Founded in 2000 by several undergraduate students, HUWIB has grown into a leading community of empowerment for college women at Harvard University and beyond.
Reaching over 400 members on campus at Harvard, Women in Business strives to empower a dynamic group of enterprising young women by uniting them through business education and experience. With 8 sub-committees and 13 executive board positions, the members of HUWIB strive to develop programming that will introduce aspiring business leaders to the diverse range of opportunities in business.
Ten undergrad women founded Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business (HUWIB). The first conference, "Preparing to Lead", attracted 250 participants.
HUWIB held its first-ever WIBternship, where 40 new Associates were inducted into the organization. HUWIB headed to New York City for its first Corporate Outreach trip, during which members visited sponsors, took part in a series of workshops, and met industry executives in a wide range of fields.
HUWIB held its first annual intercollegiate Business Convention, attracting nearly 400 students from schools across New England.
HUWIB went on its first Career Exploration Trip to San Francisco, California, visiting companies in different industries. HUWIB also launched the mini-MBA curriculum designed to educate Associates and to develop important business skills. HUWIB debuted the first issue of its annual magazine, Make It Happen.
HUWIB introduced a variety of programs including business school prep events, career development events, and the Externship Program. The WIBternship program grew 30% and HUWIB welcomed 185 new undergraduate women to the organization. HUWIB also launched the Corporate Mentorship Program and Young Women in Business (YWIB).
At Harvard, HUWIB worked with two other student groups to organize the first annual Women’s Stock Pitch Competition. HUWIB introduced an annual Women’s Business Convention (now renamed International Women in Business, IWIB) and a Social Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition (now renamed the Innovation Challenge).
HUWIB Undergraduate and Alumni Boards collaborated to celebrate the HUWIB Decennial and create a HUWIB Advisory Board, comprised of leading professional women and men in the business world. HUWIB saw the largest WIBtern class ever with over 150 new members in the fall.
In 2014, HUWIB celebrated the 10th anniversary of the annual Intercollegiate Business Convention, with a record attendance of more than 1,200 students. Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, along with Chanel CEO Maureen Chiquet and model-coder Lyndsey Scott delivered empowering keynote addresses. We also traveled on our second international Career Exploratory trip to Shanghai and hosted our first ever “WIB Week” to showcase and share HUWIB’s exceptional programming with the Harvard campus and beyond.