INSEAD Celebrates Women – A Force Beyond Limits

Celebrating and empowering women leaders 50 years and beyond

Middle East, Asia, Europe
08 March 2018

INSEAD, the business school for the world, reaffirms its commitment to promoting gender diversity on International Women’s Day and announces the advancement of its iW50 campaign with a series of events celebrating 50 years of women at INSEAD.

In 1967, INSEAD became one of the first business schools in the world to admit women to its MBA programme when it welcomed Hélène Ploix (MBA ’68) and Solange Perret (MBA ’68) to the Fontainebleau campus. Paying tribute to the 50-year milestone of its first female MBA graduates, the school has launched on 12 September 2017 the iW50 campaign, a year-long celebration honouring the past, present and future of women at INSEAD.

On International Women’s Day (IWD), the iW50 campaign has extended beyond its halfway point and has achieved significant milestones in efforts to increase awareness of the role of women in society and to empower women in business.  In the spirit of celebrating these accomplishments, from the 6 to 15 March, students, faculty, staff and alumni across INSEAD’s three campuses (Asia, Europe & Middle East) will be united in one global IWD celebration. The IWD programme will showcase the school's thought leadership in cutting-edge research topics, and will include screenings of thought-provoking and enlightening films as well as live music and treats.

Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean of INSEAD and Dean of Innovation and Professor of Strategy, states that,Half a century ago, in true enterprising spirit, INSEAD has made a strong statement about gender parity in education. With decades of gender diversity efforts behind us, we invite everyone to join us in this year’s INSEAD Celebrate Women events across our campuses – engaging with the men and women critical to our goal of championing gender diversity through research and education.”   

Nida Januskis, Associate Dean of Advancement at INSEAD, says that, “In 1968, INSEAD graduated its first two women MBA students. Now, the school has more than 360 women graduating. This commitment to attracting and educating top women candidates positions us as one of the top three business schools in the world for female MBA graduates – a significant feat. Moving forward, we hope to build further momentum in promoting gender diversity and contribute more to the pipeline of future business leaders who will engage the full potential of both men and women in business and society. At INSEAD, we seek to empower leaders who will positively impact the world, and we believe diversity and gender balance are key components of that endeavor.”

Find out more about INSEAD IWD programme at:
Europe Campus
Asia Campus
Middle East Campus

On 29 June 2018, the iW50 campaign will culminate with the iW50 Summit at the INSEAD Europe Campus in Fontainebleau. 

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching.

With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), INSEAD's business education and research spans three continents. The school’s 145 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,400 degree participants annually in its MBAExecutive MBAExecutive Master in FinanceExecutive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 10,000 executives participate in INSEAD's executive education programmes each year.

In addition to INSEAD's programmes on its three campuses, INSEAD participates in academic partnerships with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia & San Francisco); the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University near Chicago; the Johns Hopkins University/SAIS in Washington DC and the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York; and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Asia, INSEAD partners with School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. INSEAD is a founding member in the multidisciplinary Sorbonne University created in 2012, and also partners with Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

INSEAD became a pioneer of international business education with the graduation of the first MBA class on the Fontainebleau campus in Europe in 1960. In 2000, INSEAD opened its Asia campus in Singapore. And in 2007 the school began an association in the Middle East, officially opening the Abu Dhabi campus in 2010.

Around the world and over the decades, INSEAD continues to conduct cutting edge research and to innovate across all its programmes to provide business leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere. These core values have enabled us to become truly "The Business School for the World”.

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