Formed in July, IE’s International Women’s Board Tackles Issues of Gender Diversity.

In the run up to International Women’s Day, held this year on March 8th, IE University will host its Women’s Week with activities scheduled in Madrid and Segovia that celebrate and empower women in the workplace. Beyond the week of activities, however, IE Business School is taking serious steps to support women and bolster the presence of female students, faculty and board members.


Female Students in our School

Currently, enrolment for female students across graduate programs in the Business School is 38%.

Even so, the Business School intends to raise female enrolment across all programs by 2021.

To that end, the school has already put some key initiatives in place to appeal to women prospective students, including the Women4Women ambassador program to support female applicants during the application process, women scholarships, the very active Women in Business Club, specific online sessions for women—and IMBA Associate Dean Jose Esteves’ newly-launched Women in Tech program for students interested in a career in tech companies.

Additionally, IE University created the IE Women Initiative to provide a hub to tackle issues of gender diversity across the institution. IE faculty researchers, student clubs, alumni and staff work together to design the best possible tools to attract and retain female talent, especially in Business, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.

IE International Women’s Board

An important step came in July with the creation of the IE International Women’s Board, comprised of outstanding IE alumni, international scholars of excellence, and other key supporters. The board mentors students and enhances the global reach of IE women’s networking.

Allow us to introduce you to the current IE International Women Board members:

Profile - Celia de Anca


President of the IE International Women´s Board



Profile - Maya Helbaoui


Public Affairs Lead, Middle East, Roche
International MBA, IE Business School (2011-12)

Profile - Nat Cartwright


Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Operating Office, Finn AI
International MBA, IE Business School (2013-14)


Profile - Chris Gomes


Co-founder Alavida
International MBA, IE Business School (2013-14)

Profile - Lisa Lyons


Leadership & Assessment Market Lead, Mercer
International MBA, IE Business School (2013-14)



Profile - Marta de La Paz del OlmoMARTA DE LA PAZ DEL OLMO

E&P Professional | IE Executive MBA | Woman In Business advisor
International MBA, IE Business School (2016-17)



Profile - Julie Skogheim


President of the IE Women in Business Club
Dual International MBA & Master in Corporate and Marketing Communications, IE

Profile - Cecilia XuCECILIA XU

Country Manager GCR, Bidalgo (Greater China Region)
Global Executive MBA, IE Business School (2018-19)


Profile - Connie CárdenasCONNIE CÁRDENAS

Full Professor, School of Management, Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá)


Profile - María Llosent de Nárdiz


HR Director | Change and Transformation | Legal | Board of Directors | Secretary non Member of the Board

Profile - Beatrix DartBEATRIX DART

Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management


Profile - Elsa del Castillo MoryELSA DEL CASTILLO MORY

Full-time Professor Universidad del Pacífico
MBA, IE Business School