It is a grueling upward climb for women leaders in corporate institutions.
Corporate leaders, especially senior management, have long been a space dominated by men, but the tide could change.
Last year, a poll Consulting firm Korn Ferry has shown that women now hold 25 percent of the five critical positions in the C-suite, an increase from 23 percent in 2018.
Their analysis includes the 1,000 largest US companies in eight sectors.
They add that women hold the majority of only one of these spots – CHRO – and only six percent of CEO spots are held by women, unchanged from 2018.
An MBA can help with the rise to C-suite positions, making them a popular option for those looking to arm themselves with a qualification that can facilitate career progression.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) last year reported that the percentage of women enrolled in full-time MBA programs increased, adding that last autumn it averaged 39% in over 50 of the top programs in the United States, Canada and Europe.
It is clear that women still have many glass ceilings to shatter, but aside from factors such as tenacity, drive, talent and skills, education can also play a role in their progress.
In light of the upcoming International Women’s Day on March 8th, let’s take a look at some of the past and current women leaders of numerous organizations around the world to explore their postgraduate qualifications.
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H&M is a Swedish fast fashion giant, with thousands of stores and even more employees around the world. At the helm, inspirational, is a woman.
Helena Helmersson, CEO of H&M, holds a master’s degree in international economics and a master’s degree in business administration and economics from Umeå University in Sweden, according to her LinkedIn profile.
He has been collaborating with the company since 1997 and has gained significant positions in his years of service, holding various positions as corporate controller in the purchasing office and section manager who works with the planning and purchases of the assortment.
Her work brought her from Bangladesh to Hong Kong and back to Sweden, a career trajectory that fits her training perfectly.
Walmsley is the CEO by GlaxoSmithKline, a British multinational pharmaceutical company with a turnover of 41.1 billion dollars.
Her educational background is in stark contrast to her industry, but that hasn’t deterred her from flexing her commercial and marketing skills.
Walmsley graduated from the University of Oxford and holds a master’s degree in classical and modern languages.
He held numerous marketing and general management roles abroad, such as Paris, London and New York with L’Oreal before joining GSK.
Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat is a very talented woman. Just last year she started talking about her battles against cancer and how her personal experience inspired her to support the health initiatives of Google and her parent company, reportedly CNBC.
She was among Google’s oldest female executives who joined a mass protest over the company’s sexual harassment management, leaving with her financial team from the Google Mountain View headquarters in California.
In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, Porat also holds an MBA from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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