Since 2013––the 50th anniversary of women being admitted to the full-time MBA program––the School has undertaken a wide range of efforts to promote inclusion and accelerate the advancement of women leaders who make a difference in the world, focusing on areas where alumni urged and where HBS felt it could have the greatest impact––in areas such as increasing the number of women case protagonists and strengthening the curriculum., in enhancing alumnae connectedness, and in effecting change in business and society.

This site has been designed to provide you with information and access to programs, resources, recent articles, and relevant links related to women in business and society, as well as links to the W50 celebration at HBS in 2012-13.

Programs for Alumni
Women on Boards program
Alumnae Circles
Women’s Association of Greater New York

Academic and Campus Links
Gender Initiative
Women’s Student Association

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of women being admitted to the full-time MBA program in 2012-2013, Harvard Business School, in conjunction with the Culture and Community Initiative, hosted a series of special events, programs, and exhibitions that explored the past, present, and future of women in leadership in business and civic life.

50th Anniversary Events

Following are highlights of the 50th anniversary celebration at HBS:

  • Sheryl Sandberg addressed the graduating class at Class Day 2012.
  • HBS faculty convened an academic conference on campus to discuss issues surrounding women in leadership.
  • We celebrated alumnae leaders and explored issues around women and work in the HBS Alumni Bulletin in December 2012 and March 2013.
  • The annual Women's Student Association Dynamic Women in Business Conference in February 2013 drew a sold-out audience for keynote speakers and panel discussions.
  • HBS faculty and academic researchers from other institutions presented papers at the "Gender and Work: Challenging Conventional Wisdom" conference in February 2013.
  • HBS observed International Women's Day on March 8, 2013 with a series of student-focused discussions and events, including discussion of a new case: "Women MBAs at Harvard Business School: 1962-2012".
  • A documentary film, A Woman's Place (pictured above), was produced to explore alumnae's experiences at and beyond HBS.
  • 800 alumni attended the two-day W50 Summit on campus April 4–5, 2013 to celebrate the anniversary; hear keynote speakers Karen Gordon Mills (MBA 1977), Administrator of the US Small Business Administration; Ann Moore (MBA 1978), retired chairman and CEO of Time Inc.; and Sheryl Sandberg (MBA 1995), COO of Facebook; and attend a wide range of alumni panel discussions and faculty presentations.
  • More than 4,000 alumni took part in a "Life and Leadership After HBS" survey.
  • An exhibit, Building the Foundation: Business Education for Women at Harvard University: 1937-1970, opened at the Baker | Bloomberg Center.
  • Alumni Clubs hosted dedicated discussions and events relevant to the celebration.


Accelerating the advancement of women leaders
who make a difference in the world.

APRIL 4–5, 2013

In Their Own Words

Recent articles on HBS alumnae and women’s issues:
Jane Veron
Lisa Skeete Tatum
Ilene Lang
Beth Stewart
Laura Liswood
Women in Tech: Breaking the Digital Ceiling
VCs for women – Monica Dodi & Edith Dorsen
Women of Wall Street Tell Their Story

More articles about women and women’s issues:  

Video series:

Has your life after HBS evolved as you expected? How do you connect with the alumni network? Have you made a difference in the world? These and other questions about life and career were posed to nearly two dozen alumnae recently. Their answers were captured in a series of brief video interviews. Click on each of the questions below to view their comments.

Has your life evolved as expected?

What is your advice for female MBA students?

How has the HBS Alumni network helped you?

What impact have you had in the world?

What difference has HBS made for you?

What is your advice for women entrepreneurs?