Alison Young

Alison Young

ENCORE | Get Paid What You’re Worth | 2018 Session

Women are the majority of today’s college graduates, but less than a quarter make it past middle management. And we are being paid 80% of what men make. Now is the time to change this staggering reality. Whether you’re interviewing for a new job or want a raise in a current one, this panel of experts will discuss how to prepare, best ways to present yourself, and what to say when you’re getting pushback during a negotiation. Leave this session with the courage to get paid what you deserve.

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Office Hours: Help for When a Colleague Makes More Than You

You just found out that a coworker is paid more than you. But the two of you have the same job. What should you do?

You could call your network (and you should). You could also read our new column, “Office Hours,” where we’ll be posing your burning career questions to our board members and other Conference for Women friends.

Here’s what four business leaders from our boards would recommend doing if you’re underpaid—advice you can take to the bank, literally! Read More


2017 Session | ENCORE | Strategies to Win: Tackling the Invisible Barriers to YOUR Success

When women work to break the glass ceiling, they are more likely to rely on hard work and obtaining outside qualifications than engaging in networking, negotiation and office politics, which can often seem unnecessary and a waste of time. But, recognizing the importance of these strategies can be the first step in advancing your career and a lack of willingness to engage can negatively impact your success. Attendees will overcome this barrier to career advancement by learning the steps to developing these skills, enabling them the career success they desire and deserve. Read More


2016 Session | How to Lead…When You’re Not in Charge

Are leaders born or made? Leadership has nothing to do with positional authority and everything to do with how well you influence outcomes and inspire others. This session shares action-oriented practices that allow you to lead and impact change even if you are not “in charge”. Dive deeper with leadership expert Courtney Lynch, who will draw on her personal experience and share the core behaviors of influential leadership: credibility, authenticity, emotional resolve and confidence. You will walk out of the room knowing how to use your voice and project power, even when you are not the designated leader in the room! Read More


Six Steps to More Effective Decision-Making

Alison YoungBy Alison Young, Executive Director, Drexel University’s Institute for Strategic Leadership at LeBow College of Business

In our complex, fast-paced, data-deluged world, making effective decisions in a timely manner can be a real challenge. It’s an important leadership skill though, and decision science majors are on the rise at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. “Data—in the form of numbers, text, audio, video and social media—helps us make better decisions,” says Murugan Anandarajan, professor of management and decision sciences at Lebow. “We use this data to model the problem, then based on this model, we collect the relevant information, apply it to the model and make the best decision for you. This is the focus of the decision sciences.” Read More


Leadership Lessons—Smarter Networking

Alison YoungBy Alison Young, Executive Director of Drexel University’s Institute for Strategic Leadership at LeBow College of Business.

Networking matters most when you need it least. And most women at some point in their careers have had a need to activate their professional network. When you’re looking for that next great job, raising money for your new venture or even seeking a new board member to advise your growing company, you should already have a trusted network of colleagues and professionals you can turn to. Here are a few smart approaches for building your network. Read More