Loughborough alumnae were invited to a Women’s Networking Event – the first of its kind for a few years. An opportunity to come together to network, make new connections, and hear inspirational stories, alumnae from a broad range of courses and graduation years took part.
The evening was hosted by Dr Jo Jennings. In her opening remarks, she commented on how fond she has found alumni to be of the institution, and discussed the many ways in which we can continue to support and grow the alumni community and its networks.
Dr Jennings handed over to the Pro Vice-Chancellor for EDI, Professor Charlotte Croffie, who chaired a discussion with alumnae Emma Barrat, Partner at Prefcap, and Kim Emenike, CEO of the Helen Okani Bakery and graduate on the Civil Service Fast Stream Graduate scheme.
The panel discussed themes including passions and motivations in their careers, improving equity in the workplace, experience of management, and top tips for the start of careers. Advice for young graduates included: seek a mentor, get involved in anything and everything, and it’s okay to make a mistake.
There were several audience questions which prompted a discussion around avoiding burnout and advice for balancing life and work. Panellists offered pieces of advice such as considering how you’re measuring yourself and your achievements – and against what benchmark? They encouraged alumnae to understand when good is good enough, and to not be afraid to consider other jobs – or even sectors.
The alumnae networked following the panel discussion, with an opportunity to enjoy drinks and canapés.
Photographs from the event can be viewed online. Thank you to our speakers and to everyone who attended.
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