Events of Particular Interest To Women
At the Stanford Graduate School of Business, we look for diversity in the broadest possible terms, encompassing (but not limited to) educational and professional backgrounds, personal experiences and goals, culture, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and nationality.
We offer information sessions that address the specific interests of women who are considering the Stanford MBA Program. Prospective candidates can learn more about the Stanford GSB from the perspective of women and minority MBA alumni.
These sessions are open, however, to all candidates—regardless of background or gender.
We also encourage you to register with us to receive invitations to events in your area.
This icon denotes info sessions addressing the specific interests of women. Sessions are open to all candidates, regardless of background.
XX Factor: Women Changing the World
Sponsored by the Stanford MBA Admissions Office and the Women in Management club, this event is geared towards women who are considering applying to business school.
XX Factor provides an opportunity for women to learn more about the Stanford GSB.
Any prospective student is welcome to participate.
During the conference you will learn:
- Who attends business school and why?
- Whether you are still in school, hoping to change careers, or trying to get your career on the fast track, attending a full-time program is an option to consider.
- Why experiential learning is transformational
- In addition to acquiring fundamental business concepts at the Stanford GSB, you will be immersed in an environment that challenges you to expand your capabilities and develop as a leader.
- The GSB stands out for its commitment to global learning, social innovation, and holistic approach to education.
- What kind of opportunities are available for MBA graduates?
- Anything is possible!
- The event also includes:
- MBA class immersion experience taught by Graduate School of Business faculty
- Panels and informal gatherings with students and alumnae
- MBA Program overview, application requirements, financial aid, career opportunities, and other information to help you determine if business school fits your needs.
Registration is closed for this event. To receive invitations to MBA Admissions events, fill out the Stay in Touch form.
In addition to student clubs and resources at the Graduate School of Business, community centers throughout Stanford University provide opportunities and activities for graduate students.
"I chose Stanford because I knew I needed to learn about collaborative environments; competitive ones would only bring out the same old me.
It was truly a new experience to be in a place where teamwork and cooperation were stressed, and where my grades were for my own consumption only, not for comparison with everyone else's.
Everything at the GSB was centered on enhancing and learning from the community of students and the larger community of students' families, faculty, and staff.
During my tenure as Marketing Director of eBay Italy, a lot of my job had to do with helping a community thrive—including more than three million Italians who buy and sell online, and their myriad of sub-communities.
I have found useful the same principles I learned at Stanford: assume good intentions, listen without prejudice, and give everybody the opportunity to contribute.
It's perhaps no coincidence that eBay's first president, my classmate Jeff Skoll, was also a Stanford GSB graduate.
I have the unique opportunity to work at a place where values and behaviors constantly remind me of the Stanford community ethos.
Since graduating, I've had the immense and priceless pleasure of having a group of a dozen or so people from my Stanford days who are friends for life.
And faculty members are equally amazing--they really do keep in touch with alumni.
A few years ago, for example, former Dean Michael Spence came to Milan and we hosted a reception for him.
Sure, other schools have Nobel prize winners too, but not all of them will sit down for wine and cheese with you in a tiny bar and give you personal career advice.
It's just another example of the Stanford magic."
Paola Bonomo, MBA 1995
Undergraduate: BA in Business Administration, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy
Pre-MBA: Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company, Italy
Post-MBA: Associate, Engagement Manager, Principal, McKinsey & Company, Italy; Senior Director of Marketing, eBay Italy; Senior Director, EU Operations, eBay;
Current: Head of Online Services, Vodaphone Omnitel N.V., Italy