By Aurel Toska and Pulse Staff
The stigma in the past surrounding the business field was that it was a male dominated field, however, Business Oriented Women (better known as BOW) is here to put an end to that. BOW is a student club at the University of Findlay.
Gracie Clement, the president of the UF BOW club, says it’s about helping each other and growing.
“We are a supportive group of women who promote collaboration, not competition,” Clement said in an email interview. “We participate in professional development together, but also love to socialize and make new friends within the organization.”
Contrary to the name, BOW is opened to women of all majors, not just business majors, because business is a part of almost every field. Clement and club marketing chair Kayla Reinbolt say the club is a safe space for women to come together and get advice from other successful women on tips that helped them get to where they are.
The group has worked with local business women to learn from them and grow their understanding of the workplace. One of their main contributors is Shayna Looney, the owner of the Shimmery Belle Boutique in Perrysburg near Toledo.
“She always donates to our silent auction fundraiser, has been a keynote speaker for us and has even led us in yoga classes for group bonding,” Clement said.
The club also hosts an annual networking brunch in the spring among other activities.
“Part of the brunch includes a panel discussion from local professionals,” Clement said. “Other than that, we have done golf lessons before, interview tips, movie nights, etc. BOW balances professional development and social events. We base our yearly schedule on what that year’s members want!”
The club was founded in 2019, according to Clement, by then student Logan Chapman because she wanted a group that supported women in business.
Since then the group has grown to more than 20 members according to Clement.
“I am involved with BOW because of the networking and professional development provided through the club,” Clement said. “I also love the supportive atmosphere and friendships that have come from the group!”
For Clement the experience has been a huge help in her future career.
“I personally have been able to gain more leadership skills and have grown my network through the club,” Clement said. “I have also gained many friendships through the club.”
The club is advised by Assistant Professor of Business and Assistant Dean of the College of Business Jaclyn Schalk, Ed.D. and meets every other Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the College of Business building room 221. The next meeting is Oct. 5.
You can hear more from Clement and Reinbolt on the Findlay Talks podcast which you can find on Spotify and Apple podcasts.