Student Clubs Q&A: MBA Women’s Network

This week, we’re talking to two members of the MBA Women’s Network – Celine Gareau-Brennan and Komal Gupta.

Q: Tell me a bit about the MBA Women’s Network?

The purpose of MBA Woman’s Network is to provide opportunities for women to learn through engagement, support and be supported through connection, and to advance through sharing. The intent of this group is to create continuity between female students past, present, and future.

Q: What are some of the things the Women’s Network does (events, etc.)?

  • Books Clubs
  • Speaker series
  • Clothing Exchange
  • Networking events

Q: What are some of the club’s current initiatives? 

  • Exploring the option of organizing a TEDx Talk for Winter 2017
  • Networking event with women business leaders from the community in Fall 2016
  • A book club where members get a copy of a book on the topic of women in leadership for a reduced price and we host a discussion surrounding the book in Fall 2016
  • Organizing a “Lady of my Life” where participants would share the story of how a woman has made an impact in their lives. This event would be open in Fall 2016 to anyone in the MBA program who can attribute their success to a woman in their lives

Q: What are some of the past successes of the club you are most proud of?

Last year’s book club event, featuring Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In allowed women to really get to know each other and share their stories and experiences in business.

Q: When/how/why did you get involved with the MBA Women’s Network?

We got involved at the beginning of the year, as we believe it important to promote strong female leadership. We were looking to support our fellow women and gain support ourselves.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from being in the club?

The book club event of Winter 2016 created strong bonds among the participants and allowed us to reflect on our own leadership, ultimately driving us to apply for leadership of the club itself.

Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to get involved in the MBA Women’s Network?

We are a very inclusive group. We are cognizant that feminism can dangerously skew towards white, upper-middle class woman and we encourage inclusion, feedback, and active involvement of all MBA students no matter their gender, background, and nationality.

Q: What advice would you give to a first-year student coming into the MBA program?

The development of strong female leaders is an advantage to everyone in society.