To get more women into MBA programs and leadership roles, schools must address "pivot points" where women tend to opt out of the business world for various reasons, Sally Blount, dean of the Kellogg School of Management, writes in this commentary. Innovative firms will lead the way by being more mindful of ways to help and encourage women to pursue MBA degrees, Blount asserts.
A number of executives -- including Angela Ahrendts of Apple, Maryam Banikarim of Hyatt and Eric Sprunk of Nike -- wrote letters to their daughters as part of a campaign from the search firm Egon Zehnder. Among other things, they advised their daughters to be honest and fearless, and to live in the moment.
High-paying jobs increasingly require strong interpersonal skills, which is helping women excel in these areas, research shows. Men continue to hold the majority of these jobs, but women have seen their prospects improve, the research revealed.
There has not been a significant move toward gender equality since "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" was published four years ago, according to Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg. In this interview, Sandberg discusses the issues facing single mothers and why proponents of equality can't afford to have low expectations.
Women hold one-fourth of senior management roles around the world, according to a report from Grant Thornton. That was a modest improvement from 2016, but the report found that the percentage of companies with no women in senior leadership also rose.
Data reveal a growing interest in entrepreneurship among prospective MBA students. Schools have responded to this trend in various ways, including offering innovation centers and recruiting at startup incubators.
More business schools, such as the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, are offering students the chance to add socially conscious elements to their studies in areas such as environmental sustainability. Students say the approach allows them to use private sector business strategies to solve larger social problems.
Professionals can take control of their career trajectories by regularly checking job ads to see whether there are any skills they need to cultivate to be competitive, career-management expert Martin Yate writes in this commentary. Skills everyone needs, Yate notes, include writing resumes, networking and negotiating.
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