Why do companies value MBAs? It is a valid question that many MBA candidates are curious about, and rightfully so. The job market is strong: Nine out of every 10 employers surveyed by the Graduate Management Admission Council, the administrator of the GMAT, say they expect to maintain or increase the number of job openings for business school graduates in 2015. A majority of these employers also plan to increase starting annual base salaries for new hires this year. The demand for MBAs is clearly there, but what is it that makes MBA graduates so employable?
The growing impact of women entrepreneurs is evident today. Women-owned firms account for almost 30 percent of all businesses and one in five women-owned firms tout revenue of $1 million or more, according to research conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and its Center for Women in Business in 2014.
Mentoring programs are an effective way to advance the development of high-potential employees. By harnessing the talent and experience of talented executives as mentors, companies are able to satisfy their employees intrinsic desire to grow and develop professionally. This guide from MBA@UNC, "How to Build a Successful Mentoring Program" is designed to support the talent development strategy of every company.
The rise of women’s entrepreneurship is making a significant impact on the U.S. economy across a wide range of industries. There are now more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, accounting for more than 30 percent of all enterprises. This list is comprised of 33 female founders with an MBA who have left their innovative mark in a variety of sectors including health, technology, media and e-commerce.
The leadership initiative, which is offered in every University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler MBA program, gives students a valuable opportunity to gain strategic leadership skills through practice, feedback and coaching.