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Club meetings are held weekly:
Monday - 8:00pm - College of Business.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Social Butterflies

Next week on April 5th Women in Business will be hosting the first Social Butterflies. This is a networking event that is for young and established business women. We are glad to have Elaine Spaull as our guest speaker. Other highlights of the night are the butterfly exhibit at Strong Museum of Play, catering by Jim's Diner and the chance to meet the women of RIT and Rochester. The event starts at 5pm and will go until about 7:30pm. We would love to have a variety of women join us.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Skating Event to Raise Money for Golisano Children’s Hospital

RIT’s Women in Business club organizes annual fundraising effort


The third annual Skate for a Cause, hosted by RIT’s Women in Business club, will raise money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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The Women in Business club at Rochester Institute of Technology must have a direct line to Mother Nature. While many of us have spring on our minds, the students in this organization are capitalizing on the spring snowfall by hosting the third annual “Skate for a Cause” fundraiser on March 26 in RIT’s Ritter Arena. The general public is welcome to skate from 5-7 p.m. and RIT students can skate from 10 p.m.-midnight. A $5 donation per person covers admission, skate rental and hot chocolate. The session for the general public features music by WITR-FM (89.7) and entertainment by the RIT Juggling Club.

This year’s event benefits the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

“The event is really fun to host and it is a great feeling when we are able to help out a good cause,” says Kara Shierly, communications officer for RIT’s Women in Business organization.

Last year, proceeds from the event were donated to the Rochester-based organization Joining Hearts and Hands to complete a classroom in Kenya at the Hannah’s Hope school. The building is named for Hannah Congdon, a Fairport High School graduate killed in a car accident in 2007.

RIT’s Women in Business club is an organization for female students in all stages of their educational careers. Through networking, educational events and community service, the organization creates and strengthens skills in leadership, business, education and life management.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

An exciting spring!

Women in Business is busy planning an array of events for the spring quarter. Our signature event is coming up very soon. On March 26th we will be hosting the third annual Skate for a Cause. Every year we have had great growth and success, so much so that we have expanded to two sessions.The first is from 5-7pm, we hope that faculty, staff, students and the community will join us for a family oriented session. There will be hot chocolate, music supplied by RIT radio WITR and a variety of activities hosted by other RIT clubs. Each club has picked a kid friendly activity to entertain skaters while they take a break from the ice. There will be a second session for the students. The music will be provided from this session as well. Come hang out with friends from 10-midnight. All proceeds from this years event will benefit Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong.

We will post more information about the other exciting events we have coming up. Here is just a little teaser:

April: Social Butterflies is a new event that is focused on women empowerment and networking. It is an opportunity for young and experienced professionals to meet new people. Experience RIT is April 19th. This year WIB with be running the workshop for the high school students taking a look at RIT.
May: Imagine RIT will be on May 7th this year. Make sure you come by to see the display that WIB is putting together.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Preparing for Job Search

Women In Business is busy planning some big events that are coming up in the spring. While we work on these larger projects we have been having some of our members give lessons that can help all of us in our professional lives.

On Monday January 3rd, Maureen Gburek gave a lesson on resumes. Some of her big points were that a resume should represent yourself. There are a lot different ways to put together a resume and Maureen helped us understand how to make one that will help us stand out and to snag the best positions. This is an example that Maureen showed to us that helped her obtain her internship in Dublin.
For our meeting on Monday, January 1oth, Kara Shierly did a follow up lesson that included cover letters, thank you letters, and the use of JobZone, the RIT job posting site. A few key things to remember when writing a letter are:

Keep the same heading: make sure all the documents( resume, thank you letter, references, cover letter) that you are submitting have the same header
Find a contact: A letter addressed to a specific(relevant) person looks better than a generalized one, even if it is not the person you will be interviewed by. It shows that you put in effort.
Make a connection: Most importantly in the thank you letter- make sure you make a connection, something that the interviewer will remember about you. Of course make it something positive!
Here is a sample of a cover letter that Kara showed.

Nina DeStevens gave the lesson this past Monday, the 17th, on personal branding. This is a very important topic expecially with the expansion of social networks on the internet. Keep a unified face on all forms of social and business networks. This means that what a potenital employer sees on LinkIn sould mirror what they can see on Facebook. In order to reiterate her point Nina showed a short Youtube clip. Please follow the link pervided below, the movie contains a lot of helpful information.

Women In Business has many great events and activitites to come!