The summer sun may be blazing down on our respective internship locations across the country, but as 2017 Women in Business Conference co-chairs, we are eager for the fall foliage to emerge upon our return to Hanover. Tuck’s annual Women in Business Conference (WIBC) will take place October 27-29, and despite summer internships being in full swing, planning has been well underway for several months. WIBC provides an opportunity for women who are interested in attending Tuck to come to campus for a weekend and experience life as a student. The conference brings together current students, faculty, staff, and alumni for a weekend of discussion, panels, and activities.
Tuck’s Women in Business club, one of many student-run organizations on campus, seeks to enable women to achieve personal and professional success through deeper networks, broader perspectives, and stronger management skills. Within the WIB organization, four of us have been hard at work as co-chairs of the WIB Conference. As an entirely student-run event, WIBC has provided a great leadership opportunity and a chance to make an impact on the incoming classes at Tuck. From selecting the conference keynote speaker to company outreach for event sponsorship to planning fun activities around Hanover and the Upper Valley, responsibility for the success of the weekend falls on our shoulders, which added to the appeal of taking on this role.
We are excited to share the theme for this year's conference: "Embrace the Journey." In approaching this theme, we worked together as co-chairs to capture all the elements that matter most to us about our experience at Tuck, our experience as professionals, and our experience as women. Our aim is to convey not only being open to all elements along the path throughout your career, but also embracing them. This includes the challenges, the frustrations, the excitements, the adventures, and most importantly includes anytime we are pushed out of our comfort zone. Recognizing that two years at Tuck represent a significant highlight along the journey, we thought this theme would be incredibly fitting. It is also important to us to represent the voices of all members of the community who support Women in Business, and to recognize the support of Tuck’s recently established Manbassadors group, which has embraced our club's mission wholeheartedly and works to create an environment of equality alongside our amazing group of women. We are eager to share our passion around this theme with all attendees and encourage them to consider this weekend one powerful experience along their own journeys.
Attendees can expect an event-filled weekend including a mock class, panels with alumni, faculty, and the admissions team, discussions with current students about their experience at Tuck, a team building exercise, the opportunity to hear the Tuck band play at the annual Halloween party, and a dinner with keynote speaker Suzanne Schaefer T’02, senior manager of Global Human Capital at Bain & Company. Attendees who are planning to apply to Tuck for admittance in the fall of 2018 will also have the option to interview with admissions.
All four co-chairs attended WIBC as prospective students and consider the event a pivotal point in our own decisions about where to attend business school. We are so excited to meet the women who will be attending the 2017 conference, and hope the attendees will have as meaningful of an experience throughout the weekend as we did.
Kelly is a second-year student at the Tuck School of Business. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, she went on to major in Economics at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Prior to Tuck, Kelly spent four years living in Chicago, where she worked in various areas of Human Resources at Groupon, including Talent Development and Compensation. This summer, she is interning at Parthenon-EY, as a Summer Consultant in Parthenon's Boston office. In addition to co-chairing the WIB Conference at Tuck, Kelly is a Leadership Fellow, enjoys participating in Tripod Hockey, and skiing on the weekends.
Olivia is a second-year student at the Tuck School of Business. She grew up in Glastonbury, CT then attended Connecticut College, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Economics and Hispanic Studies and was a member of the Dance Team. Prior to Tuck, Olivia ran a 42-person financial planning company. She is very interested in leadership and people development, and hopes to continue to grow in this area post-Tuck in larger corporations. This summer she is interning at Vanguard in Philadelphia in their Leadership Development Program. At Tuck, Olivia is a Leadership Fellow, a co-chair of the Public Speaking Club, and a co-chair of the General Management Club.
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