Welcome to WAIB


Established in November 2001, Women of the Academy of International Business (WAIB) is a sub-group of the Academy of International Business. WAIB has three main priorities: providing a forum for networking among WAIB members; mentoring; and promoting research on gender and gender-related issues in international business. 

WAIB has a strong presence at the AIB annual conferences as well as at local and regional meetings. Every year, we come together to exchange ideas, research results, personal or group successes, challenges, and exciting plans for the future. We host a members-only reception where we announce WAIB awards, and network and socialize with friends and colleagues. These activities give all of us an opportunity to build new relationships. In particular, junior scholars meet senior scholars and hear their insights from many years of research and teaching. Enthusiasm emerges for new projects, and co-authoring possibilities are discussed.


Amanda Budde-Sung, WAIB President

Dear WAIB Members and Supporters,

I am honored to have been selected to serve you as WAIB President for the 2019-2021 term. One of my goals for this WAIB Board is to encourage research on gender issues in international business. I am joined by a fantastic board, which is actively supporting this goal. WAIB Research Officer Amir Shoham is developing panels and research seminars to spotlight and support gender research. Chapter Liaison Saba Colakoglu is working with AIB chapter conferences to develop mentoring sessions, paper symposiums, panels, and workshops. WAIB offers a Best Paper award, an Emerging Scholar award, and a Woman of the Year award at the annual AIB conference, and we also sponsor panel discussions and research symposia at the annual AIB conference as well as at chapter conferences. Please keep our awards in mind as you prepare papers for submission to regional and annual AIB conferences.

A second goal is to promote research and career networking opportunities among WAIB members, and to support female scholars within the IB community. WAIB Vice President Dana Minbaeva and Events Officer Yingying Zhangzhang are leading these efforts. Ana María Gómez Trujillo keeps us connected to new PhD students in her role as the Student Member-at-Large, helping us to support the research of new female scholars.

A third goal is to enhance WAIB’s visibility. WAIB Communications Officer Tanvi Kothari is working to promote greater visibility of female scholars and research on gender issues in the IB community. She maintains our WAIB presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and makes sure WAIB members are informed of upcoming events. Please forward any news articles or research that would be of interest to WAIB members to her, so she can post them on our social media platforms.

A fourth goal is to further the WAIB Helping Hands program, created by WAIB Founder, Lorraine Eden. This program makes it possible for lower-income female scholars to attend the annual conference. For this, your financial support is needed. WAIB Secretary-Treasurer, Lyn Amine, will be reaching out to both institutions as well as WAIB members for support.

Thank you, WAIB community, for all of your support! We look forward to seeing you at the next AIB conference!

Amanda Budde-Sung



Lorraine Eden


Lorraine Eden, WAIB Founder

Women in the Academy of International Business (WAIB), a networking group for women in the Academy of International Business (AIB), was the brainchild of Lorraine Eden, a professor at Texas A&M University. She first conceived the idea at the 2000 AIB Phoenix meetings; the idea became a reality a year later at the AIB Sydney meetings. For a history of WAIB's early years and some thoughts on possible future directions, please click the link to read "WAIB - Back to the Beginnings."

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