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How We Can Put More Women in the MBA Pipeline – Fortune

elissa-sangsterA recent story in the Wall Street Journal reported that business schools are concerned that “the pipeline of young women may be running dry,” thanks to a drop in the overall number of students who are interested in getting an MBA. According to the Journal, some schools are reacting to the potential shortage of female applicants by reaching out to undergraduates, and in some cases, even high-school or grade-school students.

While I was pleased to read about these efforts, the reality is that business schools can’t do it alone. In my experience, parents, professors and college career officers are not speaking to women early enough about considering a career in business. When young women start thinking about a future in business early on, they can smooth their path to success. Thinking ahead will help them pick the right major, get the right internships, and take other important steps that will set them up for a promising career.

Here’s what I recommend for young women who think they may have an MBA in their future.

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2 Responses to “How We Can Put More Women in the MBA Pipeline – Fortune”

  1. Susan H.

    Absolutely! I wish my mentors had spoken with me about career options in business. As a young student with natural writing ability, I was always steered towards the public policy/government pipeline. I’m excited to start an MBA this fall as a Forte Fellow at a Forte sponsor school, but the application process and first semester would be much easier if I had had more time to prepare earlier in my career. Anything we can do to help young women visualize themselves and their many options in the business world is a positive step.