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Gender equity at the Business School

As a leader in business education, we fundamentally believe that our identity must be characterised by mutual respect, and invigorated by diversity of perspectives and approaches. Our commitment to gender equality and advancing women’s education is key to realising our mission and impact.

UN Women National Committee Australia partnership

We have partnered with UN Women National Committee Australia in a joint effort to promote gender equality at the most senior levels of the nation's public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors, and in a united goal to further women's education.

We are proud to provide talented women with an opportunity to develop the skills that current and future generations of business leaders will need if they are to meet the challenges facing Australian industry and the wider community.

The unique partnership includes funding for an MBA scholarship, a Global Executive MBA scholarship and industry placement opportunities for undergraduate students.

Advancing women’s education

In 2015, our part-time MBA program became the first in the country, and one of the first in the world, to admit more females than males. This marked a significant achievement in our mission, considering women average between 30 and 35 percent of MBA participants. Our 2018 Executive MBA cohort became the first in the programs history to admit more women than men.

Women, Work and Leadership Research Group

The Women, Work and Leadership Research Group at the Business School provides a key academic hub for students, practitioners and established academics from around the globe, providing a strong and positive influence on policy development.

Co-Directed by Professor Marian Baird and Professor Rae Cooper, the group engages closely with debates about the megatrends impacting the workforce, including the feminisation of the workforce, population ageing, flexibility and technological change and emerging issues which lead to changing expectations of employers, employees and of the organisation of work. Learn more about the group

Women in Leadership

Our stance and action towards greater equity is also evident in our leadership. In 2016 the Business School established a Board of Advice, with senior female leaders making up 50% of the group, including Karina Kwan, Group Support Services Finance, Financial Services, Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Arlene Tansey, Chairman, Non-Executive Director; Christine Yates, Executive General Manager, NAB Private; Suzanne Young, EGM Business Partnering, IAG; and Jo Burston, CEO and Founder, Rare Birds.