Post contributed by Mindy Santo, Momentum Mentoring Coordinator
Recently Birmingham Southern College (BSC) reached out to Momentum Leaders to participate in their Women’s Success Event. The BSC Director of Internships, Katy Smith, joined forces with the Panhellenic the largest Momentum/BSC event to date. Momentum has a history of collaborating with the college to provide mentors for panel discussions, conversations with students, and class presentations.
Members of our Upward Alumnae Council (UAC) mentoring committee, and Momentum Mentoring Program mentees shared their expertise with students speaking about the following topics: The Value of Mentoring, How to Navigate Imposter Syndrome, and best practices for Intentional Networking. The students even got an opportunity to apply the networking skills learned during the intentional networking session!
The Women’s Success Event was completely student-led, planned, and organized down to the signage that was shared throughout the campus and online. The event reached over 150 students, many of whom had great feedback about their experience. In fact, as we were wrapping up the event, all students and Momentum volunteers participated in a Mentimeter exercise to allow students to engage and ask questions anonymously. They even shared well-deserved accolades to several of our mentors! Momentum will certainly partner with BSC again to reach more women as they prepare to enter the workforce.
“It’s so comforting to know I’m not alone”
“Definitely offer this at other schools”
“It was fun and should be an annual event”
“I think this went well, especially for the first time!”
Based on what the students shared, we think the Q&A would be beneficial to our diverse audience of professionals, business owners, students. We’ll post some of that dialog on our social media throughout the month of February 2023.
The event was a perfect opportunity for Momentum to create a framework that we can apply to more university partners in our network. We’re excited about what’s next with our college partnerships!