Clark to host Women’s Thought Leadership Panel on networking
Panel of leading executives to discuss building a professional network in age of social media
March 11, 2019
Clark News & Media Relations
Clark University will welcome the Women’s Thought Leadership Panel, featuring accomplished female executives who will discuss “The Importance of Networking,” at noon on Thursday, March 21, in the Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons, 36 Maywood St. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.
Esther Jones, associate provost and dean of the faculty, will moderate the panel of distinguished leaders from the business, hospitality, and health care industries. They will discuss the importance of networking and ways to establish a professional network and connect with others in the age of social media.
The panelists include:
Oriola Koci, founder and owner of Altea’s Eatery and Livia’s Dish in Worcester. Born and raised in Tirana, Albania, Koci moved to the U.S. after high school and received a degree in business management from Assumption College. She pursued a career in human resources before returning to school to earn a master’s degree in professional communication from Clark in 2009.
Michelle Miller, M.A. ’11, director at The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), who leads the organization’s operations in Central and Western Massachusetts that help female entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses. Prior to joining CWE as a program manager in 2016, she owned Coffeelands World Gifts Espresso Café, a social enterprise project of the Polus Center for Social and Economic Development that supports people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups and sells fair trade products from coffee regions around the world. Miller has managed economic development and rehabilitation programs in Massachusetts and in Colombia, Peru, and Nicaragua. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark.