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National Business Women's Week

Dean Wood
Rosemary Reed

The Perdue School of Business once again celebrated National Business Women's Week in October. The week, along with Ethics Week and Business Professional Week, are annual emphases by the school. The week's activities included a Women in Leadership Panel, classroom sessions by business professionals and an Executive Leadership Series lecture by Rosemary Reed, president and owner of Double R Productions.

The Women in Leadership Panel, sponsored by the Perdue School Career Advisory Board, provided an informal roundtable forum for six businesswomen to share their knowledge and experiences. Panelists included Annie Driscoll (Under Armour), Kim Gillis (Becker Morgan Group), Jennifer Layton (Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery), Keenan Lubeley (Peninsula Regional Medical Center), Jayme Weeg (Junior Achievement) and Lisa Woodward (Perdue). The panel provided insight into the daily activities and experiences of the professionals. Topics such as professional development, communication, networking, mentoring and community involvement were used as conversation starters. Student questions were then fielded by the panelists.

Businesswomen in a variety of industries shared their successes, struggles and outside-of-the-textbook learning experiences with many classes. Companies represented included APPI Energy, Bay Bank, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, M&T Bank, Perdue, the United States Human Society and others. In addition, Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello (Pohanka Automotive Group), Dr. Peggy Naleppa (Peninsula Regional Medical Center) and Jayme Weeg (Junior Achievement) shared their experiences with Student Business Leaders. To see these interviews, visit

Rosemary Reed, president and owner of Double R Productions in Washington, D.C., culminated the week as our Executive Leadership Speaker. Reed shared her life adventure that spanned several careers. From her original career goal of becoming an English teacher to positions as a radio and television reporter, anchor and producer to her current position as owner of Double R Productions, a media and video company that is celebrating its 25th year, Reed has shown the ability to not only adapt but excel in a wide range of positions. Reed's infectious personality, positive attitude and love of life brought inspiration to the students. She shared a list of 10 statements that she believes are most important for students to live by if they want to become successful business leaders. Her advice included: “Be clever; be innovative; never stop learning; and always take care of yourself.”

The Perdue School of Business thanks all the guest speakers who participated in National Business Women's Week.

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