In today’s tight economy, developing a personal competitive advantage has become more important than ever. At the 2001 Women’s Leadership Forum, sponsored by Graduate Women in Business, Mays graduate students learned how to develop the strategies necessary for successful careers.

“In today’s economic environment, it’s important to stay positive and look at the things that will help you become an effective leader,” said panelist Elizabeth Fratantuono, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. “Developing a network has become even more important today because that is often where you will find another job.”

Joining Fratantuono on the panel was Catherine Ghiglieri, president and CEO of rateGenius Inc.; Cynthia de Lorenzi, southwest regional director of The Concord Coalition; and Renee Armstrong, quality leader of GE Aero Energy Products.

Shell Oil Corp., Schubert Associates and PricewaterhouseCoopers supported this year’s event.