The first Women in Business Conference for Senior Leaders, sponsored by the Iowa State University College of Business, was held Tuesday at the Memorial Union. There were 45 high school seniors in attendance. Some even traveled from Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia and Wyoming. All have applied to Iowa State University and have an interest in business.
This was a spin-off from the annual fall Young Women in Business Conference, which brings more than 350 high school girls, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors to campus.
“This event was a wonderful opportunity to show high school girls what we do here at the College of Business,” said Kayla Sander, senior lecturer in accounting and chair of the event’s organizing committee. “We divided the girls into groups and paired them with 15 of our business students who are part of our Collegiate Women in Business student organization. It was a great way for high school girls to connect with young women leaders who are already actively engaged in the College of Business.”
Conference attendees learned about the College of Business majors, met several instructors and enjoyed several hands-on activities, including a team-building scavenger hunt and seeing a 3D printer in action.
Four attendees also received a $500 scholarship that can be used towards their tuition when they enroll at Iowa State University for the fall semester. First place scholarship winners were Brooke Geils (Elgin High School, Elgin, IL); Susana Flores (Hoover High School, Des Moines); Courtney Fay (Dallas Center-Grimes High School); and Jacqueline Lawler (Ogden High School). They each received $500 from the Dean’s Office within the College of Business. They won a case competition that included mini-competitions covering material related to accounting, finance, marketing, management, supply chain and management information systems leadership, communication, and team building.
College of Business organizers will now turn their attention to planning for the fall Young Women in Business Conference, which will be held Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.