• Safiya Walker '17, WIB Fundraising Chair

    "Women In Business set me on the path to explore and achieve my professional goals."










  • Hello! We are a dynamic community of leaders and entrepreneurs.

    Our mission

    Brown University Women in Business connects aspiring leaders with business education workshops, philanthropy, and mentorship programs that span alumnae across the country. We design events particular to the female perspective, equipping young undergraduate women with the skills necessary to lead in any industry.


    We know and value the impact of encouragement. WIB strives to create a culture that embraces female leaders by fostering a community in which women support other women's endeavors, and by setting our sights toward greater institutional equitability. To that end, this community is extended to all genders.


    Welcome to WIB.

  • Ayn Rand

    “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

  • what we're all about


    Learn to lead and succeed.

    We believe that you should go after your professional goals with confidence. Our suite of professional workshops, speakers, blog posts, and other resources offer you the practical skills and momentum to determine your own trajectory.


    Let us open doors for you.

    All we ask is that you dream big. We provide opportunities for members to get to know our growing network of alumnae, employers, and industry leaders. Through fun mixers, our mentorship program builds a foundation for caring relationships.


    Let's elevate each other.

    It's the first thing you'll notice at any of our events: the atmosphere of trust and support. WIB is, above all, a space where young women want other women to succeed. We actively encourage you to take risks and speak up.


  • We like you, too

    Why become an Associate? We can think of a few reasons.


    While everyone is welcome to events, Associate members can engage more deeply with the resources WIB has to offer.

    • Profound learning experiences. Enjoy priority accommodation to off-campus events, such as day-long excursions to leading consulting firms and organizations in Boston and New York.
    • Meaningful guidance. Our internal and external mentorship programs carefully match Associates with supportive mentors who want to share their experiences in the field.
    • Unprecedented access. Consider us your coffee shop. WIB provides an intimate setting to meet with employers. From fashion to finance, we regularly invite leaders from every industry. Many firms host exclusive recruiting events just for us.
    • Be the change. Associates are encouraged to apply for a leadership position at the end of the semester.
    Note: If you signed up in the Spring of 2016 you do not need to sign up again!

  • SPRING 2017

    WIB and HOPE Present: Kickball for a Cause

    Saturday, April 8th from 11am-2pm


    Do you want to help fundraise for impoverished Rhode Islanders and bring back your middle school playground skillz?? Here is your chance! WIB and Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) are excited to announce its first annual Kickball for a Cause. Join us Saturday April 8th from 11 am to 2 pm on Pembroke Field to play some kickball with your friends! The link to register is here: https://goo.gl/forms/mQOJulwZV8EczVYm1


    Tickets are $5 per person with a minimum of 6 people a team. Shoot us an email at brownwib@gmail.com if you're interested and we can make a WIB team! All proceeds are going to support the RI Homeless Advocacy Project's outreach efforts for the homeless! (But also let us know if you have any financial concern!)

    WIB and EP Lady Launchers Presents: Coffee with Mrs. Yumi Kuwana

    Friday, April 7th from 4:30-5:30pm


    You are cordially invited to an exclusive coffee chat with Yumi Kuwana on Friday, April 7 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Mrs. Kuwana is the founder and president of the Global Citizens Initiative, a global social enterprise aimed at empowering the youth to be lifelong leaders of change. Mrs. Kuwana's professional journey thus far has taken her from Wharton, to Havard Business School, to Wall Street and now to GCI Inc. Mrs. Kuwana will be sharing her personal story in order to provide you with some insights and ideas for your personal journey.

    WIB Presents: Bulger Partners

    Tuesday, March 14th at 8:00pm in Wilson 102


    Come join WIB and Bulger Partners and learn about their full time positions. Bulger Partners is a tech consulting firm that is looking to hire seniors to fill full-time roles upon graduation in 2017. This is a really great opportunity for all those seniors out there still looking for the perfect full time position! INSOMNIA COOKIES WILL BE SERVED!



    Friday March 3rd, 2017 from 6:45 am to 6 pm

    Applications due Tuesday, February 28th by 11:59PM


    Our annual Spring Career Exploratory Trip is here! Please join us for a trip to Boston where we will be visiting a diverse lineup of companies:

      • Google - a multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products that include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware.
      • Education First - an international education company that specializes in language training, educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange.
      • Center for Women & Enterprise - a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses.
      • Wellframe - a health-tech startup.

      The trip will take place Friday March 3rd, 2017 from 6:45 am - 6 pm. Food will be provided! To apply, please answer the questions below and email them to ubattulga@brown.edu with subject line ‘WIB Career Exploratory Trip 2017’ by Tuesday, February 28th at 11:59pm:




      Why are you interested in attending the Career Exploratory Trip (2-3 sentences)?

      Are you a WIB Associate member?

      WIB Presents: Brunch with Deloitte

      Saturday, February 25th from 12-1pm in Faunce Room 225


      Relax with us and the Deloitte Consulting team on Saturday, February 25th for some coffee, bagels and good conversation! Lacey Gray and Catherine Bruns of Deloitte's Federal consulting practice with be joining us for a casual discussion to answer any of your questions about general consulting and federal consulting, talk about Deloitte, and discuss opportunities available at the company for internships and full-time positions. Feel free to drop in whenever you are free and stay for as long as you would like! Whether that be ten minutes or the entire hour, we would love to have you! BAGELS, MUFFINS, AND COFFEE WILL BE SERVED!

      WIB Presents: Dinner with Point72

      Monday, February 27th from 5pm to 6:30pm at Andreas


      Join us for dinner at Andreas with the team from Point72 Asset Management! Point72 is a family controlled asset management company based in Stamford, Connecticut. They are already looking towards the summer of 2018 and hope to discuss internship opportunities available at Point72 as well as the Elite Academy program they run. Spots are filling up quickly, so please sign up ASAP through this Google form. Sign ups will close Tuesday, Feb 21st at 11:59pm. Point72 will then be officially inviting fifteen to attend the event. Dinner expenses will be covered, courtesy of Point72.

      WIB Spring Kickoff Event!

      Tuesday, February 7th at 8:30 pm in Wilson 102


      To begin the semester, we will have a kickoff meeting for the general body on Tuesday, February 7th at 8:30 pm in Wilson 102. In addition to going over what it's like to be involved in WIB, we will have an Internship Panel where WIB leaders who interned in different industries will share their interview experience and recruitment tips.

      ...AND MORE

      We're always generating new ideas to inform, excite, and inspire. Check back on this page or WIB Weekly email announcements to find out about our later events, like a networking session with McKinsey, volunteer partnerships with student groups on campus, and social entrepreneurship!

    • WIB BLOG

      Want to get more involved in Women in Business? Then become a writer for the WIB Blog! As a writer, you will be able write about networking and mentor events and WIB trips. On top of that you will be able to talk to the employees conducting network events and trips one on one. Have other blog ideas? Perfect! We are looking to expand the topics of our blog and would love your help! If interested, please contact Rebecca Li (xuechen_li@brown.edu) or Janna Jiang (janna_jiang@brown.edu).

    • Executive Board

      Gillian Lee, President



      Gillian is a junior concentrating in Applied Math-Economics. She is very passionate about empowering women to pursue careers in business and helping women develop the network and skills needed to succeed in the industry. Aside from being involved in WIB, she is an editor for the Intercollegiate Finance Journal and a campus tour guide. She is also on the Brown Cheerleading Team and loves cheering on the Bears. She spent last summer working at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and will be interning at J.P. Morgan in the Investment Banking division this summer. She is from Dallas, Texas, and gets very excited whenever it snows. Gillian enjoys baking, reading, and watching Netflix.


      Penelope Shao, Vice President

      Penelope Shao, a member of the Class of 2019, is double concentrating in Economics and History. Aside from exploring international finance with the lovely ladies of WiB, she is the Financial & Real Estate Sector Chair of Brown Socially Responsible Investment Fund, swims with the Club team on campus, and devours Asian food during the events that she plans with the Chinese Student Association as the Treasurer. She has lived in China, Canada, France and Windsor Connecticut before coming to Providence - she looks forward to experiencing many more places in the future (potentially returning to France to study abroad)!

