Draws 350-400 students, faculty, alumni, and corporate partners
Chair’s duties include securing time/date, keynote speakers, committee chairs, and volunteers; working with Women’s Initiative; facilitating communication and overall smooth execution; serving on MBW Executive Board
Benefits include networking, leadership and teamwork opportunities, and event planning
People entering and leaving in the middle of a presentation is a distraction. It is also rude. If the event is worth attending, it is worth showing up on time and staying until the end. If you are late, wait until the formal presentation is over to enter. If multiple presentations are simultaneously occurring, go to one only and find another channel to network with the other.
Do not use laptops or cell phones.
Pay attention to the presentation. Lack of attention causes students to ask questions that are already covered. Do not check email. Turn off cell phones.
Ask appropriate questions.
Not everything that you are curious about is appropriate to ask. The answers to some things can be had through alternate means and people. Think first before asking. There is an art to asking thoughtful questions.
4. Dress appropriately
Business casual is the recommended attire for most presentations. Casual clothing such as jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are strongly discouraged at presentations and office hours. Wear clothes that are appropriate for a business environment. When in doubt, more formal is safer.
5. Let each person have a chance to speak.
You are being evaluated on your social acumen. Good social acumen is a balance of assertiveness as well as deference to others. Don't feel as if the presentation is the only opportunity to network. You can continue to network afterwards.
6. Do not eat and drink excessively
Consuming in moderation facilitates social interaction. Remember, this is not dinner. When there is alcohol, always be aware of your intake. Do not eat food at a presentation that you did not attend. Do not attend presentations just to eat food.