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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we profiled some of the inspiring female faculty members at Imperial College Business School. In keeping with this year’s official theme #PressforProgress, they each share their top tip to achieve gender parity in business.

Jolande Bot-Vos

Jolande Bot-Vos

Jolande Bot-Vos is Programme Director of the MSc Management at Imperial College Business School and also was Programme Director of the International Finance and Control programmes at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Her career has spanned consulting, financial management and academia. Over the past decade Jolande has lectured Financial and Management Accounting courses at international Bachelor and Master Programmes in the Netherlands and in the UK. Prior to her career in education, she was a management consultant at Arthur D. Little and Finance Director at a hospitality management business school.

Jolande holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Master of Science in Economics from The Erasmus University Rotterdam.

What is your top tip to #PressforProgress as a woman in business in 2018?

For me there are two important actions we can take to support the progress of women in business and society. We must remove the (hidden) barriers for women to progress in business and stimulate positive visibility of women in organisations and in society. The first relates to the unconscious biases in the recruiting and promotion processes in organisations. Actions we can take are for example bias awareness workshops and equal representation of men and women in recruitment/selection/promotion teams. The second, and equally important, is to increase the visibility of women who have already been able to progress into leadership roles. They can function as important role models for other women and men, making clear that women are as capable and successful in leadership roles as men.

Lara Cathcart

Lara Cathcart

Dr Lara Cathcart is an Associate Professor of Finance and the Programme Director of MSc Finance and MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering at Imperial College Business School. Her work has appeared in finance journals such as Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Quantitative Finance and in more mainstream practitioner publications such as Risk and Professional Investor.

She earned a Master’s degree and PhD in Finance from Birkbeck College, University of London. She specialises in the study of credit risk, derivative pricing and fixed income products.

What is your top tip to #PressforProgress as a woman in business in 2018?

Perseverance and not giving up on your goals.

Find out more about Lara in our In Conversation With... video series.

Paola Criscuolo

Paola Criscuolo

Dr Paola Criscuolo is an Associate Professor in Innovation Management and Deputy Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department. Paola teaches Innovation Management both at undergraduate and MSc level, and quantitative research methods at the PhD level. Her research focuses on the transfer of knowledge across both individuals and firms, on open innovation and on the strategic use of patents. Her research has been published in international academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and Research Policy, and in practitioner journals such as California Management Review and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Paola studied Economics at the University of Siena and she holds an MSc in Economics from Warwick University. She obtained her PhD in Economics of Technological Change from the University of Maastricht.

What is your top tip to #PressforProgress as a woman in business in 2018?

I have been very lucky in my career and my private life to be surrounded by men who were very supportive, but sometimes I had to be proactive: if I thought I deserved something, I didn’t hesitate to ask for it. Women need to stand up for things they believe they have earned.

Find out more about Paola in our In Conversation With... video series.

Dr Renata Kosova

Renáta Kosová

Dr Renáta Kosová is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Management and (since 2016) the elected Chair of the Diversity Committee at the Business School. During 2014 – 2018 (January) she was the Programme Director of MSc Economics & Strategy for Business (ESB). She teaches an economic module on “Information, Incentives and Contracts” and leads capstone Consulting Projects on MSc Economics & Strategy for Business. Her research concentrates on the areas of applied industrial organisation economics as well as topics related to international economics and business.

She earned a PhD from University of Michigan (Ross School of Business) as well as MA (Economics) from University of Michigan; MA (Economics) from  Central European University in Hungary; BA and  MA  in Business Administration from Comenius University in Slovakia.

What is your top tip to #PressforProgress as a women in business in 2018?

I guess three lessons I had to learn in a hard-way would be: believe in yourself; stay focused; and learn how to say ‘no’ to things that may not necessarily help your progress.

Find out more about Renáta in our In Conversation With... video series.

Mirabelle Muuls

Mirabelle Muûls

Dr Mirabelle Muûls is an Assistant Professor in Economics and Programme Director for MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance at Imperial College Business School. She is also a Research Associate in the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Her current research focuses on the economics of climate change, seeking in particular to understand the impact of climate change policies and climate change on firms’ emissions, energy efficiency, innovation, competitiveness and performance.

Mirabelle studied economics at the FUSL and Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and holds an MSc in Politics of the World Economy and a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.

What is your top tip to #PressforProgress as a woman in business in 2018?

Embrace the challenges and opportunities of sustainability and climate change in business!

Find out more about Mirabelle in our In Conversation With... video series.

Ileana Stigliani

Ileana Stigliani

Dr Ileana Stigliani is an Assistant Professor of Design and Innovation. At Imperial, she teaches “Management of Design” and “Design Thinking” to MSc and MBA students, and Qualitative Research Methods to PhD Students. She studies how material artifacts and practices influence cognitive processes – such as sensemaking and sensegiving, categorization, and perceptions of organizational and professional identities – within organizations. She investigates these themes in design-based companies – e.g., Alessi, Kartell, Alfa Romeo, Piaggio, and Ducati – and in Product and Service Design consulting firms – e.g. Continuum Innovation, IDEO, Live Work, Engine Service Design, etc. Her research has been published or is forthcoming in the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management and Organization Studies.

Ileana received her PhD in Management from Bocconi University, Milan.

What is your top tip to #PressforProgress as a woman in business in 2018?

Strong, charismatic and confident women are often labelled as “difficult”, and hence marginalised in the workplace. This must not stop them from standing up for themselves (and for other women), and from going confidently in the direction of their dreams. Sadly, gender equality is still a long road ahead, but it’s by fighting together for our rights and constantly raising awareness about persisting inequalities that we will be able to turn the page, eventually.

Find out more about Ileana in our In Conversation With... video series.

Katrin Tinn

Katrin Tinn

Dr Katrin Tinn is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School. She teaches Corporate Strategy and Dynamic Competition and Corporate Finance at MSc level and Microeconomics at PhD level. Her research focuses on applied theory in technological innovation, financial economics and information economics. Her most recent work is on reward-based crowdfunding, smart financing contracts and Blockchain. Her research has been published in the American Economic Review, the top journal in Economics.

She holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, an MSc in Economics from University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Economics from Tallinn Technical University.

What is your top tip to #PressforProgress as a woman in business in 2018?

Seeing other women in business more as potential allies than as competitors. Probably for historical reasons it has been harder for women than for men to succeed in industry and in business. Things are hopefully changing, there is a lot more awareness among both men and women. Great ideas do not have a gender tag: do not hesitate to communicate your own innovative ideas, and do not hesitate to listen to great ideas coming from other women.

Find out more about Katrin in our In Conversation With... video series.

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