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Johnson at Cornell University Looks to Increase Female Enrollment, Support Female Students and Alumnae

In an effort spearheaded by its Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University it taking steps to increase the number of female MBA students it enrolls and to provide ongoing support to its female students and alumnae, the school reported this week.

According to a study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earn an average of $4,600 less than men at their initial post-MBA jobs, and the gap grows from there. But more women than ever are pursuing MBAs right now, and Johnson hopes through a range of female-specific events, initiatives and resources to help address the earnings gap and keep women interested in management education.

“Our program offerings are designed to give women the tools and resources necessary to achieve a successful career in business,” Nsombi B. Ricketts, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Johnson, said in a statement. “Women face specific challenges in the workplace, but the value they provide in all areas of the business world is critical so we must continue to grow their presence in this turbulent economy.”

Johnson’s ODI focuses on aggressively recruiting women to join the MBA class and to support women currently in the program as well as alumnae who have returned to the business work. To this end, the ODI cultivates relationships with companies to increase recruitment of female students for internships and full-time positions and hosts an array of events for current students, such as the Women’s Power Lunch Series and the annual Johnson Women in Business (JWIB) conference.

This year’s JWIB conference will take place later this week, on October 20th and 21st, and will include sessions designed to help prospective female applicants learn about the Johnson MBA program and how to position themselves as a top female candidate for admission. It will also provide opportunities for prospective students to network with current students, faculty, staff and alumnae.

Anne Weisberg, director of diversity at Blackrock, will kick off the two-day event at a welcome dinner Thursday night, and alumna Jodi Glickman, MBA ’02,  an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, consultant and regular blogger for the Harvard Business Review and a contributor to Fortune.com and Business Insider, will deliver the keynote address. Glickman also serves as a faculty member of the Johnson School’s Leadership Program.

“It is important now, more than ever before, to empower women and provide them with insight and guidance on how they can thrive in today’s economy,” Glickman said in a statement. “I feel privileged to be part of such a significant event and hope that my presence and personal story can make a difference in someone’s life.”

Johnson’s Parker Center complements the work of the ODI by promoting  women in business initiatives through events like the annual Women in Investing Conference. Johnson also partners with the Forté Foundation, a nonprofit committed to increasing opportunities for women in business, to offer Forté Fellowships to select women pursuing full-time, part-time or executive MBAs.

For more on Johnson’s initiatives to support prospective female applicants, current students and alumnae, click here.

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