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Women in Entrepreneurship Learn to "Lean In"

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in." - Sheryl Sandberg

Women in Entrepreneurship, or WiE, is a group of female students, faculty and entrepreneurs affiliated with the minor who meet to discuss women in the workforce. This year, WiE has focused on the empowerment that can be found by what Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg describes as “leaning in.”

WiE held a brown bag lunch on a Friday afternoon in October to view and discuss Sandberg’s TED Talk, “Why we have too few women leaders.”

This theme of “leaning in” and overcoming fears that hinder women professionally sparked many tough questions for both WiE speakers and participants. From starting a family to facing the male-dominated corporate world, WiE hosts many productive dialogues with distinguished entrepreneurs

In September, WiE met with Sandy Hussain, a Harvard graduate and the co-founder of both Fashion Digital NY and OliviaPalmermo.com. She is currently a D'Marie Group Advisor and a serial entrepreneur living in New York. Hussain talked to students about finding a career that suits your passion; her beginnings in finance revealed a greater love for the fashion space. She is currently developing Luxly, a service venture offering salon and spa home visits.

Tracy Harris, UNC Alumna and  vice president of the Customized Fund Investment Group at Credit Suisse visited in November. Harris was hired to help work on Credit Suisse's $230 million investment partnership with the North Carolina Retirement System. A dominant topic of Harris’s talk revolved around balancing family and work life; students used her experiences as a working mother to discuss the importance of supporting, rather than shaming, mothers’ professional decisions.

WiE met with Amy Unell in January, an Emmy-nominated former producer for NBC's Today Show and founder of StoryTales Productions. Unell is currently working with Career Services and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Her stories of undergraduate internships and traveling as a producer were both entertaining and insightful; above all, Unell encouraged students to maintain their networks and take time to invest in their professional and academic relationships.

Next month, WiE is excited to host the first "Wind Down with WiE" event. Join us to converse, connect and collaborate with other women in the entrepreneurship space! 

Wind Down with WiE

Thursday, Mar. 20th

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Tru Wine Bar and Deli

114 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill, NC

RSVP here.