Webinar: Women in the B-School Pipeline: 2012 Update

March 14, 2012 | 11:30 AM ET | Online Program


Thank you!

Women in the B-School Pipeline Webinar

Thank you for joining us for our Women in the Business School Pipeline: 2012 Update Webinar designed to offer new data and insights about women in the business school talent pipeline. We offered this webinar two years ago, and based on requests from schools and changes among female test takers, we’ve decided to take another look at this important population.

This webinar occurred on Wednesday, March 14th at 11:30 AM EDT and focused on re-examining the key questions for graduate management education related to women–who they are, where they are, what they want and how these things have changed since our women’s webinar in 2010.

Why is this Webinar important?
The webinar will offered 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
We were also fortunate to have Elissa Sangster, Executive Director of Forté Foundation, join us to share insights on what she has observed in the field and how the organization is working to inspire an increasing number of women to achieve successful careers in business

What types of data about women were featured?
This free GMAC webinar provided an overview of trends related to women in the business school talent pipeline and key findings from across GMAT data and GMAC recent survey research. Click on the Resources tab for the newest information. Examples of data featured include:

  • Record numbers of female talent: In testing year 2010-11, a total of 106,800 GMAT exams (41.4%) were taken by women – setting a new record in both the number and share of exams taken by women.
  • Attracting a new generation: 50,541 or 54% of women GMAT examinees were younger than 25 years of age.
  • Timing and decision-making: 32% of women prospective students surveyed in 2011 reported that they first considered pursuing graduate business degrees before they completed their undergraduate or first degree.
  • Value of Management Degrees for Women: Nearly all (9 in 10) women grads in the Class of 2011 rated the value of their business degree as good to outstanding. And, 70% of alumnae from full-time MBA programs agreed their graduate business degree was essential for their first job after graduation.


  • Sabrina White, Client Services Senior Manager, Americas
  • Laura Leach, Survey Research Manager, Research and Development
  • Michelle Sparkman Renz, Director, Research Communications
  • Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation (Forté Foundation is an organization dedicated to inspiring women business leaders)

Additonal Resources

Coming Soon: Download the newest annual briefing paper highlighting some of the trends specific to women: GMAC-Data-to-Go Series: 2012 Women and Graduate Management Education

Find data related to women in nearly all of the GMAC research reports. Filter by gender in our interactive data reports for survey reports, or search on women in survey report PDFs.

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