2020 Women's Leadership Symposium: Mentorship as Leadership

Oct 24, 2020
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mary Baldwin University
Virtual Event

Schedule

In-person experience in MBU’s Student Activities Center and Deming Hall are for students, staff, and faculty.
Alumni and friends may join the virtual plenary sessions with Q&A on Blackboard Collaborate.

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Student Activities Center (COVID-19 room capacity: 115)

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Opening Plenary: “The Power of Your Purpose: How to Confidently Tap Into Your Calling” followed by live Q&A with Dara Beevas ’02
Student Activities Center, Virtual/Blackboard Collaborate

10:10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Concurrent Session I: Nontraditional mentorship, Men as Allies, Your Network and Your First Job, Negotiation: Understanding and Leveraging Your Worth*
Student Activities Center, Deming Hall classrooms

11:10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Concurrent Session II: Nontraditional mentorship, Men as Allies, Your Network and Your First Job, Negotiation: Understanding and Leveraging Your Worth*
Student Activities Center, Deming Hall classrooms

12 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Lunch and Midday Plenary: “Mentors and Allies and Healthcare Leadership” followed by live Q&A with Dr. Leigh Frame ’06
Student Activities Center, Virtual/Blackboard Collaborate

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Career Conversations
Student Activities Center, Deming Hall classrooms

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Afternoon Distanced Tea
Student Activities Center

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Keynote Address: “Mentorship as Leadership” followed by live Q&A with Wendy Foster, former president & CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts
Student Activities Center, Virtual/Blackboard Collaborate

*Concurrent session topics subject to change

“The Power of Your Purpose: How to Confidently Tap Into Your Calling”

We live our lives with an endless list of the things we need to do, be, and become. Constantly striving is like chasing a mirage: it seems like what you want is always ahead of you. But as soon as you craft intentional experiences that speak to your passions and interests, the rest will unfold in your day-to-day life. Dara Beevas ’02 will share her strategies for identifying impactful mentorship, setting boundaries, and pursuing your own inspiration to lead a fulfilling life in alignment with your life’s purpose. She will show how advancing your career is often not about discovering what you “should” do, but is instead about identifying the transformational experiences that are already nurturing your ideas and igniting your passion.

Dara Beevas ’02

Dara’s work is centered around her belief that books can save lives, open doors, and build bridges. As co-founder of the publishing company Wise Ink, she seeks authors whose missions are to share powerful stories that ignite change, tolerance, and growth.

Dara has been involved in the publishing community for more than fifteen years, acquiring manuscripts, managing projects, and creating marketing and sales strategies for authors and publishers. She’s helped more than four hundred authors publish their books. Dara has a master’s degree in publishing from George Washington University. She’s a previous board member of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and currently serves on the Loft Literary Center board.

She is the author of The Indie Author Revolution and co-author of Social Media Secrets for Authors and Buzz: The Ultimate Guide to Book Marketing. When she’s not busy pushing the envelope in this crazy world of publishing and networking with inspiring entrepreneurs, she’s traveling and enjoying her husband’s delicious Jamaican meals.

Dara is currently working on her next big writing project: a children’s picture book series based on the actual lives of black queens in history.

“Mentors and Allies and Healthcare Leadership”

Dr. Leigh Frame ’06

Dr. Leigh Frame brings nutrition and immunity together through clinical/translational research. Her interests include the role of the microbiome and nutrition in health, the consequences of malnutrition in obesity, vitamin D as an immune modulatory hormone, research ethics, and social media. Dr. Frame is working to build a GW Integrative Medicine research program.

Dr. Frame has used her wide-ranging experience in biomedical research (from wet bench to clinical research) to oversee research programs, including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Parkinson’s Disease Biomarker Discovery Program. While working at the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Frame earned her PhD in Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and also received a Master of Health Science in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from the same school.

Keynote Address: “Mentorship as Leadership”

 

Wendy Foster, former president & CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts

Wendy is an accomplished senior executive with more than three decades of executive leadership in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In June 2020, Wendy ended an 11-year run as Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts (BBBSEM), the largest youth mentoring organization in New England and among the top 1% of Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates in the nation. Under her leadership, BBBSEM scaled service by more than 125%, growing to serve more than 4,000 children annually, and received national recognition as Agency of the Year in 2019.

Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Wendy served as a senior executive with America Online (AOL) and was Marketing Director for New Product Development at Time-Life Inc., a division of Time-Warner. She began her career in direct marketing with the country’s leading agency, Wunderman.

Wendy is nationally recognized for her leadership within the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America federation, and most recently served as Vice Chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council and co-chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Large Agency Alliance.

Wendy serves on a number of boards including YWCA Boston, the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. Wendy received the 2017 Pinnacle Award for Nonprofit Management from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Chamber’s Women’s Network Advisory Board. She received the 2018 Silver Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year, Government or Non-Profit – 11 to 2,500 Employees.

Wendy is a ‘Big Sister’ to ‘Little Sister’, Shanell. They have been mentoring each other for nine years.

Wendy holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A from The George Washington University.