Alena Zhang ('23)
Google Classroom Code: e7gjli2
The Women in Business Club fosters a safe community for women in business to share their thoughts and expand their leadership skills. With motivational speakers who have made their way into top positions and lively discussions, this club is perfect for beginners and experienced alike who want to maximize their business skills and build connections.
Founder and president, Lydia Chen (‘22), describes the club forming process as an idea that was in the works for months before the finalization beginning this school year.
The club is meant to teach girls at East about business, especially since there is such a small percentage of women in the workplace.
“It is up to our generation to do it,” says Chen.
They offer fish-bowl discussions and speaker sessions, and are hoping to create a strong community.
“I wanted a sorority feel…which has hundreds and thousands of connections,” emphasizes Chen. Building relationships are crucial to succeeding in the business world, she further explains.
Recently, they had the director of marketing at Party City come in to speak with the club. She holds a C suite level job, which are senior positions that impact a company’s decisions. The club has a relaxed atmosphere, and members are encouraged to participate in conversations.
In regards to their future plans, she hopes to host fundraisers and invite more speakers. A potential idea the club might organize is making a stock portfolio, where members can put money into different stocks and see who can make the most money through their investing decisions.
The club holds meetings every other Wednesday, and plans to have one on January 27th, where it will focus on marketing and negotiation.
People who are interested in business or novices are welcome to join, and it is also suited for participants of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). Although this club focuses on women, anyone is welcome to join their Zoom meetings.
Chen emphasizes that everyone is welcome to join, and there are many platforms for people to get involved. She is excited for where she and the members of the club can go with their many ideas.