The QS Women in Leadership MBA panel highlights the choices, challenges and the impact of pursuing an MBA – for women. IE participated in this event where the attendees benefited from superb networking opportunities with top Business Schools by Patricia Bonilla
Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the The QS Women in Leadership MBA panel in Paris. For more than one hour, we had the chance of discussing the importance of diversity in the Business School classroom and what should women be looking for in an MBA. In addition, we also talked about the main concerns and challenges that women face in organisations, and how business education empowers them by giving them a more comprehensive business toolkit to be successful in their professional lives.
The main concerns for women were whether the MBA encouraged a supporting environment for women and whether the return on investment would be the desired one. Family also plays an important role at the time of making the decision. We also went through the challenges (e.g. leadership) that women face in organisations such as the fact that men usually hold top management positions and that gender biases and glass ceilings still exist.
We encouraged women to look for an MBA that offers them the opportunity to develop a comprehensive business toolkit and teaches them how to drive organizational change, enhance their leadership skills, and be better positioned for personal and organizational success.
As a woman, an MBA will enhance your career and earning potential, as it will prepare you for leadership positions, for your chosen careers, offer you opportunities for quicker career advancement and enable you to manage work/life balance. To conclude, it gives you the confidence, the tools and the perspective to be successful.