I would like to encourage all men to become more vocal about gender equity.
When I got accepted into INSEAD the first reaction I got when I told people, was “Who will take care of your child?” instead of “Congratulations! You can do it”. Then when I found out I was pregnant, and I chose not to defer, I was told all sorts of things, like “Think about your child, this is an impossible task, you cannot raise a toddler and be pregnant and do such an intense MBA, stop thinking you can do it all”.
A year at INSEAD allowed me to reflect deeply about female leadership. From discussions inside the INSEAD classroom to the incredible seminars hosted by the Women in Business Club, discussions on female leadership and gender equality are abundant.
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.
INSEAD has four equally important application criteria that guide our selection of an exciting, dynamic and diverse student body. The MBA Admissions team is looking for people with intellectual curiosity, personal qualities to contribute to the many INSEAD activities and a desire to stretch themselves in a rigorous academic programme. We welcome applications from around the world regardless of race, religion, gender, colour or financial status.
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.
Many subjects were discussed at the second annual INSEAD Women in Business (IWiB) conference, from diversity and gender balance to retention and engagement in the workplace.
I strongly believe that change will not happen with lip service and good intentions. This is exactly why I have taken it upon myself to be a catalyst for change by talking openly about my own actions at work. In doing so, I hope that others will be inspired in provoking change so that we take greater strides towards achieving gender equality.
The INSEAD Women in Business Club have launched a « Tell your story » initiative across both the Singapore and Fontainebleau campuses that aims to present the current INSEAD MBA female students’ inspirational life-stories. This is the story of Jacqueline Lopes, MBA '17D. Could you give us a brief introduction of yourself?