INSEAD Women in Business Student Club
INSEAD Women in Business (IWiB) is a student club which aims to create more opportunities for women to become stronger leaders and future role models. IWiB was created in 2005 to promote awareness of gender diversity issues in the business world, across the INSEAD community, and beyond. Since its launch, IWiB has built considerable interest among MBA participants and outside organisations across all of INSEAD’s campuses. Many INSEAD students and partners have a desire to change norms and influence perceptions during the course of their careers or their personal lives. IWiB aims to be a forum for discussion and networking for anyone promoting gender diversity within the business community. IWiB also aims to leverage its alumni network and INSEAD’s existing corporate relationships to provide ongoing career services, mentorship for its members and opportunities to strengthen networking.
In 2017, the promotion of INSEAD MBA 18J launched a men-driven gender equality initiative: Manbassador. Together with the Women In Business Club, they help to tackle issues around gender equality. More specifically, Manbassador aims to get more men involved in the discussion, as they are part of the solution.
Initially started as an academic club by MBA students, Manbassador aims to create a ripple effect that spreads beyond the classroom and that reaches out to the bigger community, as part of INSEAD objective to make business a force for good.
For more information, contact Antoine Clavier, President, INSEAD Manbassador.
What is a Manbassador?
A Manbassador is a male ally to gender diversity issues who promotes gender equality.
What is the purpose?
To promote gender equality on campus and to equip men to create more inclusive workplaces by building an engaged group of men on campus who:
- Learn about gender dynamics
- Identify and understand their own unconscious biases
- Support and advocate for women
Why is this necessary?
In short, women face discrimination and challenges that men don’t as a result of unconscious (or unfortunately sometimes conscious) biases. From a workplace context, this leads to fewer opportunities for development, progression and promotion. From a moral perspective, this difference in opportunity is just wrong. From an academic and business perspective, research overwhelmingly indicates that this is negative for the performance of an organization and society more broadly. There is a lot of research that corroborates this and other related points.
What exactly are Manbassadors doing?
We organize events to break the psychological and cultural barriers to get men involved and interested in gender equality:
- Men are invited to sign a pledge of actions they are willing to take inside and outside of INSEAD
- We run unconscious bias trainings
- We created the “Guy Talks”, small social events where small groups of men speak about gender issues faced in the workplace
- We invited Guest Speakers who have established similar programs in their companies or who otherwise have expertise in this area
- We represent INSEAD and actively participate at official events focused on gender equality issues such as events organized by HeForShe and LeanIn
INSEAD Women in Business Global Club
The IWiB Global Club is a professional organisation that aims to champion women in business and to accelerate gender balance and more inclusive leadership and culture in organisations. Their mission is to promote gender equality and support the INSEAD Alumni Women in Business through networking, sharing and best practices, education, to provide support and create awareness and solutions to the issues of gender equality. The IWiB does so by joining forces with like-minded men as the IWiB believes that by leading together, we will achieve the full potential of women in business and society.
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