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Young Women in Business Conference

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The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business hosted the 8th annual Young Women in Business Conference at Iowa State University on October 23.

More than 150 females in grades 9 through 12, plus their parents, teachers, and high school counselors, came to the conference. The students attended break-out sessions where they learned about careers in business from 10 industry professionals and nine Ivy College of Business faculty members. Some of the topics included “Wall Street Survivor”, “Finding the Entrepreneur in You!”, “Business Majors: A Day in the Life”,  and more.  Students also heard from two Ivy College of Business alumni in keynote presentations. Sarah Lucke, corporate accountant at The Scoular Company discussed life after college and how to find success. Colette Johnson, owner and founder of That Iowa Girl, shared how each degree offered in business directly affects how she runs her distribution company.

“There has never been a better time for young women to choose business at Iowa State University,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “We are offering new programs, such as a major in entrepreneurship. This is a great time to be in business and the perfect time for young women in high school to check us out.”

The 2018 Young Women in Business Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 

A business degree is your ticket to opportunity. Rise to the top of a large company. Start your own business and make it grow. Work for a nonprofit, university, or government. With a business degree all of that is possible – and more!

What’s it like to be a business major? What’s it like to work in a particular industry? The College of Business at Iowa State University wants to help you find out.

The Young Women in Business Conference is designed especially for females in grades 9 through 12, their parents, teachers, and high school counselors. At this conference you can expect to:

  • Explore majors in business
  • Learn about career opportunities
  • Meet and ask questions of business faculty members in each major
  • Hear directly from professionals working a variety of business fields
  • Interact with female business students from Iowa State about their experiences and what they hope to accomplish


Are you interested in internships, study abroad opportunities, and college life? It’s all here. You’ll learn what to expect throughout your college career. We’ll also give you information about getting accepted into college and how to finance a college degree.

Those who attend have the opportunity to learn more about the college’s career services, undergraduate advising, and college faculty. You can also sit in on industry and faculty sessions to see firsthand the impact of a business education.

Join us for the Young Women In Business Conference!

Conference Details


Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Memorial Union
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Registration Fee

$15.00 registration fees are payable by credit card, check, or invoice and are nonrefundable. The cost includes all lunch and conference materials. Scholarships may be available; see registration form for details.

Registration is now closed for 2017. 

2017 Schedule

2017 Speakers

All attendees must register separately (including parents/teachers/counselors); no walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Registration Deadline
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Transportation assistance may be available for groups of students. Approval is granted on a case-by-case basis and is limited by the funding available. Use the Transportation Request Form to request transportation for your group by TBD.

Special Needs
If you need accommodations for a disability or dietary restriction, please indicate on the online registration form or call 515-294-2641. We will do our best to meet every accommodation.

Registration Questions
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Information on Becoming a Presenter
Impact the lives of young women across the Midwest by becoming a Young Women in Business Conference Presenter. Contact Angela Wagner at 515-294-2542 or to learn more!

Interested in Enrolling at Iowa State University?
Please visit the admissions website to learn more!

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