I remember the first things I had to share in front of everyone were my full name and my elevator speech. I was nervous, but I felt empowered to proudly share my identity. The open environment and constant support made the PLEN360⁰ Summit an amazing experience for me. Thanks to the generosity of my sponsor, Magdalena Rahn, I was able to attend the summit. I grew as a young female professional in the span of two days. Coming from a fairly large university, I did not know what to expect from PLEN. My peers had not heard of it, including professionals I spoke to on a daily basis. However, I took away more than I could have ever imagined!
I was impressed by the diverse backgrounds of the speakers and the amount of advice they had to share. The speakers understood what I was experiencing with my lack of exposure to the Washington, D.C. area. I learned the do’s and don’ts of networking, work etiquette, resume writing, and various other necessary topics. I also bonded with some of the other ladies attending the Summit. Right now I am already creating lasting relationships with the inspiring individuals I met during the two days of the Summit. I came into PLEN with an uncertain future. Now I can confidently say I am prepared for my future with the skills I have learned through PLEN.
Bisma Fazeen received a scholarship sponsored by Magdalena Rahn to attend the 2014 PLEN360 summit during her sophomore year at George Mason University.