Credits : White House
Fourteen deans from top U.S. business schools were invited to the White House on April 16, 2014 to discuss how to make a better workplace for working families and women.
The Deans were invited to the White House in preparation to the summit on Working Families. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarett and Director of the National Economic Council Jeffrey Zients also participed to the roundtable held in the West Wing of the White House.
They worked together to identify best practices to develop better workplaces for employees especially who have to balance work and family themselves.
"Business schools can certainly help foster leaders who create work environments that consider the needs of their employees," said Bill Boulding, dean of Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
The topics of the 90-minute conversation covered the retention of female talent, the pay gap between men and women with MBA degrees in similar job positions, the timing of the business school in lifecycle... One of the main reason of is the lack of flexibility in the workplace to accomodate family responsabilities women who interrupt their careers mainly from motherhood are penalized.
The White House will compile a document of best practices from the session and will ask a larger group of business schools deans to sign it.
The deans invited to the summit were :
- Maryam Alavi, Emory University (Goizueta)
- Sally Blount, Northwestern University (Kellogg)
- William Boulding, Duke University (Fuqua)
- Robert F. Bruner, University of Virginia (Darden)
- Robert M. Dammon, Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
- Alison Davis-Blake, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ross)
- Soumitra Dutta, Cornell University (Johnson)
- Thomas W. Gilligan, University of Texas, Austin (McCombs)
- Peter Blair Henry, New York University (Stern)
- Richard K. Lyons, University of California, Berkeley (Haas)
- Nitin Nohria, Harvard Business School
- Judy D. Olian, University of California, Los Angeles (Anderson)
- Douglas A. Shackelford, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)
- Edward A. Snyder, Yale University