PULLMAN, WASH – A national organization was recently founded at Washington State University, and in just a short amount of time, it has made an impact.
“She was like, ‘Hey, this is an awesome opportunity, and I have experience in networking and marketing,” Treanna Ross said, vice president of the WSU Women’s Network.
“‘Let’s make this happen, let’s bring this to WSU,’ and I was like, ‘Okay, how do we start?’” Ross said.
Ross helped found a chapter of the Women’s Network here at WSU by spreading the word about the organization in August. When the chapter officially launched in March, it only had five members.
Today, Ross said, “We have 264 active members, which is pretty cool since we just started not too long ago.”
Emily Johnson, the blog manager of the WSU Women’s Network, joined the chapter to find a way to make connections.
“We bring in speakers that talk about their experience being a woman in the workforce and what it’s like and challenges they faced,” Johnson said.
Johnson also joined to learn how to network in the professional world.
“It’s about location and how we can utilize the people in our surroundings and where we are – who we know – to connect with each other,” Johnson said.
Networking is one of the main goals on the Women’s Network. Being able to meet similar people can set the stage for professional growth.
“That’s not always a class that’s given out at WSU, so it’s a good skill to learn no matter what major you’re in,” Ross said.
Johnson also enjoys the aspect of learning outside of the classroom and she thinks, “it’s super important for women on college campuses to connect and get to know each other and help each other.”
“A part of the reason why I joined the Women’s Network is because I wanted to meet like-minded individuals who are driven, confident, and ambitious,” Ross said.