Princeton Women in Business (PWIB) was co-founded in the fall of 2007 by two undergraduate women. Despite hopes to connect with other young women about career experiences and aspirations, they felt that there was no existing forum in which to discuss business and entrepreneurial pursuits in a meaningful and personal way. Interested in learning about the multi-dimensional world of business careers, they recognized a vital need for an organization that brought together Princeton women, both students and alumni, to create an ongoing dialogue among a community of creative and enterprising individuals.
After gaining official recognition as a student group in 2007, Princeton Women in Business introduced a ten-member Executive Board, comprised of young women from different classes, majors, and residential colleges. Together, they organized panels and events that allowed older students to share their individual work experiences and perspectives with younger students. They took two field trips to New York City to visit corporations like Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, and participated in business conferences at peer institutions. In the spring of 2008, Princeton Women in Business collaborated with Business Today to bring Christine Beauchamp, Princeton graduate and former CEO of Victoria's Secret Beauty, to speak about the dynamics of business leadership.
In the short time since its founding, interest and activity in PWIB has exploded. A growing membership of over 200 students enabled the establishment of numerous subcommittees, chaired by Executive Board members, to micro-manage different aspects of the organization's projects. By encouraging active involvement and upholding a culture of creativity, Princeton Women in Business hopes to continue to expand its impact in the Princeton community and beyond in the coming year.