The Sauder Women in Business Club (WIB) is an open space for building trust, empowerment and confidence while working together as women to achieve our goals, encourage each other and learn how we can contribute to create a more equal world. Officially founded in February 2010, our mission is to encourage women to take leadership roles in their careers and lives to accelerate gender parity. We will achieve our mission by providing developmental opportunities, links to the greater business and social community, and events that bring awareness to our MBA class on different topics such as assertiveness, work-life balance, empowerment, gender stereotypes and negotiation skills. In conjunction with other MBA Society clubs, we invite supportive business leaders and entrepreneurs from a variety of functional areas to address the issues of inequality in the workplace. Our members also work towards charitable contributions, with a focus on volunteering with organizations that aims to assist women in challenging situations.
As a member, you will receive ongoing communication regarding upcoming networking events in Vancouver. Furthermore, you will be invited to participate in regular meetings to discuss the issues presently faced by women in the workplace, raise awareness to different concerns, brainstorm potential solutions and contribute to bridge the gap in society. The WIB also works closely with the program administrators in an effort to increase applications and enrolments from women into UBC’s MBA.
We hope you will join us and demonstrate your desire for a more diverse future. You are encouraged but not required to attend all of the events that are scheduled. Men are also invited and encouraged to attend some of the events.
Co-President: Gayathri Kalyansundar
Gayathri was born in India and did her undergraduate degree in Finance from Bangalore University. Upon graduating in 2007, she was hired by an Investment Banking firm and was subsequently transferred to the United States where she worked prior to moving to UBC to pursue an MBA. Aside from her primary role within the Bank, she was also active within the Women’s network by focusing on empowering newly hired Analysts and Associates as well as creating awareness of and addressing issues impacting women in the workplace. In addition, Gayathri has also served as chair of the Salt Lake City chapter of the Women of ALPFA which is an organization focused on empowering Latino women in Finance and Accounting. Upon realizing that this was a cause that she was passionate about, Gayathri joined the Women in Business club to continue to work towards creating awareness and promoting equality for women in the business world and is very excited to co-chair the club with Jen who is a strong advocate of equality for and empowerment of both men and women.
Co-President: Jennifer Bower
Jen is from Los Angeles, California and received her Bachelor of Arts from Boston University. She loves to bake, run, and hike around B.C. After working in legal development and then data consulting, Jen realized she wanted a more meaningful career. Starting her own non-profit, Baking the Change, showed Jen that many companies are willing and eager to help organizations like BtC and she hopes to promote these types of partnerships from the corporate side as a career. As Women in Business co-chair, Jen is most excited to connect with her classmates and learn how the class can encourage equality in their daily lives. Serving as a co-chair is already a highlight of Jen’s MBA experience as Gayathri is a woman who Jen respects, admires, and looks forward to working with over the next year. Jen hopes to connect with you soon!