Are you familiar with CBSAC/NY's Women in Business committee
Women in Business brings together professional women with the goals of empowering them in their careers and contributing to the community. WIB co-chairs, Kim Tambascia CBS '08 and Kim Willis CBS '09 answer questions about the committee and its focus.
C.B.: Let's start with your background. Tell me about yourselves.
Kim Tambascia: I graduated from CBS in 2008. I'm a founding member of Women in Business. I launched my own business in the entertainment industry, then went to Morgan Stanley, and just launched Whooplon!
Kim Willis: I graduated from CBS in 2009. I joined WIB in 2007 as a member and have been in a leadership role since 2008. Professionally, I've worked in consulting, marketing and business process improvement in the financial services industry. I am currently the Vice President – Corporate Process Improvement at JPMorgan Chase.
C.B.: How did WIB get started?
Women in Business was established in 2007 by students & graduates of the Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program. The founders determined that there was an opportunity to bring experienced professional women together through social, educational and philanthropic events. Its management & membership are comprised of Columbia Business School alumni & students.
C.B.: What is the focus or mission of the CBSAC/NY Women in Business Committee?
It is our goal is to enhance and support the network of women within the Columbia Business School community. Women in Business events foster an environment for building relationships and growing personally and professionally. In today’s business world, there are many opportunities for men to network and bond. Men also tend to build better networks and support each other more often as their careers progress over time. We aim to encourage women to build similar relationships with each other.
C.B.: What business issues are hot in your world?
There are several issues that impact professional women in the business world. Ones that are of most interest to Women in Business include increasing the number of women in senior management roles in the corporate world. Studies have shown that even though women are making great progress in business, more and more women’s careers are stalling out at the middle management level. This is especially true for working moms. We also support women entrepreneurs and would like to see more women obtain the support needed to build and run a successful business.
We often share articles and upcoming community events with members that address these and other business issues that women face in the global business community.
C.B.: What are some of the programs and events that you've organized and what were the highlights?
We have organized a variety of very successful programs. In February 2011, we held an Afternoon Tea event at Alice’s Tea Cup with speaker Ava Seave (Columbia Professor, author and entrepreneur). The event included a lively and informal discussion on the media industry and Ava’s book "Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies."
We have held a few career development focused events. Our most recent event, “Job Transitions During Tough Economic Times”, included a panel discussion with founder and president of Clear Strategy Coaching, Claire Steichen CBS '93; CBS Alumni Services Senior Associate Director, Rebecca Mincy and Vice President of HR for Cole Hahn, Mike Rataczak CBS '93.
We also organize fun networking events such as the Art of Sabrage in which the CEO of Christofle, Nicolas Krafft, conducted a demonstration and answered questions.
C.B.: What events does Women in Business have planned?
The next event that we are organizing for March 2012 will be a discussion on “Women and Power” at Moore Brothers Wine and will include a speaker and tutored wine tasting.
C.B.: How should someone interested in getting involved with CBSAC/NY Women in Business get started?
Anyone interested in being part of the Women in Business committee should contact either Kim Tambascia at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Willis at email@example.com. Those interested can dedicate as much or as little time as their schedule will permit. We also are looking for people who may be interested in a leadership role within the committee.
C.B.: Thank you, Kim and Kim!
Readers, please don't hesitate to contact Women in Business for more information and to get involved.
Christine B. Whittemore CBS '93