Rita Golub, JWiB 2010“I expressed my interest in Johnson early on and was delighted to be invited to participate in the Johnson's inaugural Women in Business Conference (JWiB). Having attended other such conferences in my search for the “perfect fit,” I can say with great confidence that my JWiB experience far exceeded my expectations and reinforced my desire to pursue my MBA at Johnson.

On day one, subsequent to receiving a warm welcome from the administration and the students, I had the opportunity to hear John C. “Jack” Bogle, the creator of the first index mutual fund, share his unique perspective on business ethics.  A few hours later, I was in Cornell’s Bailey Hall with a few hundred other motivated Johnson students, observing an interview with the notable former US Treasury Secretary, Henry “Hank” Paulson – these few hours alone reminded me of the school’s strong connection with the world’s leaders as well as the business community as a whole.

Day two provided a holistic grasp of what makes Johnson such an exceptional place filled with rich sense of collaboration and integrity.  From alumni speeches, career and financial aid panels, to leadership and negotiations sessions, the conference provided a great opportunity to see the Johnson community in action.  The JWiB experience concluded with the closing dinner at Cornell’s renowned Statler Hotel, at which point I was convinced that Johnson was where I belong!”

Rita Golub, JWiB 2010, Forté Fellow, MBA 2013

Veronica Lescay, JWiB 2010"Attending JWiB opened my mind to the array of influences and opportunities that Johnson will present and solidified my desire to be a part of the Johnson community. After speaking with current female students who opened their homes to every JWiB participant, I was able to see firsthand exactly what a collaborative community Johnson is, and how passionate the students are about Johnson and their MBA experience. Being in such a welcoming and supportive environment made me feel at home and as part of a community, which is something that you can’t experience until you are here on campus and interacting with your future mentors and peers.

JWiB also introduced me to Johnson’s world-class faculty members who offered unlimited support from day one. At Johnson, you will have the ability to seek mentorship and guidance among professors who are truly experts in their fields. By participating in classroom sessions, I understood just how the distinguished faculty will broaden my perspectives and prepare me to be a thoughtful and effective leader.

Being part of JWiB was truly a highlight of my MBA application preparation. If you are genuinely seeking to familiarize yourself with the Johnson classroom experience, the close-knit and collaborative student body, and the overall collegial style that only Johnson can offer, you must attend JWiB!"

Veronica Lescay, JWiB 2010, Consortium Fellow, MBA 2013

Uyen Hoang, JWiB 2010"JWiB lasted only a couple of days, but it was all that was necessary to understand the unique environment and opportunities at Johnson. JWiB went above and beyond the usual program of class visits and lunches for prospective students. I had numerous opportunities to interact with students, faculty, staff, alums, admissions officers, and even Dean Thomas. They all took a genuine interest in the women at JWiB and spoke candidly and honestly of their experiences and perspectives. JWiB provided me with a support network before I had even applied to business school. In addition, I especially appreciated that the JWiB program allowed prospective students to participate fully in the Johnson community, allowing us to see all that it had to offer. JWiBers also took part in the Women’s Power Lunch, a monthly event bringing in prominent women business leaders. I felt that the Johnson community wasn’t putting on a show for JWiB, but rather simply showing who it is and what it does. Actually, JWiB itself is a testament to the Johnson community. Two women MBAs had the vision and were clearly supported by fellow students, staff, and faculty to make JWiB a reality. JWiB is a great way to be introduced to Johnson and to see that Johnson truly is committed to nurturing the vision and leadership of its students.”  

Uyen Hoang, JWiB 2010, Forté Fellow, MBA 2013