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BBA Women's Council (BBAWC)


Apply to be a part of the spring 2016 BBA Women’s Council Seminar Series hereDeadline to apply is Thursday, February 18, at 5:00 p.m.


Please contact Merri Su Ruhmann with any questions.

The BBA Women’s Council is the first women-directed undergraduate initiative at the McCombs School of Business. It was launched to create a supportive structure that encourages the success of women seeking to enter the business world. The Council's roundtable forums, weekly seminars and other unique programs will include discussions of the challenges women face in the workplace, and how to prepare for success during and after college.


  • Opportunity to learn about topics relevant to women and how to better prepare for the corporate workplace
  • Connect to potential mentors
  • Receive feedback in developing and achieving your personal and professional objectives

About the BBA Women's Council

Goals & Objectives

  • Gain awareness of developmental issues and current challenges that women face in their transition from college students to business professionals

  • Increase confidence in networking skills by connecting participants with other BBA women and influential female professionals

  • Gain insight into the professional environment from the experiences and career journeys of prominent business women

  • Prepare participants for success in the workplace by developing knowledge and skills that are often not taught in traditional classroom environments

Roundtable Breakfast Forums

Held each semester, the Breakfast Forum is a flagship event bringing together BBA women and successful businesswomen to network and discuss issues that impact working women.

Weekly Seminar Series

In this small learning environment, BBA women meet on a weekly-basis during the semester to participate in open discussions about challenges facing women in today’s corporate world and engage in activities that develop professional skills and enhance self-confidence.

Women in Leadership Seminar 

Held each semester, this special event is open to all BBA students and features a woman in leadership sharing her career journey and providing advice on how to be successful.

Leadership Symposium

A morning of professional development and networking where successful business women can share knowledge and insight on key topics impacting women in business today with McCombs undergraduate business women. Topics include: leadership and professional development, career best practices, and balancing the demands of a rewarding career.


Women’s Council members connect one-on-one with a businesswoman to hear and learn from their experiences in the workplace and share gained insights with other members.

Career Treks

Women’s Council members participate in on-site visits hosted by employers to observe company culture, gain a deeper understanding of their selected major and related industries, and learn about potential career opportunities.


Who Can Apply?

Any BBA woman available Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. who can commit to the seven-week session can apply. We strongly encourage women in their second or third year at McCombs to apply. 

Member Commitment

Members of BBA Women’s Council will be expected to attend all weekly seminars. The BBA Women’s Council seminars will be held each Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Legacy Events Room.

Apply to be a Member

Apply to be a part of the spring 2016 BBA Women’s Council Seminar Series here. Deadline to apply is Thursday, February 18, at 5:00 p.m.

BBAWC Events and Dates

Fall 2015 BBAWC Dates

  • Roundtable Breakfast Forum: September 10, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; register to attend. Companies attending: Accenture, Altria Group Distribution Company, AT&T, Boeing, BP, Cambridge Associates, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Inc., E & J Gallo Winery, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Micron Technology, PepsiCo, Phillips 66, Protiviti, Shell Lubricants, Silicon Valley Bank, Target, Texas Instruments, Textron, Union Pacific Railroad, USAA, UTIMCO (The University of Texas Investment Management Company), Wells Fargo, and Yelp.
  • Weekly Seminar Series (Topics TBA): September 30, October 7, 14, 28, 21,28, and November 4
  • Company Trek (Dallas): November 6
  • Closing Session and Graduation: November 11

Time Commitment

Members of the BBA Women’s Council will be required to attend an opening session, seminars which will cover various issues for women, a closing session and two virtual meetings with a mentor. The BBA Women’s Council meets weekly from late September through early November. Meetings are held Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the McCombs School of Business.

Corporate Sponsors Fall 2015

Altria Group Distribution Company
Cambridge Associates
Chevron Corporation
Dimensional Fund Advisors, Inc.
E & J Gallo Winery
Goldman Sachs
J.P. Morgan
Micron Technology
Phillips 66
Shell Lubricants
Silicon Valley Bank
Texas Instruments
Union Pacific Railroad
UTIMCO (The University of Texas Investment Management Company)
Wells Fargo