UConn Women in Business

Women in Business is a student-run organization that seeks to foster students' personal and professional development, specifically that of women. The purpose of the organization is to bridge students' professional goals and ambitions with that of personal life. The organization does so by raising awareness of the many issues that women face in the professional business world. More importantly, the organization is to prepare students, especially young women, with a competitive edge and knowledge for success in pursuing future careers through networking opportunities with corporate leaders, panel discusssion and workshops.

Mentorship Program
  • The Women in Business (WIB) Undergraduate Mentorship Program is designed to connect the School’s WIB undergraduate students with business alumnae who are committed to building mentoring relationships and who will aid in advancing the students’ academic and professional goals in launching their careers.
    • If you wish to become a mentor or have any questions regarding the WIB mentorship program, please reach out to us by email at UConnWomeninBusiness@gmail.com
  • Read the Guidelines for Mentors HERE
Case Competitions
  • In a case competition, participants strive to develop a business strategy and recommendation within an allocated time frame. This is typically done with teams of two or more individuals where you will identify the key problems and objectives.
  • Check out THIS VIDEO for more information.

Join Us

Meetings:  TBD

Missed us this week? Contact:  uconnwomeninbusiness@gmail.com

Dues: The dues for members of UConn Women in Business are $15 a semester and will be collected two weeks after the information session is held. Any changes in due payment will be made by the executive board.

    Executive Board

    Caitlin Schramm is a senior finance major with a concentration in corporate finance and minor in management. Caitlin was previously the VP of Marketing and has been involved in WIB since her freshman year. In addition to WIB, Caitlin previously studied abroad in Florence, Italy and is involved in greek life on campus and works in the UConn Rec Center. This past summer, she was a Summer Operations Analyst at Goldman Sachs in their Risk Division. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys skiing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
    Jennifer Spadaro is a senior Finance major with a Spanish minor, and spent a semester in Granada, Spain. She has been involved in Women in Business since her freshman year and is looking forward to ending her college career as Vice President of WIB. She is also the Managing Director of the UConn Consulting Group and is part of the Student Managed Fund. She is spending this summer as a Business Analyst Intern at Capital One, and in her free time enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
    Samantha Lacy is a senior marketing major with a concentration in digital marketing and analytics and a minor in communication. Before becoming Vice President of Communication, Samantha was a member of the Marketing Committee and has been a Women in Business member since her freshman year. On campus, Samantha is a digital marketing intern for the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society. This past summer, she worked as a Digital Marketing Analyst at Scholastic. In her free time, Samantha enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and spending time with friends.
    Catarina Silva is a sophomore marketing major, looking to pursue a minor in entrepreneurship or psychology. Catarina has been involved in WIB and on the Executive Board since her freshman year. Around campus, Catarina is a Spin instructor at the REC center, she is also a part of the ECOHOUSE learning community, is a member of Paws and Claws, and takes part in the Husky Ambassador program. In her freetime, she pursues freelance websites and graphic design. Catarina enjoys spinning, traveling/exploring new food shops, baking and journaling.
    Emily Camera is a senior marketing major with a concentration in digital marketing & analytics and a minor in communications. Emily has been involved in WIB since her freshman year and started her position on the Executive Board her sophomore year. In addition to WIB, Emily is a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi, participates in HuskyTHON, works at UC Cafes, and will be a teaching assistant for Career Development in Business (BUSN 3005) for the Spring 2021 semester. Though Emily’s internship for this summer was cancelled due to COVID-19, she planned to return to The TJX Companies as a merchandising intern where she worked her sophomore summer. In her free time, Emily enjoys exploring new cities, going to the beach, and spending time with friends.
    Virginia (Gigi) Shugrue is a senior English major with minors in Business Fundamentals and Philosophy. Gigi has been actively involved in WIB since her freshman year, and she was appointed VP Finance as a sophomore. Besides WIB, Gigi is the Fundraising Chair for the UConn Red Cross Club as well as a Husky Ambassador. In addition, in Spring 2020, she was awarded a UConn SHARE Grant to conduct research on the British slave trade and the financiers behind it. Her interest in this area came from her time spent studying and interning abroad in London the previous summer. Gigi looks forward to her Social Media Internship at the New Britain Museum of American Art, which she will partake in this upcoming fall. Other activities that Gigi enjoys include reading, traveling, hiking, shopping, and hanging out with friends.
    Cristina Ludwig serves as our VP of Internal Events. She is a sophomore from Milford, CT and is a Real Estate & Urban Economic Studies and Spanish dual major in the School of Business. She lives in the business connections learning community where she serves as a First Year Experience Mentor for incoming freshman. She also is working at the Rec Center this fall as an Administrative Assistant. In her free time, Cristina loves to travel, bake, and golf.


    As this semester comes to an end and in light of these challenging times, UWIB would like to thank all our members for their commitment to our organization. This year, we had a record-breaking 62 women earn their professional development certificates. In these unprecedented times, we are proud that our members were able to stay engaged and connected through our virtual zoom meetings. We applaud each member on their dedication to academic and professional growth.

    Women in Business members connect with their community through card making inititiatives and more.  
    TBD - September 15th, 2020  
    Our mock interview program is designed for members to learn and improve their interviewing skills. It is a great opportunity to practice and receive feedback from an experienced member. Mock interviews are held annually in the spring semester. “When I did a mock interview as a freshman, I learned that I spoke entirely too fast, making me sound super nervous and my examples seem unorganized. Being told that by another WIB member rather than an interviewer made it easier to improve before a position or job was actually on the line. It also helped me feel more comfortable talking to the executive board, which helped me go into my e-board interview with confidence.” - Sam Lacy, VP of Communications “I did my mock interview freshman year. It was actually my first interview ever! Having the WIB e-board members interview me at first seemed daunting: however, it turned out great because they were familiar faces and I knew that they had the best intentions in mind for me. Following the interview, I was provided with immediate feedback. Their honesty was extremely helpful. Having a less stressful first interview with WIB definitely made all of my later professional interviews go more smoothly.” - Gigi Shurgue, VP Finance

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