      Heidi Anderson, Vice President

      Heidi is a junior at Brown and coincidentally from Rhode Island. She concentrates in Economics at Brown, but is currently studying abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Last year Heidi was the Webmaster for WIB and now is the Vice President. Her favorite aspect of WIB is the internal mentorship program and the company events. Besides being involved with WIB, Heidi is the Campus Services Manager for BSA, Brown's largest student-run company. She cheers on her fellow Brown Bears through her work with Brown Athletics. She’s also a volunteer teacher for BEAM and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Heidi hopes to pursue a career that combines both digital marketing and strategy and analytics. If she’s not in the scili basement or at Starbucks, she’s most likely binge-watching Netflix or cheering on the NE Patriots.

      Kimberly Yan, On-Campus Business Education Chair

      Kim Yan is currently a sophomore double concentrating in Sociology and Economics. Originally from the Bay Area in California but living in Beijing for eight years, Kim enjoys traveling whenever she gets the chance. In addition to organizing on campus events and hanging out with the fantastic ladies of WIB, she also works with Smart Woman Securities on campus to help female financial empowerment. Kim also has a strong affinity for the real estate market and all things houses, organizing events for the on-campus group Brown Students in Real Estate. In her free time, you can find her at WBRU or in Zumba class, jamming out in both places. Kim hopes to pursue a career in finance or consulting, with a strong interest in the technology aspects of both. Last summer, she interned with a FinTech startup in NYC called ModernLend.

      Katie Jenks, Off-Campus Business Education Co-Chair

      Katie is currently a sophomore studying applied math and economics. Hailing from Highland Park, Illinois - north of the city of Chicago - she knows something about the cold winters in Providence but prefers temperatures in the mid-50s where she can go on long runs and explore providence by foot. She is incredibly excited to be one of the off-campus business education co-chairs because she went on multiple trips as a freshman and found her passion for consulting in part through these trips. At Brown, she is also involved in the Collegiate Consulting Group, BUSUN, and Spoon University. She is also a teaching assistant for ENGN 9 and 90. In her free time, you can find her taking group exercise classes at the Nelson, walking across campus to Andrews commons for pho, or hanging out in her dorm room watching tv.

      Uka Battulga, Off-Campus Business Education Co-Chair

      Uka is a sophomore from Denver, CO studying Economics and International Relations. She is excited to work with WIB as the Off-Campus Business Education Co-Chair. She is involved in a variety of on-campus activities and groups, including finance and finance education. In addition, as an avid musician and music educator, she enjoys playing the violin and singing with Brown's Disney A Cappella. She also enjoys hiking and road trips. She is excited about the opportunity to work with WIB.

      Janna Jiang, Communications Chair

      Janna is the 2017 Communications Chair for WIB. She is currently pursuing her degree in Economics-Computer Science at Brown University. Outside of memorizing revenue formulas and yelling at unresponsive code, she spends her free time speaking mispronounced French, obsessively entering things into my iCal, and rushing to Brown Collegiate Consulting Group, Brown Daily Herald, and Smart Women Securities meetings - the other clubs outside of WIB she is involved in. You can almost always find her hiding from the sun at the local Starbucks or getting shushed by her friends at the scili - feel free to come by and say hi (hopefully with a chai tea latte in hand).

      Sophie Book, Marketing Chair

      Sophie is currently a junior from Philadelphia. She is double concentrating in Economics and Psychology, and is interested in how people think and make decisions. In addition to her role as Marketing Chair for WIB, Sophie is the Co-Coordinator of A Day on College Hill and a member of the Brown Varsity Women's Squash Team. She also leads Information Sessions for the Admission's Office and is a member of Brown Storyteller's club. Ask Sophie what her life motto is!

      Hannah Velasquez, Fundraising Chair

      Hannah Velasquez is a junior concentrating in Economics with an interest in finance. She is from a small town in San Diego, California that is known for its avocados. In addition to serving as the fundraising chair for Women in Business, Hannah is also the President of the Latinx organization La Alianza Latinx. She works on campus as a Microeconomics TA, STATA lab assistant, Econ Group Tutor, and desk assistant at the John Hay Library. This summer, she will be interning with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in their investment banking division. In her free time, she enjoys reading and running outdoors.

