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There’s a general consensus that business and society benefit when women participate at all levels of decision-making. However, across the world and across all sectors, women’s leadership continues to be underrepresented.

IESE is aware of the unique value that women offer and the barriers obstructing their path to leadership positions. We work to break the glass and concrete ceilings in the professional world, by facilitating management education opportunities for women and by building networks and tools to help women in their leadership development.

We are committed to fostering change in the mindset of business people and to bring better practices to organizations. While this is certainly a question of equality, we also believe women leaders make a difference. While it is right that they be rewarded equitably in their individual careers and personal fulfillment, they also make the business world a better place, not only more diverse and also more humane.

Our goal: To increase substantially the number of women who are business owners and leaders in top positions.

Executive education for women

Mujeres en consejos de administración

Mujeres en consejos de administración 

A program to develop your skills and make a difference in the Board of Directors. (In Spanish)

Mujer y liderazgo

Mujer y liderazgo 

A program to strengthen your leadership style. (In Spanish)

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Scholarships for women by program

IESE Women in Business Scholarship

IESE is committed to increasing the number of women leaders in business. These scholarships support women with a track record of outstanding academic accomplishment.

MBA Forté Fellowship

IESE offers Forté Fellowships to exceptional women who have been admitted to the full-time MBA program.

MBA Scholarship for Women

These scholarships help support women with track records of exceptional professional achievements.

MBA Family Scholarship

Doing the full-time MBA with a family and children requires considerable effort. IESE takes this into account, applauds this effort, and allocates scholarships to students with families.

Executive MBA Women Talent Scholarship

Doing our part-time Executive MBA while working requires enormous dedication. With this scholarship, IESE supports exceptional women with exceptional talent.

Global Executive MBA Women Scholarship

Women with more than 10 years of experience in a senior management position can apply for this scholarship.

Advancing Women in Business Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded jointly with the SZ PLAN W – Frauen verändern Wirtschaft. It is open to female leaders and executives who are PMD Munich candidates and, from their current positions, are making an impact on their company or society.

Female leaders and entrepreneurs

We offer specific aid to women in our PDD, PDG and PADE programs with outstanding professional track records.

Check all the information about the financial aid available in our programs:

Loans and scholarships

Research on female leadership

At IESE, we promote research on the role and development of women in companies mainly through these three initiatives:

International Center for Work and Family (ICWF)

International Center for Work and Family (ICWF)

The Center promotes corporate family responsibility in companies to foster leadership, culture, work-life balance and flexibility to help employees integrate their work, family and personal lives.

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Carmina Roca and Rafael Pich-Aguilera Women and Leadership Chair

Carmina Roca and Rafael Pich-Aguilera Women and Leadership Chair

The mission of the Chair is to research strategies that facilitate the integration of women in the workplace.

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IESE Family Responsible Employer Index (IFREI)

IESE Family Responsible Employer Index (IFREI)

This index analyzes what happens when companies implement flexibility and work-family reconciliation policies. It also measures the effect on employees and the organization itself.

International conferences on women and leadership

Among other events, every two years we organize two international conferences to address different socioeconomic problems that directly affect female leadership and work and family balance:

IESE Women in Leadership (I-WIL)

IESE Women in Leadership (I-WIL)

The IESE Women in Leadership network provides a global community for women leaders of all ages and at all stages of their careers, where they can share experiences and encourage one another in the task of breaking the glass and cement ceilings they face throughout their professional career. I-WIL advocates diversity in companies by increasing the number of women in leadership positions and on boards.


Other networks and clubs for women at IESE

Through different initiatives, sessions, alumni gatherings, workshops, congresses and networking events regularly take place at IESE in order to connect female leaders from all over the world and help to foster learning, development and business opportunities for female talent:

Women in Business Conference

Women in Business Conference

Led by students in the IESE Women in Business (WIB) Club, this conference aims to help drive a new generation of female leaders. Students, alumni, faculty members and staff participate in the event to raise awareness about equality in the workplace, promote inclusive teamwork, and inspire a more collaborative culture.

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