Confident, vocal and ambitious

Our female students and alumni are confident, vocal and ambitious. Equipped with the right skills and tools, they go on to lead successful, meaningful careers. Read some of their stories here.

Marieke component

Time to stop apologising

MFA - Marieke Desmet

If Marieke Desmet (MFA2017) could change one thing about the way that women do business, it would be to have women stop apologising for their success. The Belgium native, an investment banking analyst with Morgan Stanley and a Masters in Financial Analysis alumna from London Business School (LBS), wishes women would take more time to celebrate their abilities.

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Eva-Maria component

Getting smart about female empowerment in tech

MiM - Eva-Maria Olbers

Eva-Maria Olbers (MiM2012) wants you to imagine a kit that enables girls to code and build their own wearable apps. Imagine that the kit also allows girls to connect to an online programming community, to customise their device to their own social channels, and configure it to their sporting or health needs. Now imagine that the same kit could boost girls’ confidence in their own tech skills by a staggering 45% in as little as two hours of exposure. This is the impact reported by users of STEMgem, a smart device toolkit that is empowering young girls between the ages of 11 and 14 to create their own bespoke technology.

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Brynne component

Making the right move


MBA - Brynne Kennedy

Brynne Kennedy MBA2012 is a recognised game changer. The recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Stevie Award for Entrepreneur of the Year, Women of the Future Awards, Women in IT Awards and Management Today’s 35 Under 35, she is also a London Business School (LBS) Distinguished Alumna.

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Anh component

Having the courage of her convictions


MIF FT - Anh Khuat

In 1960, Eleanor Roosevelt shared a rather singular piece of advice. In Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life, the First Lady of the United States wrote: “You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.” As a philosophy, this might very usefully describe the approach taken by Dieu Anh Khuat (MIFFT2014).

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Margarita component

Paying it forward

MiF PT - Margarita Economides

Margarita Economides (MIFPT2016) has two jobs. By day she is Engagement Manager at leading management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, while in her extracurricular hours she serves as the Global Co-Chair and London Lead of Oliver Wyman’s Women’s Network. The latter sees her create networking events; build sponsorship and mentoring opportunities; and design resources and tools that empower women at all stages of their career.

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Reem component

Navigating unconscious biases

Reem Althawadi 2

Do women hold other women to higher account than they do men? Do female leaders expect more from women than men in their teams? Might this stem from their own experience of pushing themselves harder to achieve success than their male counterparts?

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Melinda component

Doing it her way

Melinda Roylett 

“Women are expected to dress a certain way,” says Melinda Roylett (EMBAG2014). “They are judged on their appearance – how they look and what they wear – far more than their male counterparts. It’s just an example of the different challenges facing women and men, but it’s key and it’s visible.”

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EMBA-Global component
Silvana component

Figuring it out for yourself

Sloan - Silvana Oliva

Don’t listen. If there’s one piece of advice that Silvana Oliva (SLN2017) would share with other aspiring female business leaders it would be this. “Don’t listen to other people. Focus on your own goals and aims, and foster an inner stubbornness. If others try to dissuade you from doing what you want, or discourage you from pursuing your dream, don’t listen. Anything is possible, so be ambitious.”

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