Women in Business Movie Night Event
In 2018, a student organization on Millikin University's campus named "Women in Business" was formed with a small group of driven young women and their advisor, a Tabor School of Business staff member. After most of the founding members graduated, the group was left with three active members and no advisor as the previous leadership transitioned to a new career. This is when Elizabeth Wolpert, assistant to the Dean of Enrollment Management in the Tabor School of Business, came in.
Taking over the position and advisory role from her predecessor, Wolpert saw a need for this organization for not only the students' four years at Millikin, but also for the career paths these young women would pursue after graduation.
According to sophomore business management major and president of the group, Scarlet Linares, the organization is meant to "Prepare [women] for the real world and prepare them as a business woman." Women in Business is meant to create a culture of successful and confident women on Millikin's campus.
On Oct. 30, 2020, the organization held a double feature movie night on the Miller Quad featuring "Legally Blonde" and "Happy Death Day." The event was meant to serve as a recruitment opportunity for Women in Business and a way for the Millikin community to feel a sense of normalcy again. Elizabeth Wolpert said, "We [still] wanted to be able to hold something on campus that could get people out of their rooms and get them excited about Millikin again, because we're really missing that right now."
Since being down to just three members, the organization has gained 12 new members and had several interested in attending the event. Wolpert and Linares are hopeful for the future of the organization and have big plans for the next few months.
According to Wolpert, the organization plans to "Promote and get ourselves involved in the Decatur community, not only on campus, but out where there's other businesses and other women in business." Additionally, they plan to recruit from local high schools and use Women in Business as a reason to join the Big Blue family. Wolpert and the women of the organization plan to begin volunteering more within the community and make a bigger name for themselves.
Wolpert added, "The members that we have right now in this organization are quality students and also quality women. They definitely have different diverse backgrounds, they're all involved with different things on campus and they all have different majors within the Tabor School of Business."
Wolpert and the Women in Business organization are making quick work of growing and developing into a powerhouse group, whose talents will be seen across campus and within the Decatur community.
"If you think that you see something that has potential … if you really have girls that are passionate about it, they're excited about it and they start talking about it, you really can make something from nothing," Wolpert said.
Wolpert and the members of Women in Business encourage other organizations on campus and groups within Decatur to reach out to collaborate with them. If you are interested in doing so, you can contact Elizabeth Wolpert at firstname.lastname@example.org.