College of Business Administration

2016 Conference

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Save the date! The sixth annual Spirit of Women in Business Conference will be hosted by Kent State University’s College of Business Administration March 9 in the Kent Student Center.

Registration is now open

Keynote Speaker

Deborah Kolb, Keynote Speaker

Deborah Kolb, Ph.D.

Dr. Kolb is an authority on gender issues in negotiation and leadership, especially how women can negotiate the conditions for their own success while contributing to the effectiveness of their organization.

Dr. Kolb has co-authored several books on this subject. Everyday Negotiation: Navigating the Hidden Agendas of Bargaining shows women (and men) how they can become more effective in their everyday negotiations by attending to the dual requirements of the shadow negotiation – advocacy for oneself and connection with others. Dr. Kolb’s most recent book, Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating the Five Challenges of Leadership Success, describes how successful women negotiate for what they need to be effective in leadership roles at all levels of an organization. A revised paperback version is due in September, 2010. She is currently working on a new book, entitled Negotiating Work, which outlines a new approach to negotiation in the workplace that connects individual actions to organization change. She was also recently published in the Harvard Business Review with Be Your Own Best Advocate. Dr. Kolb publishes extensively on these topics and regularly presents her work to national and international audiences.

Dr. Kolb is a principal in Negotiating Women, LLC., a company that provides negotiation training and consultation especially designed for women. Dr. Kolb joined the Simmons faculty in 1977. From 1991-1994, she was Executive Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Program where she co-directs The Negotiations in the Workplace Project. For the fall term 2009-2010, Dr. Kolb will be the Faculty Research Fellow at Michelle Clayman Institute for Gender Research Stanford University.

To Register

SWIB Presentation

Registration for the 2016 Spirit of Women in Business Conference: Navigating and Negotiating is open through February 19, 2016.

We expect a sell-out event, so register soon!



Listed below is the schedule to date. More information on the three break-out sessions are coming soon.

8:30 a.m. - Check-in/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Keynote Speaker: Deborah Kolb, Ph.D. 
10:15 a.m. - Coffee Break/Book Signing
10:30 a.m. - Session I
11:30 a.m. - Session II
12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Spirit of Women in Business Award Presentation
1:30 p.m. - Refreshment Break
1:45 p.m. - Session III
2:30 p.m. - Adjourn

Location and Parking

The event will take place in the Kent State University - Kent Student Center. Parking is available in the lot directly south of the Student Center in the visitor lot.

For hotel accommodations, we recommend the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Kent. Visit their website to make your reservation.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The sixth annual Spirit of Women in Business Conference offers several levels of marketing, advertising sponsorships. Each level is an easy and convenient way to show your support for the conference while promoting your company, product or service to attendees. The deadline to sponsor the event is February 12, 2016 at 12 p.m.

Learn more about sponsoring the conference

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Past Conference Highlights

Check out highlights from the 2015 Spirit of Women in Business Conference featuring keynote speaker Sheena Iyengar and Virginia Albanese, President and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical.

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Kristin Williams, Career Services Director

Kristin Williams

Honorary Chairperson
Career Services Office Director
(330) 672-2419

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