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Students Visit Illinois Holocaust Museum as Part of The Chicago Network's Future Leaders Program

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A group of female Dominican students visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum on May 10 as part of the university's participation in The Chicago Network's Future Leaders Program. Earlier in the month, the female students visited a for-profit corporation, Discover. At both institutions, the students had the chance to meet senior-level and mid-level women leaders.

During their meetings at the Holocaust Museum, female administrators discussed marketing strategies, archival collection policies, and developing and maintaining responsible budgets. The administrators also shared the challenges of juggling work and family as well as issues surrounding being women in leadership roles.

"Ask for what you want. Don't expect people to read your mind about what you want to accomplish in your job or what you feel you deserve in compensation. The worst thing that can happen is that they say no," said Susan Abrams, CEO of the museum.

The Chicago Network, an organization of Chicago's leading professional women, launched the Future Leaders Program three years ago to inspire the next generation of women leaders by providing sophomore and junior college students with the opportunity to explore career paths in the profit and nonprofit sectors. The program partners with University of Illinois-Chicago and St. Xavier University as well as with Dominican.

Participants in the program are nominated by faculty, write an application essay and are then selected by a committee of The Chicago Network.

In addition to the site visits, the young women receive valuable career advice from Jamie Shaw, director of career development for the Brennan School of Business, including tips on enhancing their resumes, networking and connecting with leaders.

"There is an art to connecting. Think of it like dating--you don't suddently ask for a job without following up after you meet people," Jamie told them on the bus ride back to campus after the Holocaust Museum visit.

Several of the young women who participated in this year's program expressed interest in mentoring the next class of participants--doing their part to further The Chicago Network's mission of inspiring the next generation of leaders.