Women in Business Students’ Association (WBSA) is giving all MSU students the opportunity to “Chase Your Opportunities, Fuel Your Vision” as young professionals at their Ninth Annual Women in Business Leadership Conference on Friday April 1, 2016, 9:15 AM-2 PM at the East Lansing Marriott. Registration is free and opens February 29. Go to msuwbsa.com to register.

The Women in Business Leadership Conference is open to everyone. This year Dow Chemical Company, Amazon and Shinola are presenting.

“The Women in Business Leadership Conference is an opportunity to take time out of your busy schedule to dream about your career, to imagine the future you want to create and to define your aspirations,” said Anne Crain, Women in Business Students’ Association advisor. “We created this space to nurture female students’ career aspirations through providing high level women executives as role models and through innovative leadership experiences.”

WBSA is also excited to announce that Pat Withrow, Accounting Director, from Dow Chemical Company will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Withrow assisted WBSA in designing and executing the first Women in Business Leadership Conference in 2008. Withrow is also an MSU alumna.

At the Women in Business Leadership Conference students will have the chance to participate in workshops that are built around the theme: “Chase Your Opportunities, Fuel Your Vision”. These workshops will be delivered by Dow Chemical Company, Amazon and Shinola.

Michelle Rothman, Director, Kindle at Amazon.com, will be presenting a workshop on “How to turn an internship into a full-time offer”. Rothman is an MSU alumna and has worked in traditional retail and e-commerce.
There will also be Young Alumni workshop, where recent MSU graduates will share their experiences in the corporate world. The young alumni represent EY, Pepsi, and Altria.

“The Leadership Conference allows our students to develop a new set of skills in just one day by networking and learning from corporate representatives who have proven to be extremely successful in their fields. The past three conferences that I have had the pleasure of attending allowed me to take a step back and figure out where I want to go in my career and how I can set goals for myself to be a successful business professional,” said Kelly McCarthy, President of Women in Business.

“WBSA brought past members already graduated and situated amongst the work force. It was an incredible experience; not only do you get to hear how much WBSA has helped each past member succeed in the professional world, but it’s great to hear from someone who was in your own shoes a couple years ago and to see where they are today,” said Maria Kosukha, a finance senior.

WBSA is an MSU student organization that is part of the Multicultural Business Programs within the Eli Broad College of Business. They provide students with an opportunity to establish relationships with Fortune 500 companies at bi-weekly General Membership Meetings and other annual events. As a result, over 60 percent of WBSA’s members receive both internships and full time offers. WBSA provides students with the opportunity to build personal bonds with other students with similar interests.