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Women at Columbia

Columbia Business School strives to lead top MBA programs in reflecting a more equitable gender balance among its population by actively recruiting talented and accomplished female students and faculty members, sponsoring events that address issues relevant to women in business, and providing on-campus support for recent mothers.

Student Initiatives

Columbia Women in Business (CWIB) is one of the most popular and successful student organizations on campus. CWIB hosts a series of events each semester specifically geared toward further strengthening the role of women in the business world, building connections with female alumni, and facilitating career recruiting in a range of industries. The annual Columbia Women in Business Conference, run entirely by students, attracts high-profile women speakers and industry insiders to discuss the various paths to success taken by women business leaders.

In 2012, the School held its inaugural Women’s Week, an effort to strengthen the female network at the School and foster an open dialogue around the challenges facing women in business today. In spring 2014, the School worked hand-in-hand with the leaders of CWiB to produce CBS Reflects: Gender Equality, a first-of-its-kind, student-led report that takes an introspective look at the Columbia Business School community across four dimensions—admissions, academics, community, and careers—and makes recommendations for how to build on the success of existing efforts.


Columbia Business School is proud to partner with organizations both on and off campus that are devoted to supporting women in business.

The Forté Foundation

A consortium of educational institutions, businesses, and nonprofit groups, the Forté Foundation works to increase the number of female business leaders by increasing the flow of women into key educational gateways and business networks. Columbia Business School is a sponsor and founding member of the Forté Foundation and regularly participates in its events and programming.

10,000 Women

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women initiative aims to provide 10,000 underserved women around the world with business and management education. As one of the initiative’s academic partners, Columbia Business School helps provide essential educational support to the women enrolled in the program.

Office of Work/Life

Columbia Business School works closely with the University’s Office of Work/Life, as well as with Columbia Better Halves and the CWIB subcommittee, Mothers in Business, to make the Columbia Business School experience as accommodating as possible for mothers and soon-to-be mothers. The School frequently hosts family-friendly activities, has created new facilities on campus for pregnant and nursing women, and provides resources for managing work/life balance.

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