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Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center

The Jane-Brock Wilson Women in Management Center is committed to supporting women’s growth and advancement from pre-college throughout their careers, and to preparing students – men and women – to lead a diverse workforce effectively. The vision of the Center is to influence research, education, and business practice on issues concerning the advancement of women in the global workforce.
  • Human Library

    The Human Library provides a platform for conversations about biases that may reduce life and career opportunities for millions of people. The “Books” in this library are individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, and each human Book provides a “Title” and “Chapters” about the biases, prejudices or stereotypes they encounter. The Book’s title and chapters guide one-on-one or small-group (up to four people) conversations with “Readers.” A Human Library Reader can borrow a Book for a 30-minute conversation. Readers are encouraged to ask questions and share their point of view, but always with respect for the volunteer Book.

    Studies show that culture plays a more important role than policies in creating opportunities for diversity education and inclusion within an organization. As future global business leaders, Krannert students understand the value of developing trans-cultural competencies in order to work more effectively with people and to better serve organizations and communities around the world.

    Date: November 13, 2017

    Location: North and South Ballrooms, Purdue Memorial Union

    Invitees: Everyone on campus and in the community

    Financial Support: $5000

    Support Deadline: October 15, 2017

    Recognition and Branding:

    • Gold – $2500: Company recognition in the event program booklet; recognition in promotional materials; Logo on the Purdue Human Library website
    • Silver -- $1000: Company recognition in promotional materials; Logo on the Purdue Human Library website
    • Bronze -- $500: Company logo on the Purdue Human Library website
  • PowerShift Case Competition

    The Center hosts an annual case competition in which students are challenged to use their skills to generate solutions for a real-world business issue involving gender diversity. The goal of the competition is to generate important dialogue and learning among future men and women leaders.

    In 2017, over 70 students participated in the competition. Each team of 4 to 5 students prepared a 12-minute presentation with their recommendations. Judges, selected from the business community and from Purdue faculty, awarded prizes to the first, second and third place teams and to three students recognized as “outstanding presenters”.

    “Participating in the PowerShift Case Competition really opened my eyes to these gender norms so when I approach my career, I’ll take those ideas with me. It’s very empowering hearing about these women that we studied and examples where they succeeded.” – 2017 PowerShift Team Member

    Date: February, 2018

    Location: Krannert School of Management

    Invitees: All undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue

    Financial Support: $9000

    Support Deadline: December 31, 2017

    Recognition and Branding:

    • Gold – $5000: Naming the event: [Sponsor Name] PowerShift Case Competition; Brief sponsor presentation at event; Identify sponsor judges; Award prizes to winners; Interaction with students; Company logo featured on website and in marketing materials
    • Silver -- $2500: Identify a sponsor judge; Assist in awarding prizes to winners; Interaction with students; Company logo featured on website and in marketing materials
    • Bronze -- $1000: Company logo featured on website and in marketing materials
  • WeConnect

    For a second year, the Center is collaborating with the College of Science to host a conference for alumnae and their guests in management and in science careers. The event will begin with networking with students and facilitated discussions of current issues facing the advancement of women. On the following day, there will be keynote speakers, workshops and panel discussions focused on developing strategies to support the success of current and future women leaders and to help organizations develop more effective and inclusive practices.

    Date: September 24 and 25, 2017

    Location: Krannert School of Management

    Invitees: Alumnae from the Krannert School of Management and the Purdue College of Science, along with their colleagues and guests; Krannert and Science students, faculty and staff

    Financial Support: $20,000

    Support Deadline: August 31, 2017

    Recognition and Branding:

    • Gold – $5000: Brief sponsor presentation or introduction of keynote speaker; Four passes to attend event; Event signage; Company logo featured on website and in marketing materials
    • Silver -- $2500: Two passes to attend event; Event signage; Company logo featured on website and in marketing materials
    • Bronze -- $1000: Company logo featured on website and in marketing materials