“We’ve always made a big effort to be interdisciplinary and to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
Women’s Entrepreneur Program
MIT Sloan and Yunnan University created the Women’s Entrepreneur Program as part of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative, a global-scale endeavor to provide underserved female entrepreneurs with business and management education. Based at Yunnan University in Kunming, China, the Women’s Entrepreneur Program integrates courses in foundational areas such as business plan development, marketing, and accounting with action learning activities and workshops.
Faculty from MIT Sloan and Yunnan University’s School of Business and Tourism Management co-developed the program curriculum, which addresses the specific challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in China. These challenges include employee retention, expansion into new regions, and establishing an effective leadership style and company culture.
Beyond a practical skill set, the program seeks to equip women entrepreneurs with a robust network of emerging and established businesspeople in their fields. By fostering these connections, the MIT Sloan-Yunnan University Women’s Entrepreneur Program hopes to establish a self-sustaining growth engine and support system for female-run businesses throughout China.
The program is on track to train more than 200 women by the end of 2013.
To learn more about the 10,000 Women Initiative, visit the Goldman Sachs website >
"When I go back [to China] I will give the students more freedom and ask wise questions to encourage them.”