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Spotlight on the Association of Trulaske Businesswomen


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March is Women’s History Month, so the Crosby MBA program reached out to student Brittnea Collins, president of the Association of Trulaske Businesswomen, to find out more about the organization and what kind of experience it offers its members.

Brittnea Collins graduated with an MBA in December 2013. During her time in the program, she thoroughly enjoyed the many organizations offered by the Trulaske College of Business.  She noticed, however, that no organization focused on the special challenges faced by women (and men!) at work nor the demands of personal lives that can affect their careers.

With the encouragement and support of Drs. Schnatterly and Marinova, I started the Association of Trulaske Businesswomen (ATB) in the spring semester of 2012, currently serving as its president. ATB is a group that focuses on women in business  more specifically, on identifying and exploring the unique perspectives and experiences that women face in the business world. A consistent theme of our meetings is examining how social structures affect the ways women and men interact in professional environments.

We typically meet twice a month, and everyone is encouraged to come. We often host speakers to lead discussion-oriented sessions: Recently we invited Paula Elias and Kerri Yost, founders of the Citizen Jane Film Festival, to speak about women’s representation in media. Some members also participated in a Women in Leadership Day that featured female representatives from Boeing to address the need for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

ATB provides an extremely useful and important forum for anyone, whether she  or he  is a business student, working professional, and/or anyone else. Additionally, the organization includes a time during every meeting in which members share personal thoughts, opinions, and experiences about these issues. This allows us to learn from the perspectives of those different from us and establish common ground.

If you are a current student in the Trulaske College of Business and are interested in learning more about the Association of Trulaske Businesswomen, contact the group through its Facebook page.


  1. Really admire your work, Brittnea! Keep up the good work..

    I’m also a women running my own business from home. Post like this always encourages me.

    Thank you!

  2. Interesting read, thank you for posting the article, You have a wonderful blog! Keep it up!

  3. Its a great initiative. I wonder if you accept men. In my town/village the most appealing business group in terms of flexibility and format was a women”s business group, which I joined as a male and found very useful.

  4. Sean says:

    Thanks for the article. This demonstrates the power of programs like the crosby mba. Awesome!

  5. nice post
    I always like this type of blog

  6. Kobieta says:

    Nice – I”m also a Businesswomen :)

  7. Dian Hartono says:

    Thank you for all the news

  8. Jon says:

    I really like what you are doing with ATB. Very forward thinking. As a male this makes me want to target Crosby MBA Program for my future MBA.

    Thanks for the article.

  9. Sara Moore says:

    Hi I am a current student of the Business School and am interested in learning more about this association!

    • mbablog says:

      Hi Sara,

      ATB is dedicated to teaching our members how to support themselves and their peers in the workplace. As a relatively new group, we ask our members what they would most like to learn and experience in our meetings. This year, we have special meetings set up with the Chief Ethics Officer of Wal-Mart as well as one of the managing editors at Bloomberg News. In addition, we are hosting a panel of recent alumnae to answer our questions about networking, interviews, and resumes in preparation for the career fair. One of our goals this year is to raise money to help entrepreneurs through Kiva.org as well as become more involved in the Columbia community through women”s interest events such as Citizen Jane Film Festival. If you”re interested in more information about meeting times or other activities, please email atbmizzou@gmail.com.

  10. jennysmith says:

    Nice blog.. iam also interested to know about Association ofTrulaske Businesswomen…

  11. ved prakash says:

    nice post
    I always like this type of blog

  12. sakshi says:

    yes, i am interested to know more about Association of Trulaske Businesswomen.

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