Women in Business Network Connects to New York CityWomen in Business Network Connects to New York City
Women in Business Network Panel in NYC allows students to meet with successful businesswomen and utilize their resources and capabilities.

In collaboration with Career Services and Alumni Hall, the Women in Business (WIB) Network hosted its first Women in Business Panel at Ithaca College’s New York Network Night on January 7, 2010. The event, which was held at the Jumierah Essex House in Manhattan, attracted over 200 participants—current students, graduates, and professionals—and featured four accomplished IC graduates working at the top of their respective fields.

“We experienced an extremely good turnout,” says Allison Walker '10, business administration major with concentrations in marketing and international business and a minor in Spanish. “The Women in Business Network serves to provide networking opportunities to the students of the business school. The Panel in NYC allowed students to meet with successful businesswomen and utilize their resources and capabilities to pursue future opportunities.”

Panelists included the following women:

  • Heidi Manheimer (‘85), chief executive officer for Shiseido Cosmetics America, the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido Company Ltd. She held several executive positions before becoming CEO in 2006—the first American female CEO in the company’s 137-year history. Heidi is very active in cosmetic industry associations and charitable causes. Before joining Shiseido, she held several leadership positions at Barneys New York and Bloomingdale’s.
  • Carol McCann (‘80), director/co-owner of Grandview Island Productions, which produces corporate and commercial programs for numerous Fortune 500 and 100 clients ranging from large-scale events, P.O.S., training, and brand communications using live, broadcast, interactive film, and video mediums. Her clients include UBS, Ford, MetLife, and the NYC Department of Education.
  • Tuti B. Scott (‘84), president and founder of Imagine Philanthropy, an international consulting firm that supports philanthropists in building effective giving strategies and guides organizations and nonprofit leaders. She lectures internationally on social change, fundraising, and brand building, and previously spent 15 years with the Women’s Sports Foundation, where she raised more than $70 million.
  • Amy Willtatter (‘80), founder/president of Bridge to Hollywood & Broadway, a company that matches national brands with the entertainment industry. Her blend of corporate-entertainment clients has included Aflac, Jim Carrey, Disney/Pixar, Jennifer Aniston, and numerous Broadway clients and productions.

Topics of discussion at the event focused on the women’s chosen career paths—as well as how each has handled her position in the economic downturn. Participants also had an opportunity to chat with the panelists after the session and exchange contact information.

“Speaking to the Ithaca students was very exciting for me, as this younger cohort will soon enter the workplace with tremendous enthusiasm and a bounty of new ideas,” says panelist Heidi Manheimer (‘85). “Their unique insights and skills are becoming ever more important to the future growth of business.”

“My education at Ithaca College laid the groundwork for many of my professional successes,” says Manheimer. “It was during those four years that I learned and honed many of the skills one needs in order to be successful in any job—self-discipline, problem-solving, teamwork, the ability to see the ‘big picture,’ and see that picture from many different angles. I feel lucky to be in a position now where I can give back to young people about to embark on their own careers.”

“I would most certainly recommend that my peers attend future WIB events,” says Walker. “The Panel put into perspective our education at Ithaca College. Sometimes it’s hard to see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ when it comes to the work we make toward our degrees. It’s a breath of fresh air to meet someone who followed the same path and is successful years after graduation.”


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