Celebrating and empowering women leaders 50 years and beyond
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.”