top of page


Who We Are

BOW is a professional and social community of female undergraduates and alumnae of Duke University. We promote education, experience, and exchange between interested students and outstanding industry professionals. We aim to cultivate leadership and talent in our outstanding members to prepare them to become leaders in business.

What We Do

We help our members find career direction, develop professional skills, build a network, learn from industry leaders, and cultivate ambitious goals. To these ends, Members of BOW's Executive Board plan diverse programming events for its membership. These events include:

  • Skills workshops

  • Networking events

  • Industry-specific speaker panels

  • Talks by industry leaders

  • Social events within BOW's membership

Diversity and Inclusion

In an age of globalization, unprecedented interconnectedness, and hyper-efficiency, the business world is changing to keep pace. What began as a space dominated by white men from wealthy backgrounds has shifted to include people from all walks of life—all in the efforts of reaching maximum innovation. In other words, CEOs, world leaders, and employees everywhere have finally realized that in order to reach the best and most cutting-edge solutions, diversity is paramount.

This is why Business Oriented Women has developed the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which is tasked with diversifying BOW’s member base, building meaningful connections with other diverse organizations on campus (Black in Business, Mi Gente, International Association, etc.), and frequently opening up important D&I-related dialogue with members so that D&I is not just something we look for in applicants, but maintain among members. We firmly believe that diversity and inclusion—in terms of race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, thought, and interest—is a key part of the industry, and we want to ensure that our members are ready to thrive in the business world of tomorrow. Learn more about the work we're doing here. Learn more about LGBTQ+ allyship in BOW here.

A Sample of Past Events

Duke BOW organizes various events throughout the year that focus on career development and exposure to a number of fields within the business world. During the past year we hosted the following speakers and events:

  • Boston Consulting Group Luncheon

  • Dinner with Deutsche Bank

  • BOW-exclusive lunch with JP Morgan representatives

  • Talk by Rachel Weeks, Founder and President of School House, an ethical fashion company

  • Field trip to the McKinney office in Durham

  • Susan E. Tannehill, managing director and head of Wealth Management Investments and chief investment officer of TIAA-CREF Trust Company

  • Entrepreneurship panel featuring students and Duke graduates

  • Ryan Allis, Entrepreneur – CEO and Co-Founder of iContact and author of Zero to One Million

  • Non-profit dinner at Vita

  • Goldman Sachs Office hours with Duke Alumni

  • Women of Fuqua Panel

  • Group bonding fitness class at Pure Barre

  • Book club to discuss Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

  • Women in Business Panel

bottom of page