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Seven Schools Join Forces for Events Focused on Women in Business School

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Starting next week, seven leading business schools will host a series of events around the country designed to showcase the value of the MBA for women and the experiences of women in business school. Participating schools include Michigan’s Ross School, the Haas School at UC Berkeley, Cornell Johnson, UVA’s Darden School, Duke’s Fuqua School, NYU Stern and the Yale School of Management.

Admissions representatives and alumnae from all the schools will gather for each of five events, scheduled for Chicago, Washington, DC; New York City, Boston and San Francisco. The events will each feature a panel discussion in which female alums from each school will discuss the implications and value of an MBA degree for women in business today. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet fellow prospective applicants, network with alumnae, get tips on the application process and learn more about life on campus and recruiting.

There is much talk these days about the percentage of women that make up leading MBA programs, but as Ross Admissions Director Soojin Kwon points out, there are limits to numbers and percentages. “Percentages are seen as a proxy for inclusiveness—the higher the percentage, the more a community will listen to a group’s ideas, provide them with pathways to opportunities and promote their leadership,” Kwon wrote in a recent blog post. “But here’s the shortcoming of percentages: They don’t give you a sense of a school’s climate—i.e., what it actually feels like to be there and what can be accomplished when you are there.”

This series of events featuring alumnae talking about their experiences is designed to give prospective applicants greater insight into the climate of these seven schools than numbers or percentages might provide.

All events are free, but advanced registration is required. For dates and times, location and registration details, click on the links below:

Chicago – July 14
DC – July 14
NYC – July 15
Boston – July 16
San Francisco – July 21