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The Conway Center offers a slate of programs and activities focused on creative thinking, problem solving and interdisciplinary teamwork, as well as the development of personal finance and business leadership skills.

Conway Center and Integrative Learning Calendar


Interactive Workshops

Demystifying Money

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. | Neilson Library 103

We don't talk about money - let's change that. These workshops will explore everything from technical subjects like credit and taxes to understanding your own psychological relationship with money and how to change it. This is not a math course, an economics course, or a psychology course.  It's a chance for you to understand your own finances to support the life you want to live. *Lunch provided; RSVP on Smith Social Network.

Students who attend at least four sessions of this series may be eligible to apply for our Peer Money Mentor training program. Details will be provided at each workshop session.

Community Conversations

5 - 6:30 p.m. | Neilson Library 103

You're on a journey to pursue your passions and find your purpose and we're here to help. Guest speakers and faculty/staff partners will guide you through an exploration of challenges and opportunities in a variety of areas and provide you with tools to identify problems worth solving. *Dinner provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network.


Special Events

Annual Elevator Pitch Contest

December 7
5 p.m. | Neilson Library 103

Delivering a concise, well-crafted 90-second speech—the elevator pitch—designed to sell others on your idea or yourself takes practice. According to Seth Godin, “[t]he purpose of an elevator pitch is to describe a situation or solution so compelling that the person you’re with wants to hear more even after the elevator ride is over.”

If you’ve got a class project, business venture or other idea you’d like to pitch, join us for this fast-paced, lively and fun event. A panel of faculty and staff judges will rate each pitch on the quality of the presentation as well as the viability of the idea. $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. *Dinner provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network.


Annual Elizabeth Miller Lecture Series

Established through the thoughtful generosity of Elizabeth Miller ’81, this lecture series brings emerging leaders from the nonprofit and business sectors to campus to inspire and educate current Smith students. Invited speakers are leaders who can articulate why and how taking an income risk is important as they strive to create change.

 

Fall 2022: Conscious Calibration: Shifting Your Mindset for Entrepreneurial Success

Wednesday, November 16 | 5 - 6 p.m. | Neilson Browsing Room (Room 102)

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or embarking on an ambitious career, becoming consciously aware of the thoughts and beliefs that shape your reactions and actions has a direct impact on achieving your vision. Drawing on her experience as a feminist, leader, and businesswoman, Celeste Gudas ‘80 will share the thought shifts that served her well as she built a company from a single idea to an almost half billion-dollar enterprise. You will be inspired to adopt a mindset that maximizes your potential, empowers you to go after big goals (despite fear), improves your leadership capacity, and cultivates unapologetic confidence, while keeping you purpose aligned. Please sign up on the Smith Social Network.

2021: Seed, Weed, Bloom: Cultivating a Wild and Precious Life
Simran Sethi ’92, an independent writer and scholar and 2009 recipient of the Smith College Medal, will talk about her commitment to unearthing difficult stories while nurturing a taproot of joy and possibility.

2019: From the Graveyard Shift at Alamo-Rent-A-Car to the White House
Anne Lewis ’82 served as a special assistant to President Clinton on the National Economic Council and was twice confirmed as an assistant secretary of labor. In 2007, she founded Anne Lewis Strategies LLC which she has grown into the premier digital marketing agency for progressive nonprofits and Democractic presidential candidates. The company was acquired by Infogroup LLC in 2017; Anne continues to serve as its president.

2018: Moxie, Fear, Fun and Face-Plants in a Life of Change
Busy Burr ’83 started her career in a very traditional way: investment banking, Stanford Business School and back to investment banking. Advice from her father and (soon-to-be) wife gave her the courage to leave a lucrative investment banking career and leap into the unknown. Busy will talk about how curating experiences through trial and error and uncertainty, crises in confidence, improvisation and joy have played a role in her varied life. 

2017: Dedication of the Jill Ker Conway Innovation Center and Elizabeth Miller ’81 Lecture
Diane Hessan is a successful entrepreneur, researcher and author. She is the founder and chairman of CSpace, which for the last decade has been one of the hottest companies in Boston’s innovation economy.

2016: Redefining Success - Smith College Women's Leadership Conference
Caroline Clark ’85 is an award-winning journalist whose experience spans print, digital and television outlets. In her 19 years at Black Enterprise, she has served in a number of senior leadership and editorial roles, and as editorial director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, she determines the editorial direction and theme of the nation’s largest annual conference targeting African American women executives. She is the author of Take a Lesson: Today’s Black Achievers on How They Made It, What They Learned Along the Way, and Postcards From Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail.

2014: Risk Taking and its Rewards - A conversation on advocacy and social change
Erinn McGurn ’94, co-founder and executive director of SCALEAfrica; Kimberly Scott ’91, associate professor at Arizona State University School of Social Transformation and executive director of COMPUGIRLS; Staci Williams ’81, attorney and judge-elect of the 101st District Court. Moderated by Susan Etheredge, professor and chair of Smith College Education and Child Study.

2013: Risk Taking and Its Rewards - A conversation on leadership and entrepreneurship
Jeannie Cho Lee ’90 and Annie Morita ’90 talk about their choices and challenges since leaving Smith. Annie Morita is chief of staff at Oriental DreamWorks Film & Television in Shanghai, China. Jeannie Cho Lee is founder of asianpalate.com, a site that aims to lead intelligent and insightful discussions about food and wine in Asia.

2012: Risk Taking and its Rewards
Megan Gardner ’98 is the chief executive officer of Plum District overseeing all areas of the business including sales, marketing, operations, technology and business development. Megan launched her career on Wall Street as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank and Soundview Technology, primarily focusing on technology clients. Dr. Katrina Gardner hails from the Badlands of North Dakota and comes to medicine after being a primary school teacher in Nepal for five years. She attended the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and now plans to practice full-spectrum rural family medicine with an emphasis on obstetrics. She and her husband are excited to be completing the remainder of her residency while living in Colville as part of the Rural Track Training Program.


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