USM Foundation

USM Women in Leadership Event - Risky Business: Finding the Risk Taker Within

November 10, 2021
7:45 AM to 9:00 AM
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There’s that thing you really want to do, have always dreamed of doing. But so far, you’ve been playing it safe. Maybe it’s quitting your job with no plan B. Committing yourself to your creative pursuits. Starting your own business. Moving far from home. Or letting the world see the real you. With risk comes reward, but how to take that first step?

During our USM Women in Leadership virtual event, we’ll share stories of risk taking in our personal and professional lives with women who have been there... and lived to tell about it. Join us for a lively, informative discussion on the risky business of life.

Our first panelist, Emily Cain, is the Executive Director of EMILY’S List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics. In 2014 and 2016, after serving 10 years in the Maine State Legislature, Emily ran for U.S. Congress in two of the most competitive House races in the country in Maine's second district.

While she did not win either race, her leadership did not stop there. She went on to be the Chief Strategy Officer of HistoryIT, a Maine-based, women-led tech company, and then joined EMILY’s List in 2017, where she has overseen record growth in the organization's size and impact.

We are thrilled to have Josephine Katandula '21 join Emily Cain in our conversation about being brave. Josephine Katandula '21 is a Management Trainee at Bangor Savings Bank and a Program Coordinator at AWICA, an emerging domestic violence nonprofit.

As an asylum seeker, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Josephine took on a new country, a new language, and a new culture, alone. Along the way, she struggled to find support systems and came to realize that many women in her situation were taken advantage of - something she works to address at AWICA. Her goal was to graduate college and find a stable job, but it wasn't always easy. So she took the risk of trying, failing, and trying again.

Reflecting on the risks she has taken, Josephine stated: “Looking back I do not regret my journey. And I’m still going. I hope to positively impact someone’s life any way I can.”

A donation of any amount to the USM Foundation Strategic Investment Fund gains you entry to this virtual panel discussion (and helps the Foundation raise critical funds that help our students succeed). How much you'd like to give is entirely up to you.

We are excited to announce that our season event sponsor is Bangor Savings Bank. Their commitment to delivering their Matter More brand to the communities they serve is inspiring and we are honored and thankful to them for being a part of this event.

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Contact Information

Samantha Scarf
207-780-4659