Underscoring the power of collaboration and engagement, members of Fisher’s Undergraduate Business Women’s Association (UBWA) recently hosted the second annual Big Ten Women’s Business Connection Conference.

Students Monica Bhat, Hannah Cedargren, Faith Constance, Elizabeth Dudek, Elyssa Helker, Christi Kehres, Ashton Preston, Jess Sanders and Hannah Williams helped organize the event, which was held at Coca-Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. It marked the first time the student organization hosted the event.

“Our group was excited to be taking on this challenge because we were able to add our ideas to improve this super inspirational conference,” said Helker, president of the UBWA at Fisher. “Gatherings like this are so important for women in business because it gives women a chance to collaborate and reflect with one another. … Additionally, it's important to come together to remind each other that we are all a support system and cheering on one another.”

Big Ten Women's Business Connection Conference in Atlanta

The conference drew more than 40 women from eight schools around the Big Ten to learn from each other as well as established leaders in business. Guest speakers included Stefanie D. Miller, global vice president, strategic partnership marketing at The Coca-Cola Company, and Dr. Sarah Fisher Gardial, dean of Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. Conference attendees gained insights into female leadership and success in and out of the workplace.

“I really enjoyed having the opportunity to hear from some influential and forward thinking women in business, as well as network with other female business students from around the U.S.,” Constance said. “It was a great opportunity to get a fresh perspective on the issues young business leaders face every day.”

The event, and Fisher’s leadership in coordinating it, drew high praise from representatives from Coca-Cola.

“All of us at Coke who interacted with the ladies were blown away by their tenacity, drive and ability to put together such an amazing event,” said Natalie Diehl, a region asset manager at Coca-Cola. “I truly enjoyed attending and interacting with the women.”