The College of Business has made a priority of recruiting young women to the college, particularly to majors in which they are underrepresented. The Young Women In Business Conference (YWIB), in its fifth year, helps accomplish that goal.
YWIB welcomes 300 high school girls to Iowa State's campus each October. The program includes interactive sessions with leaders in every functional area of business, with a special emphasis on majors like information systems and supply chain management, with strong career prospects but low numbers among women.
The most popular session is a speaker panel where participants interact directly with young women currently majoring in business at Iowa State. Current students share their experiences about student life and developing as a young professional. Participants also work through classroom projects with College of Business faculty, giving them a preview of the college classroom experience.
Parents, teachers, and counselors who accompany their high schoolers learn more about the college's career services, undergraduate advising, and college faculty, as well as sit in on industry and faculty sessions so they can see firsthand the impact of a business education.
YWIB also enhances the college's ties to the business community. The conference would not be possible without corporate support, much of which originates from Iowa companies. Many firms make their talented women business leaders available as speakers and offer financial support so that the cost to attend remains low.
The fall 2014 conference is scheduled for Monday, October 20, and registration is now open.
Did you know? The success of the Young Women In Business Conference helped lead to the creation of a Collegiate Women In Business student organization. Its purpose is to inspire and empower women majoring or minoring in business through on-campus activities and guest speakers.
Young Women In Business connects high school girls to business leaders, College of Business faculty, and, in this panel session, other young women currently majoring in business.