How MBA Programs Can Empower Women in the Workforce

Julie McReynolds, director of operations at the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), and AACSB's vice president and chief knowledge officer, Juliane Iannarelli, talk about ways that MBA programs could be more impactful in order to help give women the necessary skills needed in the workforce.


Juliana Iannarelli: [00:15] As you interact with your members, your professional members, and your student members, what kinds of things do you hear that might be ways that MBA programs themselves could be more impactful in order to help give women some more of these skills upfront?

[00:34] Also, to help the women and men graduating from these programs become leaders of workforces that are diverse and inclusive of different types of individuals?

Julie McReynolds: [00:46] A couple of areas that we see a lot of programming is the different management styles.

[00:54] Schools have done a great job about teaching the foundational things, the foundational knowledge, that's needed to run a business and succeed in business, but suddenly, you've graduated with your MBA, and you're a manager.

[01:13] You've never managed people, so more education around managing people. Now that we have so many different age groups within the workforce, between Baby Boomers, and I guess, Gen X, and Millennials, there's a lot of different personality and workforce styles out there.

[01:41] Being able to teach about how to manage those styles is something our students have said is very important to them.

Iannarelli: [01:50] That transcends gender, but gender provides a nice framework for bringing some of those issues to the forefront.

Filmed April 2017 on site at AACSB's International Conference and Annual Meeting (ICAM) in Houston, Texas, USA.