      Christine Meder, External Mentorship Chair

      Chrissy is currently a sophomore from Philadelphia concentrating in BEO - Business Economics. At Brown she plays on the women’s club lacrosse team and volunteers as a tutor for STEMS. Other than that, she enjoys watching tv and eating good food with good friends.

      Daniela Paternina, Internal Mentorship Co-Chair

      Daniela is a junior from Bogota, Colombia double concentrating in Economics and International Relations.Besides being involved in WIB, Daniela is part of the Brown Entrepreneurship Program and tutors econometrics and microeconomics. Last summer she interned in Marathon Strategies, a political consulting firm in New York City, and this summer she will be working in the investment banking division at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In her free time she enjoys running outdoors, going out with friends, and cooking.

      Sonia Mital, Internal Mentorship Co-Chair

      Sonia is a junior from New York City. She is planning on double concentrating in Economics and Psychology and is considering a possible career in consulting or marketing. Aside from being involved in Women in Business, Sonia loves planning events for Brown’s South Asian Students Association and organizing ADOCH. In her free time, Sonia enjoys dancing which she is able to pursue by being a member of Badmaash, the Indian dance team on campus. She also loves to try different foods, travel, and meet new people.

      Jenny Fan, Community Initiatives Chair

      Jenny Fan is currently a sophomore concentrating in CS-Economics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she has always held a strong passion for volunteering. In high school, she was a cellist at a chamber group that held benefit concerts and performed biweekly in senior home. At Brown, she volunteers weekly at the Providence Animal Rescue League, assisting in the daily morning care of small animals and cuddling with adorable kittens. She continues her philanthropy work with WIB as the Community Initiatives Chair, searching for organizations on and off campus with missions of helping those in need and building a strong sense of community. In addition to WIB, Jenny is also an events coordinator at F@B, organizing events from bake sales to special speakers to DIY workshops. In her spare time, Jenny can be found practicing piano in Steinert, discovering new study spaces, or hunting down local Providence restaurants.

      Rebecca Li, Webmaster

      Rebecca is a sophomore from Nanjing, China studying Applied Math-Economics and History. Besides her role as the Webmaster for WIB, she is actively involved in Vagabond Magazine, a student-run online travel and culture magazine as Head of Business and Marketing Team, and helps building the mentorship program at Brown Student in Real Estate. She also works on campus as an applied math tutor at Math Resources Center. She is very into photography, especially black and white photography, and enjoys spending hours and hours in the darkroom at RISD processing films.



      The Executive Board needs exceptional leaders who strive to make each semester better than the last. Look out for an email at the end of the semester for more information about applications for interested candidates. (We hope that includes you!)


      Check out what the WIB E-Board and WIB members were up to this summer! Feel to reach out to any of them to learn more about their experiences.

      Julia Wu, President

      Software Engineer Intern at Microsoft

      As a software engineer intern at Microsoft this summer, I had the opportunity to learn about cloud infrastructure and related open-source software. I was curious about Azure (Microsoft's cloud) because cloud computing is empowering individuals, small businesses and large enterprises to operate more efficiently and at an unprecedented scale. Seeing that Azure is a gigantic player in this space, I wanted to discover more about its applications and infrastructure. During my internship, I worked on integrating open-source cloud-infrastructure management tools with Azure, so as to broaden Azure's offerings and make it more flexible for developers that utilize the cloud. It was a challenging project, but it came with valuable growth opportunities for my technical and soft skills.

      Kali Ridley, Vice President

      Global Marketing and Communications Division Summer Analyst for BlackRock

      I worked at the asset management firm BlackRock this summer as a Summer Analyst in the Global Marketing and Communications Division (GMC). I worked specifically in GMC’s Corporate Communications team covering BlackRock’s institutional business. Throughout the summer, I worked on various projects that revolved around media relations, crisis management, as well as broadcast, video, digital, and print press interactions. I worked on positioning key spokespeople from BlackRock in the news by creating media briefings, press releases, and thought leadership documents. I was also responsible for projects that included social media content strategy, recruitment messaging strategy, as well as general marketing and brand strategy for BlackRock as a whole.

