Women’s Networking Event returns at Furman University

Furman student who started the event brings it back with more panelists and opportunities for networking

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Furman University’s Women’s Networking Event is back for its second year with a group of panelists sure to offer something for all attendees. The women represent industries from academia to medicine to law enforcement.

The Sept. 23 event, which runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will begin with panelists discussing issues faced by women in the workforce and conclude with an hour-long networking session.

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Furman student Betsy Rice started the event last year when she realized the popularity of women’s networking events and wanted to host one at her school. Rice says her interest in empowering women in the workforce stems from her desire to pursue a career in the commercial real estate industry.

Rice, now a senior, has a specific – and attainable goal for this year’s attendees.

“I want each attendee to come away with something new that they learned from the panel of speakers, as well as at least one connection that could be a potential mentor or resource for them in either the present or future,” Rice says.

The Panelists:

Elizabeth Davis                                                                                                President, Furman University

Under Elizabeth Davis’ leadership, the university has instituted The Furman Advantage, a distinctive vision for higher education that combines learning with immersive experiences outside the classroom. Davis is actively involved in Greenville through her membership with numerous organizations like the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

Francie Heller                                                                                                Arabesque, director of asset management

Heller has 30 years experience in working with pensions, endowments and foundations. She was also an education director in New York State public schools for several years. Founded in 2013, Arabesque has pioneered a new approach to asset management by integrating ESG big data with quantitative investment strategies.

Betsy Bloodworth                                                                                              Pediatrician

Dr. Betsy Bloodworth is a pediatrician with New Horizon Family Health Services, Inc. New Horizon Family Health Services serves more than 24,000 patients at four medical office locations, a dental office and two mobile units.

Shelby Dodson                                                                                                          CBRE, first vice president

As a LEED professional, Dodson is a sustainability leader and offers clients and properties expertise in the design and construction phases of green buildings. Dodson and her team are responsible for the leasing and marketing efforts of over 4,500,000 square feet of office space in the Greenville-Spartanburg market.

Sheryl Higgins                                                                                                        Furman University Police, captain

Sheryl Higgins began her law enforcement career as a communications specialist in Greer and later became a patrol officer there. Higgins became the first female captain of the Furman University Police Department in 2017.


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