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Alumni in the news

Congratulations to three Olin alumnae named among the Most Influential Business Women of 2017 by the St. Louis Business Journal. The awardees are accomplished business leaders from a wide range of industries and markets throughout the region. They also have made a difference in their own communities and at various nonprofit organizations.

From left: Sara Hannah, BSBA’01, Managing Partner, Barry Wehmiller Leadership Institute; Shelley Lavender, EMBA’03, President of Boeing Military Aircraft, a business unit within Boeing Defense, Space & Security; Theresa Ruzicka, MBA’86, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis

October was a big month for Olin Women in Business (OWIB)! One of the first big efforts of the year for the club was to bring on board new members to the leadership team. Joining the second-year MBA leadership team are five first-year MBA representatives. These lovely ladies come from Washington DC, Bangalore, Dallas, Nanjing, and New York. They have a variety of experiences from banking to software development to healthcare and more. We are pleased to have Hallie Groff, Nehal Kumar, Neelam Vyas, Lisa Li, and Perri Goldberg on the team!

OWIB logoIn addition, OWIB is very excited to welcome representatives from other Olin programs this year. We strive to be a resource for all women at Olin and thought it was high time that we invite women from other Olin programs to get involved in OWIB. Representing our Specialized Masters women is Serena Chen (MS Supply Chain Management). We also have Manasa Ammisetty and Jennifer Kronick from the PMBA program. We hope these additions will help us better serve all of the women at Olin.

Secondly, October 20-22 was this year’s National Association of Women MBA’s Conference in Stamford, CT. Six women from Olin represented our chapter and we were surprised and honored to be awarded NAWMBA Student Chapter of the Year. During the Leadership Retreat Day we shared many of our successes and strategies with other schools and the NAWMBA organization itself. NAWMBA was impressed with our input and our show of attendance and is looking forward to working with us in the future. Thus, they recognized us with this fantastic award! This is a reflection of all OWIB members and the work that we do. We are thrilled to be recognized and hope we can continue to build a strong relationship with this national organization.

OWN IT WashU is a summit designed to encourage WashU women and women in the St. Louis community to be their best selves and to encourage each other to do the same. We bring successful, driven, and inspiring women from all walks of life to Washington University’s campus. By bringing together these like-minded women, attendees will leave the summit with both knowledge and leadership skills to amplify their personal and professional success.

ownit2016-2OWN IT: A Summit for Women’s Leadership

Bauer Hall & Knight Center

November 12, 2016, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM



The day will include:
– Four panels of experts: Business, STEM, Impact, and Create (visit ownitwashu.com for full bios of each panelist)
– Interactive breakout sessions and “office hours” with speakers
– Breakfast and round-table luncheon (included in ticket price)
– Empowerment Exchange featuring local business and female-led groups
– Opportunities for networking with peers and professionals
– Empowerment and good vibes all day !!!

Do I have to identify as female to attend?
NOPE! We even have a breakout session specifically addressing “Manbassadors” and how men can participate, and our panelists have great insight to share with everyone.

How much does it cost?
WUSTL Undergrad Students – $15.00
Graduate Students – $20.00
Community Members – $35.00

Link to video.

Guest Blogger: Emily Duncan, Director of Public Relations, Own It WashU 2016

Cracking the corporate glass ceiling is still a challenge for women. Research from Olin associate professor of organizational behavior Michelle Duguid on unconscious bias is cited as one of the most relevant studies on the obstacles preventing women from advancing to the C-suite.

Link to article on Bloomberg BNA, “Diversity Researchers See Little Improvement”

Link to research in The Journal of Applied Psychology

Team Olin took second place at the prestigious Wake Forest Marketing Analytics Summit on April 11-12 in Winston-Salem, NC. The six-woman MBA team brought home an $8,000 prize and was one of only two teams to advance to the main stage for the distinct privilege of presenting in front of an audience of nearly 1,000 attendees.

Wake Forest teamOlin’s team of first year MBA students included Cheyenne Martins, Lola Idowu, Vera Carter, Samantha Feng, Satya Narayanan and Grace Velker. The competition was part of the 26th annual Marketing Analytics Summit held at the Wake Forest University School of Business held in conjunction with the Inmar Analytics Forum, a symposium featuring executives and thought leaders from multiple industries.

Other competing schools included Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School, Michigan State University Broad Graduate School of Management, Penn State University Smeal College of Business, University of Rochester Simon Business School, University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management and Wake Forest University School of Business. In total there were six undergraduate and eight graduate teams competing to offer innovative ideas to solve real-world business challenges posed by presenting sponsor Inmar.

2016 OWIB Auction

Olin Women in Business (OWIB) recommends these upcoming events for women interested in supply chain management, healthcare, or the business of sports.

Lunch and Learn with Julie Praiss, Supply Chain at Boeing, on Tuesday, April 5th

Olin Women in Business and the Weston Career Center are excited to welcome Julie Praiss from Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)

Julie is currently the Vice President of Commodities & Services Contracting team for the Supplier Management function within BDS. Julie has 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry, with experience at Boeing, Monsanto, and Ford. She is a fellow Olin MBA, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. Julie looks forward to sharing her perspectives on career development and leadership as a woman in business. Please see the attached bio for more about Julie’s background.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.

Speaker series featuring Dr. Amy Kilbourne on Wednesday, April 6th

Dr. Amy Kilbourne is visiting Washington University on April 6 as part of the Institute for Public Health’s Women Leaders in Public Health Lecture Series. Dr. Kilbourne’s focus is on interventions designed to improve mental health, and she’s a leading expert in implementation science and quality improvement.

Her talk is titled “Leading 360: Giving it All and Giving Back in a Changing World.” She will focus on her career path and offer advice and details about being a women in leadership in the realm of healthcare and health research.

The talk will take place on Wednesday, April 6th in Hillman Hall room 120 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. More information can be found here.

espnW: Women + Sports Conference
(25% discounted registration rate for students)

ESPN has invited Olin students to a new one-day event focused on the intersection of women, sports and business.  espnW: Women + Sports Chicago will take place on April 20th in Chicago. The event will unite thought leaders and experts from across the industry to explore topics including Women and Leadership, Marketing to Women, the Sports Industry Future, and the Business of Women and Sports.

You can see the full agenda and event information at espnWimpact.com. The program features executives such as Gatorade CMO Morgan Flatley and Publicis Groupe CRO Laura Desmond, along with WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, Olympic athletes, espnW and ESPN talent such as Julie Foudy and Sarah Spain, and many more.

Registering with the discount:
– Click REGISTER NOW on the espnWimpact.com page
– Enter the code wchicagostudent when prompted to take advantage of the discount
NOTE: students must use their school email addresses as verification of their student status