International Women’s Day: Johnson’s Extraordinary Women

Women MBA students go above and beyond year round to strengthen business leadership and community

International Women’s Day: Johnson’s Extraordinary Womeninline-block

International Women's Day, March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. We are proud to be surrounded by extraordinary women at Johnson. Here is how some of them are leading the way, making a difference in our community, and working toward positioning women at the forefront of business. 

Women attend Destination Johnson, 2016

Anne-Marie Mitchell, MBA ’18 — Chair, Destination Johnson

“Giving back to the Johnson community in a tangible way was a goal I had coming into the MBA program. Destination Johnson is highly representative of our school’s communal strength, and I was excited to contribute to the planning of activities that could best demonstrate that attribute. I most look forward to interacting with new students through our leadership and immersion-centric activities.”

Jeannette Park, MBA ’18 — Sponsorship Co-Chair, Johnson Women in Technology (JWiT)
“As a member of Johnson Women in Technology, I helped source sponsorship funds to support our initiative centered around encouraging conversations about women leaders and women in tech. The JWiT Conference truly encompasses this mission—entirely organized by students, led by women, and with strong attendance from companies, speakers, MBAs, and professionals who are passionate about these issues. It's a unique opportunity to connect with successful women leaders in tech and engage in open conversations about women issues.” 

Black Graduate Business Association

Emma Etheridge, MBA ’18 — President, Black Graduate Business Association
Sydney Starke, MBA ’18 — Treasurer
Michele Sandidge, MBA ’18 — VP of Marketing
These women make up a majority of board members for the Black Graduate Business Association (BGBA). BGBA led Black History Month events and activities at Johnson to celebrate the historical and current achievements of black leaders in the business world and beyond. A special Sage Social treated the entire community to live music and Black History Month trivia. The club also launched its first-ever weekly e-newsletter, highlighting journal articles, current events, and business leader profiles. The group plans to continue engaging the community in club events and initiatives so that Black History Month and all that it represents becomes a year-long, integral part of the Johnson community. 

Co-founder Katherine Gerber, MBA ’17, gives one of the first REDtalks

Katherine Gerber, MBA ’17 — Co-founder, REDtalks
Katherine McGuire, MBA ’17 — Co-founder
Jaimie Park, MBA ’17 — Co-founder
These three women established the REDtalks speaker series in August 2015. It started as a simple question and idea—how do we get to know our classmates better when the onslaught of classes, recruiting, professional development, and extracurricular obligations fill up our calendars? The goal of REDtalks is to expand the collaborative spirit of Johnson by providing a platform for classmates to share personal or professional stories with their peers. In a little more than a year, it has already helped to build community and long-term relationships.

Undergrads attend the November 2016 Admissions Bridge launch

Jessica Lowery, MBA ’17 — Co-founder, Johnson Admissions Bridge

Spearheaded by Jessica and her classmate Mehrdad Moghaddam, MBA ’17, Johnson Admissions Bridge was designed as an introduction to Johnson for Cornell undergraduate women and students from underrepresented backgrounds. Johnson Admissions Bridge provides the opportunity to learn about the advantages to graduate management education as well as an introduction to the Cornell MBA program and experience. Participants gain valuable information about future career paths and applying to a top MBA program, including preparing for the GMAT as an undergraduate student at Cornell. Participants are also eligible to receive a GMAT exam fee waiver. Jessica and Johnson Admissions Bridge were recently featured in Poets & Quants.

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