When Annie Wilson looks back on her experience at Cal Poly, she will always know that she left an impact. The San Francisco native and business administration major concentrating in financial management with a minor in law and society combined her personal passion for writing and her campus involvement to help found a new branch of the Women in Business (WIB) at Cal Poly: the WIB Wire.
“The WIB Wire is a student-run blog that highlights the perspectives of women in the professional world at all stages of their career. It addresses not only the adversity women face, but also celebrates those who are making strides to close the gender gap.”
Wilson also helped organize high school involvement at the Women in Business Spring Conference this year, bringing in students and administrators from eight local high schools in the county to participate in conference programming specifically designed for them.
WIB is not the only organization Wilson has worked with during her time as a student. Last summer she interned with Splunk, a data analytics company in San Francisco.
“At the time of looking for internships, I was really interested in the big data space, and Splunk was recommended when I was asking around for companies to look at. I saw that they had an opening in Event Marketing which, although was completely unrelated to my degree in finance, sounded like a really amazing opportunity to work with all functions of the marketing department.”
Wilson leveraged the analytical side of her degree and ended up landing the internship. After excelling in the position, she received an offer for a full-time position with Splunk following graduation.
Taking further advantage of opportunities in the college, Wilson also participated in the international corporate tours lead by Dean Scott Dawson in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Shanghai, China, expanding her scope on business by seeing them operate at an international level.
While Wilson doesn’t have a particular dream job in mind, she hopes to eventually be in a job that introduces her to new parts of the world, has flexibility and has a larger, social impact as an integral part of her role.