Women are not a common sight in most executive suites. The number of females in C-level positions is surprisingly low. The problem is compounded by the fact that women rarely hold the roles that lead to the executive suite – even though research has shown that when women participate in leadership, companies tend to have better performance and return on investment. Yet, there are very few women in management roles, and the number of female managers decreases the further up the hierarchy you go.
In the global conversation about gender balance, it’s heartening to see that men are stepping forward as allies offering their support and backing their convictions with solid action. The number of women in the corporate and industrial workforces has risen exponentially over the last two generations, and it is expected to continue rising as longstanding cultural and social mores give way to a new order that values expertise over other demographic characteristics.
There are rising calls to press forward and progress gender parity in the business world. While there are many suggestions about how those changes should happen going forward, there are some steps that women can take right now. Insights from research papers and articles around the world offer five ways in which women can empower themselves. The first step is surprisingly actionable – Start with oneself.
INSEAD takes a look at persistent myths about women in business that need to be shattered and replaced with clear facts. Because when women have the same opportunities to rise up the ranks and take the lead, organisations do better.
INSEAD is a place packed with opportunities to learn. Every week, there are presentations, panels and workshops organised by the different Clubs and the Career Development Center. You can immerse yourself in different topics and industries, gaining insight and experience that will shape you personally and professionally. Here’s the catch… there’s a limited amount of time you have available to allocate, so you must choose how to spend it wisely.
During this past summer I had the pleasure of interning with accelerateHER in London. The organisation spun out of Founders Forum a couple of years ago, in response to an increasing desire of the tech community to improve gender equality in the space.
There are rising calls to press forward and progress gender parity in the business world; the first step is to start with oneself. Insights from research papers and articles around the world offer five ways in which women can empower themselves.
It’s been almost a year since you last heard from me. You can bet that a lot has changed: the cohort I started with, '18J, has graduated; I’m the mother of an 8-month old boy, I’m doing an internship in Beijing this summer, and I’m about to move to Singapore for P4 with the '18Ds. Many students and prospective applicants have reached out to me about my experience being pregnant and being a mother at INSEAD, so here I will summarise a few thoughts on this topic: Being Pregnant
I am sure a number of you have read the New York Times article about women in tech and their experiences of sexual harassment in the industry. The article named a number of men in tech and gave specific examples of inappropriate and harassing behavior. Tech titans named in the article include Chris Sacca, Dave McClure,
At INSEAD there are more women than ever before. Female participation on the MBA programme has increased from 17% in 2005 to 30% for the 2016 classes. Learn how we are aiming to take it much higher by funding scholarships, working with organisations and more.