A women’s business leadership initiative to introduce prospects to the opportunities of an MBA education — while passing along leadership lessons they can apply immediately — has sprouted into a three-city event series in late November and early December.
Carnegie Mellon University‘s Emily Archambeault conceived of the “Perspectives on Women’s Leadership Series” in August. Within weeks, she had secured support from the leadership at the Tepper School of Business and four other business schools to create the series, which will feature lectures from key women leaders and alumnae from each school.
In addition to Carnegie Mellon, support for the leadership series comes from two other Consortium schools — Emory University and Georgetown University — and two other universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt University.
“Our goal was to have an event that is different from the typical recruitment event,” said Archambeault, Tepper’s associate director in masters admissions who specializes in women’s recruitment. “We wanted to focus on the leadership development learning we could provide in our MBA programs. And, we want them to walk away from the event with immediate skills they can take to their job the very next day.”
She said the partnership among the five universities for the women’s business leadership series came together quickly. “Everyone has been really focused on making it happen.”
The consecutive three-day series runs in three east-coast cities and features noted faculty speakers on different topics each day.
Washington, D.C. (Nov. 29): Rebecca W. Hamilton will lead a discussion about personal branding. She is the Michael G. and Robin Psaros Chair in Business Administration, Professor of Marketing, at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. More information about this event.
New York (Nov. 30): Leanne Meyer will lead the discussion about negotiation and advocacy. She is director of the Leadership Development and Program: CMU Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women, at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. More information about this event.
Boston (Dec. 1): Daena Giardella will focus on improvisational leadership. She is senior lecturer at the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management. More information about this event.
Each event includes a 45-minute presentation by the featured speakers, followed by a 45-minute roundtable discussion with event participants and university alumnae designed to drive home the lessons.
“We wanted to test this and have a high-quality event. We focused on the three cities so we didn’t overextend ourselves,”Archambeault said. “I would love to see it grow into more cities next year, provided we get good feedback.”
Pictured above: From left: Rebecca W. Hamilton of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business; Leanne Meyer of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business; and Daena Giardella of MIT’s Sloan School of Management lead sessions at the inaugural Perspectives on Women’s Leadership series.