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Gender tension gap study – call for volunteers!

Written on July 7, 2016 by Campus Life in Other Activities

GTG TT#1 (4)The IE Center for Diversity is developing an innovative study focused to understand the unconscious barriers that prevent women leadership. The study entails a series of focus groups with young leaders.

For the resarch we are looking for MBA, IMBA and/or Executive MBA students and alumni to participate in a focus group.

This research is endorsed by Alcoa and Oak Foundation and has three IBEX partners, Ferrovial, Amadeus, Red Eléctrica and IBM as tech. Partner. We are sure that the scope of the study will have an important relevance in academic journals and generalist media but mostly will mean a review of gender leadership strategies at corporations.

Those who want to participate should sign up with their EMAIL ADDRESS.

If you are FEMALE, please sign up with your EMAIL ADDRESS here.

If you are MALE, please sign up with your EMAIL ADDRESS here.



The other day I was invited by Foundation Rafael del Pino to the presentation of Toni Nadal’s last book. He has been Rafa´s coach since he started playing tennis. In his introduction Amadeo Petitbó presented him as a Socratic Professor and his explained that this book is a manual for educators, but only for those who educate through effort, perseverance, passion and a deep desire to improve.

His presentation was an example of leadership but also humility and clairvoyance. Simplicity is the base of his principles. Solon´s sentence inspires all his work: “With no method, order, will, effort and sacrifice genius and success are not possible” it does not happen always like this, Maradona, Messi or the Rolling Stones are good examples, but he is convinced that the easiest way to success is through effort.

Toni is the only couch of the circuit that has trained his pupil (he calls him so) during his whole career, he joked saying he is also the cheapest, but the real reason is that Rafa knows he is the only person responsible for his mistakes, and of course, his success. Toni gives him guidelines and he chooses.

Further to Alex Ferguson “Victory is not the most important thing, it´s what matters” Toni´s goal is also to win #1 position in the world ranking but not anyway, only with correctness,  he does not distinguish inside the court and outside the court.

I hope it inspires all of you! Warm regards, Toni

I hope it inspires all of you! Warm regards, Toni

Rafa has a special gift for sports (he wanted to play soccer though!) but further to his opinion his best quality is obedience. He obeys his physical therapist, his manager, his PR. He obeys but not limits himself to do what they say, he lets them guide him.

For Toni  having  a good character is key, to be able to control your will, he things we normally know what we need to do but very often we don´t have the will to do it . Passion and a good face: the eyes are the window of the soul. To bite the bullet: Rafa is a champion because he´s the one who´s s won more matches without playing as well. He knows how to resist a bit more.

I told Toni that I often use sports and Rafa´s example to teach resilience and leadership and he dedicated his book to IE WIB (Women in Business Club). I told him how just the previous day we discussed how sports and competition during childhood can help develop most leadership attributes, among them: Resilience, Team work, Visibility, Ambition, Strategy, Network, Multitask, Distinguish personal and professional issues.

We had a very productive session indeed, discussing how Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, was very thankful to his mother for introducing him to sports by playing hokey, golf and baseball and therefore fostered his self-confidence. Meanwhile, the post-war Spanish women approach to sports was mainly for health and good appearance, but never competition:

“Any daily movement can be gymnastic exercise. You only have to do it with energy, adjusting your breath, and overall, concentrate your thoughts on the exercise you are doing “

“Any daily movement can be gymnastic exercise. You only have to do it with energy, adjusting your breath, and overall, concentrate your thoughts on the exercise you are doing “

We all enjoyed this funny example of the old “Enciclopedia de la mujer”, but the harsh reality is that nowadays many girls who play soccer, handball, or hokey are called tomboys and, very often they cannot compete because their schools do not have feminine league or due to their age they cannot keep playing with their masculine colleagues.

Margarita Alonso


Women in Business Mentoring for Career Options Program

Written on June 17, 2014 by Campus Life in Professional

Rachel Introducing Mentoring ProgramIf you don’t know about the Women in Business Club’s mentoring program yet, YOU SHOULD!

The program is coordinated by the Women in Business Club with the help and support of the IE Center for Diversity.  The mentors are men and women executives and professionals based in Madrid whom come from a variety of nationalities and industries.  All mentors speak either Spanish or English, or both.  The purpose of the program is to provide professional support and mentoring during their master program, to develop a model to provide support for the careers of high-potential women, and to develop evaluation and monitoring tools that will enable the program to track the professional development of participants over time.

The program begins with an initial workshop to introduce mentees to mentors, provide mentoring training and help participants find a good match.  Once the mentees and mentors have been matched 1:1, they will begin their individual mentoring sessions where they can focus on what the mentee has identified as their goals.  Once the four individual sessions have been completed, the IE Center for Diversity provides a closing event for the mentees and mentors separately so that they can share their experiences with each other.  We then ask for a final evaluation from the mentees and mentors so that we (the Women in Business club and the Center for Diversity) can analyze the process among all parties involved in order to make improvements for coming years.

Mentoring MeetingSounds great, right?  I’m sure you’re wondering how to sign up.  Our current mentoring program is already in session, but we will be providing an information session for the next mentoring program in the summertime (to be announced at a later date) where you can get more details on the application process and you can also ask questions to the Women in Business club.  The application process is rigorous as we’re looking for the most dedicated and responsible students.  After all, you’re representing not just yourselves, but also the Women in Business Club and IE.  As a former mentee myself, I promise that it is worth it!  And if you need more reasons for applying, here are quotes from mentees and mentors that participated in last year’s program:

“Thanks to my mentor, joining the Mentoring Program was one of the best decisions of my MBA.”
– Mentee

“It was an amazing experience with a lot of support for different areas in my life and future career path.” – Mentee

“This process has inspired me to become a future mentor.  I have gained so much through this program that I would like to give back to society.”
– Mentee

“Vuelves a los básicos de tu motivación profesional y llegas enseguida a puntos de encuentro entre el mentor y el mentee.  El aprendizaje es mutuo.”
– Mentor

“Was able to engage with a mid-career woman to better understand the challenges she faces in making decisions about what she really wants in a career.”
– Mentor

“The mentoring program allowed me to discover and strengthen a stronger part of myself that I didn’t realize I had.”
– Mentee

Karishma Me Lisa“The program provides the opportunity to exchange experiences with a person who has a significant professional career, but especially excellent personal qualities.”
– Mentee

“El programa me ha ayudado a conocerme más a mi misma y disfrutar más de la situación profesional que tengo.”
– Mentee

For more information, please contact

IE Women in Business Club


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

IE Women in Business Club

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