The Institute for Women’s Leadership Unveils Inaugural Massachusetts Leadership Index

In the beginning of April, the Institute for Women’s Leadership presented the Inaugural Massachusetts Leadership Index (MWLI). Jean Beaupre, Faculty Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, worked closely with senior intern Jackie Khillah to compile data and create the index to serve as both a baseline for future comparison to measure future progress as well as make the call for action today.

The presentation was extremely eye opening, highlighting the gender inequality in leadership roles through the state of Massachusetts. This will serve as a great demonstration that Massachusetts has work to do on women in leadership.

You can view the index here.

The Worcester Business Journal also reviewed the index in an article, available here.

Open Forum Discussion on May 1

I think that most college students do not know nearly half of what’s going on in the world today. Most do not watch the news or even follow it on twitter. Oftentimes, those who do follow the news on twitter are not getting the whole story or are getting a biased or incorrect one. This was a topic that was discussed at the recent campus open forum.

During the open forum on May 1, I sat with PJ Boggio, Dean of Students, Autumn Hicks, SGA President, and Professor Boyd Brown to talk about the events that happened and are continuing in Baltimore. Our discussion transitioned to implementing a current events club on campus. The one thing that might be difficult about this is that it might be tough getting students to participate due to their many other commitments on campus.

Also, some students might think that if professors are orchestrating the meetings then it’s more of a class than a club. However, we would want students in this club to be willing to talk about current events and lead discussions, but also be willing to listen and hear each person’s point of view.

I believe this would be beneficial to the students so they become aware of what is happening in the world and can share an opinion. It may seem that here in Dudley, Massachusetts we are tucked away and hidden from any harm that may come. Sometimes people do not pay attention because the events that are happening aren’t happening in their town or region. However, we all need to be aware and to be able to talk about difficult topics such as these. Forming the club will help us be ready for real world discussions when we leave our college life in Dudley. In the business world, people engage in these conversations all of the time, and as students we all need to be confident in what we say and how we stand on difficult topics.

Boston Bruins President Cam Neely Speaks at Nichols College

On April 1st, students, faculty and community gathered in the Athletic Center, excitedly waiting for Boston Bruins President Cam Neely to take the stage. Brieanna Baron, Vice President of SGA, and Sean Hoey, President of the class of 2016, introduced Mr. Neely and he modestly took the stage.

The first thing everybody noticed about Neely was that he’s just an average guy. “I don’t do this much,” he started with. “I’m just a lucky guy, who has always loved the sport of ice hockey.”

He began his professional hockey career at age 18 with the Vancouver Canucks. On his 21st birthday, he was traded to Boston. He was unfamiliar with the city, but he did his best, always giving 110% to the Bruins organization. Neely’s career was successful and he played ten years in Boston, but injuries ultimately ended his career in 1996.

In 2005, Neely was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and Boston retired his jersey, #8. He attributes his success to working hard both on and off the ice.

“I focused on playing hard, but most importantly, working hard. I still believe to this day that you have to put all your effort in. And that’s what I ask of my players: Work your hardest, do your best.”

It was amazing to hear about Neely’s experiences both on the ice and in the office. His devotion to the game has remained unchanged throughout his years as a player, and as president he says he looks forward to the many seasons to come.

The Student Government Association donated $1,000 to the Cam Neely Foundation from both ticket sales and a matched donation. This event was completely organized by students: a huge thanks to Brieanna Baron for doing an excellent job producing the event!

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