What was once a male dominated field of study, MBA programs across the nation have been attracting female candidates as investment in female talent is key in developing today and tomorrow’s leaders. According to research conducted by Forte Foundation, only 4.8% of Fortune 500 Company’s CEOs are female even though females make up 47% of the workforce. In addition, it has been found that companies with greater female leadership achieve 53% higher return on equity, 42% higher return on sales, and 66% higher return on invested capital. It is no surprise then that companies around the world are seeking out women with MBAs. With this in mind, top business schools have been enhancing programs and creating initiatives to promote gender equality and to attract top female talent.
Dalhousie University’s CRMBA program strives to provide an environment conducive to gender diversity and equality. With 29% of females in the class of 2012, Dalhousie has increased this figure to 45% for the class of 2017. What in particular does Dalhousie do to achieve such a diverse environment and just how valuable is Dalhousie’s CRMBA program for women considering taking their MBA? Four very talented and successful women in the classes of 2016 and 2017 have the first hand experience to to give you this insight.