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Mills College To Shatter Workforce Gender Barriers
Oakland, CA–March 27, 2008. The "glass ceiling" will shatter on April 10. Mills College, one of the first women's colleges in the nation and the oldest women's college in the West will commemorate the groundbreaking and naming of a new home for its women-focused MBA program. The Mills College Graduate School of Business is the first for women in the West, and one of only two for women in the country.
Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman is the keynote speaker of the event, entitled "Breaking Barriers," and will offer her perspective on "The Glass Ceiling: Fact or Fiction?"
"We are shining new light on this still relevant and meaningful metaphor," said Mills College President Janet L. Holmgren. "We will celebrate the many successes of women and draw attention to the continual need to bring equity and parity to the workplace."
Women still comprise two percent of CEOs in Fortune 500 companies. In California, 30 percent of 400 surveyed companies had no women executives or board members and only 13 of them had a female CEO. While enrollment at law and medical schools have nearly reached gender parity, enrollment at business schools nationwide are still predominantly male. The Graduate School of Business will continue to break barriers for women and prepare them as future business leaders.
Graduate School of Business Dean Nancy Thornborrow said that to shatter the metaphorical glass ceiling, women must enter the workforce empowered with the fundamentals of how to manage people and numbers.
"At Mills, women leave our MBA program with the skills and knowledge to excel in finance, accounting, and economics as well as the more traditional areas of marketing, organizational development, and human resources," she said. "We create well-rounded graduates who can lead and manage in all facets of an organization."