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Women celebrate achievements, challenges at Purdue Northwest event
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Women celebrate achievements, challenges at Purdue Northwest event


WESTVILLE — Every woman has a story.

Those stories were celebrated Monday during the fourth annual Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Leadership Lessons at Purdue University Northwest.

Regional leaders, as well as alumnae of the university, weighed in on being a successful woman.

Dr. Regina D. Biddings-Muro, vice chancellor for institutional advancement at PNW, said for her, and for many others, Women’s History Month is "personal."

"This month gives us the opportunity to reflect on those who came before us, but is also gives us a road map for a way forward, to determine our own place in history. Every woman who is here has a story to tell, that you can learn from and be uplifted by," she said. 

Lori Feldman, associate dean with the college of business, and Karen Bishop Morris, interim head with the department of English, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences began the event as a way to recognize Women’s History Month, and this year the discussion centered around Sallie Krawcheck’s book Own It: The Power of Women at Work.

The panel discussion on the Westville campus featured Katie Eaton, economic development manager of the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City; Patricia Guyre, director of corporate compliance for NiSource, Inc.; Jessica Lilley, associate veterinarian of Davis Veterinary Service and Kimberly Patton, human resources consultant at the University of Notre Dame.

Later in the afternoon, Vanessa Allen, president and CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana; Lisa Daugherty, president and CEO of the Lake Area United Way; Kristin Jurczak, president of Spark Marketing; Dawn McIver, president of MicroWorks, Inc. and Diane Kavadias Schneider, senior judge with the Lake County Superior Court spoke on the Hammond campus.

Panelists discussed their own career paths, how they had to adapt and change according to opportunities and challenges; how they were able to refocus on the purpose of their career rather than solely a paycheck and the importance of networking and mentorship.

"Surround yourself with people who support what you’re doing," advised Eaton.


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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.

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