WiB exists to serve the women of the Foster MBA community and their allies. As an MBAA club, WiB has 3 main goals:
Unpacking Gender Dynamics
We recognize the intersectionality of diversity efforts and aim to promote greater collaboration between WiB and the wider Foster community–including fellow MBAA clubs, faculty, alumni, and the Seattle business community.
Our mission is to support the personal and professional development of Foster women MBA students by creating opportunities for women to grow into leadership positions and increase their visibility in the classroom, the workplace, and the community. We encourage our members and everyone at Foster to engage in behaviors, activities, and dialogue that fosters a welcoming environment where women MBA students can thrive.
Goals for 2019-2020:
Build stronger relationships between first years and second years full time, evening and full time and with undergrad women.
Build awareness of gender dynamics with professors and classmates of all genders.
Build our professional network
Professional groups & ERGs
Interested in learning more about Foster Women in Business? Send us a note via out contact form!
Throughout the year, Women in Business offers programming and activities roughly centered around the following categories:
Discussion Forums | WiB hosts discussions throughout the quarter to provide a safe space for members to discuss topics important to them, from gender dynamics on MBA study teams to concerns about sexist language in the workplace.
Speakers & Workshops | WiB hosts guests speakers and clinicians to present on a variety of topics, including gaining higher levels of emotional intelligence and developing more confident speaking skills. These events are often delivered through a joint effort of multiple clubs and space can be limited. RSVP is typically required.
Career & Alumni Networking | WiB works to nurture relationships in the greater Seattle community by planning networking events that offer members the chance to connect with Foster alumni and executives from the city’s many outstanding companies. Casual networking events are held throughout the year, sometimes in conjunction with other club activities. The club also hosts an annual Spring Alumni Networking Dinner, where current students dine with club alumni.
Mentorship Program | An initiative sponsored by the Women in Business chapters at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, the WiB Mentor Program matches MBA students with undergraduate women to discuss everything from academics to career paths. The program features an event each quarter, with a Kick-Off Meet & Greet in the fall; Coffee Chats in the winter, where mentors are provided with coffee cards to treat their mentee(s); and a closing Spring Luncheon, featuring a guest speaker from the business community.
Social Activities | Throughout the year, WiB offers evening and weekend social activities with a casual atmosphere. Additionally, off-campus retreats provide stress-free getaways for members to relax, connect, and recharge with activities ranging from yoga to cooking to hiking.