Randolph-Macon College hosted Women with P.O.W.E.R. (Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized) Game Night on February 16, 2017, which brought together local business alumnae and entrepreneurs, as well as current R-MC students who are majoring in business.
The event, sponsored by the Eastern Virginia Bank (EVB) P.O.W.E.R. program, was an opportunity for participants to network, learn from each other and cheer on the Yellow Jacket women's basketball team. EVB's P.O.W.E.R. program is designed to meet the unique needs of women in business. EVB also supports R-MC's four-year career preparation program, The Edge, and it has hosted several of the college's student-interns. EVB, a corporate sponsor of the Yellow Jacket Club, provides annual financial support to R-MC's athletics programs.
From Networking to Game Time
At a pre-game reception in the Yellow Jacket Club Hospitality Room in Birdsong Hall, attendees listened attentively as the featured speaker, Whitney Forstner '98, gave an informal talk. Forstner, associate director of The Edge, shared her insights into how to overcome challenges in both life and work.
Forstner told attendees that it is important to be aware of reflecting on experiences with a view that might be holding them back. "We hold these experiences close to us and they can sometimes limit what we set to accomplish in the future. But when we look back at the experience with a different lens, we are able to see it differently—more positively—and we are able to flourish," says Forstner.
After the reception, the group headed to Crenshaw Gymnasium to watch the Yellow Jackets take on Gallaudet University. At halftime, they returned to the Yellow Jacket Club Hospitality Room for more networking before returning to the game to watch the Yellow Jackets defeat Gallaudet 82-44.
Whitney Forstner '98
A 1998 graduate of Randolph-Macon College who majored in psychology, Forstner earned her M.A. from the College of William and Mary. She co-founded Momentum Resources in 2007 to connect job seekers with opportunities that allow them to contribute successfully to the workforce while having time to enjoy life beyond work. She and her business partner sold Momentum Resources to a national staffing firm in 2016.
As associate director of R-MC's The Edge, she shares her business experience with students, and she is currently focusing on building an entrepreneur program for the college and developing a program to connect students with alumni for guidance about careers and/or graduate school.
The Randolph-Macon Edge
At Randolph-Macon College, everything's connected. Our curriculum challenges students; our Edge career program turns skills into action. With an extraordinary education and the help of faculty advisors, coaches, and alumni, preparation for success begins the moment students set foot on campus. And it never ends: The Yellow Jacket connection continues long after graduation. Alumni serve as mentors. Faculty continue to encourage and inspire. These partnerships last a lifetime.
The Edge, a personalized, comprehensive four-year career preparation program provides students with a competitive advantage with their career or graduate school goals. The Edge takes students from résumé-building to networking opportunities to careers. Yellow Jackets learn how to be leaders, thinkers, and communicators, and they can put it all into practice with a tailor-made internship—essential experience in today's competitive world.