Women's Initiatives

At the Carlson School, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for women in business for our undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni through various programming, clubs, events, opportunities, and more. We continue to improve the experience for women through three pillars: Access, Empowerment, and Progression.



Getting more women into business education is a top priority for the Carlson School. Programs such as the Business Innovation Academy for undergraduate students and Camp Emerge for graduate students open doors for women to get a world-class business education. We also provide scholarship opportunities exclusively for women.

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Throughout each of the various stages of a woman's career, the Carlson School has programming, mentorship, and networking opportunities so you can build your career no matter where it takes you.



As a result of the talented faculty at the Carlson School, academic research around women and workplace issues has been a top priority.

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Women in Business (WIB)

Women in Business is an undergraduate student organization that is dedicated to bringing together business professionals and students of all majors and all backgrounds to network and learn about important topics within the business. Women in Business hosts speaker meetings twice a month, volunteer and social events monthly, and two signature networking events per year. Women in Business is for the student who wishes to grow personally and professionally while connecting and uplifting all women. WIB also partners with various businesses that support undergraduate students, give back to the Twin Cities community, and contribute to the success of its future leaders. 

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Graduate Women in Business (GWIB)

The Graduate Women in Business Club for Carlson School Full-Time MBA students aims to empower graduate women in business, propel more women into leadership positions, and enhance diversity in the workplace. Learning Lunches and Real Talks provide space for engaging conversations with classmates, professors, alumni, and business leaders on topics such as women in a male-dominated industry, giving and receiving feedback, living a happy life, and parenting. GWIB also supports the Men as Allies Initiative. 

Our mission is to provide MBA women with a community—both within and beyond Carlson—to be strong business leaders. GWIB empowers women to transform shared experiences into action through informal and formal events, including networking opportunities and professional and personal development.

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Carlson Women’s Network (CWN)

The Carlson Women’s Network (CWN) in the Part-Time MBA Program aims to provide meaningful relationships to support the personal and professional advancement of Part-Time MBA women. 

The Carlson School hosts a variety of events each year that allow us to connect with each other, Full-Time MBA students, Online MBA students, undergraduate students, prospective students, and alumni. Our annual event, Women, Wine, and Wisdom, is the second largest women’s event at the Carlson School, and has sold out more than 100 seats to high-achieving women in the Twin Cities.

Learn more at our CWN Website and follow us on the CWN LinkedIn page.

Four alum post together at the Carlson Women Connect event in Minneapolis.

Online MBA Women

There are various events and networking opportunities for Online MBA women at the Carlson School. Student Affairs hosts a Women’s Affinity Networking Night to connect with prospective students, current students (Online, Part-Time, and Full-Time), and alumni. There are also various other networking opportunities and events. Other organizations also host women-specific events to highlight women working in various industries. 


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Carlson Women’s Global Connect

The Carlson Women Global Connect alumni affinity network at the Carlson School seeks to foster a culture of lifelong engagement and build a community of alumni dedicated to helping one another succeed. The network provides opportunities for alumni to network, engage in lifelong learning, connect with current students, and advance their careers, all while supporting each other.

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Women's Leadership Conference

Learn how to harness your unique power at the 15th annual Women’s Leadership Conference, “Surge: The Power of Women.” No matter where you are in your career path or stage of life, you have the potential to build momentum from the ground up. “Surge” will give you the tools you need to reach new heights and to inspire others to embark on a similar journey.

MBA Candidates take on Female Leadership

As part of the Women's Leadership Conference, we asked seven MBA candidates from the Carlson School of Management what female leadership means to them.