Starting a business is an exciting journey and many INSEAD alumni have found the support, resources and network at INSEAD that gave their entrepreneurship start a boost. We spoke to three INSEAD alumnae - who are successful business owners in their respective fields - on why they decided to do an MBA at INSEAD, how the INSEAD MBA prepared them for a life and career in entrepreneurship, and what advice they have for aspiring women entrepreneurs.
At a networking event in Hong Kong, I was asked what I do. My answer instinctively was, “Not much.” “Not much” is far from the truth.
What does ambition mean to you? Do we define success the same for both men and women? Find out how our alumni found common ground and an equal footing to soar; and discover a place that encourages your ideas, supports your ambitions and brings out the best in you. INSEAD celebrates ambitious people who place no limits on the size of their dreams and dare to push beyond barriers to conquer obstacles in their lives.
In middle management, women represent 50% and yet, less than 10% cent are in C-suite roles. So what’s stopping women from stepping up and taking on more roles in senior management? Articles and research papers by INSEAD and other institutions reveal the challenges women face at their workplace, and what both organisations and women themselves can do to make leadership opportunities available to all genders. INSEAD staff and alumni also share their views and experiences on the issue.
Men can play a big role in eliminating gender inequality.
It is still a long road ahead when it comes to gender balance in leadership, but more women are recognising the need for higher education to achieve their true potential. Financing an MBA is challenging but women are finding ways such as scholarships to help them fulfil their dreams. Some institutions and individuals are committed to supporting women and have endowed scholarships or created partnerships that avail the means for women to advance in their careers.
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.
I’d like to think I will get to the C-suite soon. And my INSEAD network will obviously help.
It’s like having a new pair of glasses.