While an ongoing task for student clubs often is securing visits from relevant speakers, in the case of the undergraduate chapter of the Women in Business Club at CU-Boulder this tends to be the other way around—outside organizations come to them seeking to meet with the group.
“They want to reach out to us with scholarship opportunities and job openings,” says Jasjit Mangat, club president, who expected the reverse when she joined two years ago. She attributes the external interest to the current mindset of many organizations. “Corporations are trying to be more cognizant. They see the benefits of a diverse workforce and when they interact with our club, it’s a win-win for all.”
Companies that have, in essence, pitched themselves to the group by participating in club events that cover a range of topics – from what it’s like to work in the real world to how to achieve work-life balance – have included Goldman Sachs financial company and E. & J. Gallo Winery.
The 3-year-old Women in Business Club, for which there also is an MBA chapter, is based at the Leeds School of Business. However, the undergraduate club is free and open to all majors.
A networking vehicle for its participants, the club works to strengthen connections with not only the external business community, but also the campus community. One campus partner is the Leeds School’s Women’s Council, which hosts the annual and well-known WILD Summit, where club attendees might learn, for example, about negotiating a salary, says Mangat.
“I am part of the club because I feel it is important to help create a community where women can gain access to resources that will help set them up for success in the business world,” says Mangat, a native of Lafayette, Colorado, and a senior at the Leeds School in information management and marketing. “I also enjoy connecting companies that have this target market in mind with interested students.”
Mangat’s work for the club has not detracted from making career connections for herself as well. She’ll graduate this spring from CU-Boulder with a job waiting for her— business technology analyst at Deloitte Consulting. A business technology analyst might help a hospital that wants to go paperless strategize and implement the digitization of its records, for example.
Mangat secured the position during her impressive performance as an intern for the company in the summer of 2015, and it’s one that fits a requirement of hers when she chose her major and career path: to do something that’s applicable.
More information about the undergraduate Women in Business Club at CU-Boulder is available on the group’s Facebook page. For a broad listing of business-based student organizations, visit the Leeds School website.