The theme for International Women’s Day this year is #ChooseToChallenge.
A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequity. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.
This Collab takes place a few days before international women’s day – a day we celebrate the heroic acts of courage, determination, and perseverance of ordinary women. This year’s theme #ChooseToChallenge highlights the importance of pursuing change for a more inclusive world. The pandemic has exposed societal inequalities, but it has also brought forth an increased effort to support vulnerable populations. This month we will be joined by two distinguished women who have been champions of change throughout their careers. Dr. Vinika Devasar Rao, the Executive Director of the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute and Gender Initiative. Dr. Rao will be opening our Collab by discussing the implications found in her research regarding gender diversity in corporate leadership and its impact on women in the workplace. We are also honored to be joined by Dr. Margee Ensign. As former president of the American University of Nigeria, Dr. Ensign is recognized internationally for her work with the Adamawa Peace Initiative which promoted peace through education, empowerment, and community development in response to the Boko Haram crisis. Currently, Dr. Ensign is the president of Dickinson College. Under her leadership the school has created a continuing education program for women whose education has been interrupted by conflict and continues to emphasize the importance of international learning.
As an internationally recognized leader for her pioneering academic and humanitarian work, we celebrate the impact of Dr. Ensign’s work. We invite you to join GBSN and Dr. Ensign to collectively explore questions like:
- How can universities confront social inequalities and racial injustice to create more supportive learning environments for all? What are leaders doing differently now? What will it really take to achieve a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment?
- How can universities teach with a more inclusive mindset — that we’re all in this together, and must advance cooperatively or risk not advancing at all?
- How are universities confronting real problems and expanding service to their local and global communities? and how can universities collaborate to collectively confront these challenges?
- How do we build programs that offer the necessary skills and mindset that prepares the next generation for more unprecedented challenges on a global level?
We will also be joined by a special opening speakers Dr. Vinika Devasar Rao, the Executive Director of the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute and Gender Initiative. Dr. Rao will be opening our Collab by discussing the implications found in her research regarding gender diversity in corporate leadership, specifically the impact of male supervisorial support on the self-regulating focus of mid-career female managers.
Cross-Border Collabs are exclusive gatherings for GBSN members, focused on engaging our community to tackle some of the greatest challenges of our time. Facilitated by topic experts, these session will provide a place for our members ambassadors and deans to be active participants in GBSN’s mission of improving management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world. Collabs happen every first Thursday of the month.
Thursday, 4 March, 2021
- 8:00am Washington D.C.
- 2:30pm London
- 5:30pm Lagos
- 6:30pm Dubai
- 8:00pm Mumbai
- 10:30pm Singapore
Collabs are an exclusive opportunity for member school ambassadors and deans. All member school ambassadors and deans can RSVP for this Collab by clicking the button below.