McKinney’s Meghan Woods at UNC Power Panel

McKinney’s Meghan Woods at UNC Power Panel

November 21, 2019

Last week, McKinney Digital Production and Content Specialist Meghan Woods participated in the inaugural Power Panel luncheon, an event sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship.

Created in 2004 to encourage arts and sciences students from diverse backgrounds to learn to view the world through an entrepreneurial lens, the Shuford Program hosts events featuring entrepreneurs and leaders from different industries. The Power Panel was the brainchild of former Mtern Kierra Pittman and her classmate, Cameron Ulmer.

“Cameron and I, both entrepreneurship minors, attend these events but sometimes feel that they don’t cater to women, especially those of color,” said Pittman. “So we decided to put on our luncheon. Although the panelists weren’t entrepreneurs, we definitely saw them as leaders and innovators in their respective fields and workplaces.”

McKinney’s Woods provided three key takeaways from the panel:

1. Don’t be afraid to fail.

At some point in your career, you will fail at something. Failure is a part of life, so embrace your failures and learn from them. In the end, it only makes you wiser and more resilient.  

2. Everyone is running their own race. And that race is a marathon, not a sprint.

It’s tempting to compare yourself to others, especially in this age of social media. But it’s important to remember that you’re on your own timetable. And even though it might seem as if everyone around you is celebrating a major milestone, know that your achievements will happen — just give it time.

3. Be open to change.

Having a career plan is great, but amazing things can happen when that plan is altered. All three panelists highlighted the people or opportunities that changed the entire trajectory of their careers. “The main reason I’m in the position I’m in today is because someone at my first job needed a backup when they were out of the office, and I volunteered to be trained,” said Woods. “That put me on the path I’m on today.”