When Brette Powell ’18 was choosing an MBA program, there was something specific that made UNCG stand out to her – its chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA). Despite the organization’s name, NAWMBA is open to both men and women; however, it focuses on empowering women pursuing or who have received their MBAs.
The UNCG NAWMBA chapter hosts educational, networking, and social events with generally gender-neutral topics. The group also holds a monthly speaker series event, inviting local business professionals to discuss various topics. One recent speaker shared “Three Things I Wish I’d Known Before Graduating.”
Now in their third year, the group is in the process of growing their cohort and organization. Led by Powell, the officers met over the summer to discuss the path they wanted for NAWMBA and how they planned on expanding.
Along with the events they were already holding, the officers decided to begin organizing service events to give back to the Greensboro community. Recently, they hosted an event with Bargain Box, a thrift store that helps fund the Junior League of Greensboro. As a women-run organization that works to bring out the potential in women, the Junior League of Greensboro promotes the same values as NAWMBA.
A second thing the officers hope to work toward is starting an alumni chapter of NAWMBA. Much like the collegiate-level chapters, alumni groups promote professional development through networking and by providing opportunities for women with their MBAs to enhance their leadership skills.
To learn more about NAWMBA, email Brette Powell at [email protected].