Professionally speaking, I am the reasonable type. I have always restrained myself from doing crazy things. So, if five years ago you would have told me that I would be starting my own company in the wine business, I would have thought that *you* were mad. Let me tell you the story of how I decided to dive into my passion.
Biases permeate our society, we hold biases against ourselves and others. As we mark International Women’s Day in 2022, we spoke to a group of INSEAD alumnae to learn more about their journey to break free from stereotypes and discrimination. With this edition of Limitless, we hope to start conversations around the personal, societal, and cultural belief systems successful women have confronted and overcome. Their stories are sources of nourishment and courage, and inspire us to build a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
When Petronela Pell heard that PWN Global, a professional women’s networking organisation, offered a merit-based scholarship to INSEAD's modular Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) programme, she knew she had to seize this golden opportunity.
We live in a world of constraints - some are physical, some cultural but they are always personal. These mindsets limit our human potential to achieve great things in life and hinder experiences that not only enrich ourselves but also benefit society at large. INSEAD brings together a group of outstanding female alumnae and celebrates women who have pushed their own limits and emerged as leaders in their respective fields. Together, we inspire a new generation of thinkers, builders, movers and shakers. Join these leaders at INSEAD to create positive change.
INSEAD is a community that champions diversity and equality. As a female student, I am amazed by the amount of female leadership emerging through events, projects, and collaborations. Furthermore, the depth of discussions on gender equality, and the wonderful female role models we have in alumni and guest speakers is phenomenal.
There’s increasing awareness about gender equality across the globe. It’s a conversation that’s happening over and over again. According to a recent Atlassian survey, 80% of respondents think diversity and inclusion are important to creating a successful workplace. But unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet to help businesses achieve gender parity.
A good mentorship scheme can be the catalyst that takes a promising career to the next level. As research shows, mentors can help rising stars further their prospects, build their networks, and get concrete professional advice and guidance.
What are the meaningful ways that women and gender-diverse individuals can be hired and authentically included in a company’s leadership?
What does ambition mean to you? Do we define success the same for both men and women? In episode 4, we discuss how ambition doesn't favour any particular gender and how you can support gender initiatives in your career and leadership positions. INSEAD is committed to developing the next generation of global leaders who will change the world with initiatives such as the Force for Good Campaign and the INSEAD Gender Initiative. Find out what the next generation of leaders can do to facilitate women’s success in business? Joining us in Episode #4:
Obtaining an MBA from one of the top business schools in the world, progressing well in their careers as team leaders, and balancing work and family; these INSEAD MBA alumnae seem to have it all. We caught up with June-Mee Hong, Managing Director (China) at SMCP (Sandro, Maje, Claudie Pierlot), Rochelle Seguss, Senior Manager of Product Management at Amazon and Sabrina Ng, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Hummingbird Bioscience to understand how they define success, their leadership philosophies and their views on challenges women face in the business world.