Women in Business

 More than fifty years have passed since the first two female MBA candidates set foot on INSEAD’s Fontainebleau campus. A lot has been achieved on the gender diversity front since then, but it is still important to move forward.

The mission of  INSEAD Women in Business (IWiB) is to enable our alumnae to be successful in leadership roles by providing opportunities for personal and professional development and access to a strong network of fellow leaders.

In Germany, several initiatives and events have already been set up or are underway to bring this mission to life.



Accompany young alumnae in the first years after the MBA and support them in making decisions

The IWiB Mentoring Programme connects current MBA student members of IWiB to more experienced female INSEAD alumnae. Through one-on-one coaching and experience sharing, mentors support their mentees’ personal and professional development. The programme matches interested IWiB MBA student members with mentors based on their post-MBA professional interests and motivation.

If you are interested in joining as a mentor or mentee, contact us at [email protected]  or want to find out more about IWiB Mentoring Programme for Young Alumnae here!

ON TRACK is targeted at INSEAD alumnae up until 10 years after graduation aiming at entrepreneurial or senior management careers and actively seeking ways of combining work and private life. It is based on a proven concept which has repeatedly and consistently shown near 100% success rate in keeping women with young families on a fast-track career path.

The programme includes peer-to-peer (group of mentees) and one-on-one mentoring (mentee/mentor). Regular meetings between mentees and mentors as well as coaching trainings ensure maximum value for participants. Each cohort runs for a period of 1 year.
In the 12-month programme, mentees get the opportunity to build a strong network of young female leaders with similar challenges and get valuable coaching from senior female leaders.

We are currently planning the next ON TRACK cohorts 2020 in Munich and Berlin. If you would like to join as a mentor or a mentee or if you would just like to learn more about the program, contact via email to [email protected]

Support alumnae in career transitions and help identify purpose.

The Beyond Conference is for women leaders of all ages who are willing to push the envelope and aspire to serve as an inspiration to others. During the 1.5 day conference, we cut the small talk and get real. Beyond Conference coaches outstanding women to be crystal clear on how they – through their leadership and their vision – can be profoundly more impactful.

The Beyond Conference is a cooperation between the IWiB and the arc training and has so far been hosted in Cologne and Munich – stay tuned for further sessions.

Munich, February 6, 2020 (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm) with Alan Palmer, MBA’86D
Masterclass “Direct AND Courteous” with Alan Palmer, 
Evening workshop with Alan Palmer, teacher of the “Talk Lean” elective at INSEAD and author of “Talk Lean: Shorter meetings. Quicker results. Better relations.” (short-listed for “Management Book of the Year” in the UK in 2015).
Alan will introduce you to ideas on how to ask for what you want, how to say what you think, how to express how you feel, however difficult or challenging the circumstances, in a way that is not only comfortable for you but which will also greatly improve your productivity and enhance your relationships.
Alan’s workshop will be followed by a discussion and networking over a light meal.

Munich, May 14, 2020 with Prof. Jennifer Petriglieri, INSEAD
Masterclass “Couples that work”, Prof. Jennifer Petriglieri INSEAD
INSEAD Professor Jennifer Petrigilieri, author of the book “Couples that work” will share insights on her book and other, latest research on dual-career couples.

You have ideas for further events, exciting formats or want to recommend good speakers? – We look forward to hearing from you by email to [email protected]

Overall club activities

Annika Rahm

Liza Kerschbaumer
Martine Meerkatt

IWiB Berlin

Astrid Schrader
Marina Fenner
Luna Yzaguirre

IWiB Munich

Katharina Sippel
MAP'15 Jul
Jenya Klein
Mariia Nykytiuk

Let us know if you would like to join us in promoting female leadership by sending an email to [email protected]