Female UNC graduates from a variety of fields talked about pivoting in their careers and finding new paths at a Friday panel with the theme "The Power of Pivot.”
The Honors Carolina Student Association hosted the Honors Carolina Women’s Leadership Forum on Feb. 26. The forum, held annually since 2018, included four female panelists. The event was moderated by Gloria Thomas, director of the Carolina Women’s Center.
- Diana Dayal, a public health and medical school student serving as the lead medical fellow at SpaceEx
- Tisha McCoy-Ntiamoah, owner of PrePOPsterous, a gourmet popcorn business
- Shruti Shah, an entrepreneur and vice president of partner success at Hello Alice
- Journalist Kate Sullivan, host and creator of the show "To Dine For"
Shandol Hoover, the staff adviser for the event, said she hoped the event would inspire and generate confidence for students and anyone else attending.
“I think Carolina’s an amazing place and there’s so many people doing amazing work, and sometimes it can be tricky to feel like, ‘Well what do I bring?’” Hoover said. “After this event, I always leave feeling so excited and empowered.”
The panelists discussed a number of topics, such as turning points in their careers, their experiences coming from diverse backgrounds and the importance of listening to your own intuition.
Many of the panelists highlighted similar experiences of trying to pursue passion projects — rather than settling for careers dictated by other people.
McCoy-Ntiamoah said her experience as an orientation leader as an undergraduate helped give her a sense for the feelings that gave her joy and purpose.