When building a career, mentorship tops this dean's list
Ellyn A. Lester provided the Penn's Inn audience – which included colleagues from the Clean Energy Center, The Madigan Library and architecture faculty, as well as students – with a summary of her considerable experience and success.
"The relationships I've built and the opportunities I've had have allowed me to have an amazing career," she said. "And I've been bolstered by the women I've met along the way. You've still got to perform, you've still got to do the work, but support is an important piece of it."
In fact, "Get a mentor" led Lester's pointers for women in the labor force. Other tips? "Collaborate, work hard, get involved and be part of the solution."
The presentation was followed by a wide-ranging conversation among the attendees ... who told of the influences in their lives, the frustrations they've transcended and their optimistic outlook for a world in which only 11 percent of construction-related positions are filled by females.
Upcoming Wednesday events, scheduled in conjunction with Women's History Month, will feature the other two assistant deans in the college's School of Engineering Technologies: Stacey C. Hampton, industrial and computer technologies (3:30-5:30 p.m. March 23; College Avenue Labs, Room 107), and Kathleen D. Chesmel, materials science and engineering technologies (10 a.m.-noon March 30; CC first-floor lounge).
Lester's presentation was attended by Williamsport Sun-Gazette reporter Pat Crossley, who filed a front-page story for Friday's editions.