Women in Business Club

Women in Business promotes confidence, exploration and drive in undergraduate students. Women in Business logoThere is much to be gained from the mentoring advice, insight and discussions that occur in a supportive and cooperative setting, and the Women in Business Club aims to provide this forum to the students on campus. The club provides students with the opportunity to meet and mentor one another as they learn about the courses available to them in the Raymond A. Mason School, in addition to interview and internship advice and preparation.

Additionally, it is a valuable outlet where students can meet alumni that they can connect with on a deeper level. Women in Business hosts an annual panel at From DoG Street to Wall Street and also invites 2-3 professionals each semester to speak to both male and female students.

Please contact Ishita Gomes for more information.

Women in Business is open to any student interested in financial services regardless of race,​ national origin, color, ​sex, gender, sexual orientation, ​disability or age. To find out more click here.

2023 Club Officers

Ishita Gomes

Email: igomes@wm.edu

Ishita is a Junior from Edison, New Jersey majoring in Economics. She initially joined Women in Business during her Freshman year to be a part of a strong and supportive community of women in which business education and personal growth are fostered. Now, she is the W&M Women in Business President. As President, she wants to work with the rest of the executive board to expand Women in Business’s reach, both on campus and among our expansive alumni network. She also wants to continue to create an environment that encourages professional development and personal growth, which is what drew her to the organization in the first place. Aside from Women in Business, Ishita is also involved with several other campus organizations. She is a regular volunteer at the House of Mercy in Williamsburg through Williamsburg Engagement, the Events Chair for HEART which is an organization that raises awareness for Human Trafficking, and a member of the South Asian Student Association.

Grishma Baruah
Vice President

Email: gbaruah@wm.edu 
Grishma is a sophomore from Chantilly, Virginia double majoring in Finance and Computer Science, and is a current Vice President for W&M Women in Business. Grishma joined Women in Business her freshman year because she wanted to be part of a supportive, empowering community of people with similar ambitions and experiences. Grishma was a 2022 Girls Who Invest Online Intensive Program Scholar, and this past summer, she was a Data Analytics Intern at Dominion Energy. This upcoming summer, Grishma will be interning at Capital One as a Strategy Consulting Intern. Outside of WIB, Grishma is involved in Smart Woman Securities, where she is the current President, W&M Debate Society, where she is the Vice President of Education, Society of Women in Computing, where she is the Secretary, and is part of Students for University Advancement and South Asian Student Association.

Uma Datar
Vice President

Email: ujdatar@wm.edu

Uma is a freshman from Ashburn, Virginia majoring in Business Analytics and minoring in Computer Science. Uma joined Women in Business her freshman year because she wanted to gain more experience within the business world and collaborate with others who shared the same interests and goals. This January, Uma was an extern at Curtis&Co, a management consulting company based in Richmond. This upcoming summer, Uma will be interning at Marriott as a part of the Corporate Internship Program. Other than Women in Business, Uma is involved in the W&M Student Assembly, where she is the Undersecretary of Diversity Initiatives, Consulting Club, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, and is a Research Assistant at the Mason School of Business.

Sylva Murtinova
Vice President

Email: smurtinova@wm.edu

Sylva Murtinova is a current sophomore at William & Mary who is interested in pursuing a degree in Business Analytics with a Supply Chain concentration. Sylva currently serves as the current Co-Chief Investment Officer for SWS. She is currently exploring the many aspects of business through different clubs and organizations. Sylva is also a Co-Chief Investment Officer in Smart Woman Securities and a Boehly Center Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator. This upcoming summer, Sylva will be interning with CGI.


Lauren Trahon
Vice President

Email: ljtrahon@wm.edu

Lauren is a sophomore from Ashburn, Virginia majoring in Accounting and minoring in Kinesiology. She joined Women in Business this past year because she wanted to connect with other women with similar passions in the many fields of business. As a Vice President, Lauren strives to strengthen a community of women who share future aspirations in all aspects of business and leadership. She hopes to promote connections to nurture engagement on campus and foster skills needed for confidence in the classroom and a professional setting. Lauren is currently a member of the William and Mary Gibbs Accounting Society, the Tribe Cheerleading team, and the Chi Omega sorority on campus.

Prajakta Acharya
Vice President

Email: pacharya@wm.edu

Prajakta is a sophomore from Fairfax, Virginia who is majoring in economics and finance with a minor in business analytics. Prajakta joined women in business because she wanted to be in an environment where people with similar backgrounds support, collaborate, and motivate each other. In freshman year, Prajakta worked as a marketing and sales intern at 2020 Companies. In the upcoming winter, Prajakta will also be interning with Chonreznick LLP as an audit intern. Prajakta is also the vice president of marketing for the Gibbs Accounting Society at William and Mary. She is also involved in other organizations such as the Bhangra Dance team, Inhuman, and the South Asian Student Association.

Alina Uzakpayeva
Vice President

Email: auzakpayeva@wm.edu

Alina is a sophomore majoring in finance with a business analytics concentration. She interned in private equity last summer and will be in enterprise credit at Bank of America this coming summer. She is the Vice President of Communications but will be temporarily stepping away from duties for a semester because of being away for study abroad in Amsterdam. She joined WIB freshman year and has been able to meet some incredible friends and professionals along the way