Briana Guillory '16 practices her networking skills at a "mocktail" event as part of the Spring 2015 Women at Work series.

Briana Guillory ’16 practices her networking skills at a “mocktail” event as part of the Spring 2015 Women at Work series.

Through facilitated discussions, skill-based workshops, conversations with women leaders, networking sessions, field trips, and more, the Goldfarb Center and Career Center’s Women’s Leadership Seminar offers comprehensive leadership training with a focus on issues confronting women in the workforce today. Students are encouraged to participate as a cohort to get the most out of each component of the program and receive a certificate of completion.

The seminar is cosponsored by the Colby Feminist Alliance and the Colby Women of Color Alliance.

I was attracted to the focused, practical approach of this program. Women are in the minority in most STEM fields, and to get feedback on things like my elevator pitch and to know the basics of golf has been really empowering. – Briana Guillory ’16


Enrollment is open to all Colby students. Participants are not required to attend every session, but are greatly encouraged to attend as many as her/his schedule allows to get the most out of the seminar. To enroll, email Goldfarb Center Assistant Director Amanda Cooley at

Check back regularly for updates on different components to the program!

Upcoming Events

Developing a Networking Plan: Building Your Team and Your Skills
Women’s Leadership Seminar Event
Thursday, March 2 | 12:20 p.m. | Dana, Fairchild Room
Networking gets a bad rap, but it’s a key component to a successful job or internship search as well as moving forward in your career. Particularly for women, developing and maintaining connections can give you a leg up as well as boost your overall confidence when interacting professionally. Come to this workshop to learn about concrete steps you can take to building your team of mentors, advocates, and connections. This event is open to Colby faculty, staff, and students. Registration is required.
Students please sign up here >>
aculty and staff please sign up here >>

Developing a Confidence Plan
Women’s Leadership Seminar Event
Tuesday, March 7 | 12:20 p.m. | Dana, Fairchild Room
The goal of this workshop is to create a plan for increasing your confidence in the classroom, workplace, and general daily life. We’ll talk about strategies to build confidence and concrete goals you set to reach a higher level of confidence by the end of the semester. This event is open to Colby faculty, staff, and students. Registration is required.
Students please sign up here >>>
Faculty and staff please sign up here >>>

Women’s Leadership Salon
Monday, March 13 | 7 p.m. | Marchese Blue Light Pub
Join us for a mocktail meet and greet event with women leaders from the faculty and staff. Enjoy speaking with them about their experiences while learning networking skills including how to juggle a handshake, glass, and plate all at once. There will be complimentary appetizers as well. This even is open to Colby students and registration is required. Sign up here >>>

We have an exciting lineup of events planned for the semester and hope you can make any or all of them. Sign up for the first three events before spring break now using the rsvp links above. Then stay tuned for the following event dates:

  • Lady Mules Leading Alumni Career Conversation
  • Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum
  • Women in Entrepreneurship
  • Salary Negotiation
  • Communicating for Success
  • Faculty-Led Discussion
  • Golf Lesson

Past Events


Finding Your Voice: Women’s Leadership Seminar Networking Reception and Kick-Off
Sept. 16 | 5 p.m. | Blue Light Pub
Student-only event
In line with the Women Leadership Seminar’s fall 2016 theme, “Finding Your Voice,” this networking session will give participants the unique opportunity to hear from women leaders on campus in an intimate setting about instances when they found their voice and how it has influenced their career. Participants also have the opportunity to practice their networking skills, meet one another, and find out what the seminar series is all about. Registration is required. Please click here to register >>>

Get Into the Swing of It: Golf Outing at the Waterville Country Club
Student-only event
The golf course has long been a place where both formal and informal business takes place — and all too often where women are visibly absent. We’ll go to the Waterville Country Club to gain basic golfing skills with the aim of boosting your confidence to say “yes” when an invitation is extended. Sign up here >>>

The Art of Risk-Taking Workshop
Oct. 6 | 12:15 p.m. | Robbins Room, Roberts
Open to students, faculty, and staff
Caitie Whelan, author, The Lightning Notes
A high-energy, interactive workshop filled with tools to help women take risks, handle fear, and lead courageously in the world. Women will hear inspiring stories, do engaging exercises, and leave with practical skills to help them:
• Take risks consistent with their values
• Handle fear, rejection, and criticism
• Building a meaningful personal & professional network
• Develop regular self-care practices to manage stress and cultivate resilience

Sign up here >>>

Finding Your Voice: How to Run an Effective Meeting
Oct. 11 | 12:20 p.m. | Dana, Fairchild Room
Open to students, faculty, and staff
Meetings are an important part of the working world, allowing people to come together to move projects forward and ensure everyone is on the same page. It is also a place where employees showcase their ideas, abilities, and achievements. Research shows that in meetings, women speak less and are interrupted more. Even in the White House, female staffers have adopted a meeting strategy to reinforce ideas by other women in an effort to have their contributions acknowledged. This workshop will cover key differences in how women and men interact in meetings and provide tangible takeaways that will sharpen your communication skills and boost your credibility as a leader. Sign up here >>>

Book Club Discussion
Oct. 20 | 12:20 p.m. | Dana, Fairchild Room
Open to students, faculty, and staff
We’ll come together over lunch for an informal discussion about selected readings from a book by Tammy Biddle ’92 titled, “Find Your Voice: A Woman’s Call to Action.” Sign up here >>>

Finding Your Voice: Negotiation Workshop
Oct. 28 | 12:30 p.m. | Smith Room, Roberts
Student-only workshop
Being a skilled negotiator can showcase your skills as an experienced leader. This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of how to effectively negotiate some of the most important deals you’ll make in your career and your life. Sign up here >>>

Movie Screening: Equal Means Equal
Dec. 5 | 7:30 p.m.| Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Open to greater Colby community
Take a study break with us! We’ll show the new, award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal, which offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Free refreshments and a low-stress atmosphere will be provided.

To Be Scheduled:

Facilitated Discussion with Laura Seay, Assistant Professor of Government

For More Information

The Women’s Leadership Seminar was initiated in Spring 2015, when Colby Career Counselor Sarah Whitfield ’09 organized a seminar series through the Goldfarb Center’s Mealtime Seminar Grant program. Read more here >>>

Contact the Organizers:

Sarah Whitfield ’09
Career Counselor
Colby Career Center

Amanda Cooley
Assistant Director
Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement