Our mission

The Intercollegiate Business Convention (IBC) is the largest student-run business conference in the world. It is also the keystone event organized by Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business (HUWIB).

Now in its fifteenth year, IBC attracts over 1,000 registrants and over 100 professionals from a diverse range of industries. Attendees will learn from four inspiring keynote speakers, interact with peers and professionals, and attend an exclusive career fair and networking sessions.

As a milestone for fifteen years of growth in size and opportunity, this year's IBC will focus on expansion and equality as we strive to bring the IBC experience to as many young women as possible. In particular, we strive to build a global support network and community of empowerment for collegiate women interested in business. We hope that IBC will continue to be a forum in which driven young women gain concrete skills and applicable advice and join a network of peers and inspiring professionals who will guide them throughout their careers.

Our Development


Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business holds its first annual Intercollegiate Business Convention, attracting over 400 students from 30 universities. 


When I chaired the second IBC in 2006, I had no idea it would reach the scale and depth of impact that it has, ten years later. The most rewarding aspect of planning IBC was working with a group of truly outstanding women who were so passionate about launching an initiative that could empower other women within the business world. I couldn’t be more proud to see that this passion continues to exists in the members today.
— Andreea Akerele, IBC Chair 2006


The third annual IBC was our first international event - we had women flying in from multiple countries, along with representation from over 30 colleges. Our team was most proud of the growing attendee list, the global diversity, and those overflowing goody bags filled with samples and products from our sponsor companies!
— Colette Hinckley, IBC Chair 2007

Speakers of IBC 2007 included Christine Beauchamp, former CEO of Victoria's Secret. IBC 2007 saw over 700 registrants, 35 schools, and 3 countries represented.


IBC was one of my most memorable undergraduate experiences, not only because of the inspiring women who spoke, but also because I continue to run into the women who attended at business school and at work even six years later. I can’t wait to see what the group of women who have attended these conferences achieve in the years to come.
— Ami Nash, IBC Chair 2008

Speakers of IBC 2008 included: Tracey Weber, CEO Travelocity; Stacey Snider, CEO Dreamworks SKG; Bobbi Brown, CEO Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.


Being part of IBC – first as an attendee, later as the Chair of the 5th annual convention, and most recently as a panelist — shaped my career. The people I met, from peers to keynotes, inspired me to be more ambitious and have remained close friends and mentors. The opportunities I have had to return to IBC as an alumna have reminded me how lucky I am to be part of this amazing community.
— Tessa Lyons, IBC Chair 2009

Speakers of IBC 2009 included Anne Sweeney, Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks.


Speakers of IBC 2010 included Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Product and User Experience for Google and Kate White, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan.


IBC is incredible as the speakers give valuable advice that cannot be taught at any elite university, but only through the experiences of successful business women.
— Michelle Foong, University of Technology, Sydney

Speakers of IBC 2011 included: Diane von Furstenberg and Alex Witt, MSNBC Anchor.


I really enjoyed attending IBC in 2012 and learned so much from my fellow delegates, as well as all the speakers. It was an exciting experience and I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in broadening their network and learning more about themselves.
— Hailey Vasyliw, University of Toronto

Speakers of IBC 2012 included: Donna Karan, CEO Donna Karan New York (DKNY); Sarah Robb O'Hagan, Chief Marketing Officer of Gatorade.


I see so many young people and women in business step back when an opportunity comes their way and listing 10 reasons why they aren’t perfectly ready. If you do that, you will miss 90% of the opportunities that come your way. You should be taking opportunities before you’re fully ready. By the time you’re fully ready, it is way too late.
— Kat Cole, CEO Cinnabon, IBC 2013 Keynote Speaker
There are ways to be a woman in business and win with it, and never feel like you’re at a disadvantage.
— Julie Greenwald, Chairman and COO of Atlantic Records, IBC 2013 Keynote Speaker


Men display less self-doubt and lead with what seems always like a sense of force and direction. We are not as familiar with women leaders, and so we question their skills. As women, we always need to work harder to prove our competence.
— Maureen Chiquet, CEO Chanel, IBC 2014 Keynote Speaker
The idea that women journalists bring a different taste in stories or sensibility isn’t true.
— Jill Abramson, Author, Editor, Journalist, IBC 2014 Keynote Speaker


When you think about change, as a changemaker yourself, think about big change, big ideas.
— Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation