The Women in Leadership Conference is an annual conference organized by a committee of MBA women leaders from the Rice University chapter of MBA Women International. This leadership conference was created with the objective of:
  • providing present and future women business leaders with a unique forum to exchange ideas
  • providing women an opportunity to gain thought leadership on professional development and issues important to women in today’s workforce
  • offering a significant opportunity for corporations and industry leaders to directly contribute to the development of women leaders in the community
The 15th Annual Women in Leadership conference will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Rice University. We invite you to attend this year’s conference to learn and network with these women who are innovators, influencers and inspirations in the workplace.

Attire is business casual.


Visitor parking is available in the Central Campus Garage, the underground garage beneath the Jones Graduate School of Business (McNair Hall). To park in this garage, enter from Rice Boulevard (Entrance # 20), and turn right at the second stop sign. The building and entrance to the garage will be on your left. Take the elevators at the east end of the garage to the first floor.

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National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) is dedicated to empowering graduate women in business in order to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance diversity in the workplace.

The NAWMBA chapter at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business achieves this goal through:
  • Organizing networking events with alumni, professional women, and local NAWMBA chapter members
  • Planning the annual Women in Leadership Conference at the Jones School
  • Encouraging attendance at the NAWMBA National Conference and Career Fair
  • Providing support through mentoring opportunities
  • Raising awareness through community outreach
For more information regarding the Rice Chapter’s NAWMBA programs, please visit: business.rice.edu/nawmba

Thoughts from Past Scholarship Winners

All proceeds from NAWMBA's Women in Leadership Conference go directly to supporting scholarships for female Rice MBA students.

"I have truly enjoyed being a part of NAWMBA during my time at Rice. From the first event onward, NAWMBA provided an opportunity for me to develop strong relationships with other professional women. I was able to learn from the Class of 2013's experience at school and in their job searches, and I have been able to pass that knowledge on to the Class of 2015. I believe it is crucial that women continue to take on leadership roles in the workplace, and I am confident that NAWMBA provides Rice women MBA's with the opportunity to practice and develop the leadership skills necessary to succeed. I am grateful for the NAWMBA scholarship and the women I have met through NAWMBA, and I look forward to continuing to implement what I have learned as I move forward in my career."
- Caitlin Weidig, Class of 2014

"NAWMBA has been an incredible part of my MBA experience. The organization has connected me with professional women in Houston and beyond, and it has provided me with invaluable opportunities to learn and to lead. As a member of the board this year and last year, I have worked with incredibly talented and fun women who continue to inspire me with their passion and abilities. I have loved serving the Rice University NAWMBA chapter, which has a clear commitment to the NAWMBA mission. Rice's local NAWMBA conference exemplifies this mission through a program that celebrates women in leadership. I am honored and grateful to have been chosen as one of the 2013-2014 scholarship recipients, and I am excited about continuing to serve the organization throughout the school year. "
- Jennifer Richards, Class of 2014

"The National Association for Women MBAs is an amazing organization dedicated to empowering women and I am honored to serve as the Rice Chapter President for the 2013-2014 academic year. Our Chapter Board has organized numerous impactful events to enhance the professional development of our student members and position them for success in leadership positions across business industries. I am grateful to be the recipient of a NAWMBA scholarship and feel honored to be recognized by an organization whose mission I feel passionate about."
- Emily Hampton Collins, Class of 2014  

About the Jones Graduate School of Business

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is one of the world’s leading business schools. Named in honor of the late Jesse Holman Jones, a prominent Houston business and civic leader, the Jones School is distinguished by its strong foundation in accounting, finance, marketing, and management with areas of excellence in energy, entrepreneurship, and health care.

Degreed programs include the Rice MBA, MBA for Executives, and MBA for Professionals as well as joint MBA degrees in medicine, mechanical engineering and professional science. A PhD in Business attracts candidates aspiring to become faculty members at business schools in prestigious research universities internationally. The Jones School also provides an undergraduate business minor and full schedule of non-credit executive education open enrollment and customized courses for business and industry along with certificates in finance and accounting, health care and marketing.

To learn more: business.rice.edu

Event Information Title

15th Annual Women in Leadership Conference
Friday, February 6, 2015
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
McNair Hall, Rice University