Anjana Melvin, President

Anjana is a business administration senior concentrating in quantitative analysis, and the President of Women in Business. This is her third year on the executive board, having held the position of Editor in Chief of The Wire for the previous two years. As President, Anjana oversees day-to-day and year-long programming, acting as a facilitator and support system for other board positions and as visionary for WIB’s mission and future growth. She acts as the main representative of the organization, both within the College of Business and with industry professionals, which pertains especially to representation at on-campus presentations, meetings, sponsor events, etc. Outside of WIB, she is also a market research intern at MINDBODY and post-grad she hopes to pursue a career in marketing analytics or market research.

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Lauren Ross, VP of Development

Lauren is a Business Administration senior concentrating in Accounting and minoring in French. This is her second year on the executive board, having previously served as the Director of Activities, but she has loved being a member of Women in Business since her Freshman year. As VP of Development, Lauren is responsible for the development of relationships with alumni, professionals, corporations and other organizations to further the goals and mission of the organization. She works with the Professional Advisory Board to cultivate relationships with external resources and develop programs to reflect the current professional environment. Outside of WIB, Lauren is a Student Assistant at the Mustang Success Center and has accepted an offer to work full-time as an Audit Associate at KPMG after graduation.

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Frankie Galuppo, VP of Activities

Frankie is a second year Business Administration major concentrating in Marketing Management and minoring in Psychology. She became involved in WIB during her first quarter at Cal Poly as a mentee in the Entry Engagement freshman launch program. As VP of Activities, Frankie will be organizing Entry Engagement, monthly meetings, and “Women in the Workforce”, a series of female speakers highlighting diverse career paths. In this role she hopes to create strong bonds through mentorship, promote skill-building, and increase retention of members. During the summer of 2019, Frankie worked as an Orientation Leader for Cal Poly and is excited to apply what she learned about collaboration and guidance to WIB.

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Kanika Chaudhary, VP of Outreach

Kanika is a business administration junior concentrating in accounting and information systems. She has been a part of WIB since her first quarter at Cal Poly. Seeing how passionate and driven WIB members were at a club showcase inspired Kanika to get involved and since then, she has been an active member of the WIB community. Through her role as VP of Outreach, Kanika hopes to build and strengthen relationships with community members and organizations, both internal and external to OCOB. Via collaboration, she hopes to organize self-care, volunteering, and skill-building events throughout the year. Outside of WIB, Kanika is the current Cal Poly CalCPA Ambassador and Woods Humane Society volunteer. During Summer 2019, Kanika interned as an IT Audit and Assurance intern for KPMG and has now accepted an offer to work full-time after graduation.

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Nicole Walsworth, VP of Programming

Nicole is a business administration junior concentrating in information systems and minoring in computer science. She has been involved with WIB since her first quarter at Cal Poly through the Entry Engagement program. This program gave her the first glimpse at the supportive community WIB has built within OCOB, and she moved on through the programming WIB has to offer as both a participant and a mentor. In her role as VP of Programming, she and the Director of Programming will lead the Women’s Business Leadership Academy, various professionalism workshops, and serve as liaisons for the Women’s Career Development Bootcamp at Salesforce. Through these programs, she hopes participants and mentors alike gain confidence and business acumen needed to support their aspirations. Outside of WIB, she is an Associate Consultant with Mustang Consulting Group. During Summer 2019, Nicole was a Value Management Intern at ServiceNow.

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Tessie Miraki, VP of Finance

Tessie is a business administration senior concentrating in accounting. This is her third year on the WIB executive board, having previously served as the Director of Finance and Director of Operations. As VP of Finance, Tessie oversees the sponsorship and membership for WIB. She also creates and monitors budgets for all events and meetings. Her favorite part of WIB is the community it has built and continues to build. During the summer, Tessie interned as a State and Local Tax Intern at PwC in the Orange County office. She hopes to complete her Masters in Tax before returning to PwC as a Tax Associate.

