About the 2019 Conference

Each year, CWBS organizes a Women's Business Leadership Conference. The conference aims to connect undergraduate students to successful women in a variety of business fields, and to inspire them to achieve their own professional goals in the future. In each of the past twelve years, approximately 200-300 female undergraduate student leaders at Columbia have attended the conference. Through two keynote addresses, career panels, and networking opportunities, conference attendees have the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the most inspiring businesswomen in the corporate world.

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Past Conferences

2018: It Starts With You


Keynote Speakers


Chanel Dennis

Vice President at Goldman Sachs and COO of the Investment Management Division Black Employee Network


Melanie Katzman

Founder, Katzman Consulting

Panels: Entrepreneurship, Integrating Interruptions, Social Responsibility, The Science Behind Trends

2017: Launch Your Future


Keynote Speakers


Angela Lee

Associate Dean & Chief Innovation Officer at Columbia Business School and founder of 37 AngelsChief Marketing Officer of IBM North America


Rashmy Chatterjee

Chief Marketing Officer of IBM North America

Panels: Social Responsibility/Sustainable Development, Globalization, Millennials in the Workforce, and Digital Innovation. 


2016: Powered By You


Panels: Sell Side Finance, Buy Side Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Social Enterprise / Entrepreneurship, and Technology


2015: Make Your Mark


Keynote Speakers


Jolyne Caruso

Founder and CEO of the Alberleen Group


Gail Becker

President of Strategic Partnerships and Global Integration at The Edelman Group

Panels: Sell Side Finance, Buy Side Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Social Enterprise.


2014: Changing the Game


Keynote Speakers


Aria Finger


Ilene Gordon

CEO of Fortune 500 company Ingredion