Less than a year after its founding, the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs is about to exceed 100 members. That is exciting news to Stefanie McNansky ’08, the chapter’s founding president.
“Male or female, you need a network to help you advance to the next level,” McNansky says. “Every time you meet someone new or have a conversation, you’re learning at least one new thing — which you may be able to use in your next job interview!”
The association’s mission is to encourage women MBAs to seek executive positions and enhance the diversity of the nation’s workforce, and the Pittsburgh chapter already has planned numerous successful events with opportunities to connect, learn best practices, diversify, and build skill sets for professional development.
Robert Morris University is a founding sponsor of the chapter, and five RMU alumnae are on its board of directors. Sara Meier ’07, the chapter’s marketing co-chair, is currently pursuing her M.B.A. at Robert Morris. “By taking on a leadership role right after graduating college, I’ve gained so much knowledge, both about the power of networking and communicating, and the importance of finding a mentor. NAWMBA empowers women to become better in every facet of their lives, including work-life balance and continually building new skill sets.”
“I see so many women content in their daily lives, they don’t realize the power of developing additional skill sets,” says McNansky, an analyst for Heinz.
Any women wanting to learn more are invited to a Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at The Wine Loft in Southside Works.