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Women In Business was founded in the Fall of 2010 by Gina Dai and a couple of her friends. Gina Dai was an accounting major in the School of Business. She graduated in May 2012 and works for Traveler Insurance. She’s one of the most passionate and intelligent young Asian women that I’ve known. She’s always energetic, dedicated and confident. However, she felt uncomfortable with the idea of business being a battle between men and men only. Women often do not hold an executive position as many as men do. Especially, for Asian women, that number is even lower. That bias bothered her and that was the main reason why Gina decided to start her own club. She wanted to have a place that can help and support women in business. This is also a place where women can gather and encourage one another – and Women In Business was born.
Women In Business’s mission is to foster students’ personal and professional development, specifically that of women. The purpose of it is to bridge students’ professional goals and ambitions with that of their personal life. The organization does so by raising awareness of the many issues that women face in the professional business world. More importantly, the organization prepares students, especially young women with a competitive edge and knowledge for success in pursuing future careers through networking opportunities with corporate leaders, panel discussion and workshops. Last semester, we had panel of speakers from the accounting firm, Deliotte, come in to give us advice and answer questions that we had about business and careers. We were also very lucky to have a chance to have lunch with President Susan Herbst. It was a very warm and cozy event where President Herbst listened to our concerns and encouraged us to keep up the good works.
One of our remarkable accomplishments is the Fashion Show – Dress to Success. This “Do & Don’t” Fashion Show is not only going to be beneficial to the women who are in the Business School, but for any girl who is preparing for an interview and isn’t quite sure what to wear.
The reasons why WIB decided to host this event because first of all, women specifically were putting themselves at a disadvantage for how they dressed for Career Fair and interviews. The Fashion Show would be a great, fun way to provide correct information about what you should and shouldn’t wear for important business-related events. Navigating ‘business casual’ and ‘business professional’ is much more difficult for women than men. We want to ensure that women stand out for a job due to their resumes, not ending up discounted for what they are (or in some cases, aren’t) wearing. Second, we wanted to have an exciting last event for our members before winter break! Its a great way for more people to meet and get to know one another better, as we have approximately two hundred members in the organization.
Women In Business is a young club and for sure, we are going to continue to carry out the missions and develop. In the future, Women In Business will be the place for all the women who share same interests and passions for business.