MDIA organization Women In the Music Industry, or WIMI, has had tremendous success in the 2016-2017 academic year. The organization is centered around professional networking and development for women interested in the music industry, with most members coming from the MDIA school in addition to those interested in public relations, journalism, or other aspects of the music industry. One of WIMI’s primary goals is to connect undergraduate women with professional women in the industry, especially through Skype or in-person mentoring sessions.
This academic year marks the fourth year since WIMI’s creation, and the organization is proud of its growth and accomplishments since then. This year the club organized new events such as resume building and salary negotiation workshops, events with the Ohio University Women’s Center, and more social events to encourage networking among WIMI’s members.
“Because it is not just Music Production and Recording Industry majors, it’s a great thing for women of different interests and passions to meet each other,” said Catrina Lang, President of WIMI.
“We encourage network building while we are still in school, as those are connections – and friends - that we will have through the rest of our lives,” added Lily Aey, WIMI’s PR/Digital Chair.
This is the first year that WIMI has implemented a full executive board, including both Lang and Aey as well as Diana Buchert, Vice President, and Lexie Pritchard, Secretary. The board has worked to create more structure for the group, especially with regards to scheduling regular meetings about twice a month. The meetings are designed to ensure that each member of WIMI can speak with mentors and with each other to gain professional advice and connections.
The organization has seen a spark of interest from freshmen and sophomores this year, which hints that WIMI’s growth is set to continue. Overall, the leaders of WIMI are excited about the group’s future.
For more information and to stay up-to-date on upcoming WIMI events, check out WIMI's Facebook and Twitter pages.