Scott College of Business celebrates women business leaders

The Scott College of Business celebrates National Women’s Small Business Month with 100.7 MIX-FM. SCOB sponsored the radio station’s Women Mean Business, a campaign recognizing female business leaders in the Wabash Valley.

“The campaign involves celebrating our many talented female faculty and staff, as well as prominent ISU leaders, that serve our students and help make the college a leading business school,” said Dean Terry Daugherty.

Three podcast interviews have been published featuring ISU President Deborah CurtisVice President Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation Andrea Angel & Be So BOLD campaign co-chair Buffy Boulet; and Indiana Small Business Development Center Director Courtney Richey-Chipol.

Daugherty said the Scott College of Business serves more female students interested in business today than ever before. “Our enrollment is 44% female at the undergraduate level with accounting, human resources, management, and marketing majors consistently attracting more women than men,” he said. “At the graduate level, 40% of our MBA students are female, which is up 75% compared to 2021.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 56% of all women in the U.S. participate in the labor force today compared to only one-third in 1950. In addition, women account for 52% of all management, professional, and related occupations. These statistics are expected to continue to rise because women have earned more bachelor’s degrees than men since 1982, more master’s degrees than men since 1987, and more doctorate degrees than men since 2006, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

SCOB launched a Women in Business Student Organization last year.  The initiative is part of the new mentoring program dedicated to helping students develop professionally through directed relationships that foster a sense of connection and community. Daugherty said that participation has been strong with more than 85 members and is expected to double in size this year.

Female executives share their career advice and leadership experience with students during events by the organization. Recent executives included Kathy Cabello, President/Co-Founder of Cabello Associates and Chair of the ISU Board of Trustees and ISU alumnae Leslie Loveless, CEO of Slone Partners; Shelly Langona, President of RJE Business Interiors; Jackie McDonald, Vice President of Operations for Joink.

Christine Hill, Associate Vice President of Eli Lilly Company, also an ISU alumna, is speaking on November 15.