Each spring we host our annual capstone event, the GWWIB Spring Conference, a professional gathering of women organized by students, for students. The Spring Conference started in 2010 to provide students an opportunity to learn more about different careers and industries. The daylong conference begins with a distinguished keynote speaker and speaker series, then leads into a series of workshops and industry focused panels. The conference hosts around 12 panels that range from finance to fashion to food management.
This past year, our 8th Annual Spring Conference brought together over 350 attendees and more than 100 professionals across a variety of industries to network and encourage students to forge their own career paths. The 3 keynotes included Ruth Zukerman (Founder of FlyWheel and Co-Founder of SoulCycle), Kristy Dickerson (CEO and Founder of STARTPlanner) and Margaret Ruvoldt (General Management and Business Process Executive for 2U). The event also featured a speaker series with talks from Jayne Sandman and Barbara Martin (CEOs of BrandlinkDC), Shizu Okusa, (Co-Founder of JRINK), and Kevin O'Connell, (Founder of FYN Creative & The Niche Movement). The panels featured speakers from a diverse group of companies including NASA, Tradeweb, Deloitte, National Geographic, Ernst & Young, &pizza, Think Food Group, Hilton WorldWide, JCrew, Facebook, Amazon, and Empowered Women International, among many more.
This year we will host our 9th Spring Conference on April 7st, 2018 in Funger and Duques Halls on GWU’s Campus in Washington, DC. Our conference theme is Make Your Mark, encouraging speakers to share their unique career paths and the impact they’ve made. Through a series of insightful conversations and workshops, we aspire to empower attendees to build their personal brand and make their mark on the world.