Intercollegiate Business Convention seeks to empower young women who want corporate careers

Chanel chief executive Maureen Chiquet, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, and model, actress, and app developer Lyndsey Scott are scheduled to be among the featured speakers at a convention next week that seeks to help shatter the glass ceiling that holds many business women back.

The Oct. 18 event at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston is being planned by a group called Harvard Undergraduate Women In Business, or HUWIB. The event’s official name is “The 10th Annual Intercollegiate Business Convention.”

According to HUWIB, the goal of the event is “build a global support network and community of empowerment for college women who could be the next generation of corporate leaders.”


HUWIB says its larger objective is to offer additional education for its members beyond the Harvard classrooms and to “ultimately level the playing field for women aspiring to leadership positions in business.”

A press release issued in advance of the event cited data from the nonprofit group Catalyst that noted that executive-level jobs for women at Fortune 500 companies grew by just 10 percent between 2009 and 2013. More recently, those numbers have “stalled and stagnated, growing at just 3 percent in the past three years,” the release said.

“Every year we hold this event with a goal of bringing together over 1,000 college women and exposing them to the wide spectrum of career opportunities in business,” Rosalie Nathans, HUWIB member and chair of this year’s convention, said in a statement.

One expected highlight of the convention is a panel discussion titled “21st Century Healthcare: The intersection of Healthcare, Business, and Technology.” Among the scheduled panelists is Denise de Murcie, a video producer, journalist, and member of the Boston Healthcare Technology Professionals networking group.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.