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5
May

An honest conversation

Written on May 5, 2014 by Campus Life in Professional

Carmen Garcia and Lisa In March, the Women in Business club at IE welcomed Carmen García, Director of Business Analytics at IBM and Mentor for the Women in Business Club’s mentoring program, to present the top career advancement factors from a study with 600 IBM Executives from around the world.  While there was very valuable information in the presentation, the club was surprised to see the important dialogue that happened during the Q&A at the end of the presentation.  Both men and women in the audience were asking questions to Carmen and to each other, and then it became more of a conversation.  “As a man, how do I manage women employees in a conservative culture?”  “Am I making a career mistake as a woman by joining a company that is male-dominated?”  “How can I help empower other women?”  “How do I deal with women who are negative towards other women?”  A few participants then approached a few of the club coordinators after the presentation and asked us to “continue the conversation”. 

We decided to do just that.

Lisa Introducing Carmen GarciaIn April, we launched our first event in the series of “An honest conversation”.  The event was simple: a casual roundtable on gender in the workplace.  Both men and women from a variety of countries joined in an open conversation about gender.  Some questions were controversial and we didn’t always agree, but that’s ok.  The important thing was that we were open to hearing each other and open to discussing without judgment. 

In May, we continued “An honest conversation” with a panel featuring 3 IE professors followed by a Q&A.  Each professor gave a short background of their career path and then we opened the floor to questions around gender from the students.  We can’t take all of the credit for this event.  We were actually approached by several students that were both inspired by and curious about the lives of their female professors at IE.

We realize that these events may be simple and short, but we also realize that they are some of the only gender-related career conversations that many of us students will have while at IE.  So please join in and continue the “honest conversation”.  

For more information, please contact womeninbusiness@ie.edu.

IE Women in Business Club

24
Sep

9409208920_bcd8809fcf18/09/2013. After a rigorous selection process, IE Women in Business Club is proud to announce that 16 candidates, both female and male from the 2013 and 2014 intakes have been chosen to participate in the exclusive WIB Mentoring Program.

The Program is supported by the IE Center for Diversity and offers each candidate a mentor from the senior executive Madrid and International business community to enhance candidates’ professional development. Gabriel Salomon, IMBA 2013 candidate said “It’s a great honour to be selected for the mentoring program and to represent the male membership of the Women In Business club- I look forward to learning lots from my mentor”. Mentors include international executives from IBM, Renault, and other leading firms and organizations including IE alumni and other members of the IE community willing to give their time and experience to support women enhancement.  The next step is for mentors and mentees to meet each other at a private event to be held on the 9th of October from 6pm to 9pm at IE.

Whilst the WIB mentoring program is now closed for applications, we strongly encourage anyone interested to contact us at wib@student.ie.edu or our Facebook page. You can find out about how to join WIB and apply for the next mentoring program beginning in early 2014.

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