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Aug. 6, 2015

MSU helps White House expand business opportunities for women

Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business is working with the White House and other major business schools and companies to expand opportunities for women in business.

Matthew Anderson, associate professor and senior advisor to the dean for diversity and inclusion, participated in an Aug. 5 White House event to discuss the growing opportunities for women in business and adapting to the workforce of the 21st century.

The White House has been working with a small group of deans for the past year to discuss how business schools can help better prepare students for the changing, diverse workforce. MSU was invited to participate.

“Our continual goal in the Broad College is to prepare our students to make business happen in diverse and worldwide settings – to solve the future’s most difficult business challenges,” said Sanjay Gupta, The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the college. “We are honored to discuss these efforts with the White House and proud to continue to lead initiatives to improve opportunities for women in all of our programs.”

The college’s incoming full-time MBA class is more than 40 percent women as a result of a sustained effort to recruit and retain a diverse class.

In the past few years, the college also has adapted other practices to this end, including hosting a women-in-business conference, funding women students to attend national conferences and working with the Women’s MBA Association to partner on incoming student events.

Faculty members are also encouraged to include cases that involve women CEOs in their classes and have participated in a national, interactive webinar focused on getting more women in management positions.

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