Who Runs the Workplace? CWIB Girls!

Most college students enroll in higher education with a similar goal: to end up in a career that they enjoy. You put in the work, made sacrifices, and probably had a few sleepless nights during your time in college so that this goal could become a reality. However, recent graduates often do not understand some of the hardships that come with starting a business career. One of the main issues being confidence, and making your mark in a company where some of your colleagues may have up to 30 years of experience on you.

Although unfortunate, confidence in the workplace is often harder for women to attain than men. An interesting statistic I saw in an article from Forbes was that A Hewlett Packard internal report discovered that men usually apply for a job or promotion when they meet only 60% of the qualifications compared to women who only apply if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Society has progressed in that there are a lot more opportunities for women to feel empowered, however, we still struggle every day to make a name for ourselves in a business context. An article on Chron provided insight into this. They noted that “In order to help businesses incorporate gender equality into the workplace, the United Nations organization, UN Women, has established “Women’s Empowerment Principles,” which recommends that businesses establish gender equality goals that should be incorporated into manager performance evaluations.” Our blog’s female CEO article series highlights women who have mastered the art of confidence in order to dominate industries that are historically male-dominated. These women seemed to make it look easy, but that is certainly not the case. Therefore, I  have a few ideas to help you achieve the confidence you all so rightly deserve.

  1. Find a female mentor in your workplace. This is a great first step when it comes to building confidence. It may seem intimidating to speak with a woman at your job who holds a higher position, but odds are she has felt the same exact things you might feel when you begin your career. Your mentor, whether official or not official, can give you some great insight as to what steps they took to earn the position that they have now. It also just helps to have a friend you can confide in during your 40-hour workweek. Having a champion in your corner who believes in you make it easier for you to believe in yourself. During one of my internships, I became close with a female colleague who was an alumnus at Virginia Tech. She encouraged me to help with various projects in the office, and thanks to this push, I gained the confidence to write an article that was eventually published on the company website. She helped me to discover my love for writing, and I wouldn’t be a part of The CWIB Chronicles without her!

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    Finding a female mentor gives you the opportunity to bounce ideas, seek advice, or just have someone to talk to throughout the day. Photo credit: Collegiate Women in Business
  2. Volunteer to take on challenging projects. A reason that women may lack confidence is that we have heard throughout history that men are superior to us. We were conditioned to believe that men are bigger, stronger, and smarter. If one good thing came from that, it is that we know we have to work twice as hard to get what we want. If you take on a challenging project and it turns out successful, which will most likely be the case, your colleagues will take notice. Having other people, men or women, give you recognition for a great job is another way to feel empowered at work.

    If you are looking to hear more about how to be confident in the workplace, come out to our annual Power Panel on March 25th. The women on the panel can provide insight into how they empower themselves in their workplaces. Photo credit: Collegiate Women in Business
  3. Implement strategies to be more self-aware. We all have unique strengths and recognizing what they are ensures that we are able to implement them into our everyday lives. You should also recognize your weaknesses so that you can work to improve on them. Here at  The  CWIB Chronicles, us staff writers complete peer evaluations so that we can figure out what works well and what can be improved on in each of our articles. This empowers all of us to exploit what we are good at and offer suggestions to make adjustments, fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect and overall making this a great committee to be a part of.

    Asking your peers for feedback is a great way to figure out your strengths and weaknesses. This makes it easier to implement what you are good at in your everyday life and also to make improvements. Photo credit: Collegiate Women in Business
  4. Have a positive attitude, especially when it is hard to do so. It is inevitable to have missteps when you are at work. Maybe you received a negative comment from a coworker, or a decision you made doesn’t pan out like you thought it would. Beating yourself up over mistakes can be detrimental to your confidence. Instead, recognize what you could’ve done better, and make sure you don’t make those mistakes again. Most importantly, exude confidence even when you do not feel confident so you can lift yourself back up!
    Keeping a positive attitude even when you make mistakes is a great way to project confidence to the rest of the world. It is okay to recognize your mistakes and make adjustments, but do not let one small misstep impact the rest of your day! Photo credit: Collegiate Women in Business


  5. Be happy with your successes. Having a career can be mentally taxing and it can be hard to see all of the good that you are doing in your job. Keeping track of all of your “wins” throughout the day is a great way to show yourself that you are doing a good job and there is a lot for you to be confident about. Keep a folder in your email account with emails that relate to your successes, maintain a journal that lists out all of your achievements, and/or treat yourself to something you love after you accomplish something you’ve been working hard for!  Everyone deserves to celebrate themselves every once in a while. This can be as simple as going out to dinner with friends or even sharing one of your accomplishments on social media.

