Welcome to the website for Wharton Women in Business, a student-led organization within the full-time MBA program at the Wharton school that includes over 800 current female students and partners. WWIB’s goal is to support all women in personal, professional and leadership endeavors and in the year ahead we will be placing additional focus on three pillars that are important to our organization: belief, alliance and inclusion.
WWIB believes in the power of thought and celebrates female business leaders within the Wharton community as well as the broader business world. We host female executives and influencers in the fields of technology, finance, non-profit, retail, consulting, fashion, and entrepreneurship who interact with students in intimate settings and speak candidly about the challenges and opportunities of being a woman in business. These figures inspire WWIB members to carve their own paths in business school and in their careers beyond Wharton. We work to inspire strong women to be authentic, effective leaders.
WWIB fosters strong alliances between our diverse and talented student body of female business leaders and our extensive, powerful alumnae network globally. WWIB also engages a community of leaders locally to foster a network of mutually enriching relationships. Our executive board, made up of 35 first and second year MBA students, creates a robust range of programming that incorporates our community — students, faculty, alumnae, and prospective students alike — throughout the year. From exclusive networking opportunities to leadership development workshops to health and wellness programming, WWIB aims to foster personal and professional success for all Wharton women.
WWIB prides itself in being inclusive, where all voices can be heard. Our organization collaborates with student groups by promoting diversity initiatives and fostering dialogue across campus. We create spaces for constructive conversations, even when those conversations aren’t easy conversations to have. To that end, we have a fantastic organization of Wharton men who partner with us −the 22s− whose name is inspired by the current wage gap that exists between men and women in the United States. We also work closely with Return on Equality, an organization whose mission is to nurture appreciation of, and advocacy for, inclusive practices across lines of difference. We aim to exchange knowledge so that we learn from and with each other throughout the year.
Wharton boasts one of the highest percentages of women among top business schools and WWIB aims to build strong ties across the community of women and to provide them with resources to further their personal and professional goals. We hope you will join us as we make strides this year. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about our goals and ways you can get involved. We welcome your questions and suggestions.
Kristin Stenerson, Linda Xu, Anne-Marie Firth