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Carly Auerbach, VP of Events

Carly is a business administration senior concentrating in marketing, with minors in integrated marketing communications and psychology. As VP of Events, she is in charge of planning Week of WIB at the beginning of Fall Quarter, as well as the Defining Her Future (DHF) Conference in the spring. DHF is the largest event WIB puts on each year, welcoming over 400 students, professors, industry professionals, and members of the community. She has spent the last two years working on the DHF committee (on the marketing team and then as an Assistant Director) and is now stepping into the Director role as the VP of Events. Outside of WIB, Carly is a Student Ambassador for OCOB, sits on the Executive Board as Administrative Vice President for Gamma Phi Beta, and is in the University Honors Program on campus. Most recently she has spent her summer interning at MINDBODY’s office in San Diego on their Consumer Marketing Team.

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Xenia Chiarabini, VP of Marketing

Xenia is a business administration senior concentrating in marketing and information systems. She was first exposed to Cal Poly Women in Business her freshman year and decided to apply for the Women’s Business Leadership Academy, a decision which led to an incredible journey of self-discovery and building herself up as a leader. Three years later, she worked her way up to the executive board as VP of Marketing, a position which she is incredibly passionate about. Through her role, she collaborates with the Directors of Creative Design and Director of Public Relations in devising new, creative, and captivating marketing strategies that appeal to the WIB community while expanding the branding presence of Women in Business to engage students on-campus.

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Allie Blaising, Head of Strategic Initiatives

Allie Blaising is a communications senior and Head of Strategic Initiatives for Women in Business. This is her third year on the executive board. In her role as director of high school partnerships, she personally spearheaded WIB’s first high school outreach program launched in fall 2017. Last year, as Vice President of Outreach, she was responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects of the Women in Business’ (WIB) outreach to San Luis Obispo (SLO), Bay Area and Central Coast communities. Some of her favorite hosted events were #IamRemarkable with Google and an Entrepreneurship workshop with local SLO female founders. As Head of Strategic Initiatives, Allie looks forward to identifying opportunities for growth within the organization and working on a project close to her heart as a former transfer student.

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Hannah Blazei, WIB Wire Editor (VP)

Hannah is a business administration senior majoring in accounting and minoring in law and society. She began her career within Women in Business on the High School Engagement Committee her freshman year and has spent three years building out the high school portion of WIB’s annual DHF conference. Her sophomore year, she joined The Wire as a writer and has continued to pursue her passion for the publication. This year, she will serve as Editor-in-Chief and looks forward to expanding the Wire brand into a publication that is read by students across campus. 

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Marcela Rivera, Director of Activities

Marcela is an economics junior, concentrating in information systems. She has been a part of WIB since her first quarter after participating in the Entry Engagement program. She has also helped plan the Defining Her Future conference as a committee member and then as committee lead. Marcela loves the community WIB has given her within OCOB and the friendships she’s built with the other passionate members. As Director of Activities, she is so excited to help run Entry Engagement and monthly meetings. Outside of WIB, Marcela runs with the Cal Poly Distance Club and works for ASI Club Sports. This past summer Marcela was a Human Resources intern for Local 2 Elder and Child Care.

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Mimi Mason, Director of Operations 

Mimi is a business administration junior concentrating in accounting with heavy coursework in City & Regional Planning. Joining the WIB family her first year as a mentee in Entry Engagement and WBLA, she has continued her involvement as a mentor for WBLA and now as the Director of Operations for WIB. After hosting an unconscious bias workshop with WIB during her time as a Student Assistant Coordinator for the Multicultural Business Program, she intends to continue pursuing her passion for Diversity and Inclusion this year. As the Director of Operations, she looks forward to assisting the many activities and programs WIB has this year while creating lifelong connections with new members. When not scheduling classrooms and catering food for meetings, she is the Graphic Designer for the Dean’s Office in the Orfalea College of Business and enjoys practicing yoga and trying out new recipes. Over the summer, Mimi was a Tax Intern at Apercen Partners LLC in Palo Alto.

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Ella Ong Bamola, Director of HS Partnerships

Ella is a business administration sophomore planning on concentrating in accounting while pursuing both political science and event planning minors. This is her first year on the executive board, but first got involved with WIB during her freshman year when she participated in both Entry Engagement and WBLA. Both of these programs were amazing ways to make new friends and mentors within her major who both inspired and motivated her to apply for the WIB Board. As the Director of High School Partnerships Ella is responsible for leading the High School Outreach committee which presents workshops like professionalism and networking to local high schools. She is also responsible for organizing Wander with WIB and the high school DHF Conference.

