As a school, Imperial has a commitment to gender parity and helping women progress within business through access to education. In the recent Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2016, the Imperial Executive MBA was ranked number 1 in the UK for the proportion of women on the programme. In February 2017 we welcomed a new Executive MBA class and, with 40% being female, one of the most noticeable things about the new class is the number of women in the cohort.
Becoming part of the Imperial College Business School community means gaining access to a network of inspiring female role models. Our female students have been consultants, project managers, research scientists, marketers, finance professionals, analysts and entrepreneurs. They join us from banks, consultancies, energy companies, consumer brands, engineering companies, start-ups and not-for-profits. Each one has chosen Imperial to invest in her career.
Imperial College Business School wholeheartedly supports the 30% Club’s goal of achieving a minimum of 30% women on FTSE-100 boards. We are therefore pleased to offer Inspiring Women – Executive MBA scholarships to exceptional female Executive MBA candidates. In addition to the financial scholarship from Imperial, successful applicants will receive a range of support from the 30% Club, including a cross-company mentoring scheme and exclusive event invitations.
One of my motivators for getting an Executive MBA is the energy and increased focus on empowering and promoting women to senior-level executive roles. This has been particularly prevalent in the UK, where the statutory gender pay gap reporting is helping to drive this conversation and action. I was humbled to receive the 30% Club’s Inspiring Women Scholarship, and look forward to gaining skills from the programme that will give me an advantage in the board room.