    Take the time to give yourself a “thumbs up” and recognize everything you have accomplished. Amid the stress of a full-time career, it can be hard to see how all of your hard work is paying off. Photo credit: Collegiate Women in Business


Starting a new job fresh out of college is a very scary thing to do. We hope that implementing these ideas at work will make it a little less scary. By being in CWIB, you all are clearly no stranger to taking steps that will ensure a successful future in business. You’ve made it this far and have done a great job doing it, so allow yourself to see how successful you have been and will continue to be in the future!


Networking for Introverts

Do you feel overwhelmed when asked to present in front of a group? Does the thought of meeting new people and putting yourself out there make you anxious? After a long day of socializing, do you feel drained and exhausted? If these traits apply to you as they do for me, you would consider yourself an introvert. Defined by the article, “What is an Introvert” on introvertspring.com, an introvert is someone who is “interested in one’s own thoughts rather than the physical environment.” They develop their strength through “calm, minimally stimulating environments.” While the negative stigmatism surrounding introverts is that we are standoffish, this is most certainly not the case. Introverted qualities include a “ love of introspection, a need for solitude, and a slower, more focused communication style.” After taking all of this into consideration, we are then able to present our best selves to others in social settings.


When it comes to the workforce, these characteristics prove extremely beneficial as employees who are self-reflective and attentive will produce effective results. Now how about the process of actually landing the job? Introverts may be at a slight disadvantage with all the networking events, conferences, and interviews that go into getting that dream job offer. However, there are many ways to combat the stress of meeting new people and being in unnatural situations.

Something very important to remember is that networking is simply meeting new people. Think about a time you’ve met new friends. Obviously, you had to work at that friendship; maybe connecting came easily, or maybe you had to spend time together to see if you had common interests. When encountering recruiters, imagine that they are a new friend to make. According to an article published by Forbes in 2014, it is crucial to “build rapport and trust that business will happen.” Try to refrain from putting so much pressure on meeting a recruiter. When making new friendships, you don’t think “Wow if this doesn’t work out I’ll never meet another friend.” So, try to develop an optimistic and confident mindset before attending networking events. Stay calm and collected while remembering that these individuals are just people too.

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Preparing for an event is equally as important as performing highly once you are there. One tactic I find very helpful is writing down what I would like to say to recruiters, my goals of what I hope to get out of the experience, and encouraging statements to inspire myself. These do not have to be long paragraphs, just bullet points of questions to ask or phrases of your personal statement that will leave a positive impression on those you meet. Reviewing these notes beforehand will leave you much more confident. This will help alleviate the stress you feel when asked a question on the spot. Additionally, this introspection will assist us in identifying what we truly desire out of a networking session, therefore leading us to ask more direct questions in order to achieve specific results. These desired results could include an internship, externship, or even an invitation to the company’s next event.


As introverts, we are more concerned with deepening relationships than having as many friends as possible. This is a terrific character to have when meeting future employers! They want to add committed, dedicated people to their team who feel a sense of obligation to their company. In the same article published by Forbes, the author states that you should “focus on making just a few solid connections. People can sense when you’re simply speaking to them to grab their card and go.” I for one definitely feel the pressure of “it’s all about who you know” when getting a job; however, even if you have 50 random connections, these will not lead you anywhere in your professional career if you have not worked to develop true relationships with a few of these individuals. This is also an added benefit for you as the job-seeker. Why introduce yourself to many employees at companies you have no desire of working for? Seek out those businesses you see yourself thriving at, have a meaningful conversation with those recruiters, and your passion will be apparent.

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Networking events and conferences can be long and strenuous for anyone, so it is completely okay to take breaks! Get a drink, refresh at the bathroom, or take a walk outside before reentering. An online article published by Businessese in 2017 states that “Crowds can be overstimulating and disrupt focus,” so this alone time is truly beneficial and will leave you recharged and ready to go back into the event. Remember this the next time you attend Business Horizons; it is a perfect event where introverts can feel drained and only want to hide in the background as I did. Step out of the room and recollect your thoughts. Even a few minutes away will help you feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle to next conversation!

Looking around at all the other attendees at networking sessions may seem discouraging if they seem to know what they’re doing, but everyone gets nervous when it comes to meeting employers, not just introverts! Our unique character traits will help us in the long run to find those meaningful relationships that lead to our dream job. While the entire job search process is stressful and requires you to be in situations you are not used to, introverts can use their qualities to their advantage. No longer look at introversion as a setback; always remember to show your best and most authentic self to recruiters, as this is the person who will show up to work every day.



College Budgeting 101

     As college students with many financial obligations, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of our money.  It only takes a few purchases and the next thing you know, you can find yourself behind on rent, short on cash, and maybe even calling home for some extra help. Luckily, all it takes is a few minutes to budget and your money will be well-managed for that future time period. This article is all about helping CWIB’s members get better at controlling their finances. Once you graduate and enter the real world, you are going to have a lot more expenses to keep track of, so why not start practicing now?

Where To Start

   Sometimes we make purchases without thinking. Start by looking through your bank account and keeping track of what you spend. Whether it’s in an excel spreadsheet or in a physical notebook, writing down your purchases is helpful for looking back and seeing which areas you’re spending too much in. Excel even has multiple templates that will analyze your spending and saving for you. All you have to do is plug in the numbers!

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Getting Down to the Numbers

        In the same notebook or spreadsheet, make a list of your expenses for the month and allot a specific amount of money to cover these expenses. For example: rent-$500, groceries-$45 per week, gas-$80, and entertainment-$60. Don’t forget to set aside money for miscellaneous purchases, such as lunch with a friend, Benny’s on Friday night, or school supplies. If you find that you’re having trouble with spending more than you budgeted for miscellaneous spending, take cash out of your bank account and use that instead. Then once it’s gone, don’t take out more until the next month/week.

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Budgeting With Your Phone

If you want to keep a closer eye on your budget and expenses, using a mobile app is a great way to go! Here is a list of some apps that not only make budgeting even easier, but will also remind you when to pay your bills, calculate your credit score, and more!

  1. Mint: Personal Finance & Money – This app is free and puts all your financial statements in one place, tracks your spending and credit score, and reminds you to pay your bills.mint
  2. Fuget: Budget Planner Tracker – A free app (that also offers an upgrade for purchase) that keeps budgeting simple and easy. This tool tracks income and expenses and maintains a balance so you know how much you have left to spend.image
  3. Clarity Money Budget Manager – Besides helping you find and cancel unnecessary subscriptions, track expenses and savings goals, and keep tabs on your credit score, this app is completely free!clarity
  4. EveryDollar Easy Budgeting App – With optional in-app purchases available, EveryDollar offers free features of a personal budget planner, expense tracker, connections to savings experts, and more.image (1)


Saving? What is That?

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        Trying to save up for a new laptop or that new outfit you want to buy? Set specific saving goals with a certain item in mind to motivate yourself. Try to put small amounts of money every week or month and save up for it a little at a time. In some mobile banking apps, you can set savings goals within your savings or checking accounts and when you put money into that goal, they’ll keep track of how close you are to reaching it.

If you sit down and spend a few minutes every week or month to dedicate to organizing your spending, budgeting will become a breeze! Keeping track of what you purchase, taking out cash for spending and setting specific saving goals will help you stop stressing about money so you can focus on your classes and preparing for your future!


By: Abby Perkins 



Here She Comes- Introducing Heineken’s First Female CEO

One of the main goals of The CWIB Chronicles is to empower our readers so that they have the confidence to chase after their professional dreams, no matter how big they may be. Being a woman in business has always been somewhat of a challenge. This is represented by the fact that, according to Business Insider, there are currently only 25 female Chief Executive Officers (CEO) out of all Fortune 500 companies. Fortunately, there are some pretty spectacular women who have been breaking the glass ceiling and showing us that our dreams are valid. In a new series of articles, The CWIB Chronicles will be highlighting some of these women, starting with the first female CEO of Heineken.

