Who are we?
Durham University Women in Business (DUWIB) is a relatively new society at Durham University but since its inception just over five years ago we have been enormously successful, helping our members to win places on internships and graduate schemes at some of the world’s most prestigious firms. We aim to empower enterprising students of Durham University to expand and sharpen their understanding of business and give them the skills they will need to become future leaders.
Our executive committee is made up of thirteen impressive and talented students. Pictured below are Hattie and Jenny, our Co-Presidents for 2017/18.
What is unique about DUWIB?
A recent study has shown that, in higher education, women usually match their male counterparts, and often out-perform them (Higher Education Policy Institute 2009). However, only 3% of the Fortune Global 500 have female CEOs. This gender imbalance is reflected in Durham’s business and career orientated societies. DUWIB aims to change this. Despite offering opportunities to all students, DUWIB encourages female speakers and company representatives to lead events and recount their paths to success.
What do we do?
Our activities focus on three key areas:
Networking events to encourage a sense of unity and support both across the university (both undergrads and MBA students) and with the world of business, using our mentors (recent graduates) and local entrepreneurs network.
Inspirational talks by successful businesswomen from many diverse backgrounds.
Interactive seminars focussed on educating and empowering students looking towards careers in business.