Mays business students got a good dose of lessons, learned as well as other practical career tips at this year’s Women in Information Technology conference.

Hosted by the Center for the Management of Information Systems, the annual workshop connects undergraduate and graduate students with women executives in the IT arena. This year’s conference, “A Vision for Your Future,” provided numerous opportunities for students to interact with the executives to discuss issues such as workplace ethics, job satisfaction and the economy.

Build a personal network, advised Andrea Jacaman ’88 during the interactive panel. For Jacaman, retail customer systems program director at TXU, networking was really a mystery in her early career. But today, she admits that without her personal network, she would have never had the opportunity to join TXU.

“You are building relationships right now, so make the most of them,” Jacaman told the students. “Eventually, you will come to truly understand, like I did, how you can really build and be part of a network of people. A network is something that you can gain a great deal from, but you should also give something back.”

This year’s conference was sponsored by BMC Software, ConocoPhillips, JCPenney, FedEx, Dell and TXU.