Brandeis International Business School

Bozhanka Vitanova, MA’16

Women Changing the World

Brandeis International Business School celebrates diversity in all forms and is the proud home of leading female graduates, faculty, staff and student leaders in the fields of business, economics and finance. We are proud to lead the way toward the goal of gender parity in the workplace and in higher education with a student community comprised of 60% women.

“Be assertive in your knowledge and skills. When others see that you can deliver results, gender becomes irrelevant.”

Vera Bondarenko, MBA'09

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Brandeis ranked #5 in U.S. for women in leadership

A report examining gender diversity among the leaders of the nation’s top research universities places Brandeis University in exclusive company.

Brandeis is ranked #5 out of 130 “R1” research universities and received particular recognition for its high percentage of women academic deans. Four of the five academic deans at Brandeis are women, including Dean Kathryn Graddy, who has led Brandeis International Business School since 2018.

The report also ranked Brandeis #2 overall for its percentage of women academic deans and #6 for its percentage of tenured full professors who are women.

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Alumnae Spotlights

Our current and future alumnae are trailblazing in the fields of business, economics and finance. They have been hired at companies including PwC, Google, EMC, Deloitte and State Street Global.
  • Accelerated MA'18

    Nimisha Shinday

    "Be fearless in your aspirations, lead with confidence and always follow through. Never be afraid to ask for something, whether for advice or a career opportunity—the worst thing that someone can say to you is 'no'."

  • Emily Rumanek
    MA'07, MBA'09

    Emily Rumanek

    "There are times when you have to swallow your pride and take chances."

  • Pia Achterberg

    Pia Achterberg

    "I don't accept that my race or gender is a hurdle. Those are my strengths, my ability to see things in a different way."

  • Kim Myers

    Kim Myers

    "Be willing to take risks. Push yourself. Speak up in meetings and when opportunities present themselves, take them."

  • Nisha Sheth

    Nisha Sheth

    "Be open to different experiences. When you're uncomfortable, that's when you grow the most."

  • Vera Bondarenko

    Vera Bondarenko

    "Assert your knowledge and skills. When others see that you can deliver results, gender becomes irrelevant."

Thought Leadership from Female Faculty

Brandeis International Business School has a strong tradition of accomplished female faculty with renowned expertise in business, economics and finance.

“Be seen, take risks, ask for what you want.”

Audrey Gallien, Senior Director, Catalyst Organization

Supporting female scholars

We are proud to offer scholarships designed to support women who demonstrate leadership and academic excellence, including:

  • Women in Analytics Scholarship: for outstanding women who majored in an analytics-related field
  • Women in Business Scholarship: for outstanding women who majored in a business-related field
  • Women in Economics Scholarship: for outstanding women who majored in economics
  • Women in Finance Scholarship: for outstanding women who majored in finance

Our full list of our scholarships can be found here.

News & Highlights

Nova Diop.

Helping women shatter the glass ceiling

Nova Diop, MBA’10, is leading the effort to diversify the top ranks of Boston’s life sciences industry.

Arlenys Reyes.

Building her network at Brandeis

The connections Arlenys Reyes ’19, MA’20 made at the International Business School paid off when she was hired by a top firm.

Mariam Serag

Entrepreneurship is always in style

Mariam Serag, MBA’21 and Ruosi Liu, MSBA’21 are on a quest to build a better high-heeled shoe.

Dean Kathryn Graddy bestows dean's medal to Janet Yellen.

Janet Yellen awarded Dean’s Medal

Former Fed chair pays tribute to late Brandeis professor Rachel McCulloch at the International Business School's 25th anniversary reunion.