Fall 2014 in Review: 8 Highlights of CWiB

The fall semester has almost come to an end.  It’s been a busy semester, so we decided to reflect on 8 fantastic moments for CWiB thus far.

1.  Kicking off 2014 by welcoming new members

During the first meeting of the year CWiB welcomed new members and discussed the key events and initiatives for CWiB this year.

kick off photo

2.  “Don’t Mess with CWiB” self-defense workshop with MIBA

Before their blow-outs and mani pedis for Fall Ball, the fierce ladies of CWiB joined the
Military in Business (MIBA) group for an action-packed morning to master the ABC’s of self-defense.  Nick Moreno (’15), a brown belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, led the class, offering valuable tactics to fend off potential threats or predators.  Exercises included making the proper fist for a punch, rapid retraction, muscle and eye gouging, and a range of responses to countering a chokehold.  With the proper techniques, first and second-year CWiB-ers were able to practice these newfound skills with the help of MIBA’s own Jeremy Biggs (’15), Noah Strangio (’15), and John Chan (’15).


3.  Launch of CWiB Cohorts

The Events team launched the CWiB cohorts initiative this year in order to provide CWiB members with a smaller community within the larger club with whom they could develop closer relationships and plan events throughout the year.  The first event for CWiB cohorts was a pyramid dinner where each cohort met for dinner, and subsequently joined other cohorts for drinks later in the evening.  Each cohort has two leaders who organize one event per month for their cohort.  Many thanks to all of the cohort leaders for working hard to get the cohorts off the ground!

4.  CWiB Mentorship Training

Earlier in the fall, CWiB launched its mentorship program which pairs a first year mentee with a second year mentor. The launch started with a training session to help second year mentors prepare for their roles. Training was led and moderated by Nayla Bahri, an award-winning educator, curriculum & program designer, facilitator, coach, and adviser. The session covered discussions around ways to be an effective mentor, understanding the needs of mentees and managing the ongoing relationship.

mentorship training 1

5.  Fit for All 5K

CWiB partnered with Girls Inc. to participate in the West Side YMCA’s Fit for All 5K race.  CWiB members got to know the group of high school girls from running in the race and then through the icebreaker activities following the successful completion of the 5K race.  CWiB will be partnering with Girls Inc. throughout the year in an effort to reach the broader community outside of CBS.

Group photo from race


6.  Career Networking Reception and Recruiting Kickoff

The careers team kicked off recruiting season with a networking reception that gave CWiB members the opportunity to engage with our many sponsors.  Throughout the semester the Careers and Corporate Relations team worked tirelessly to provide CWiB members with exposure to potential employers, maintain relationships with our generous sponsors, and keep the CWiB membership informed of career opportunities.

7.  Women Matter

On Saturday 15th of November, CWIB and the Columbia Business School Admissions Team organized the annual Women Matter event, where 200 prospective female students gathered to get to know Columbia Business School culture. This year, the event featured Dean Hubbard as keynote speaker. Following his speech, there was a panel formed by current students and alumnae who shared their personal experiences at CBS, followed by Q&A from the prospective students. The highlight of the day was a CBS Matters presentation by Whitney Poliner ’15.   To finalize this great event, prospective students had the opportunity to chat  with current students in small groups about anything related to student life, career aspirations, and academics.   The event was a success and CWIB is delighted to offer female prospective students a taste of what life is like at Columbia Business School.

8.  Dare to Disrupt: 22nd Annual CWiB Conference

This year’s CWiB conference brought so many inspiring speakers and panelists who told their stories of disruption.  Keynote speakers Sharon Price John, Michelle Peluso, and Joyce Chang shared their advice for challenging the status quo with disruptive decisions and actions.  Panelists delved deeper into specific topics, including entrepreneurship, advancing in fields in which women are underrepresented, and women in the political world.  In case you missed it, you can find highlights from the Dare to Disrupt Conference in the video below.



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Columbia Women in Business (CWIB) is an organization that strives to provide Columbia Business School women with resources and contacts to assist them in their academic, professional, and personal development. CWIB is committed to working with faculty, administrators, alumni and the greater business community to promote the role of and opportunities for women in business.
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