Johnson's Nsombi Ricketts tells the Financial Times how the school looks to attract more women students

10/24/2011 4:41:00 PM

Says Ricketts, the MBA is an ideal degree for women seeking a versatile and valuable skill set for advancing their careers

"Cornell opens its doors to women" (Financial Times, Oct. 21)

Following a decrease in the number of female students enrolling onto their MBA programme, the Johnson Business School at Cornell University has made female recruitment a top priority this year – starting with a two day conference for women only.

"A few years ago, Johnson had one of the top percentages," says Nsombi Ricketts, director of the office of diversity and inclusion at Johnson, that runs the conference. But the numbers have now slipped down to 31 per cent for the current MBA class. Ms Ricketts believes this is unacceptable. “The representation of women in our class should accurately reflect the number of women in our population,"she says, particularly as an MBA is such a versatile degree that will give women the skill set to further their careers.

The conference, titled Johnson Women in Business, includes sessions on financing an MBA and how to position yourself as a top female candidate for MBA admissions.  MORE