December 2, 2023
University of North Florida Women in Business program members Kate Los, left, and Mary Joy DiMarco, right meet with Professor Leslie Gordon, director of the empowerment program.

When Mary Joy DiMarco arrived at the University of North Florida, she majored in computer science. But as a woman in male-dominated classes, she didn’t feel her ideas were valued.

“I was very uncomfortable,” she said.

DiMarco later switched to business management and joined a new UNF student organization called Women in Business designed to empower female business students by providing mentorship, community connections and career advancement opportunities, among other things.

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“I didn’t want to feel like I did before, like my voice was not being heard,” DiMarco, now a junior, said. The intent of the new program, she said, is to show women business students that “what they have to say matters.”