandberg on this issue and am aware that my choice of husband will affect my career and parenting future, it’s clearly a touchy subject to address with so young women who are dedicated to their academic and career pursuits while also striving to uphold a bustling social agenda. 

We are all facing the bottom of the food chain upon graduation. Entry-level jobs redefined as “Associate”, “Assistant”, or “Intern” do not erase the likelihood of acquiring responsibilities and tasks similar to those of Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada. Yet Sandberg cautioned against women who enter the workplace looking for an exit. Heeding Sandberg’s advice means making instinctual, sound decisions and to lean in, in whichever arena you may call the playing field.