Women now make up more than half of the incoming classes in the top U.S. universities, but still only a small fraction of CEOs, board directors, NGO and government leaders. The Kellogg School of Management has identified three critical key decision points or “pivot points” (launch, mid-career, executive) where women face career barriers that are unique culturally and biologically.
On May 8th and May 9th, Kellogg will convene its first-ever Global Women’s Summit. The Global Women’s Summit will bring together exceptional women leaders, including featured speaker Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount Pictures, Dean Sally Blount and Ellen Kullman, former CEO of DuPont, to share advice, insights and counsel from women on how to navigate each of these pivot points – including topics like managing up, leading in a biased world, and making bold moves to advance your career.
The event will bring together more than 800 Kellogg women in Evanston. Kellogg will share these inspirational insights and crucial advice broadly by live-streaming fourteen of the event’s sessions.
Tuesday, May 8th
3:30 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Dean’s Welcome – Navigating the Key Career Pivot Points for Women
3:55 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.
Kellogg’s Investment in Women
4:35 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
A Conversation with Hollywood Leading Lady, Sherry Lansing
Wednesday, May 9th
Session 2: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
How Bold Moves Can Make Your Career
Session 4: 10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Negotiating for Yourself on Your Way In, Up, and Out
Session 5: 12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
What We Wish We Had Known: Lessons To and From Our Children
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dean’s Closing and Call to Action
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to stream these thoughtful conversations about the roadblocks women face on their route to the C-suite.
A Note for Female MBA Applicants
Business schools have really ramped up their efforts to recruit and groom future women leaders, so if you’re a woman planning on pursuing an MBA, make sure to take advantage of every available opportunity. During the school research phase, a great place to start is at a workshop event for women hosted by the program you’re considering.
While you’ll also want to attend general information sessions, these diversity events allow you to meet and network with other prospective students, current students, alumni, and faculty, as well as provide a chance to listen and ask questions about the specific opportunities for woman in the MBA program.
In the last five years, women’s enrollment at Forté Foundation member schools has steadily gained each year, according to a report released in December. Fall 2017 saw 17 schools that had 40% or more women enrolled (including Kellogg), up from only two schools that reached this milestone in the fall of 2013.
Despite some barriers, real or perceived, women considering business school should know the MBA degree truly is the one of the best ways to transform their career by giving them the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful.