Women in Business Breakfast encourages connections, conversations

GBN welcomed several accomplished professionals for the annual Women in Business Breakfast on Dec. 5. 

Attending students were able to learn from panelists with backgrounds in trading, engineering, law, entrepreneurism, social media marketing and much more. 

“You’re already showing people you’re ready to go above and beyond to achieve your goals just by being here this morning,” business instructor Mindy Ingersoll told the dozens of students who had arrived at school more than two hours early for the networking event. 

Engineering instructor Christina Rose said the event was about “making connections and having conversations.”

Guest panelist Kate Flanagin, social media coordinator for Guaranteed Rate, graduated GBN in 2013 and was heavily involved in the school’s DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competition group. Flanagin said it was her involvement in activities such as DECA and several internships throughout college that lead her into her current career.

“Don’t be afraid to take changes and pivot,” she said. “It’s important to trust your gut.”

Virginia McGathey, president of McGathey Commodities Corporation, earned her seat at the Chicago Board of Trade by age 21. She encouraged the students to “jump into” anything they are curious about.

“All that you need is already within you,” she said. “You don’t have to be more than you are, but you must be all that you are.”

Mary Fernitz, a junior, attended the breakfast for the first time this year.

“I really liked hearing about everyone’s career experiences,” Fernitz said. “It’s inspiring to learn about all the challenges they’ve been able to overcome.” 

This event was sponsored by the GBN Startup Entrepreneurship Business Incubator, Career and Technical Education Department and Project Lead the Way. 
Women in Business Breakfast encourages connections, conversations