The Women's Council: February 2016 Newsletter
I hope your new year is off to a good start! Our WILD team has been hard at work this month planning an inspiring leadership summit set for April 1.  WILD volunteers have landed thought-provoking speakers to ensure WILD IV is as energizing and motivating as last year’s event. A one week exclusive registration will open soon for Women’s Council members, sponsors and students.  General registration will follow.  This event has sold out every year, so don’t wait to register. 

Enjoy February!

Trish Thomas, Chair
CEO, Atomic20

WILD Keynote Lunch Speaker Announced

WILD announced Khalida Brohi as its keynote lunch speaker. Khalida is the founder and executive director of Sughar Empowerment Society, a nonprofit social enterprise in Pakistan dedicated to providing tribal and rural women opportunities to grow their skills as well as learn leadership skills in an environment of growth and development.

Khalida launched Sughar, which means skilled and confident woman, in 2009. Khalida named it Sughar to declare that the word should be used for every single woman around Pakistan as each one of them has skills and confidence. According to Khalida, “Women just need opportunities to unleash that potential within themselves.” Sughar offers a vast number of those opportunities including resources to launch and sustain rural women businesses. 

With the successful take off of Sughar, Khalida plans over the next 10 years to change the lives of 1 million women in Pakistan. She has been named among NewsWeeks 25 under 25 Women of Impact as well as the 100 Women Who Matter in Pakistan by NewsWeek. She was also awarded the Woman of Impact Award by Women in the World Foundation, Women Excellence Award by National Govt of Pakistan, Young Champion Award by University of Singapore and The Unreasonable Institute Fellowship Award. Along with her roles as a social entrepreneur and activist, she is the sister of eight siblings and a practicing Sufi.

Volunteers Needed for Admitted Student Calling

Leeds is looking for volunteers to reach out to admitted masters’ students. Leeds is putting together a roster of volunteers who are willing to contact applicants who have been admitted to the master’s programs. Volunteers receive a small list of applicants to call or email and provide insight into Leeds' programs, living in Boulder, local networking opportunities, etc.


Want to get more involved with the Women’s Council?

The board is in search of a member to take over the planning and organization of quarterly LeedsConnect events. Members interested in learning more should contact Carolina Fryer.

Funds Needed to Support New Venture Challenge

The New Venture Challenge’s General Track is kicking off its fundraising efforts. On March 30, nine teams of student entrepreneurs will present their creative business ventures. This year’s prize goal is $10,000 which will be used as initial funds for the General Track's winning venture. The New Venture Challenge is a CU wide event; student, staff, or faculty entrepreneurs compete in four tracks and the winner from each track advances to compete in the grand finale held at CU Law. The General Track is the only track run by volunteer MBAs who need Women’s Council support.

To support the entrepreneurial spirit that makes Boulder and the Front Range unique, please consider donating prize money. To play a more decisive role in the NVC, the General Track is also looking for 13 judges on March 30 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at Leeds. Experts and professionals from all industries are welcome. Product design, marketing, and/or entrepreneurial experiences are preferred. 

Leeds Has Talent!

Leeds has more than 3,400 graduate and undergraduate students who are ready to help you meet your business needs.  With strong business fundamentals and focus areas in real estate, supply chain, data analytics, social responsibility, quantitative finance, and entrepreneurship – our diverse group of students offers unique depth and breadth of talent for entry-level and experienced positions.  Students are eager for internships or part-time positions to hone their skills during the school-year and many seek full-time summer internships or employment.  Leeds Career Development would like to learn more about your needs and discuss all the ways you can engage on campus.  Download the Recruitment Guide to get started.

Need MBA Support at Expo West?

The Organics and Naturals club is seeking companies to host MBA students at Natural Products Expo West 2016. To sponsor a student to help your company at Expo, contact Dan Rutledge.
April 1 – WILD Summit IV

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