The Rawls College's Women in Business (WIB) student organization provides members with the opportunity to network with top female business leaders and students who share similar career interests.
"WIB is a professional development organization that focuses on how to be an advocate for women in the workplace," Celina Turner, vice president of marketing and recruiting for WIB, said. "We have several professional speakers that discuss different aspects of business, such as how to negotiate pay and interview skills and practices."
WIB meetings consist of student-led discussions and presentations from industry professionals that provide members with in-depth knowledge on how to hone their professional skills.
"We have networked with many employers, so our members have access to many job opportunities," Turner said. "We also have several meetings where we have open discussions with professional leaders, which is a great source for inspiration and growth."
WIB hosts a variety of social gatherings, including potluck events, Main Event socials and more. They also work with the Humane Society and host a mother-daughter event every spring that teaches young women and their mothers about college and the world of business. In addition to these benefits, there are many opportunities throughout the year to become a committee member and officer positions are also available.
Students interested in joining WIB are required to fill out a membership application on the website and pay dues by the designated deadline. Applications are currently closed, but they will reopen in the Spring 2018 semester for all majors. Dues are $30 per semester or $50 for the full year. There are two general member meetings left in the semester, held on Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 both at 5:30 p.m. in room NW202.
"My favorite memory with WIB was going to Austin to attend a Texas Women in Business Gala," Melanie Hudson, president of WIB, said. "We were able to meet many professionals from all areas of business and philanthropy, and I was presented with an award for Young Woman of the Year. We met many wonderful women and made some great connections, which is something I hope to provide all WIB members in the future."