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Undergraduate Women In Business Club

UWIB executive members Meg Guilfoile, Alice Reid, and Mary Retoske at the Harvard Intercollegiate Conference in October of 2018.

Notre Dame’s Undergraduate Women in Business club has been on campus since 2004, and their main event, the annual Professional Development Conference, began in the 2008- 2009 academic year. This group has attracted over 600 members to their listserv, providing women of all majors the opportunity to bond as a community and refine networking and professional skills.

Potential had the opportunity to chat with the current co-president of Undergraduate Women in Business, Alice Reid, as well as a 2017-2018 president, Sam Walker. Walker explains that the primary goal of UWIB is “to help undergraduate women of all majors interested in business expand their network and discern their career goals through company hosted events and business skill/savvy trainings.” The club is “committed to the development of women’s roles as students of business and leaders in their respective fields while creating a sense of community among students,” and both Walker and Reid highlight the essential nature of the community feel for this group. While the group has done some restructuring in the past year and a half, the main components are comprised of various club-hosted discussions about themes affecting women in business, as well as company recruiting events and training sessions to assist with résumés and etiquette development. Board members of Notre Dame’s UWIB club also attend Women in Business conferences around the country, and previous participation has included events at universities such as Harvard, Yale, Colombia, Stanford, and Princeton.

Notre Dame UWIB’s own Professional Development Conference will take place on February 22 and 23 this year, themed “Be a Force.” These two days will be full of networking and informational sessions with companies including Rx Bar, Google, NBC Universal, and Condé Nast in attendance for the first time. Conference attendees will hear from a keynote speaker, Sany Nguyen, who is an attorney, blogger, and social media influencer. The “Be a Force” theme has inspired the club to think about different ways that businesswomen can use their skills and passions to create change in today’s world, from small business start ups to social media presences. Based on previous years, UWIB anticipates between 125-150 attendees at this year’s conference, which for the first time will include male attendees.

While the upcoming Conference is a key element of UWIB’s work on campus, both Reid and Walker emphasize the overarching goal of this club: to cultivate a strong community of women interested in the business world. Beyond the traditional networking and informational meetings, the group has also hosted ARTICLE a “sparkling wine TITLE and paint” night and a barre class, with more to come in Spring 2019, to promote club camaraderie. Reid states that during her time with UWIB, “it has been really rewarding to see the relationships formed between members of the club (both between members of the same age as well as between underclassmen and upperclassmen)” and Walker reiterated that she has been able to develop “better time management skills, delegation skills, team work, marketing and general event planning” and networking tactics. For these women and many others, Notre Dame’s Undergraduate Women in Business club is (in the words of Walker) “a lifelong network of likeminded, ambition females preparing themselves to make real change- big or small- in business.”

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Send an email to ugwib@nd.edu if you would like to be added to the UWIB listserv to stay up-to-date on internship opportunities and UWIB events!

Email: ugwib@nd.edu Facebook: @nduwib Instagram: @nd_ugwib Applications for next year’s executive Undergraduate Women in Business Club board positions will open in March 2019.