Yesterday, Dean Christine Riordan hosted Daniels Graduate Women in Business (DGWiB) for a wine reception at her beautiful house. 28 women attended, including DGWiB members, faculty, staff, the Dean’s daughter, and one very adorable baby bulldog. Guests arrived and enjoyed half an hour of mixing and mingling while enjoying appetizers and sipping on wine and champagne. Then, everyone was called to attention for the fun events that were planned for the night.
For the first activity, called “Minute Mentoring,” students were split into small groups, with each group assigned to a room in the house. The office, sitting room, living room, dining room, and kitchen were filled with excited students. The mentors (Daniels faculty and staff) each went to a room. Then, the stopwatches started, and the mentors had five minutes to answer questions drawn from a fishbowl. The questions ranged from fun (“If you had unlimited time and money, what would you do?”) to serious (“How do you handle self-doubt?”). Everyone had a great time, but agreed that five minutes was not nearly long enough!
When the Minute Mentoring sessions were over, everyone reconvened in the living room for the Fireside Chat with the Dean. Dean Riordan shared a big armchair with her daughter, Mikaela. Her bulldog, Georgia, took up residence underneath the chair and proceeded to drink the Dean’s glass of water! With everyone gathered around the fire, the Dean shared her advice for women MBAs and talked about her research on women and leadership. She also talked about her life, her family, and her path to becoming our Dean.
As guests left, they were given business card holders which were engraved with the Daniels College of Business name and logo. Everyone was sad that the evening was over!
In the Dean’s Welcome to the Daniels College of Business, the Dean writes that Daniels “faculty members have the dual role of teacher and mentor taking a genuine interest in their students’ future.” By opening her home to the women of Daniels, the Dean illustrated her dedication to her students and her heartfelt commitment to their future.
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