The 2022-2023 academic year marks the second year of St Andrews Women in Business. Last year we made incredible progress toward our goals; starting from nothing, we built a dedicated and hardworking committee of Marketing, Sponsorship, Events, and Executive teams.
Our Marketing Team launched various social media platforms from scratch, gaining almost 350 followers on Instagram alone. Our LinkedIn and website allowed us to connect with various professional alum. Our Sponsorship Team partnered with our local Italian restaurant, which allowed us to host free events in their spaces and gave all members 10% off food and drink. Our Events Team planned a variety of events, ranging from networking nights, our successful networking speed-dating of around 50 attendees, and numerous educational events such as CV and LinkedIn workshops. Our speaker series proved invaluable to both members and the committee, helping us to form individual connections and find opportunities in the workforce.
As president this year and last, I cannot express how monumental these achievements were for us as a brand-new society. Last year was a steep learning curve; however, the hard work paid off. Our first 2021-2022 year culminated when we won the 'Best New Society' award from the St Andrews Student Union. After hours of work and energy spent on bringing this society out from nothing, winning the award and the grant that came with it made all committee members' work feel recognised and worthwhile. With this initial grant, we now aim to bring the accessibility of our society to all women and non-binary students at the University of St Andrews. We aim to make membership free to join and have open admission to all of our events.
WIB truly believes in the importance of all students to benefit from the events and resources that we offer. With the help from this grant and hopefully external sponsors, we believe we can truly be successful in achieving this.
Helena Austin '23
2022-2023 Women in Business President
Women in Business was founded in July 2021 to provide all students with opportunities in varying areas of business: advertising, consulting, finance, marketing, legal, and public relations. We are dedicated to promoting gender equality within the male-dominated workforce and believe that a powerful foundation can have an immense impact on those just beginning their future careers. We are focused on building a supportive network of individuals and inspiring young leaders to succeed in the workforce.
Our Core Aims
To create solid connections for similarly minded individuals that will extend beyond their time at university
To inform, advocate, and encourage women and other gender minorities to enter into a business workforce through skill workshops, speaker events, and networking opportunities
To bring together working professionals, current students, and WIB alumni to create a robust and supportive community of women interested in business
To be solely focused on encouraging, advocating, and preparing individuals to succeed in male-dominated industries: law, finance, and public sector
Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
It goes without saying that Women in Business’s goal is to increase diversity and inclusion. in all fields. Equality is at the core of our mission. Our society was founded because we are passionate about increasing opportunity for those previously excluded from male-dominated fields. It is now undeniable that both businesses and employees benefit from diversity and inclusion, and we are here to speed up that change.
Both within our own society and in the workplace, we build events and opportunities that bring in diversity. Despite our name, we don’t just focus on gender – our own BAME representative works to keep intersectionality at the core of all we do, specifically recognizing the challenges facing women and non-binary people of color. Companies diverse in gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity and experience are proven to be more profitable and their employees happier, and all fields benefit from diversity of perspective and identity. It is absolutely crucial that as we move to make room for equality in business and in our university that we, ourselves, are intersectional and inclusive to all individuals. Our mission has been, and will always be, simple: to elevate voices not often heard in the corporate world, and to strive for true equity in all that we do.