Women in Business Students' Association


Women In Business Leadership Conference

The 13th Annual Women in Business Leadership Conference will take place on April 4th, 2020 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing, MI. This event occurs every year and is a one-day conference open to all MSU students free of charge! Look out for registration in Spring 2020.

“The Women in Business Leadership Conference has always been a valuable event for all students. It provides workshops and keynote speakers that empower students and advance their business acumen. I have attended the conference ever since I was a freshman and I continue to be amazed by the stories of every business professional there. I strongly encourage students to attend! Our theme last year was "The Future Starts Now", which is a topic that all students can benefit come. It is always a great event!” said Hannah Ahluwalia, the past President of Women in Business Students’ Association.

The past year's theme for the conference was Your Future Starts Now. The WBSA executive board selected this theme to encourage students to find their path to success and recognize that now is the time to act. Starting early is necessary in order to have a vast majority of opportunities, greater role responsibility, and a more significant influence on others.

Dow Chemical, EY, and Ford presented workshops during the conference on going from intern to full time, how networking is a competitive advantage, and becoming empowered in the workplace Additionally, there was a panel of young MSU alumni to share their experiences and answer questions regarding their experience transitioning from college to the workplace.

“The WBSA Leadership Conference offers an opportunity to hear about graduate’s experience in the working world which will help make their transition easier. On top of that, you have the opportunity to listen to an executive speak during the keynote about her journey through the business world and that will help you to be a better employee as well as a future leader,” stated Emily Krysinski, one of WBSA’s previous top members and Human Resource Management graduate.

This past year, the keynote speaker at the luncheon was April Clobes, Chief Executive Officer of Michigan State Federal Credit Union.

“The WBSA Leadership Conference is a necessity for anyone hoping to reach high levels in the business world.  Being able to connect with like-minded business leaders sets the stage for meaningful discussions and lasting relationships. Invest in yourself and take the time to find your guide to success,” said Hannah Crittenden, a former President of Women in Business Students’ Association and Supply Chain Management senior.

“Your Future Starts Now” involves recognizing the significance of taking action early and providing a good foundation for future success. The journey towards achieving continued success requires thought and action early, all helping determine which paths you would like to travel in your career.

1)    Networking: Your Competitive Advantage – DOW

2)    Going from Intern to Full-Time: Resilience in the Journey – EY

3) Empowerment in the Workplace – Ford

Student Testimony:

I found this to be an incredibly great experience. As a part of the conference, we got to meet past E-board members, and hear how WBSA had helped them succeed in the professional world. From this event, I met a past E-board member who has helped me connect with the company she works for and even set up an office visit back in my hometown. She has given me great professional advice and has become someone I can look up to.

 – Maria Kosukha