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What better way to start with a splash than with our first feature, Maggie Timoney? Timoney rose through the ranks to become CEO in a business where it is even rarer to see a woman in charge, the beer industry. According to the website Bravo Alpha, a study conducted at Auburn University found that only 29% of women represented brewery workers.  This statistic may be so low simply because of the fact that over the years, the beer industry has often appealed more to men. This is further exacerbated by the fact that the number of women who are sole founders or owners in the beer industry is only between 2 and 4%, this statistic was pulled from The Guardian.

          However, on September 1st of this year, a huge push for more female representation was made when Heineken made Maggie Timoney the first female CEO of one of America’s top five beer producers. As reported by the website Food & Wine, Timoney began with the company in 1998. The Heineken Americas Region President had nothing but great things to say about Timoney when making the announcement. Highlights included, “Maggie is a competitive and energetic leader who is known for inspiring the team,” and “she has the right mix of strategic vision, people leadership and grit to ignite future growth for Heineken USA.”

          Timoney has been making great strides her whole career. Her profile on Bloomberg states that at Iona College, she was a huge asset to the women’s basketball team, setting a school career scoring record and is currently a member of the Iona College Sports Hall of Fame. She graduated from Iona College with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration, and then went on to become the captain of the Irish National Women’s Basketball team. As for her professional career, Timoney began her professional corporate career at  Sound Distributing, an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler. After switching over to Heineken, she held many positions including Managing Director of Heineken Ireland Limited, the Chief People Officer of Heineken USA, and finally the Chief Executive Officer.

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Let Timoney serve as an example, her competitive drive and desire to excel led her to serve in one of the top positions in all of the beer industry. It is a very impressive feat becoming a CEO in an industry that has been dominated by men all of its existence. Timoney, however, does not let this define her. According to Brewbound, when asked in an interview what “different perspective” she would bring to the beer industry, Timoney said, “I’ll be judged on my results, not on whether I’m a male or female.” We look forward to seeing the success this powerful individual will bring to the Heineken brand.


By: Cara Yates

Dressing Professionally as College Students

Having the proper business clothing is essential for looking and feeling professional at campus career fairs, company networking events, CWIB treks, and other professional events. Here are three business clothing tips to help you feel confident and make good first impressions on those recruiters!

1. Be knowledgeable

First, knowing what type of business attire the event requires is important when planning what to wear. The dress code will vary based on the type of event. There are two categories of business attire that are commonly used: business professional and business casual. Business professional is formal business attire and usually calls for a suit jacket or blazer, a collared shirt or blouse, dress pants or a knee-length skirt, or a professional dress. Business casual attire is presentable, yet less formal than business professional attire. There are many types of clothing that can be considered business casual, such as chino pants, blouses, sweaters, and more. Avoid clothing that is too casual such as, leggings and t-shirts. Remember, what you wear is the very first impression a person gets of you when you meet them. Looking professional is the first hint that you CWIB members are what the recruiters are looking for!


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2. Be bold

Dressing professionally doesn’t have to be boring or something you dread. Adding your own unique touch to your business outfits is a great way to show off your personality! Some examples of subtle ways to spice up your outfit are wearing a maroon blouse under your blazer (Go Hokies!), sporting a light blue ring if that’s your favorite color, or tying a simple handkerchief scarf around your neck. Remaining professional while doing so is important, so try to avoid clothing that is bright and flashy.  


The 2016-2017 leadership team adding some personality to their business casual outfits at a monthly meeting!

3. Be comfortable

Many professional events keep you on your feet for long periods of time. Lines to talk to popular recruiters at Business Horizons can be long, plus you have to walk around Commonwealth Ballroom multiple times. Therefore, try to wear clothing and shoes that you are comfortable in. Pick stretchable or loose clothing and short-heeled or flat shoes so you’re not worrying about your outfit while trying to get a job!


Networking events, like Power Panel, require a lot of standing!

Dressing professionally as college students should not be something to stress over! If you’re lost, obtain some basic business clothing pieces to have on hand and slowly add to your professional wardrobe once you learn what works best for you! Next month has a lot of different professional events going on, so make sure you have the appropriate attire ready!