Leadership Dinner – March 9, 2017

Before WIB leaders took off for spring break they had an amazing opportunity to listen to Dean Zaheer speak in the Carlson School Private Dining Room. Leaders of WIB, including the executive board and committee members, enjoyed networking with Carlson staff and Dean Zaheer herself! The night started with mock cocktails and mingling, then Dean Zaheer beautifully spoke about her career path, and even touched on problems that she has faced and how she has overcame them.

The most notable thing about Dean Zaheer? Her wisdom and spirit. Dean Zaheer effortlessly spoke in front of the crowd about her experiences that were truly impressive; she was engaging and easy to listen too. From reporting and activism, to getting her doctorate degree and literally running to pick her kids up from daycare, Dean Zaheer is truly a woman who has seen it all. How did she get through it? Zaheer’s father jumpstarted her career by encouraging her to attend college. All he needed to do was reassure Zaheer “You can do it,” and that motivation still sticks with her today.

Now, she wants to be the voice that pops into our heads.

“You can do it!” – Sri Zaheer

Spring Networking Event –  February 22, 2017

WIB’s spring networking event incorporated an intriguing twist to traditional networking as forty-one WIB members and thirty-two sponsors channeled their inner artist to paint while networking. The event was held in the Mississippi Room at Coffman Memorial Union where Madeline Mantych, a sophomore at Carlson, demonstrated how to paint an intricate tree to the group. Olive Garden was catered and WIB members enjoyed comparing their new creations.

The spring’s lighthearted and fun networking opportunity was much different from WIB’s more traditional fall networking event. Students were able to unwind, relax, and show off their creative side all while fostering new connections and relationships. Many thanks to the sponsors and members who made this event so great!









Buddy Program – October 30,2016

The launch of the annual WIB buddy program was filled with spooktacular halloween spirit as our members decorated pumpkins with their new buddies! Forty-six upperclassmen (“Bigs”) were paired with eighty-four underclassmen (“Littles”) to foster mentorship and long-lasting friendships. Underclassmen have the opportunity to grow with and learn from their big at many social events hosted by WIB.


Fall in Love with WIB Networking Event – October 27, 2016

Women In Business welcomed all of our sponsors and some of our members to our annual fall networking event in the Beacon Room of the University’s Recreation and Wellness Center that was an event to remember. Our Networking Committee, pictured below, created a festive event that allowed sponsors to connect with members on a variety of topics. We purposefully had a member meeting the day before that focused on networking tips and tricks, and we got great feedback from sponsors on the great networking skills our members had! Here are some

The 2016-2017 Networking committee (from the left, Shay Meyers, Olivia Rao, VP of Netoworking Alanna Pundsack, Olivia Koski, Shelby Gill, BreAnn McDermand)




Maddie, our Freshman Rep, Travels to Austin for the 2016 Forté Foundation College to Business Leadership Conference April 11, 2016

Our Freshman Representative, Maddie Jesser, was honored to have the opportunity to travel to Austin in early April for the 2016 Forté Foundation College to Business Leadership Conference. She was joined by 100 young women from across the United States who share her same passion for business and the following post is written by Maddie herself!

The conference began with an inspiring talk from Nicole Weber (formerly working on Wall Street and now employed by Great on the Job) titled “Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level.” Nicole guided us through a high-impact, hands on program that helped develop our personal brand. We then engaged in a discussion about summer internships with a panel of professional women in which opportunities, appropriate behavior, and personal experiences were shared. The rest of the day was dedicated to the Marketplace® business simulation. We were each placed on a small team and given the opportunity to build a company, develop and test business strategies, and engage in all aspects of business management. Though challenging, I enjoyed the fast-paced, empowering simulation.

The Forté College to Business Leadership Conference made an impact on my leadership capabilities, personal brand, teamwork, and network, and I would highly recommend the program. Thank you to Penny Momon, Carlson School Director of MBA Diversity Recruitment and Inclusion, for the opportunity to attend.
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Photo 1: Before the conference, I had the opportunity to explore Austin. The city is known for its fantastic street art. Here I am with the “I Love You So Much” mural on South Congress Avenue. I also enjoyed some delicious food at Cooper’s Barbeque, ice cream at Amy’s Ice Cream, and lots of shopping!

Photo 2: I had the privilege of working with these ladies during the Marketplace® business simulation. Our team, “Dr. Wiz,” took third place overall!Photo 2

Spark Event March 5th, 2016

The Carlson School of Management and WIB welcomed a room full of prospective students to our campus to learn a bit more about life at the Carlson School! Held at McNamara Alumni Center, the event brought in young women from across the country to ask questions and get advice from current Carlson School students and WIB members.

At the conclusion of the event, a 5-woman panel was held and led by the Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Program here at the Carlson School of Management, Mary Kosir. The panel consisted of two alumni, Jennie Bergman and Amanda Donohue-Hansen, as well as three undergraduate students, Sam Alleven, Tasha Erding, and Rachel Faller.

