Business schools are teaming with nonprofits such as the Forté Foundation as they strive to close the persistent gender gap in MBA programs. "The more women you have in classrooms, the more women who want to come to your business school," said Elissa Sangster, executive director of the foundation.
Stacey Cunningham is taking over as president of the New York Stock Exchange, making her the first woman to lead the exchange in its 226-year history. Cunningham started as a floor clerk with the exchange 22 years ago and most recently served as its chief operating officer.
The number of female Fortune 500 CEOs has fallen to 24, down from a record high of 32 last year. High-profile departures have included Irene Rosenfeld's retirement from Mondelez and Meg Whitman's decision to leave Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Black female executives, who are part of two demographic groups that are often underrepresented in the workplace, grapple with the challenge of "intersectional invisibility." Interviews with executives suggest that many counteract this challenge "by taking on visible, high-risk roles that helped them ascend to the upper echelons of their companies," researchers note.
An approach that helps corporations understand the biases that affect working women can help develop strategies to avoid them, write Sally D'Amato, Alexa Frank, Kelly Connors and Michelle Cho of Deloitte Consulting. This "design thinking" method "can be a powerful tool for addressing previously hidden obstacles to women's recruitment, retention, and advancement," they write.
Average applications for MBA programs rose globally by 10% since 2015, with per-program enrollments increasing by 24%, according to a report from the Association of MBAs. Data also show that women make up 35% of applications globally to AMBA-accredited programs.
The number of full-time Master of Business Administration graduates from the 10 leading business schools taking jobs in the financial sector declined to 26% in 2017 from 36% in 2012, according to data from U.S. News and World Report analyzed by The Wall Street Journal. Graduates are choosing consulting and tech jobs.
Read about the company beforehand to be prepared for questions you might get asked and think about what you want to ask the recruiter, writes Emily Moore. Refine your answers to the typical interview questions, and ensure that you have the logistics handled to get to the interview on time.
Any kind of creative activity is likely to be stressful. The more anxiety, the more you feel that you are headed in the right direction. Easiness, relaxation, comfort -- these are not conditions that usually accompany serious work.
Forté Foundation is a consortium of leading multinational corporations,
top business schools in the U.S. and abroad, and the Graduate Management
Admission Council (GMAC). Forté has become a powerful change agent directing
women towards leadership roles in business and enabling corporations to more effectively
reach and retain top female talent. It is the only organization that provides a national
infrastructure for women at all stages of the career continuum to access the information,
scholarship support and networking connections they need to succeed in business careers.
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