Applications due March 13 for the event on April 7.

The Mike Ilitch School of Business will host the first The Committee of 200 Reachout for Women’s Business in Michigan on April 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center. Female MBA students are welcome to participate in discussions and networking opportunities with a chance to win $10,000.

C200 is an international group of over 400 members, including top CEOs and entrepreneurs, that represent more than 100 industries around the world whose primary mission is to foster, celebrate and advance women’s leadership in business.

Toni Somers, associate dean of the Ilitch School and co-director of the Institute for Leadership and Diversity, said the theme of the conference is “The Motor City: Women at the Wheel.”

“We’re inviting students to spend the day with some of the most accomplished women in Michigan and [in] the nation at the Committee of 200 Foundation’s signature ‘MBA Reachout,’” Somers said. “C200 members, CEOs of major companies and leading entrepreneurs, joined by women in key management positions in Michigan companies and in national government posts, will share their experience and insights at a full-day event. Women who want to become future business leaders will spend the day with them in round table discussions and networking sessions.” 

According to the C200 website, the MBA Reachout programs will provide support and inspiration through participating in panels, roundtable discussions and networking with students to provide support for their leadership careers in business. 

Wayne State alumna Olta Sota, who is involved in planning the conference, said the reachout comes at a great time to witness the new wave of women entrepreneurs and leaders in Detroit.

“This is a pivotal moment in the metro Detroit area and Wayne State is in the middle of it all, especially with the Mike Ilitch School of Business in the heart of Detroit,” she said.

Sota said three students who attend will have an opportunity to receive $10,000 with “no strings attached.”

“C200 Scholar Awards are provided to outstanding women MBA and graduate students who exemplify extraordinary leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to supporting other women. C200 Scholar Award recipients will receive both a financial gift and access to unique learning and networking opportunities,” according to the conference website.

“The winners will receive a monetary award in the amount of $10,000 toward their education related expenses. C200 will provide Scholar Award recipients with incomparable access to its Scholar Network and interaction with our members through networking and learning opportunities.”

Students interested in applying for the award must download and complete the application and submit it via email to Kiantee Jones at by March 13. Finalists will be asked to interview in person on April 6 and award recipients will be announced at the conference.

“Through these intensive events at leading universities both in the United States and around the world, C200 members connect with young women and share their expertise and insights to inspire future women business leaders,” according to the C200 website.

Although the “C200 Reachout” is geared toward women MBA students, Sota said the event is also open to junior and seniors in the business school with high standing. For students who are interested in coming to the event, but do not fit the criteria, she said to reach out to the business school about attending.

“We are hoping this will be an opportunity to start a relationship with executives,” Sota said.

Students can now RSVP for the conference. For more information about C200 Reachout for Women’s Business Leadership, visit

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