The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University is looking to increase the number of female MBAs it enrolls and also for ways it can support its female students and alumnae. To this end, the school says it is featuring a number of female-specific events, initiatives and resources that foster development and success including the Johnson Women in Business (JWIB) Conference this October.
Studies indicate that on average, women earn $4,600 less than men at their initial post-MBA jobs, and that gap only widens with time. Even so, the number of women pursuing MBAs is on the rise, therefore it is especially critical for business schools to address this gap and keep women interested in the MBA.
“Our program offerings are designed to give women the tools and resources necessary to achieve a successful career in business,” says Nsombi B. Ricketts, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Johnson. “Women face specific challenges in the workplace, but the value they provide in all areas of the business world is critical so we must continue to grow their presence in this turbulent economy.”
Johnson’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) strives to recruit women and offers a variety of services to support women currently in the program and close the gender gap. The ODI works with companies seeking to recruit female students during their studies and upon graduation. In addition, Johnson’s ODI also hosts a number of events geared for female MBAs, including the Women’s Power Lunch Series, and the upcoming annual Johnson Women in Business (JWIB) conference.
The JWIB conference, being held on Cornell’s campus from October 20-21, is a female student hosting event that allows students to learn about its MBA programs, gain valuable insight on how to position oneself as a top female candidate for MBA admissions and network with Johnson’s female students, faculty, staff and alumnae.
The Johnson School’s Parker Center is also actively involved in promoting women in business initiatives and hosts the annual Women in Investing Conference. This event was founded in 2010 by Parker Center Director Lakshmi Bhojraj, MBA ’01, to educate women about the rewarding career opportunities available to them in investment management””a field in which women are vastly underrepresented.
“It is important now, more than ever before, to empower women and provide them with insight and guidance on how they can thrive in today’s economy,” says Jodi Glickman, a keynote speaker in the upcoming JWIB conference. “I feel privileged to be part of such a significant event and hope that my presence and personal story can make a difference in someone’s life.”