      Kristina Park, On-Campus Business Education Chair

      Investment Banking Summer Analyst for Goldman Sachs

      I interned this summer at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Natural Resources group in New York. I had a great experience this summer and learned a ton of new skills at my internship. I worked directly with companies and catered to their needs whether it be advising companies on transactions or raising capital for them. I definitely learned a lot about the financial world, improved my technical financial skills over the internship, and overall grew as a person. In addition, I loved New York and all that the city has to offer. This summer overall turned out to be a great experience!

      Sonia Mittal, Off-Campus Business Education Chair

      Studied Abroad at London School of Economics

      This summer I studied abroad at the London School of Economics for 6 weeks. I took one class in Business Management called Decision Making in Business Management and another one in International Relations called Global Communication. Both of these classes were absolutely incredible and were taught by excellent professors. I also spent time exploring London and other places in Europe such as Dublin, Ireland. This experience made me extremely independent and solidified my desire to pursue a career in consulting or marketing that I never would have gotten without traveling abroad.


      Sonia is pictured above!

      Marina Cano Sostre, Marketing Chair

      Sales & Trading Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs

      This summer I was a Sales and Trading Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs. I rotated on 3 desks: 1) Prime Brokerage Sales desk, 2) Emerging Markets Local Sales desk and 3) Principal Strategic Investments (PSI) desk. My favorite desk was PSI. PSI is an internal VC initiative dedicated to shaping the firm´s long term market structure strategy. I created an investment pitch with a 5-year projection and trading comparables valuation in addition to assessing the strategic alignment benefits of the investment. Additionally, I created a deck analyzing two competing BI platforms the firm is considering investing in. I learned valuable lessons about financial modeling, investment pitching, succinct information delivery and competitive landscaping.

      Safiya Walker, Fundraising Chair

      Summer Associate at The Boston Consulting Group

      This summer was amazing! I am interned in New York City as a Summer Associate at The Boston Consulting Group and had the opportunity to study at Harvard Business School for a week. Both experiences have left me inspired and determined to explore my passions in and outside of business.


      Safiya is pictured in the front row, second from the right with other interns from The Boston Consulting Group!

      Joyce Ok, Internal Mentorship Chair

      Summer Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs

      This summer, I interned at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Real Estate group in New York. The summer was a great experience with many opportunities to learn. We worked directly with firms to advise them on transactions or general decisions. In doing so, I definitely honed my technical financial skills as well as my professional skills. Overall, I had an interesting meaningful summer.


      Gillian Lee, Internal Mentorship Chair

      Summer Associate at The Boston Consulting Group

      I spent this past summer interning in the Audit Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. I helped determine the effectiveness of various internal controls at the NY Fed, and took a risk-based approach to analyze data and validate compliance to established procedures. This internship was my first formal work experience, and I had an incredible summer learning about the different components of the audit process and getting to know the people in my group.


      Gillian is pictured above on her last day of work!

      Penelope Shao, External Mentorship Chair

      Intern for Jogg.in in Paris, France and Bank of China in Beijing

      Over the past summer, I further diversified my international professional experiences through a two-months internship at a French startup in Paris, Jogg.in, the premier network for runners. I completed market research, sales analysis, and content creation for its operations in the US, Canada, and China. Moreover, I gained a lot of insight into the startup world in France and Europe, finishing with a full report entitled "Living in the 21st Century: French Fitness and Health Startups, in Canada" (in French). Furthermore, I had completed two courses in French literature and in International Business/Economics, in addition to a homestay. I absolutely loved my time in Paris!


      For my third month of the summer, I headed to Beijing for an internship in Bank of China in which I immersed myself in the heart of the Chinese financial industry and explored the parallels between the international financial worlds.

      Courtney Kobren, Community Initiatives Chair

      Planning Intern for Neiman Marcus Group


      I spent my summer interning in planning at the Neiman Marcus Group in the Designer and Precious Jewelry and Fine Apparel divisions. I interned at the Neiman Marcus Corporate Headquarters in Downtown Dallas, and spent my summer exploring Dallas, trying various Tex Mex restaurants, and spending my paycheck shopping in the Neiman Marcus stores.

