01 Mar 2014

W50 Next Steps

Last year's 50th anniversary celebration of women entering the two-year MBA Program has continued through a series of efforts to accelerate the advancement of women leaders.
Re: Cynthia Carroll (MBA 1989); Robin Ely


A NEW CASE SERIES, "Cynthia Carroll at Anglo American," written by Assistant Professor Gautam Mukunda, was used for the first time in November in the first-year LEAD course. Part of a larger effort to focus on the experiences of female executives, the cases delve into the role played by Cynthia Carroll (MBA 1989) as CEO of global mining giant Anglo American. Both cases center on her decisions around the temporary shutdown of mines in South Africa, one of many steps the company would take under her leadership to prevent worker fatalities. Students were able to interact with Carroll during her visit to HBS when the cases were taught.

HBS WILL HOST a second "Gender and Work" research symposium in April, focused on the topic "Relationships among Women: Bridging Racial, Generational, and Global Divides." The symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners to share research and experiences about relationships among women at work, with a particular focus on building effective, supportive collaborations across differences in race, generation, and geography.

WHILE EXPANDED ANALYSIS continues and a new report is prepared on last year's Life and Leadership After HBS survey of more than 6,400 alumni, Professor Robin Ely is readying a follow-up survey. Her goal is to better understand the complexities of our alumni population and delve deeper into the challenges and opportunities women face and the choices they make.


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