Women in the Business School Pipeline

March 25, 2010 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm ET | Online Program


This free GMAC webinar was designed to offer insights about women in the business school talent pipeline.

The March 25, 2010 Women in the Business School Pipeline webinar tackled key questions for graduate management education related to women–who they are, what they want and when, as well as where they are, and why they might be considering graduate management education. The webinar included a discussion of the following:

  • Key shifts in the female student pipeline for b-schools, including age, background, region and country data
  • Women’s preferences and motivations
  • Influences in decision making
  • Recent career intentions and alumni outcomes among women
  • Indicators of timing for more effective outreach

Recent data from GMAT test-takers combined with survey data offer a unique perspective. Examples include:

  • Large female talent pools: In testing year 2008-09, 104,880 GMAT exams (nearly 40%) were taken by women; and the proportion of females sitting for the GMAT exam was especially high in the regions of Eastern Europe (56.1% women) and Asia (24.6% women).
  • New generation of female talent: 50,438 or 47.5% of women GMAT examinees were younger than 25 years of age.
  • Timing and decision-making: 44% of women say they consider pursuing graduate business degrees before they even complete their first degree.
  • Financial returns: A pay increase of 60% in salary over pre-degree salary was the reported average among women alumni in recent survey findings.

Related Resources


  • Lamia Walker, Regional Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa GMAC (and former associate Director at the Centre for Women in Business)
  • Michelle Sparkman Renz, Associate Director, Research and Development, GMAC
  • Sabrina White, Member Service Specialist, GMAC
  • Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation (Forté Foundation is an organization dedicated to inspiring women business leaders)