2016-2017 Executive Board
Lauren Nessler, President
My role involves guiding the overall WIB strategy for the school year, promoting an inclusive environment for all members, and acting as a resource to help the officers on the Executive Board coordinate their events and initiatives. I also create the corporate sponsorship proposal, lead Executive Board meetings, send out the weekly newsletter, set up advisory board meetings, and help allocate the budget.
Why I love WIB: I love WIB because it has allowed me to meet some of my closest friends, develop my leadership skills, and build a strong professional network.
VP of Corporate Relations- I maintain WIB’s relationships with our sponsors on a day-to-day basis as well as plan the sponsor signature events!
Why I Love WIB: I love WIB because I have met so many great people through this organization. I am thankful for the friendships and professional connections I have made through Women in Business!
Rachel Faller, Vice President of Development
I am responsible for planning the bi-weekly member meetings. I also have a committee, the LEAD team, that assists me in coordinating the speaker, topic, and food for each meeting.
Why I love WIB: I love WIB because I love being surround by women that are just as driven and goal-oriented as I am. It provides a great space to make friends and develop who I am as a student, professional, leader, and friend.
As the VP of Member Relations, I am in charge of managing recruitment and the Buddy Program. I plan several events to drive recruitment, retention, and engagement of WIB members and work to make the Buddy Program successful in helping foster meaningful relationships between members.
Why I love WIB: I love WIB because I’m constantly inspired! I’m inspired by the passions and goals of other members, by the speakers at our meetings, and by the strength of WIB as an organization.
One of my biggest responsibilities as the VP of Philanthropy includes organizing and executing WIB’s largest philanthropic event of the year, The Charity Gala, by collaborating with our charity gala committees. In addition, I am responsible for managing the WIB Cares Committee, which volunteers regularly with our partner charity, The Jeremiah Program. Finally, my role also involves coordinating volunteering events each semester with various service organizations to encourage WIB community involvement.
Why I love WIB: I love WIB because I think it is such an inclusive organization that gives all members the chance to develop personally and professionally by providing them with the opportunity to build networks and meaningful relationships with each other and our communities.
Jennifer Page, Co-Vice President of Marketing
I collaborate with the Carlson School graphic design contact to create and distribute all marketing materials and promotions for WIB, as well as club t-shirts. Along with Kaia, I also help manage all social media for the organization.
Why I love WIB: It has boosted my confidence and given me a great network of friends and resources. WIB not only has helped me get involved with so many things, it has helped me find my strengths!
I help manage all marketing materials for Women in Business. This includes email and social presence, WIB clothing and marketing materials used year-round for the club. Jennifer and I also planned WIB’s painted squares on the University bridge connecting east and west bank.
Why I love WIB: I love WIB because it combines friendship, personal and professional development, and opportunities for my future. It is great to be surrounded by a group of women who have similar passions and goals.
Creating a WIB database and updating the WIB website
Why I love WIB: I love WIB because it is a great support system for college women. I have made great friends and have gotten access to important companies/recruiters.
As the Vice President of Intercollegiate Relations, I am the liaison between WIB and other University of Minnesota student organizations as well as Big 10 Women in Business organizations across the country. I also serve on the planning committee of the Women’s Leadership Conference and work with Carlson staff to plan and execute the Spark recruiting event. This year I hope to expand the role by engaging with another Carlson School organization through an exciting new event!
Why I love WIB: I love being surrounded by driven, inspiring young women and having the opportunity to build my network on both peer and professional levels. WIB is truly empowering!
As Vice President of Networking, I plan our member-only fall and spring networking events as head of my networking committee. This includes all the logistics, such as selecting the date, location, and format of each event. I work closely with the Vice President of Corporate Relations to invite our corporate sponsors and track attendance.
Why I love WIB: Getting to be surrounded by talented, ambitious, and phenomenal fellow women – what’s not to love?