      Hannah Velasquez, Communications Chair

      Intern for District's Congressman's Office and Intern for SolSource Logisitcs

      This summer, I had the opportunity to complete two internships. The first allowed me to work in my district’s congressman’s office. I assisted the many people who worked in the office to ensure that the community remained content with the congressman’s actions. This included speaking with the city’s constituents, corresponding with the media, and recognizing community members’ achievements.


      My second internship focused on sales and marketing for a small logistics company, SolSource Logistics. I worked alongside another intern to create and design fliers, brochures, and postcards. We also ventured out of office to spread awareness of our company to the local businesses by distributing fliers and business cards. We then would follow-up with potential leads via phone and email in an attempt to bring new customers to our company.

      Heidi Anderson, Webmaster

      Global Sales and Marketing Intern for Gilbane Construction Company

      This summer I interned for Gilbane Construction Company in it's Global Sales and Marketing Department in Downtown Providence. It was a fantastic experience. I took part in Gilbane's data software system conversion, where I was responsible for data cleanup. Most of my summer I worked on Adobe and Photoshop and Adobe Indesign. I also worked on promotional items for tradeshows.

      Haley Hoffman Smith, Member

      Columnist for Innovation & Tech Today and Founder of Lit Without Limits

      This summer, I began a column to highlight women in entrepreneurship and the STEM fields for national magazine Innovation & Tech Today. There hadn't been a real emphasis on women in their magazine prior, and I think it's important to delve into the many ways women can succeed in tech and business as a way to encourage other women to try as well. I have also continued the growth of my nonprofit, Lit Without Limits, in which I donate empowering books to girls around the world. My priority this summer was international expansion, and we now have 50 ambassadors that are connecting and bringing our program to their communities. It has been so much fun to connect with these girls over the power of literature! The first book we are donating is "I Am Malala", and I recently sent some copies to a group of girls in Pakistan. That was special for me because Malala is from Pakistan, so now they get to read her story!

      Gulmira Propper, Member

      Summer Analyst for Barclays Investment Bank

      This summer I worked as an analyst in Healthcare Debt Capital Markets within the investment banking division for Barclays Investment Bank. I had great exposure to corporate finance this summer but would like to pursue a path to consulting upon graduation.

      Katherine Jenks, Member

      HR Strategy Intern at Abbott Laboratories

      This summer I worked as an HR Strategy intern at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago. The HR Strategy department functions as an internal consulting branch for the Corporate Human Resources department, conducting both long-term projects and answering short-term, urgent questions from across the areas of HR simultaneously. Most of my work involved qualitative research on nation specific HR rules and regulations, competitor analysis/benchmarking, and quantitative modeling of HR topics.

      Minoshka Narayan, Member

      Intern at Lightbox Ventures

      I worked at Lightbox Ventures, which is a venture capital based in Mumbai, India. Lightbox has a $200MM portfolio spread across 14 consumer tech companies from industries including food, furniture and jewelry, and maintains an operationally focused approach towards these companies. This meant that I spent the two months working on brand audits, financial revisions and competitor analysis for these companies. I also managed the due diligence process for an upcoming healthcare investment, which included looking at comparable companies, meeting with the top management of the healthcare firm and conducting reference calls to determine market size.

    • Companies we've worked with

      Here are some of the companies we have worked with!


      Analysis Group

      Bank of America Merrill Lynch


      Cambridge Associates




      Education First (EF)



      Jane Street Capital


      Parthenon EY

      Venture for America


      Question? Thoughts? The next great idea? We want to hear you. Contact us here if you would like to receive regular updates and WIB-specific job and internship opportunities.


      With over 200 Associate members, WIB is a valuable resource for companies looking to recruit on campus. We frequently host events and speakers to connect employers with our group of business-focused young women. Past visitors include Bloomingdales, Etsy, Goldman Sachs, EF - Education First, Capital One Strategy Consulting, Google, McKinsey, Jane Street Capital, MongoDB, Deloitte, Levo League, and more.

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