By: Simone Siew || 4/24/17
Women in Business has accomplished so much in the span of one year, and we wanted to look back on all the incredible events we had the opportunity to host and partake in. Below are some of our favorite events from the past school year:
- Breakfast with IU’s poling chair Dr. Mae Jemison – Women in Business had the incredible opportunity to have breakfast with the esteemed Dr. Mae Jemison, an engineer, astronaut, physician, entrepreneur, and the first African-American woman to travel to space.
- WIBlympics – Near the beginning of the semester, Women in Business had a day full of friendly competition and bonding time for all our new and old members.
- CH Robinson – In the spirit of Halloween, we painted pumpkins with our corporate sponsor while hearing alumni Sara Young talk about her experience with the company.
- Hiking in Brown County – Getting away from the bustle of campus, some of our members went on an excursion through the neighboring woods of Brown County.
- Day of the Dead Celebration – Our organization values celebrating the diverse cultures that make up this world, and we were fortunate enough to attend the Day of the Dead Celebration and Sugar Skill Tradition at La Casa, IU’s Latino cultural center. We got to learn about the history and meaning behind this rich Mexican holiday.
- Mr. and Ms. Kelley - Women in Business’s own Kelley Relations Committee, along with Kelley Student Government, hosted this unique business competition to raise money for Camp Yes, an improv summer camp for autistic children and teens. Our own Jaime Baer competed and won 1st place in this competition, and overall this event was able to raise around $2,000 for this cause.
- Blankets with BKD – We made blankets with our corporate sponsor BKD to be donated to Riley Hospital for Children.
- Wibbers Abroad – Halfway through the school year, many of our wonderful wibbers travelled across the world to study abroad in countries that range from Hungary and Italy to Singapore.
- Chicago Trip – Every year our organization has the chance to travel to nearby Chicago to visit our corporate sponsors on their home turf. Thank you so much to our corporate sponsors Goldman Sachs, CH Robinson, and Deloitte for welcoming us into your offices!
- React to Passion Spring Conference – Another annual event is our spring conference hosted by Women in Business’s Conference Committee. Filled with many guest speakers from our corporate sponsors and a talk from the Kelley School of Business’s dean herself, Idie Kesner, we had an inspirational weekend learning about how to keep passion alive throughout our future careers.
- Intro to Commerce for Peace with Tim Forte – Tim Forte is an esteemed Kelley School of Business professor of business law and ethics, and at this event we got to hear him speak on the important intersections of peace, ethical decision making, and commerce.
- Whirlpool – At this event, Women in Business got to learn about Whirlpool’s commitment to fostering innovation, potential career opportunities with Whirlpool, and their dedication to giving back to the world. Whirlpool then teamed up with the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club to lead us in an activity creating weekend food bags for kids who often go through the weekend without anything to eat.
- Journaling with Personal Development – Our Personal Development Committee understands the stress and commotion that comes with going to college, and they organized this event for our members to find catharsis through reflecting and journaling about our everyday lives. We give a huge shout out to Mandy Novicoff for going above and beyond by obtaining each of our members their own Women in Business notebook.
- Within Us – This extraordinary event brought together members of our organization and the larger Bloomington area by celebrating the personal trials and triumphs of individuals from our community. Anonymous essays were submitted, and at this event, WIB members read these stories aloud. Representatives from the New Hope Family Shelter and IU's Counseling and Psychological Services also spoke, and overall this was a powerful evening honoring humanity itself. This event was made possible by the initiative and hard work of our own Simona Stancov.
- Henna – As part of Kelley School of Business’s Diversity Week, we visited IU’s Asian Cultural Center to learn about the history and meaning behind the art of henna. We even got to try our own hand at this ancient art!
- Vanessa of Malawi, Africa – Our own Meghan Munson first met Vanessa, a spunky nine-year-old, at the Circle of Hope International’s base in Malawi, Africa where Vanessa was living after her grandmother had passed away. Meghan and Vanessa quickly struck a deep bond with each other. Meghan’s passion for helping this sweet and loving little girl inspired our organization to raise $360 to sponsor Vanessa’s living accommodations, education, and food for an entire year!
- International Etiquette Dinner – Our Professional Development Committee put a twist on this annual event by opening up this dinner to learning about world etiquette and culture. Keynote speaker Tia Trueblood, Associate Director of International Programs and Study Abroad Advisor, also gave us valuable insight on how to make the most of our travelling experiences.
These highlighted events are only some of the numerous activities Women in Business has been up to this past year. As the school year comes to a close, we still have more exciting events in our future. Over the next two weeks, we will be hosting Women in Business elections to vote on our upcoming year’s president, we will be hosting a Women’s Luncheon to bring together all the women of Kelley, and we will be wrapping up the year at our End of School Year Banquet. Thank you so much to all our corporate sponsors, guest speakers, and dedicated members for making all these amazing events possible!