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.