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Women of the Cambridge MBA

Cambridge Judge Business School is developing the next generation of women leaders

We do this by attracting a diverse community through our educational programmes. We research the cultures, institutions and organisations that enable more women to become successful leaders. We believe in encouraging and supporting business women to achieve their best potential.

Each MBA class comprises around 200 experienced professionals from a broad range of cultural and professional backgrounds.

With a Cambridge MBA, you will:

  • gain the business education required to excel in a wide range of careers
  • join a thriving and ambitious network of students and alumni
  • be part of the women in business student group – work with peers to drive the gender balance agenda in business
  • become involved in the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre, supporting their research, conferences and outreach activities
  • develop personally in an educational setting which supports diversity, equality and inclusivity.

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Meet us and join our regular forthcoming virtual open days, meet MBA Admissions teams and hear from MBA students and alumni about their Cambridge experience and career outcomes.

We also host other online events where you can meet us.

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Each year the Business School’s Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre holds an annual conference. An exciting day of keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops by outstanding industry leaders and renowned Cambridge academics.

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£25,000 is awarded to three outstanding female students per year, in partnership with the Forté Foundation.

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Meet our women

I have always been a woman in a man’s world, I’m an electrical engineer. I then worked in a male dominated field, I find it a little unfortunate that there’s not more women in these spaces, but it’s something I guess, I’ve gotten somewhat used to.

Working in Iraq, and then coming here as a woman, is incredibly empowering, because I do feel that when I go back, there is a lot of women that I want to try and get to pursue a career and I hope that when I go back, you know they’ll be like, “Okay if she could do it, then maybe I can do it.” And I hope that I can have that kind of impact on people there. You know, yeah. Or give them the courage to at least try.

I think there’s been a lot of progress over the last few decades, in terms of women’s opportunities but I think we have a long way to go. I want to be part of that generation that continues to build on the legacy.

That’s like the best thing somebody can do is to tell me that it’s not possible to do it. “Don’t try Aerospace Industry, because it’s very difficult to get it, it cannot be done.” And then look I end up at NASA.

One of the commonly cited like career limiting things for women, is the struggle of building that network coming here now and meeting so many people, men and women, like the chance to build that network, I think is really useful.

The knowledge that you desire, that you acquire, is vast and you can never do it on your own. But having the, like my adult female cohort here to support me along the way, that gives me a lot of strength and encouragement.

I think when you put yourself in a position and show what you know, all your knowledge, at least in my personal like experience I never felt different about being a woman.

In my nine years of engineering experience, there were key factors that led me to business school. In engineering, it’s hard for women. You have to prove yourself over and over, over and over. So I realised what if I go and get my business degree and then go to the other side of the table?

There are so many people that inspire me, in the class. There’s a couple of women that every time they speak it’s just really interesting to hear their stories. I can’t think of a better place to continue to pursue the initiatives that women leaders in the past have set up for us.

At the end of the day, change comes from us. Right?

I started my career in health care. I had a broad experience within this health care company. And I took the opportunity to move every time I had the chance. So I was working with a team that did due diligence, primarily in the asset-based lending sector. I got to really help build and grow the group and see it take off. And about three years into that experience, I was asked to come to London and to get some international experience. And what was supposed to be a six-month assignment turned into a three-year assignment, at which point, then I decided to come to Cambridge. I decided to come pursue an MBA at Cambridge because I felt I had really good professional experience, but I was at a transition point where I wanted to get more management experience and really set myself up for the next 10 years of my career. When I really sat down and thought about what I wanted out of a programme, I felt that the schools in the UK, particularly Cambridge, really fit my values and what I wanted out of an MBA. I like that Cambridge is an international brand, and that means, you know, we have 50 different nationalities in our class. And for me, given my background, which crossed industries, crossed geographies, it was really important to me to continue to push myself in that regard. I thought I had diverse experience before, but this is unlike anything. I think, from a technical standpoint, the programme has set us up really well to have a broad skill set. The skills that I’ve learned on the MBA that I think will benefit me the most in my career going forward is really the management side of things, so the soft skills, the EQ-related items. So we have a couple of classes that really focus on this, and it ranges from, you know, how do we motivate people, to how do you deal with difficult situations? How do you build a team? At the end of the day, it’s, you know, how do you really translate what you’re learning in the classroom to deliver that product? We’re not gonna be sitting in a classroom, and 10 months from now, we’re really gonna be back out there, facing real challenges and I think the biggest thing is learning from the classmates and hearing what they’ve already experienced, what they’ve seen, and having engaging conversations based in reality. There’s a whole host of things that we have discussed and learned and will continue learning about that I think is gonna be the most value add to my career. I still have the same plan today as I did coming in. So in the next few years, I think I will probably stay in the finance industry. I could see myself going back within that industry, but in a different capacity. I think just being comfortable in the uncomfortable situations has really helped forge my career. And for me, I didn’t even think twice. It was, let’s go across the country, do something different, meet new people, and try something new.

for the past five years I’ve been working in Iraq and a family business the family business is a real estate development company it’s involved in manufacturing distribution but the sector that I was involved in was real estate development so the reason I came to Cambridge was first of all it is an amazing city it is a city full of history for me the most important part of coming to judge was the diversity which is very it proved to be very true from the coroner for the people that I’ve met over the past two weeks so the second reason that I decided to come to Cambridge was because of the women’s leadership student interest group or sig and the conference’s that they were doing and the events that they were doing to support women and to encourage them to really step up the main reason that I came to study for my MBA is because I really want to learn from the diverse group of people that I’m going to be meeting who are all professionals in their fields coming from a family business I really hope to be able to go back and implement a lot of the changes that I think need to be made there through the through the issues and through the problems and the solutions that I find during the programme.

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