For our first member feature, we sat down with SWIB co-president Katherine Evers, Class of 2016. Katherine is an Economics major and Art History minor, and has accepted an offer as a consultant at Bain and Co. in New York after graduation.
Thinking back a few years, what led you to join SWIB?
I joined SWIB in the first few weeks of my freshman year. Even though I was a freshman, I was immediately impressed by the young women that were a part of the organization. Throughout my years in SWIB, I can say without a doubt that the best part is working closely with other talented, motivated young women. The mentors and friends that I have gained through SWIB will continue beyond Stanford into the working world, something that I am enormously grateful for.
What are some unconventional skills that you've gained from SWIB?
Although it sounds insignificant, one of the best skills I have gained from SWIB is my ability to write a good email. My friends actually ask me for email advice now!
What's changed most about you (professionally and personally) since your earlier years at Stanford?
Through my academics and extracurriculars (such as SWIB), my confidence has really grown since I began Stanford. I am now able to stand in front of 300 people to introduce high profile speakers such as Ruth Porat, or raise my hand in large Economics lectures to ask a question. I think it is this sense of confidence that has been one of the key changes during my time at Stanford.
#1 best SWIB experience?
Although there have been many fantastic moments throughout the years, one of my favorite experiences was walking through the Main Quad with the founders of SoulCycle after their talk at the Executive Leadership Series. Not only were they able to provide me with invaluable career advice, but we also discussed the challenges of being a female entrepreneur and the future of their business. It was a fantastic insight into what it takes to be the founder and leader of a successful business such as SoulCycle.
What was your journey in choosing your industry of choice? Do you see that changing later?
I have decided to pursue a career in Management Consulting. This decision was driven by several factors, including a desire to work in teams, to be constantly learning, and to see how the world's leaders are tackling the problems that face their businesses. I think that Consulting will provide a fantastic foundation for any career that I choose to pursue, but for now I am excited to delve into the work of a consultant next year!
Advice for interns and other underclassmen (words of wisdom)?
Throughout the job and internship search, the most important thing you can do is to talk to people. Set up as many coffee dates as possible and ask people questions about their industry, their day to day work-life balance, what they wish they had known when they were your age, and anything else that comes to your mind. Not only will you learn about their job, company, and industry, but you will be able to develop personal relationships with these people that will be incredibly useful throughout the rest of your career. Never be afraid to ask someone to take time to do this – I can guarantee that someone did the same for them when they began their career!