The Forté Foundation this week reports women’s full-time enrollment in MBA programs is 35 percent and higher in fall 2015 at “16 elite business schools.” This includes the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, where women comprised 38 percent of the enrollment, up from 34 percent the previous year.
In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin sits down with Vice Dean Joyce Russell to talk about the Smith School’s pledge and why it is critical to attract more women to business.
Women remain underrepresented in MBA programs across the United States, but the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is pledging to close the gap within five years. The school will announce its 50/50 by 2020 Pledge on March 5, 2015, during the school’s fourth annual Women Leading Women symposium and International Women’s Day celebration. The 2020 target will coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees U.S. women the right to vote.
On Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, the Office of Undergraduate Programs and Smith School Women’s Society at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the Second Annual Future Women in Business Conference.
Nine Tips for Maximum Potential, From the Women of Smith
Smith will take center stage Oc. 9-11, 2014, when female business leaders and students from around the world gather for the MBA Women International Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 25, 2014) — Business schools nationwide have struggled to close the gender enrollment gap, but the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has found success with new programming options and personalized attention for part-time MBA students in Washington, D.C. Overall, about 45 percent of the 160 students who started evening or weekend programs this month in the nation’s capital are women — far above the industry average of 30 to 35 percent.
New scholarships, alliances and program innovations will expand opportunities for women at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, which already offers a range of initiatives designed to empower aspiring female managers.
A Seat at the Table
Three Keys to Transformational Leadership
At work Donna Blackman, EMBA ’10, manages a team of 60 finance professionals. At home she manages two children.
Navigating the dual roles requires skill, but Blackman does not claim to have a secret recipe for work-life balance. “You cannot have it all,” she said. “Not all the time.”
A Conversation for Entire Organizations
Switching careers requires careful planning. The challenges multiply when a person tries to jump from the nonprofit sector to business. Becky Eisen, MBA ’12, faced both scenarios when she came to the Smith School.