PSU Women in Business Club

IMG_1225There are a variety of student clubs within the PSU School of Business Administration that offer students the opportunity to engage with students from different cohorts, and learn more about business issues of interest to them. The Women in Business club is a student group that promotes discussion of issues that affect women in the workplace, and offers opportunities for women to learn and further build leadership skills. Club President Katherine Bohren was nice enough to answer a few questions about the club after a recent workshop.
What is the mission and purpose of Women in Business?
Our mission is to inspire, empower, and support women to become senior leaders in our society and across the world.
What was the rationale for creating this club? Why is there a need for a women-specific club?
Women in Business grew in response to a need, the need for answers to our questions, and the need for a safe support system where there are no stupid questions. The group has grown to include women specific topics that tend to arise at various stages of personal and professional growth. Women in Business is not just for women, and definitely not ‘women only’ but is geared to discussions of various issues meshing personal and professional life which business women are concerned with. We want to learn from the experiences of those more senior and be prepared for things to come, and again have that safe support and camaraderie, while bringing together and raising the bar for business women as a whole.
What types of events has the club organized in the past, and what is planned for the future?
In the past we have hosted happy hours, a salary negotiation event, and a roundtable on Developing Your Personal Brand . We will take part in Fall 2013 orientation activities, are looking forward to collaborating with other student groups for joint events, and are also in the process of partnering with professional business women and groups of professional women for a more regular and structured member event delivery.
Who is eligible to participate in the club? Are men allowed to participate as well?
PSU Undergraduate and Graduate students, both women and men. We just ask that you attend a minimum of 1 event per term and join our OrgSync and Facebook pages. Men are absolutely welcome to participate! We would love for more men to attend our events and become an integrated part of our group. Our women can learn from male perspectives and vice versa. Having that understanding is critical in communication between the two and we look forward to incorporating that into our group dynamic in the future.
Many MIM students come from different countries with different cultures and attitudes toward women in the work place. Does the Women in Business club address women’s issues that might be specific to different countries, or relevant to an international work environment?
We have not moved into the international scope of women in business as of yet, but realize in order to uphold our mission, must do so. Discussing the international work environment would be of high interest to our group. This would be a great partnership with MIM students and international business women networks!
To learn more about the Women in Business club, visit their Facebook page.

Joshua Thorpe is a full-time student in the Master of International Management program.  After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Japanese, he taught English in Tokyo for 3 years, before moving to China and teaching at a university in the city of Zhengzhou.  Inspired by his experiences in Japan and China, he was drawn to the MIM program because of its regional focus on Asia, as well as for Portland State University’s reputation as a leader in the field of sustainable business. He is studying Chinese in the MIM program, but tries to keep up his Japanese whenever he can.


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