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World Ready Women

Celebrating Our Community of Female Leaders in Business, Economics and Finance

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) 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.


#WorldReadyWomen - Alumnae Profiles

Emily Rumanek, MA '07, MBA 09: "There are times when you have to swallow your pride and take chances."

Pia Layon, MBA '10:
"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."

Vera Bondarenko, MBA '09: "Assert your knowledge & skills. When others see that you can deliver results, gender becomes irrelevant."

Kim Myers, MA '13: "Be willing to take risks. Push yourself. Speak up in meetings and when opportunities present themselves, take them."

Nisha Sheth, MA '00: "Be open to different experiences. When you're uncomfortable, that's when you grow the most."

Female Faculty - Making an Impact

Professor Grace Zimmerman reflects on her career as an entrepreneur, marketer and academic. She shares advice for today's women and men on achieving a better balance in the workplace and at home.
Part 1 | Part 2

Professor Nidhiya Menon shares insights from her research on child labor in developing countries. Read More...

Professor (on leave) Catherine L. Mann is the Chief Economist for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Read More... 

Professor Carol Osler
 was awarded a Teaching Innovation Grant from Brandeis to turn her Applied Macroeconomics course into a textbook. Her workbook for student teams has been adopted for widespread use by the University. 

Professor and Senior Associate Dean Katy Graddy has researched the impact of suffering on the value of an artist's work at auctions. Read More...

Breaking Ground Around the World

Office of Academic Affairs and Student Experience duo Kate Goldfield and Viola Morse talk role models, career paths and favorite parts of the job.

Alumna Barbara Clarke, MA '91 uses her work as an angel investor as a platform to push venture capitalists away from gender bias, encouraging them to make decisions based on data and business potential.

Brandeis alumna Madeline List '15 traveled to eight countries in ten weeks to develop research and policy suggestions for making the world navigable and safe for people with disabilities. 

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently addressed the Brandeis community: "One of today's challenges is to not react in anger if you think you're being put down because you are a woman."