Women’s business organization revamps its mentorship program – The GW Hatchet

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A student organization focused on empowering women in business is revamping a mentorship program for members to learn leadership skills.

GW Women in Business is bringing back a program that group leaders run for members to learn leadership and professional skills, like resume writing and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, to succeed in the workplace. Michelle Bryce, president of GW Women in Business, said the group’s mentorship program and events help women develop business skills they may not have learned in the classroom.

“The big goal is to provide new opportunities for our members and tools, making sure we’re up to date with what today’s workplace demands,” she said.

Bryce, a senior, said executives changed the program this year to include more ambassadorial positions for band members than in previous years.

“We have brought back the Ambassador Program to provide more leadership opportunities for younger GWWIB members such as freshmen and sophomores,” she said.

Bryce said the group will co-sponsor an event with GW Data, a group within the Undergraduate Business Association to help students find jobs in data science and business intelligence. She said leaders will teach members how to navigate Microsoft Excel, which she says is a skill often required for job applicants.

She said she wanted to break down any misconceptions students might have that Women in Business is only for business students. The organization is open to all female undergraduates because all female students can benefit from learning professional business skills, Bryce said.

“I know it’s a bit contrary to the name, but I think a lot of non-business school members sometimes earn more from GWWIB,” she said. “Through the business school, we have first-year development programs so that we can get the CV and cover letter, etc., resources, while some of these other schools may not. “

Bryce said the group’s annual spring conference in April will include programs such as keynote speakers, panelists and alumni to come talk to attendees about their professional careers and give advice on jobs. She said the group hopes about 500 people will attend the conference.

“We also have a lot of older women from the DC area, I feel like the conference is obviously focused on college women, but it can help anyone at any time,” she said. .

Senior Carolina Medlarz, executive vice president of GW Women in Business, said the group leaders have relaunched their mentorship program, which the group ran through the 2017 academic year but not last year, so new members can hold leadership positions within the group.

Medlarz said the Ambassador Program assigns four undergraduate students to positions under the vice president, whom they are responsible for helping complete projects or tasks for the group. She said assigning members to work with vice presidents helps younger members learn more about the organization.

“We introduce them to the whole organization in a holistic way, whereas the other positions we offer are usually in small groups for a specific event,” she said. “But here they have a full overview of how we run things, which we are very proud of.”

Maria Quinoñez, the group’s vice president of community relations, said Women in Business is also planning its annual trip to New York, where executives will take 30 members to visit companies like Google, L’Oreal, BNY Mellon and Spotify to learn more. more about different career options their members could pursue after graduation.

“It’s also a great opportunity for members to learn about the different industries they can get into, because we definitely want to break the misconception that GWWIB is only for major companies, because we’re actually open to everyone,” she said. “That’s why we included different companies for this trip to New York.”

Quinoñez said the band is also planning a similar event in the DC area so members who can’t travel to New York or want to learn more about local jobs or internships can hear from professionals. The trip to DC will be the group’s second time hosting the event, she said.

“We’ve been making the trip to New York for a while now, and while it’s a great opportunity for us to take some members to New York, we also wanted to create opportunities for our members here in the DC area, that’s that’s why we created the DC Trek, to take a select number of members to visit businesses in the area,” Quinoñez said.

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