Women in Business is a student organization at the Carlson School of Management that is dedicated to bringing together business professionals and students of all majors to network and learn about pertinent topics within business. Women in Business holds speaker meetings twice a month on a variety of topics, has monthly volunteer and social events, and a signature networking event once per semester. Women in Business is for the student who wishes to grow personally and professionally through invaluable networks and friends as well as the business professional who wishes to give back to the Twin Cities community and help develop its future business leaders.
Pillars of WIB
Pioneering Year 2004-2005: What once started as an idea, soon became a series of planning meetings among a network of students within the dormitories of the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2004. After the proposal for Women in Business was approved by the Business Board, WIB kicked off events as a new organization in the spring semester of 2005. Events included a Business Fashion Show during Business Week and a self defense class with the UMPD.
2005-2006: In its first official year, WIB grew to 65 members that comprised 8% of the undergraduate women class. The year’s events included holding our first Speed Networking Event, raking leaves for the elderly, and attending ComedySportz.
2006-2007: During its second official year, membership expanded to over 100 students. Women in Business also tripled its corporate sponsorship and created an Advisory Board. In addition to many exciting speakers, WIB held two Speed Networking events, put on a Family Fued game during Business Week and volunteered at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, the Ronald McDonald House, and Habitat for Humanity.
2007-2008: During its third year WIB grew to 170 members and became one of the largest students organizations at Carlson. WIB went to Lake Minnetonka to host its fall networking event and then headed inland to downtown Minneapolis for the spring networking event. It continued to host great speakers, social events, volunteer events, and raised $5000 through the Dream Date for Hope event for the Andrew and Abby Szott Foundation.
2008-2009: WIB’s fourth year brought a total of 182 members into the organization officially making WIB the largest student group in Carlson. WIB transitioned into a Campus Life Organization–becoming an official entity of the University of Minnesota. During the fall, WIB hosted its first Leadership Conference inviting professionals and WIB members from neighboring schools. The Dream Date for Hope fundraiser became part of Business Week and raised a total of $5600. In addition, the WIBuddies program was re-launched connecting returning Wibbers with new members.
2009-2010: Holding its position as the largest Carlson student organization, with 173 members, WIB continued to host successful, high profile events for community, professional, and student members. Regular speaking meeting attendance raised by 20% to an average of 70 members per meeting. Official partnership with Women’s Advocates, Inc was established, donating 100% of the proceeds from WIB’s spring philanthropic event to the organization. Social, networking, and volunteer events were held at the following locations: the Melting Pot, Azia Restaurant, Corepower Yoga, Paint Your Plate, Ronald McDonald House, Women’s Advocates, Inc, and many more.
2010-2011: Women in Business had another extremely successful year with the support of its corporate sponsors and school community. With over 160 members, WIB continued its mission to develop undergraduate female students professionally and personally. In addition to educational speaker events, networking events, and volunteer opportunities, WIB also participated in school video contests and more. The official partnership with Women’s Advocates, Inc continued to grow as WIB raised $8,200 dollars at the annual charity auction event.
2011-2012: Women in Business had a phenomenal year of growth. In addition to speaker meetings and networking events, WIB developed member meetings which included informational sessions on Resume Building and Career Tips. WIB Cares Committee was established and volunteers regularly for WIB’s partnership charity Women’s Advocates. WIB rose over $10,000 for Women’s Advocates at the annual WIB Charity Auction. WIB partnered with Carlson Undergraduate Programs Office to host the second Women Mean Business event welcoming high school students to Carlson.
2012-2013: Yet another great year for WIB, we raised over $11,000 through a silent and live auction at our charity auction. The event was held at TCF Bank stadium with the theme “Raise Your Voice”. All the proceeds benefitted our charity partner, Women’s Advocates. We had a phenomenal Fall networking event with our sponsors on the top of the IDS tower. We also had a service day with one of our sponsors, KPMG.
2013-2014: WIB had yet another increase in members with approximately 170 students. This was also the first year that Women in Business partnered with a new charity called The Jeremiah Program. In addition, WIB organized its first book club this year and read the bestselling book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook.
2014-2015: This year, WIB added the position of Vice President of Upperclassmen Engagement to the Executive Board. The purpose of this addition role was to have upperclassmen only events to keep older members active in WIB. The Annual Charity Gala, held at McNamara Alumni Center, raised a record amount of $7,800 for The Jeremiah Program this year. Our Networking Committee organized a unique and fun Spring Networking Event at Cupcake. It was a fun way to network while getting to decorate a sweet treat with Cupcake Wars Champion, Kevin VanDeraa.
2015-2016: The organization grew to over 300 members and corporate sponsorship grew to 15 companies. The Fall Networking Event was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis while the Spring Networking Event was held on campus. During our Spring Networking Event, members and sponsors were able to paint mugs and plates from Paint Your Plate while learning about internship and job opportunities. The Charity Gala, held at McNamara, supported the Jeremiah Program again and raised over $5,000. Several sponsors hosted Signature Events, including site visits, networking events, volunteer opportunities, and round-table discussions.
2016-2017: During the 2016-2017 year, Women in Business continued to grow and attract new members, peaking 400. In partner with 15 corporate sponsors, WIB connected with students, the Twin Cities business community, and our partner charity The Jeremiah Program. We raised over $12,000 dollars during our annual WIB Gala that was gifted to the Jeremiah Program as they continue to empower and educate women and their children. We are excited to see how WIB will continue to grow!