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New Student Organization–W.O.W: Women of the Workplace, Created by COBE Faculty

image Shelle Poole

Shelle Poole

image: Leslie Koppenhafer, associate professor, Dept. of Management at College of Business and Economics at Boise State University

Leslie Koppenhafer

COBE faculty members Shelle Poole and Leslie Koppenhafer have created a new student organization, W.O.W.: Women of the Workplace. This organization will reach across disciplines to mentor, educate, encourage and strengthen female students at Boise State University, preparing them for the workplace.

A meet-n-greet is plan for interested students at 4-6 p.m. Sept. 28 in Micron Business and Economics (MBEB), Room 4201 – the Williams Executive Boardroom. Light refreshments will be served.

Once the idea started to take shape and even though student leadership hasn’t been selected, Poole and Koppenhafer acted quickly and organized the first event themselves because of the importance of having a group like this on campus.

COBE associate dean, Keith Harvey applauds Poole’s and Koppenhafer’s initiative. He is excited and proud to see COBE leading a campus wide effort to promote women in the workplace.

“Wow is the word that comes to mind!” said Harvey.

illustration of women flexing bicepFor events like group discussion, guest speakers, and/or service projects, some of the topics WOW has planned are:

  • Work life balance
  • Language/vocabulary at work
  • Breaking stereotypes
  • Supporting other women at work
  • Delegating
  • Stepping up/leaning in
  • Owning your space
  • Professional etiquette
  • Working in a male dominated culture
  • Salary negotiations
  • Multi-generational workplace

Other departments and colleges that are working to make this happen are:

  • Communications
  • Education
  • Extended Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Language
  • Nursing
  • Political Science

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