In June, the Kelley School of Business in Bloomington hosted young women from around the country for our 10th annual Young Women’s Institute(YWI). This is a chance for us to share business, Kelley and Indiana University with very talented students.
This year’s participants, with an average high school GPA of 3.8 and stellar extracurricular resumes, hailed from across the U.S., from California to Massachusetts. All of the girls are between their junior and senior years in high school. In their time with us, they interact with a dozen Kelley faculty in the classroom and also complete a sophisticated case analysis and presentation. By the time they leave us, they have a good idea of whether business generally, and Kelley more specifically, are in their future.
Some of the insights these young women bring to the classroom are astonishing. They create business ideas for a new phone app that turns on lights and makes coffee. They ask about risk, timing and hedge funds when corporate representatives from Charles Schwab are teaching. This year, they are analyzing a cooperative business in a remote part of Costa Rica, proposing business-to-business partnerships to help a developing cacao producer grow. They name and address questions of gender hegemony and corporate social responsibility. (more…)