WXW – Got Ambition? Panel Discussion

WXW – Got Ambition? Panel Discussion


November 16, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Whether it’s becoming CEO, starting the next Rent the Runway or nailing that promotion, ambition matters.

Waiting to be noticed and rewarded for your good work won’t get you to your goals.

The world universally admires ambitious men. But ambitious women? That’s when it gets trickier. Being seen as driven or “trying to hard” is considered unappealing. These unconscious stereotypes can prevent us from fulfilling our own potential.

And it’s not just external obstacles. We hold ourselves back, too:

  • Fear of taking risks
  • Lack of confidence
  • Perfectionism (can you relate?)

To make it even more complicated, we often have different interpretations of what “ambition” means to us. For some it’s seeing your future without limits. For others, ambition pits women against each other.

Join us and a panel of dynamic women to talk our views on ambition and the role that it plays in our careers and lives, from growing your network, to balancing big goals with family, from access to capital to opportunity for advancement. Together, we’ll examine what ambition means to us personally and how we can stoke it to achieve our dreams – whatever they are.

Join us on Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Torrent Consulting in downtown Ann Arbor.


4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Check in, casual mingling, delicious hors d’oeuvres
4:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.    Panel discussion
5:50 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Wrap-up and close

Location Address:

Torrent Consulting
111 N. Ashley, Suite 202
Ann Arbor, MI  48104

Thanks to Torrent Consulting for hosting this event!


Torrent excels at helping organizations align their culture and business processes with technology to best serve employees and customers. Torrent Consulting are experts in Salesforce, mobile and cloud technology, but it goes so much deeper than that. They are business consultants who pride themselves on listening first, then making intentional, holistic changes that transform your business. Their goal, and they insist on it, is to help you build something greater.


Your Panelists: Stephanie Blackburn Freeth, Jen Howard and Anna Zinkel


About our panelists:

Stephanie Blackburn Freeth is a Nonprofit Strategist and Founder of Adaptive Alternatives LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and fundraising consulting services to nonprofits and social enterprises who are ready to adapt and thrive. With an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in English from Princeton University, Stephanie brings unique perspectives to her clients.

Jennifer Howard is the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Great Lakes Chapter, responsible for oversight of the care and support of over 55,000 individuals in Michigan with dementia, fundraising activities for the organization and state and federal policy efforts. Jennifer holds a BA in Psychology from Wayne State and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on gerontology, clinical practice and community organization from the University of Michigan.

Anna Zinkel is a student at U of M’s Ford School of Public Policy, pursuing a Masters of Public Policy. Anna has been named a fellow in the David Bohnett Foundation Leadership & Public Service Fellowship program and will be interning in the Detroit Mayor’s Office in 2018. Prior to returning to school, Anna worked on business development at Ann Arbor SPARK, focused on Livingston County. She began her career in politics as an undergrad, working on several state and US Senate campaigns. Anna serves on seven community and non-profit boards.