Sciences Po launches the Women in business Chair

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On Wednesday, 11th April, the Sciences Po Entrepreneurship Centre (fr) and the LIEPP launched the Women in Business Chair. This new research and teaching chair aims to develop and scientifically evaluate measures to reduce the barriers women face in business careers, whether in terms of access to leadership positions or of starting new business ventures. The chair’s activities will benefit women students who may be discouraged from entrepreneurship, business leaders seeking guidance on effective measures to put in place and public authorities wanting to raise awareness of best practices.

One of the chair’s objectives is to help women develop their entrepreneurial skills. Particular emphasis will be placed on the soft skills that are increasingly necessary for career development in a rapidly changing labour market, so that more women can gain access to senior positions.

With the support of founding sponsors the CHANEL Foundation and Goldman Sachs, the chair will develop activities in three areas:

  • Research: studies in experimental economics, sociology and social psychology focused on developing measures to reduce the obstacles that discourage women from starting a business or, more broadly, from reaching senior management positions.
  • Teaching: using the research findings to create new courses and specific workshops that help women develop essential career skills for a changing labour market.
  • Knowledge dissemination: informing wider society about effective measures to foster women’s entrepreneurship and leadership.

“This chair will help raise awareness and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. We must break the glass walls that curb women students’ dynamism and their desire to create and innovate.” Miren Bengoa, Managing Director of the CHANEL Foundation.

“We are delighted to support the Sciences Po Women in Business Chair. As a global firm we are committed to supporting and enhancing women’s economic empowerment, through our 10,000 Women initiative, where over 10,000 women from over 56 countries have benefitted from access to business education technical assistance and capital. We look forward to working with Sciences Po to further the cause of women’s entrepreneurship.” Céline Mechain, Partner, Goldman Sachs.

You can find an interview from Anne Boring about the chair and another from Charline Avenel (fr), Secretary General for Sciences Po.