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.
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.
“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.
WIB Internal Mentorship Mixer
Thursday, October 5 at 8 pm in Smith-Buonanno 106
If you are a part of the Internal Mentorship Program, be sure to come to the first mentorship event on Thursday, October 5 at 8 pm in Smith-Buonanno 106. Come meet your mentee or mentor and mingle with other WIB members. FOOD WILL BE SERVED!!!
WIB Presents: Google
Monday, October 2nd at 8 pm in Salomon 202
Join us on Monday, October 2nd at 8 pm in Salomon 202 for an exclusive resume workshop with Google! Representatives from Google will go over tips on how to craft a resume that leaves an impact and discuss available positions at Google. Please bring a copy of your resume and be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event here. Hope to see you all there!
WIB Presents: Bloomingdale's
Monday, September 25 at 8 pm in Salomon 202
Join us in Salomon 202 at 8 pm for an event with Bloomingdale's! Anne Giles, Assistant Manager of College Relations, will be talking about Bloomingdale's full-time job positions. All class levels and majors are invited to join to learn more about the company and its culture.
New York Fall Finance / Consulting Recruiting Trip
Thursday, September 21st, 2017 from 6:45 am to 6 pm
It's time for the annual New York Fall Finance / Consulting Recruiting Trip!
Join WIB on a trip to NYC on September 21st to visit the offices of Barclays, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and McKinsey! Programs at each firm will include exclusive networking opportunities with senior-level executives, meetings with Brown Alum at each firm, and informative entry-level panels on next steps in the recruiting process. For more details and to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/KEL5rgTN7RC2dRHx2. This trip is limited to 20 students and members who were Associates last year will get priority.
Wednesday, September 13th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Flatbread Company
Bracebridge Capital, LLC is a leading hedge fund manager with over $10 billion of net assets under management. The firm pursues investment strategies primarily within the global fixed income markets with the objectives of capital preservation and absolute return without significant correlation to equity, interest rate and foreign exchange markets. Established in 1994, Bracebridge manages private investment funds that serve endowments, foundations, pension funds, and other institutional and high-net-worth investors. Approximately 110 employees operate from our office located in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The entrepreneurial culture and small-firm environment at Bracebridge reward and support motivated, collaborative, enthusiastic and results-oriented individuals.
Students interested in summer internships and full-time positions are invited to attend.
WIB Presents: Dinner with Point72
Sunday, September 17th at 6:30 pm at Pane E Vino (365 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI 02903)
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 that they run. Spots are filling up quickly, so please sign up ASAP through this Google form. Signups will close Tuesday, Sept 12th at 11:59pm. Please note that filling out the form does not guarantee a spot. Follow up emails will be sent for confirmation. Dinner expenses will be covered, courtesy of Point72.
WIB Fall Kickoff Event!
Tuesday, September 12th at 8:30 pm in Salomon 001
We will welcome new members and go through the events we have planned for this semester before introducing our Summer Internship Panel. Panelists with a wide range of experiences, including finance, marketing, consulting, and studying abroad, will be there to share their experiences and answer questions. Hope to see you there! Be sure to like our Facebook page here for more updates!
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!
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 (email@example.com) or Janna Jiang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Gillian Lee, President
Investment Banking Summer Analyst at J.P. Morgan
This summer, I interned at J.P. Morgan as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group in New York City. I worked with different teams within my group to directly advise companies on potential transactions and raising capital. Through my experience, I developed technical finance skills and overall grew a lot professionally. I had a great experience, and I really enjoyed the culture of teamwork at the firm.
Penelope Shao, Vice President
Summer Intern at Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD)
I spent three months interning at the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) in Paris this past summer. I thoroughly enjoyed my time immersed in the international organization which publishes many of the reports that I have worked with in my research as an Economics student at Brown. Working directly with international experts on their manuscripts across diverse fields, I was very inspired by their novel approaches and policy recommendations to global problems.
Heidi Anderson, Vice President
North America Consumer Products Intern at Hasbro. Inc
This summer I was a North America Consumer Products Intern at Hasbro, Inc, a toy and play entertainment company, in Providence, Rhode Island. I had various roles and responsibilities, including a retail project where I worked with the other consumer products intern to conduct retail visits to gain insight on product placement and store marketing techniques, and a research project related to product innovation. I was responsible for researching and creating potential collections for Hasbro brands. My project required me to research current fashion, technology, and beauty trends and see how these trends can be meshed with Hasbro brands to create new products and opportunities. I conducted a department-wide presentation on my project that included the Vice President of Consumer Products. Throughout my internship, I was had various jobs and responsibilities. From running forecasting and budget reports in Microsoft Excel to creating presentation decks for product pitches, I was always working on something new and exciting. When I wasn't at work, I was either at the beach or hanging out with friends and family!
Sonia Mittal, Internal Mentorship Co-Chair
Marketing intern at PepsiCo
This summer, I interned in the marketing department of PepsiCo in New York. I was on the strategy and innovation team and was given the task of creating a launch plan for a new product being released within the Mountain Dew brand. I worked across various divisions and led meetings with agencies in order to create a release strategy and packaging design that I then presented to the leadership team at the end of the summer. It was an incredible experience where I learned so much and met amazing people.
Hannah Velasquez, Fundraising Chair
Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch
I spent my summer in New York City working in Investment Banking with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. I worked within the Energy & Power group and had great exposure to asset sales, merger consideration, and high-profile deals. My favorite moment was being able to participate in a phone call with Elon Musk, but I had nothing to contribute to the conversation and had to stay quiet. Despite the long hours and coffee-fueled days, I look forward to returning to investment banking after I graduate. It's a great experience for anyone interested in the field because it provides great responsibility for interns and students straight out of college that can't be found in many fields.
Uka Battulga, Off-Campus Business Education Chair
Data Analyst at Catalyst Card Company; Trade Intern at World Trade Association, Denver
This past summer, I juggled two internships concurrently. I worked as a Data Analyst for Catalyst Card Company (a credit card manufacturer) for which I used Excel-based models to project future inventory demand for the company. I also worked as an International Trade Intern at the World Trade Association in Denver, Colorado. As a Trade intern, I authorized international trading documents for US corporations that were looking to export their products. Across both internships, I gained a variety of invaluable skills!
Rebecca Li, Webmaster
Real Estate Private Equity Summer Analyst at Gaw Capital
This past summer, I interned at the Hong Kong office of Gaw Capital, a real estate private equity firm that has asset under management of $13 billion. I participated in two live acquisitions, where I helped with constructing the cash flow model, drafting due diligence reports and making investment memo to present to company principals. I thoroughly enjoyed my summer experience, through which I discovered my passion for real estate investing. On weekends, I also took the chance to explore Hong Kong - I went on hiking at Dragon's Back, visited Stanley Bay with my friends, and tried out different dessert shops.
Priyal Gupta, Sophomore Rep.
Summer Intern at Kinta Foods LLP
This summer, I interned at a strategic restaurant partnership called Kinta Foods LLP where I got the opportunity to work on branding, marketing and other strategic activities for the launch of a South-Indian restaurant called Masalasam in Mumbai, India. It was a great learning experience as I sharpened a gamut of business skills from the constant feedback I got on my work. What was more exciting was that I was trusted to work closely on the project- so much that I was asked what kind of South Indian delicacies I, as a potential customer, would want on the menu! Before my internship, I went on an adventurous yet relaxing trip to Krabi Islands in Thailand and then, on a religious trek in the beautiful mountains of Jammu and Kashmir in India.
Companies we've worked with
Here are some of the companies we have worked with!
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Education First (EF)
Jane Street Capital
Venture for America
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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.