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Graduate Business Schools Can Write the Next #MeToo Chapter

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg made big news in early June 2022 when she announced her resignation after 14 years at the social media giant. From her growing success to the company’s immense influence, her career is filled with pivotal moments that expanded the social media giant into the juggernaut now known as Meta.

But to me, a scholar who follows women’s leadership, it is Sandberg’s 2013 book on gender and career management that stands out as her most profound achievement.publication of crouch down Beyond bestseller lists, it spawned a movement to encourage women to assert themselves in the workplace. I was.

Now, as Sandberg’s departure mark changes, I believe the movement is ready for a new chapter as well. We are seeing a new era of leadership blowing.

B-Schools: A ‘safe place’ for self-expression

Bernice Ledbetter

Graduate business programs can make a difference for women business leaders. Business schools can play a key role in identifying problems, developing ideas, and encouraging women warriors (and empowering the men who support them). There are many reasons why, but here are her five reasons.

First, business schools encourage self-discovery. Business school settings enable women to gain insight from their lack of awareness and form sophisticated ethical frameworks for making decisions. It also helps women unleash their creativity, identify personal potential, and amplify novel ideas.

Second, business school is a safe place for self-expression. Working in an academic environment allows participants to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings. Prejudices and negative judgments are discouraged in modern business schools. Instead, self-expression proceeds through civil discourse and thoughtful discussion.

Third, business schools generate massive thought leadership. A large concentration of expertise and research from the academic environment can stimulate creativity and innovation. Hundreds of scholarly journals, public forms, and mainstream media accomplishments are game-changing forces. Understanding and expressing the role of women in leadership is a primary vehicle for thought leadership to foster broader social progress.

Fourth, business schools offer academic freedom. In a graduate business school environment, lecturers, researchers, and students are free to express their ideas without interference. Organized events, research, and publications can proceed without intrusive influence. It’s not perfect, but the academic environment doesn’t have many of the trappings of the business world (such as women being punished for speaking out).

Fifth, business schools encourage a peer and professional networking environment. In business school, people naturally build and maintain relationships. The network outcomes established in graduate business schools extend to lifelong personal and professional connections. For women leaders, these peer and professional networks are also a vehicle for spreading messages about their vision and values.

“The optimist that progress takes precedence.”

Now, survey after survey shows that US residents are increasingly concerned about recession and inflation. Covid-19, wars, market corrections, court decisions, congressional hearings, and other concerns are about to divert global attention away from working women. Sustaining breakthrough change requires intense focus, research, resources, and motivated participants. All of these are available in a graduate business school environment.

Certainly, business schools aren’t the only ones that bring women’s issues to the fore. The media also play a key role in keeping the dialogue going (Pepperdine Graziadio is also home to the Institute of Media, Entertainment and Sports).movie in november she saidreleased based on the book of the same name, dramatically depicts how the New York Times investigated and broke the story of convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein. Known for exposing and trying to end workplace sexual harassment, the shocking story keeps the worst crimes in the spotlight.

Business schools differ in many ways, but they seek similar truths: facts and investigative insights. The knowledge generated in the business school becomes the seeds of action. Because of this, I am optimistic that progress will prevail. Business schools shouldn’t miss an opportunity.

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter He is the student and alumni dean of the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. She is the founding director of her Center for Women in Leadership and as a practicing faculty in organizational theory and practice, she teaches graduate-level courses in leadership across a variety of leadership topics.

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