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Washington
University Olin
Business School
hosted the second
annual She Suite
event March 8,
which included a
panel discussion.
Pictured, from
left, are Linda
Haberstroh,
Leann Chilton,
Ratna Craig,
Hillary Anger
Elfenbein, Vicki
Felker and Valerie
Toothman. Photo
by Allyssa D.
Dudley
Washington University Olin Business School hosted the second annual She Suite event March 8, which included a panel discussion. Pictured, from left, are Linda Haberstroh, Leann Chilton, Ratna Craig, Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Vicki Felker and Valerie Toothman. Photo by Allyssa D. Dudley

She Suite celebrates women in business

The Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis observed International Women’s Day on March 8 by hosting its second annual She Suite event to highlight the success of professional women in leadership roles.

Five Olin alumnae and one professor conducted a wide-ranging panel discussion on issues facing women in business, including a theme of International Women’s Day: social innovations that work for both women and men and leave no one behind.

Panelist Leann Chilton said that when she began her career in the 1980s, it was widely believed that in order to advance, you had to leave others behind, and to succeed, you had to wait your turn.

“Both of those notions were pretty prevalent at the time, and completely ridiculous,” said Chilton, vice president for government relations at BJC Healthcare.

Linda Haberstroh, president of Phoenix Textile Corporation, moderated the discussion. Other panelists included Ratna Craig, account executive at Slalom Consulting; Hillary Anger Elfenbein, WashU Olin’s John K. Wallace Jr. and Ellen A. Wallace Distinguished Professor and professor of organizational behavior; Vicki Felker, vice president and general manager for Nestlé Purina; and Valerie Toothman, executive vice president for brand and beverage marketing at Drinkworks.

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