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STEM Professionals: Why Attend?

There are many ways to learn new skills that will help you advance in your career. In today's environment, you can read blogs, listen to podcasts, complete required internal training, and attend webinars. So, why bother attending a conference like the Women of Color (WOC) STEM Hybrid Conference where you can attend in-person or online?

Why Attend?

Face-to-face meetings are more important than ever because of the connections you make. Often times, the quick conversations that attendees have with one another are the most valuable parts of attending the conference. These deeper individual connections, on the personal level, are often the irreplaceable ROI for attendees.

Here are 6 reasons why you should attend:

  1. Meet STEM Experts and Influencers
  2. WOC attendees come from all rungs of the career ladder. While you won't necessarily meet your business idol, you will meet accomplished women who are experts in their field, one of whom might just be your next mentor!

  3. Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
  4. Sessions like "Woman to Woman: Up Close and Personal" is one example of the type of event that will challenge you to look at you career in a whole new way. It is just the type of event you need to forge new ways of thinking.

  5. Educational Opportunities
  6. WOC seminars and workshops offer new ideas and trends, exposure to different point of views, new ways to be more productive, opportunities to learn from others, and ways to improve skills and knowledge.

  7. Networking with Peers
  8. WOC hybrid experience offers opportunities to mix and mingle and form new relationships with themed, or self-initiated text or video chat capabilities. Networking a valuable tool for best practices, to uncover new ideas, and spark inspiration when you get to know each other over real or virtual coffee, lunch, or cocktails at a WOC hybrid networking event.

  9. Position Yourself as an Expert
  10. Frequent attendees to WOC are often asked to lead workshops at the conference. This goes a long way in establishing you as an expert in your field. You'll boost your reputation among your peers, clients, and employer. They'll feel good about their association with you.

  11. Have Fun
  12. Enjoyment while managing career growth can be rewarding and fun. A little fun with interesting people can be a very powerful way to jumpstart your career.

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