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Wisconsin School of Business Joins White House Effort to Expand Opportunities for Women in Business

By Wisconsin School of Business

August 5, 2015

WSB leads as among the first business schools to commit to best practices that will prepare women for workforce of tomorrow

The Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is taking part in a convening at the White House today hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Council of Economic Advisors. The convening brings together business schools and business leaders to focus on expanding opportunities for women in business.

As part of the event, the Wisconsin School of Business has become one of the first 47 business schools to make the commitment to a set of best practices that will help women succeed in business school and throughout their careers, while also better preparing students to lead in the 21st-century workforce. The best practices by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) include:

  • providing access to business schools and business careers;
  • modernizing curriculum to educate students on how to lead organizations that best utilize the diverse talents of employees;
  • working to bring a diverse group of leaders and leadership styles into the classroom; and
  • ensuring career services that go beyond the needs of traditional students.

“As one of the top public business schools, we are excited to partner with the White House Council, other top business schools, and the business community to effect change for women,” says François Ortalo-Magné, the Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Today’s commitment at the White House reflects our focus on diversity and inclusion.”

The White House event will identify areas where the business community and business schools can work together to adopt to the changing needs of the workforce, in addition to including other stakeholders in a conversation on recruiting, training, and retaining leaders for the 21st-century workplace and the importance of implementing policies that work for families.