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 Sherry Berard at

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


The Women’s Leadership Seminar hosts events each semester. The Fall 2017 list is coming shortly. Until then, please see below for a listing of our most recent 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 >>>

Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum
April 6 | 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Abromson Center, Portland

Join the Women’s Leadership Seminar as we travel to Portland for the Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum, which focuses on the gender wage gap and happens to include Colby alumna Joan Fortin ’88 on the panel! Transportation will be provided for those needing it. A car will leave the Colby campus at 6 a.m. and return approximately at Noon.

Forum Description: Mainebiz has invited several professionals from the legal and HR sector to discuss the reality of the gender wage gap here in Maine. Joining them will be executives and leaders who will address what employers expect to hear from women in the workforce and what tools women have to negotiate compensation plans. The goal of this forum is to share ideas for solutions and ways we can bridge the gap today.

Women Entrepreneurs Breakout Session, Entrepreneurship EXPO
April 7 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Corley Hughes ’98, COO of Product Hunt, a product tech product discovery and review platform and former General Manager of Business Operations at Microsoft will be moderating a panel of women entrepreneurs as part of Colby’s Entrepreneurship EXPO Speaker Series.

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop
April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Diamond 145

Over her working life, a woman will earn $1 million less than her male counterparts simply because she is a woman. Don’t let this happen to you, your daughter, or your mother. Act now. Eliminate the gender wage gap for you and every woman in America.

The Women’s Leadership Seminar is proud to present this $tart $mart interactive workshop on salary negotiation and eliminating the wage gap for women. This workshop is open to all students and all class years. It is never too early or too late to learn more about salary negotiation and wage issues.

Colby students that participated in this workshop last semester said it was one of the best workshops they participated in at Colby and felt more confident in their ability to advocate for themselves as a woman for equal pay.

Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
April 29 | 9:30 a.m. | Thomas College, Room AL-136
AAUW of Maine is sponsoring an AAUW Start Smart Workshop for area college students during their annual convention at Thomas College. This free workshop will be held during the State Convention in April and the workshop participants are welcome to stay for lunch and participate in the convention activities for the afternoon.


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.

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