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Lauren Ready, MBA '10

Director of Marketing, The International Consortium for Executive Development Research (ICEDR)

Lauren Ready, MBA '10

Prior to attending MIT Sloan, Lauren Ready, MBA ’10, worked as a program coordinator at the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a global network of young CEOs. During her tenure, she noticed the disturbing trend that only 5–6 percent of the approximately 20,000 YPO members were women. “I wanted to see more women CEOs,” Ready reflects, “and I realized, to make a difference, I needed to go back to school to find out the best way to do that.” Inspired by her observations at YPO, and citing the School’s reputation for entrepreneurship, Ready enrolled at MIT Sloan in the fall of 2008.

Now, as a graduate of the School and Director of Marketing at ICEDR, a network for companies developing talent around the globe, Ready has dedicated her work to finding ways to help young women succeed and hopefully, one day, become CEOs. One way in which she and ICEDR are accomplishing this is by presenting her research study “Taking Charge” to women around the globe.

“I interviewed 60 women executives from 20 companies in 19 different countries,” she explains. All the women describe what has made them successful. The report finds that these executives take charge of their work and personal lives in three common ways: They explore who they are, they own their choices, and they repay others. When asked what the most influential piece of advice has been for her, Ready says, ““Craft the life that is most meaningful to you.” She hopes that in continuing to present her report to women around the world, she can help to arm them with the tools and the mindset to be able to do just that.