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Winnie Lee, Director of Programming

Winnie is a psychology junior with double minors in integrated marketing communications and Child & Human Development. This is her first year on the executive board, but she has been through WBLA as both a mentee and a mentor during her first two years at Cal Poly. Through her role as Director of Programming, she hopes to bring in a wide variety of students into the programs that she will be hosting, and hopes to create a more fun and collaborative environment in the WBLA program. During this past Summer, Winnie worked at Navis as a People Success Operations intern in which she planned and executed multiple intern events, helped with university recruiting, and worked with different HR Business Partners to put together global projects. Her goal for the future is to continue in Human Resources and use her experience in both business and psychology to create the best WBLA and programming experiences yet.

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Alisha Sinha, Director of Finance

Alisha is a business administration junior concentrating in finance and minoring in statistics, actuarial preparation, and law and society. She has been an enthusiastic WIB member since her first quarter at Cal Poly by participating in the Fall Entry Engagement program. Alisha has a passion to work with women interested in entering the workforce and loves the strong female community WIB brings onto campus. During Summer 2019, Alisha interned as a Wealth Advisory intern for Bordeaux Wealth Advisors on Sand Hill Road and was inspired by her firm and all the venture capital and banking firms around her. She has garnered an interest in empowering women to take charge of their money and learn all about personal finance, which she aims to bring onto the Cal Poly campus. As a Director of Finance for WIB, Alisha will be working on solidifying relationships with corporate donors, analyzing membership, and creating budgets for various events.

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Grace Battles, Director of Finance

Grace is a business administration sophomore planning on concentrating in finance and pursuing a computer science minor. She will be spending her first year on the WIB board acting as a Co-Director of Finance. As a Director of Finance, Grace in congruence with the finance, is responsible for things like budget, reimbursements, invoicing, sponsorships, and more. During her freshman year, Grace was involved with Women in Business Leadership Academy, which she absolutely loved as it connected her to so many like-minded, strong women, and inspired her to become more involved with WIB by applying for board. Outside of WIB, she was a business operations intern at a start-up called Universal Avenue in Stockholm over summer 2019, and hopes to pursue an internship at a venture firm next summer.

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Madison Guttroff, Director of Creative Design

Madison is a graphic communication senior concentrating in design reproduction technology. She joined the executive board last year and is continuing her role as the Director of Creative Design into the 2019-2020 school year. Although Madison is not a Business student, she loves what Women in Business offers to all and is passionate about creating designs to promote such an empowering organization. She spent her most recent summer interning for Henry Schein Inc. on their Digital Technology Marketing team.

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Celeste Roberts, Director of Creative Design

Celeste is a business administration senior concentrating in marketing management. She worked with the Defining Her Future planning committee as a photographer to promote the conference and as a mentor during Wander With WIB before joining the executive board for her first time as a Director of Creative Design. She looks forward to getting closer with the organization's members and further providing all Cal Poly students an inclusive and supportive professional community. Outside of WIB, Celeste is a Business Analytics Fellow in the Orfalea College of Business and runs with the Cal Poly Distance Club. She spent her most recent summer interning for DocuSign on their Demand Generation marketing team.

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Haylie Souza, Director of Public Relations

Haylie is a business administration sophomore planning to concentrate in marketing and minor in experience industry management. Although this is her first year on the executive board, she has participated in a variety of WIB programs including Entry Engagement and Women In Business Leadership Academy. The programs are her favorite part of WIB because she feels that the sense of community and forming lasting connections is vital to one’s college experience. This is the reason she decided to further her passion for the club. As Director of Public Relations, she will be focused on promoting upcoming events and speakers on behalf of the club through media platforms and growing WIB’s presence to Cal Poly and beyond. Outside of WIB, Haylie is a Marketing and Communications Assistant at the Cal Poly Public Safety Department.

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Advisory Board

We are fortunate to collaborate with an incredible group of professional women, who work with us to develop programming and provide industry insights for our board. Advisory board members represent the follow companies: