From the president

Phoebe Williams, a second-year student at Illinois College, is a blossoming student leader who is passionate about creating welcoming, diverse business environments. Phoebe has risen to become a valuable member of the Career Readiness and Experiential Learning student work team and was a participant in the first-year summer bridge program for underrepresented students. She will be utilizing the skills learned in these roles, as well as the fellowship, to pursue additional leadership opportunities during her time at Illinois College in pursuit of a future career in business.

Barbara Farley


Illinois College


Personal Statement

As a Business Administration major, I have gotten a lot of first-hand experience of what a business formal environment is “supposed” to look like. Being a biracial young woman from downtown Chicago, I know what diversity can be, and if there is something I’m passionate about it’s helping create and foster diverse opportunities in business formal environments. I was fortunate as an elementary student to have found Girl Scouts to pour my time, energy, and dedication into for 8 consecutive years, but not everyone got that. Not everyone was able to see women or women of color in a formal work setting and believe that could be them. Through that experience I was also able to find my passion for management and the functions of running a successful business. I want to continue that and help create welcoming environments for diversity.

Phoebe Williams

Business Administration

Illinois College