Today, on International Women’s Day, we’re excited to celebrate the incredible achievements of countless women in the Wharton community. From faculty to students to alumnae, this year women at Wharton are breaking ground — and glass ceilings — in many ways. In fact, the MBA Class of 2021 includes the highest number of women to date at 46 percent.
Here are more stories featuring the work of women at Wharton and how they lift other women up as they climb.
Women in Leadership
In 2019, four women were named to prominent leadership positions at the Wharton School: Diana C. Roberston, vice dean of Wharton’s undergraduate division, Nancy Zhang, vice dean of the Wharton doctoral programs, Martine Haas, director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, and Rachel Werner, executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute.
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2020 is shaping up to be another groundbreaking year in Wharton’s history. On February 26, Erika H. James was named the next dean of the Wharton School, effective July 1. She will be the first woman and first African American to ever serve in this position.
Women Fighting Against Sexual Harassment
There is no doubt that the #MeToo movement has shaken and shaped communities all over the world, and one Wharton alumna has been a part of that change on television. Millions of viewers watched Kellee Kim, WG’19, confront a fellow contestant about unwanted physical contact on Season 39 of Survivor. Her actions sparked a national conversation and prompted CBS to make substantial policy changes.
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On an episode of Women@Work, Julia Taylor Kennedy, executive vice president at the Center for Talent Innovation, talks about protecting employees from harassment in the workplace. The Women@Work podcast is hosted by Laura Zarrow, executive director of Wharton People Analytics, and focuses on how women join, stay, succeed, and lead in business.
Women at Work
Prof. Katherine Klein, vice-dean of Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII), and Shoshana Schwartz, a WSII doctoral student, did research about what really makes an employer good for women. They developed an actionable “Four for Women” framework for companies to follow.
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The gender wage gap is, of course, another pressing issue for women who work. Scott Turney, the CEO of Payscale.com, recently joined Wharton Business Daily to talk about how implementing pay transparency policies has the potential to close the wage gap in workspaces across the country.
Women in Sports
After leaving professional soccer, Stephanie McCaffrey, WG’21, founded Hidden Gems Soccer, a nonprofit that provides the opportunity for under-represented and low-income girls to be coached by professional soccer athletes. Stephanie is currently pursuing her MBA at Wharton and plans to expand her business to many more cities.
Women in Tech
Wharton women have recently been spearheading advancements in the traditionally male-dominated world of technology. Jess Loeb, WG’20, is a principal software engineer at PlayStation and an MBA student at Wharton. She’s focused on advocating more effectively for other women in her industry.
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Jessica Pugh, WG’19, is another MBA alumna who’s advocating for greater inclusion in tech. Now at Google, she works on global strategy, while trying to make space for underrepresented minorities.
Women Building Community
Kiersa Sanders, WG’20, found her place in Wharton’s African American MBA Association (AAMBAA) on campus, where she met her current business partner, fellow MBA candidate Theresa Shropshire, WG’20. Together, they created a startup called Builtable for women interested in fitness and strength training.
— Linda Zou
Posted: March 8, 2020