WAIB hosted two panels this year at the annual meeting in Copenhagen. “Women in Business in Denmark,” organized jointly by Drs. Janet Y. Murray and Malika Richards, featuring industry panelists Pernille Erenbjerg of Millicom and Maria Hjorth VP Securities, along with Dr. Dana Minbaeva of Copenhagen Business School and Dr. Maria Tereza Fleury of Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
WAIB also facilitated a “Speed Mentoring” panel at AIB 2019, spearheaded by Dr. Saba Colakoglu. Fifteen mentors and approximately 60 mentees participated. This mentoring format allows for one-onone short mentoring sessions in which each junior scholar has the chance to ask specific, personally relevant questions of four separate mentors. Last year, this format was so well received we repeated it, as did Dr. Margaret Fletcher, who used the same format for her mentoring event at the recent AIB-UK conference.
WAIB also presented three awards at the 2019 conference. Dr. Elizabeth Rose, of the University of Leeds, received WAIB’s Woman of the Year award. Dr. Andri Georgiadou, of Cyprus University of Technology, received the WAIB Emerging Scholar award, and Dr. Shibashish Mukherjee, of the University of Groningen, received the WAIB Best Paper Award for his paper “Tribal World: Evidence from Global Corporate Board Gender Reforms.”
In addition to these panels and awards, WAIB hosts an annual members-only networking reception. This gives members an opportunity to build new relationships and to strengthen old ties. In particular, junior scholars meet senior scholars and hear their insights from many years of research and teaching. This year’s networking event was met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response, reaching our registration cap of 100 participants within two days of posting. We only wish we could have accommodated more. Along with many individual donors, Janet Y. Murray, and Lorraine Eden provided significant support toward this WAIB networking reception.
WAIB plans to continue building on its successes at the 2019 conference during next year’s Annual Meeting, including its Speed Mentoring panel, networking reception, and signature “Women in Business in…” panels with a focus on the Asian region.
Lastly, we’d like to remind you that donating to WAIB is a fantastic way to support junior scholars. Our Helping Hands Campaign provides scholarship funds for AIB women Ph.D. students, and early-career academics from low-income countries to attend the AIB Annual Meeting. Thanks to financial support from many generous individuals and to the Georgia Institute of Technology, we were able to provide travel scholarships for six Helping Hands awardees in 2019. To make your contribution, visit aib.regfox.com/waib-donations.