Trinity 2022 President's Welcome
Welcome to Trinity Term 2022 at Oxford Women in Business! I wish good luck to all those sitting exams in this period. We hope that revision will not keep you from enjoying the workshops, panels and social events that we have lined up for the coming weeks. For those of you graduating, we hope to stay in touch and welcome you to our new alumni network, soon to launch.
Our primary objective at OxWIB has always been to support and promote young women and non-binary people in the University of Oxford, with the aim of expanding their understanding of a broad range of career pathways, skills and opportunities; giving them the confidence to become ethical and empowering future leaders. Over the past year, we have broadened our objectives, focussing on the importance of allyship. The 5th iteration of our mentorship scheme includes opt-in male mentors to further this cause.
As President of this society, my focus has been legacy. For me, OxWIB is more than just a careers society - OxWIB is a living community with the possibility to create a lasting legacy of empowerment. It is my goal for us to find new ways to make use of our privileged position as Oxford University students. Our new Outreach Team has started to do this by identifying local state schools with high percentages of children receiving free school meals and with English as a second language. We hope to build relationships with these schools to deliver mentoring, skills and confidence workshops and teach young people about gender equality; addressing common misconceptions about which careers are suitable for which gender and encouraging young people to dream big.
This Trinity term we will be making the most of the summer weather with plenty of drop-in social events in the sun and Presidents Drinks: The OxWIB White Party at Isis Farmhouse on the 27th May, sponsored by Roland Berger. I am proud to announce that this term marks the return of our annual trip to London. With exclusive tours and talks at the BCG and KPMG offices, and an evening at the Burberry's Regent Street Store where we'll be joined by our patron, Julie Brown, the day is set to be a memorable one. Our Inspirational Women Series will continue, welcoming Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the BSG and Sultana Tafadar QC, the first hijab-wearing criminal barrister to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. We will host panels on new trends in consulting, corporate social responsibility, real estate and the future of fashion as well as workshops on blockchain, asset management, business journalism and consulting. We are collaborating with Yale School of Management following the success of our event with Harvard Business School last term. Week five will be entrepreneurship focussed, with talks from founders Cami Tellez and Kara Goldin. Our first ever Partners and Pairing: OXWIB Networking Event will take place on the 8th June, connecting OxWIB alumni, professionals from diverse industries and students in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
There are many other exciting initiatives happening at OxWIB apart from events. Our podcast has been rebranded and expanded as Empower: Talking Ambition with Oxford Women in Business - make sure to keep an eye out for our first episodes! The termly magazine, Insight, is under new creative direction and will be launched with an event at the Mad Hatter on the 22nd May. Our instagram and website are filled with resources demystifying diverse industries and giving practical advice to students. Finally, we have secured three discounts for members: 15% off at Jericho Coffee Traders, 10% off at Oxford Wine Cafe and three months access to learning completely free of charge with code ‘OxWIB’ at Female Invest.
I am so grateful to the Trinity term committee for their hard work and selfless dedication to putting together an amazing termcard and demystifying the working world. Thank you to our Executive Team, Events team, Marketing team, Investment Operations team, Membership team, Mentorship team, Outreach team, Insight team, Sponsorship team, Ambassador Team and IT Officer for all that you have achieved so far. It is an honour to be a member of such an amazing community and I would encourage everyone to get more involved in OxWIB.
I wish everyone a successful term and relaxing summer break. I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at our events this term!
President, Hilary Term 2022
Oxford Women in Business