To foster a community of students interested in empowering women by encouraging personal and professional growth in supportive environments through meaningful relationships, engaging discussions, leadership development, and philanthropy.
WIB develops its members professionally through our annual Business Bootcamp, mock interviews, and our annual case competition, our career fair, and more!
We have volunteer opportunities to give back to our Columbus community. We partner with female charity organizations such as Period Pantry, Girls on the Run, and ROX. At our most recent annual charity gala we raised $6,295 for Period Pantry!
WIB has so many opportunities to socialize with other members and find your people at OSU. It is a great networking opportunity to meet professional young women. We host a fall social, tailgates, Galentine's Day, and more!
The first collegiate chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) was established at the Fisher College of Business on November 26, 2001. Its first official meeting was held at The Hillel with approximately 60 undergraduate students in attendance.
The original officers included Beth Blue, President and Founder; Joy Schwartz, Vice President; Andrea Russell, Secretary; Kristin Sandberg, Treasurer; and Tracie Mulhausen, Vice President of Special Events.
ABWA was started in hopes to bring together women in business to discuss the important opportunities and concerns of being a women in the business world. However, ABWA was not restricted to solely business students or women, and was open to all majors and ranks within Ohio State. It all started when Beth Blue brought up her ideas to her friends, who were very supportive through the whole process. She also received a lot of support and enthusiasm from the faculty and staff of the Fisher College of Business.
In the Spring of 2005, ABWA members decided to disassociate themselves with the National American Business Women's Association and change its name to The Undergraduate Business Women's Association. In the Fall of 2023, we changed our name to Women in Business (WIB). We continue to uphold the Founders' values with which the organization was started nearly 22 years ago.