Objective: More Women in Senior Management

The I-WIL Center offers training, networking and research for women in business

08/03/2017 Barcelona

Women in Leadership | IESE Business School
The I-WIL platform brings together all of IESE’s resources for women with the goal of boosting women’s leadership opportunities in senior management / Photo: Javier Arias

Globally, women account for income comparable to China’s and India’s combined GDPs.

They make or participate in 80% of purchasing decisions. They account for more than half of the world's workforce. And they surpass men in university degrees and doctorates.

But these figures are not reflected at board level. And CEOs called John still outnumber all female CEOs put together.

Gender inequality equates to a loss of talent that the world cannot afford, both in terms of social justice and company performance. Research has shown that companies with higher female representation in their governing bodies are both more competitive and more profitable.

IESE has spent decades advancing the empowerment of women and advocating for greater gender diversity in the decision-making bodies of companies and institutions.

We're invested in women's leadership through initiatives such as IESE Women in Leadership (I-WIL), a platform that brings together all of IESE’s resources for women, with the goal of helping women develop their leadership skills and supporting them as they climb into management positions.


Much More Than Networking

IESE Women in Leadership (I-WIL) is conceived as a global community for women of all ages and any career stage: from professionals with leadership potential who want to reach managerial positions (I-WIL Professionals Club), to directors and executives with years of experience who aspire to join a board (I-WIL Executives Club), to women who have already joined a board of directors (I-WIL Boards Club).

But I-WIL is much more than a powerful networking community. Its mission is to promote diversity and equal opportunities and increase the presence of women on boards of directors, and positions of power across diverse organizations.

To this end, I-WIL performs research on women’s leadership and its positive impact on business and society. And it also works to disseminate this research, sharing findings with governments and organizations around the world, in order to open minds and clear the path for more women to go into business.


Training the Next Generation of Women

I-WIL offers a wide range of training sessions andprograms specifically designed to promote leadership capabilities and help women break through the glass ceiling.

A packed calendar of activities includes:

  • Focused Programs
    Intensive programs for women who are working their way toward management positions or who aspire to sit on a board of directors.

  • Networking Events
    Breakfasts and meetings with women leaders from all over the world, who share their experiences and what they’ve learned about how to manage a successful career, without having to give up being a woman.

  • Mentoring
    Entrepreneurs and top executives with established careers offer advice to young professionals on how to forge a path that will allow them to reconcile their professional ambitions with their personal goals.

  • Academic Conferences
    A forum for debate and reflection on women’s leadership and the factors that hinder and facilitate the career trajectories of women executives. These sessions feature renowned international speakers and recognized experts in critical areas such as talent selection, diversity, work-life balance policies and the management of personal and family risk.

    During this academic year, I-WIL will hold two important international conferences:


For more information, please visit IESE Women in Leadership (I-WIL)