As the VP of Finance, I am responsible for tracking the organization’s budget. This entails working with our partners in the Undergrad office, as well as other members of the Executive team. I must monitor what funds we have coming in from sponsors and members, allocate them to the different committees and events, and track what funds have been spent throughout the year.
Why I love WIB: One of the many reasons I love WIB is because of the community it provides. I transferred into Carlson during my Sophomore year and was quickly able to find a fun, welcoming, and inspiring group of girls to join when I first attended WIB. I also love WIB because there are so many different events and committees, providing a ton of opportunities to get involved.
As the Vice President of Upperclassmen Engagement, my role is to plan events catered specifically to the needs of upperclassmen. A lot of this involves engagement with WIB’s alumni and professional sponsors. If you’re a junior or senior, keep your calendar open for happy hours and networking events!
Why I love WIB: I love WIB because of the empowerment we give to young college women aspiring to be working professionals and the passion that goes into each event and meeting. I’ve met some of my closest friends through WIB. WIB is a community where I feel safe and supported in my personal and professional development.
My duty as a freshman and the freshman representative is to get to know all the freshman WIB members and understand and incorporate their ideas, questions, and concerns. I aim to bring a sense of community and fun within the freshmen class and plan a few events for us as a class to grow and get to know one another.
I love that WIB brings together strong young women that can rely and learn from each other. I love working with people and bringing the best out of others. This is what drives me in all aspects of my life.
2016 – 2017 Advisory Board
Melissa Kjolsing, Director, MN Cup
Melissa Kjolsing is the director of the MN Cup, the premier resource for MN entrepreneurs. During her time as director of the program, the MN Cup has expanded its support of entrepreneurs by offering events and educational programming throughout the year including a Women’s Initiative, the development of a food innovation community and Social Entrepreneurship Series. Melissa is responsible for all aspects of the program including its relationships with 50+ sponsors and over 350 volunteers. Melissa brings a background in business development and marketing to the program, having worked for Fredrikson & Byron and The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota. Melissa has a bachelor’s
degree in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Aditi Steinbruchel, Vice President/Financial Analyst Program Manager, Wells Fargo
Aditi is a vice president and regional program manager for Wholesale University’s Financial Analyst Program (FAP). Based in Minneapolis, she covers the central and northeast regions and develops the core credit curriculum for the analyst program, monitors performance, and provides mentoring and guidance. Aditi also oversees the Summer Financial Analyst Program for Wholesale lending businesses in her region.Aditi joined Wells Fargo in 2000 as an analyst in the Financial Analyst Program in US Corporate Banking in Minneapolis. In 2003, she attended the Credit Management Training Program in San Francisco and returned to US Corporate Banking where she spent three years as an associate. In 2007, Aditi joined Wholesale University as the FAP campus recruiter for the mid-west and east coast and subsequently became the FAP regional program manager for the central and northeastern region.Aditi holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Minnesota. She is also on the board for Women in Business at the University of Minnesota. Aditi lives in Edina, Minnesota with her husband and two children.
Lori Zumwinkle, Managing Director – Retail, Accenture
Lori is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Retail Operating Group, aligned to Management Consulting (MC). She has broad experience in retail operations, merchandising and marketing capabilities, organizational transformations, value creation and delivery expertise. Lori leads our Retail Territory for Minneapolis and is the Client Account Lead at Target and SUPERVALU. Lori was recently recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the Top 100 under 50 Diverse Leaders. She is on the Carlson School of Management Women in Business Advisory Board at the University of Minnesota. She rejoined Accenture in 2011 having worked at Best Buy for 7 years in a variety of VP/SVP roles in Merchandising, Retail Operations and Shared Services. Prior to Best Buy, she was with Accenture for 10 years in Retail and Change Management. Lori earned a bachelor’s degree in Math/Computer Science from the College of St. Benedict, where she is now a member of the Board of Trustees. She earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. In addition to Lori’s professional career, she balances it with a being a mother of three daughters: Anna (17), Grace (16) and Emily (12), a wife to husband Mike and her personal interests of running, tennis, golf, shopping and traveling.