10,000 Women

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One of the most enlightening speeches I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing was given by Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. As part of the UNC KFBS Dean’s Speaker Series, Mr. Greenfield came to North Carolina to talk about sustainable business. He introduced many of us in the audience to the idea that business is meant for more than the bottom line, that to be truly sustainable businesses have to incorporate people, planet and profit. He said that history has shown the most powerful entities of the day have a responsibility to society and the earth, that in the past it was religion and then government and now it’s business’s turn.

Goldman Sachs recently launched a new initiative that personifies this idea of sustainable business, and is enlisting the help of top MBA programs around the world to help drive success. The program is called 10,000 WomenSM, and its objectives are to:

  • Increase the number of underserved women receiving a business and management education
  • Improve the quality and capacity of business and management education around the world

The underlying thinking is that “Expanding the entrepreneurial talent and managerial pool in developing and emerging economies – especially among women – is one of the most important means to reducing inequality and ensuring more shared economic growth.”

The initiative seems amazing, something I would have loved to contribute to in B-School. US programs including: Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Thunderbird, Michigan and Wharton are participating. If you decide to attend one of these schools, get involved!

To learn more, click here.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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