We hope that this event was as insightful as it was to many of our current Women In Business members, who often note that the annual Spark event was a leading contributor to their overall decision to attend the University of Minnesota and later join the Carlson School of Management.

Spring Networking Event March 3rd, 2016

Women In Business welcomed our sponsors and some of our members to a networking event at Coffman Memorial Union that was unlike anything that we had done before. Our Networking Committee, pictured below, partnered with Paint A Plate to give attendees a chance to network over artwork!

Each attendee got the chance to select a mug or a plate to decorate and at the end of the night they were all sent back to the Paint A Plate facility to be fired up! We are so excited to see what the finished pieces will look like after they are baked, but take look at some of the amazing designs that our sponsors and members worked on below:

 Lights. Camera. Take Action.

WIB’s Annual Charity Gala, our largest event of the year, is coming up soon! Follow our Facebook page to #MeetTheGalaCommittee and be the first to know all the insider details about this star studded event!

First off, meet the Donations Committee! This group of motivated gals is in charge of collecting donations from various business around the Twin Cities area. You will be able to bid on these sweet items during our silent auction at the event. We already have some awesome donations this year (like a signed jersey from Timberwolves player Andrew Wiggins), so get excited!

PhotoCred: Jake Strom

Next, meet the Finance Committee! This group of driven gals manage the Gala’s budget and take care of all the things money related! Speaking of money… 100% of the proceeds from our Gala will benefit the Jeremiah Program, a nonprofit focused on empowering single mothers and their children through education. Fun + Philanthropy? You won’t want to miss this event! Be on the lookout for more details!

PhotoCred: Jake Strom

Meet the Marketing Committee! This group of lively gals are in charge of designing promotional material for the event and finalizing the theme for this year.. which is Hollywood Red Carpet! Get your suits and dresses ready because it’s going to be a night to remember!

PhotoCred: Jake Strom

Meet the Operations Committee! This group of brilliant gals are the logistical queens of the team! They will be in charge coordinating our volunteers and also working with our caterers to provide the best when it comes to food for all our guests! If you are interested in helping out with this stellar event, we would love to have you volunteer! More information to come soon.

Not pictured: Yu Ting Li and Justine Weber

PhotoCred: Jake Strom

Meet the Special Events Committee! These hard working gals are in charge of all things related to entertainment for the night, which will include a live fashion show! This night to remember will be taking place at McNamara Alumni Center, so be sure to keep up with our posts to find out more information! We look forward to seeing you there!

Not Pictured:  Alexa Johnson

PhotoCred: Jake Strom

Last, but not least, meet our Vice President of Philanthropy, Indu! Indu is excited to be working amongst the these awesome committees to execute our largest event of the year, the Charity Gala! As a volunteer at the Jeremiah Program, she has seen the impact this organization has in the lives of others. That’s why Indu and the members of the Gala Committee are excited about this great event and hope to raise as much money as possible, but we need your help to make it happen!

Our Gala is happening from 6-8pm on Friday April 22nd! Stop by for a great cause and kick off your Spring Jam celebrations early with this stellar event!

Indu Damodar
Indu Damodar – Vice President of Philanthropy

PhotoCred: Jake Strom

WIB Takes Atlanta for the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Business Connections Conference! January 18th, 2016

Five of our Women In Business members holding leadership positions got the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2nd Annual Big Ten Women’s Business Connections Conference and are eager to share their experiences with us.

Day 1: Travel, Introductions, & Exploring the Georgia AquariumIMG_2765

Upon arrival into the city, conference-goers were introduced to one another and then proceeded to the Georgia Aquarium for an evening of exploring and undergoing a scavenger hunt!

Day 2: Conference at Coca Cola headquarters & Trip to the World of Coca Cola Museum

The second day of the three-day-long trip was reserved for the conference itself, held at The Coca Cola Company’s headquarters. The 40 attendees of the conference enjoyed a keynote presentation from Vice President of Strategic Partnership Marketing for CocaIMG_2776 Cola, Stefanie Miller and another presentation from the Dean of University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business, Dr. Sarah Fisher Gardial. Sponsors that presented at the conference included Aerotek, Key Bank, and Transamerica (p.s. all of these fantastic sponsors are hiring interns and analysts in 2016!). The conference concluded with a panel discussion with 4 women from the Forté Foundation. After leaving Coca Cola’s headquarters, it was only fitting to visit the World of Coca Cola Museum and observe the long and treasured history of the company.

IMG_2804Day 3: Volunteering at Olympic Park & Goodbyes

The third and final day of the conference lead to all 40 attendees meeting in Centennial Olympic Park for a morning of volunteering and fun. Volunteering consisted of taking down christmas lights in the famed park and bonding some more with newfound friends. After the weekend’s activities had officially ended, it was time to say goodbye and head back to our respective universities. This conference was an excellent opportunity to not only network with new sponsors, but to share ideas with fellow Women In Business groups on how to improve ourselves as an organization.

“If it’s going to be, it’s up to me” – Stefanie Miller, Vice President of Strategic Partnership Marketing at The Coca Cola Company