King's College London (KCL) Women in Business and Finance
Who are we?
Founded in 2014, KCL Women in Business and Finance (KCL WIBF) is one of the leading business & finance societies at King’s College London aiming to promote, inspire and provide insight to our future female leaders. With over 300 members from a diverse range of backgrounds and degrees, we strive to help students reach their full potential by bridging connections with companies, while also providing opportunities for members to acquire high-demand transferable skills and speed-up their professional development.
WIBF is a society dedicated to changing the current situation in which less than 10% of executive directors in FTSE 100 companies are women. Thus, our goal is to increase the number of female applicants to fill the gap at the bottom of the work placement scale. In particular, we are aiming to raise awareness amongst women of the benefits of a career in either Finance or Business by presenting them with various opportunities such as skill workshops, panel discussions, recruitment events and headquarter visits, to well equip them for success in their industry of choice. Nevertheless, we focus on showcasing the challenges that women might face in their career and more importantly, on how to successfully overcome those challenges.
What do we do?
The previous year, our society has enjoyed utmost success in hosting over 20 events in collaboration with our sponsors, ranging from Interview Skills Workshop with PwC, Strategy Consulting with Accenture and even Personal Branding Workshops with Morgan Stanley. We have also been very fortunate to have the support of many successful business entrepreneurs and visionaries, such as Sivan Yaari, founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa and Elizabeth Uviebinene, co-author of the book Slay In Your Lane. These were only few of the many speakers, who hosted panel discussions and talks throughout the academic year. Moreover, our partnerships with leading women business groups such as the Kit Kat Club or the Women in Finance Intercollegiate network aided us in offering our members a broad platform to develop and gain ideas and inspiration through networking.
Why are we hear to write?
Our contribution to the community consists in presenting the challenges women are facing throughout their careers and means of coping with the gender gap within different industries. We are here to give insight and gain exposure from leading companies and successful entrepreneurs for our future female leaders. Focusing on gender diversity is the greatest mean for businesses to attract strong applicants and increase their competitive advantage.