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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

5
Sep

Madrid, July 24th 2013. The Women in Business (WIB) Club and IE Centre for Diversity celebrated the opening of the WIB Mentoring Program on 24 July 2013. The event introduced a prestigious opportunity open to all IE students especially women, to be mentored by a business leader in Madrid.

9406450095_fb281d829e_oThe event was opened by the Australian Ambassador to Spain, Jane Hardy, who presented the key note speech on mentoring, its benefits and her mentoring experiences. IBM´s Executive Director of Marketing, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel, Ana García-Oliveros, and Board Member of technological, financial and industrial companies, Indalecio Gil, gave a panel discussion on different types of mentoring and how to maximise value from a mentoring relationship. Director of the IE Centre for Diversity in Global Management Celia de Anca moderated the discussion. WIB President, Karla Guerrero, then presented the WIB Mentoring Program to attendees. The event was attended by several mentors, former mentees of the program and over 40 students interested in the WIB Mentoring Program from a broad cross section of IE´s Masters programs. Participants socialised following the presentations and met the mentors at a cocktail event hosted by the IE Centre for Diversity.

9409203902_5d728abb2d_oApplications for the WIB Mentoring Program has now closed. We are now assessing the best mentees who will represent not just themselves, but WIB and IE. Successful applicants will be required to meet with their mentor at least once a month, keep a journal to track their mentoring progress and attend WIB/ IE Centre for Diversity events every few months to monitor the program´s progress and allow mentees to network with each other. Successful applicants are expected to meet these commitments and maintain the mentoring relationship for the duration of their masters program. If you are interested in the WIB club or being mentored by a leader in the Madrid business community at a future date, then please contact us at the FB Event Page, WIB Page or Centre for Diversity Page (see below).

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WIB, in conjunction with the IE Centre for Diversity, is proud to offer this prestigious mentoring program to IE students. WIB is an IE student club dedicated to supporting the advancement of women in business and women’s´ professional development in the interest of gender equality. The club encourages membership from both men and women to advance women´s development in the workplace through mentoring, networking and sharing experience. If you are interested in becoming a WIB member and participating in more of WIB´s great events, please contact us by email or follow us in social media.

9406411543_fa5be66229_oContact us:

womeninbusiness@ie.edu

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FB: IE Women in Business

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