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Resources for Women in Business
Chicago Booth has a deep commitment to empowering women to accelerate their personal and professional growth.
Through powerful networks, insightful research, and professional opportunities, Booth creates a collaborative community that builds up women from all backgrounds and enables them to create meaningful change locally and globally.
Here, you’ll find access to key business resources for women from Booth, the broader University of Chicago community, and beyond. From support for career development and entrepreneurial ventures to scholarships, global events, and opportunities to get involved, we offer a wide array of business resources and professional opportunities for women in the Booth community.
Will we provide new resources on a regular basis. Please check back often.
The University Community Service Center engages students with communities and partners to build a more just Chicago. Volunteer opportunities include Ladies of Virtue, a nonprofit that prepares girls ages 9 to 18 to become change agents in their communities, and My Block, My Hood, My City, which is dedicated to empowering communities to build a better world.
The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is the social impact hub at Chicago Booth. The center provides many resources for students and alumni seeking to empower women and create meaningful change.
Are you working on a new venture aimed at supporting women?
Rustandy Center support social entrepreneurs through the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program. Through programs like the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC), the center provides critical capital, mentoring, and connections to help launch new business. The center is eager to support and connect with students and alumni working in this space.
Examples of women-driven and focused ventures include Shakti, a mobile-based intervention that aims to empower illiterate women in India to enforce their rights, Veera Health, a digital therapeutics platform that helps women identify and navigate Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and Pie for Providers, which uses technology to streamline and automate child care subsidy to ensure child care providers—small, women-owned businesses—get paid for their work and help families access care.
Do you seek to have an impact by supporting a nonprofit addressing the pressing needs of women, locally or globally?
The Rustandy Center believes that nonprofits—and their boards of directors—have the potential to drive social and environmental change.
The center offers resources, programs, and events to help nonprofit organizations do their best work. In particular, for those seeking to join nonprofit board focused on empowering women, the nonprofit board toolkit helps new board members prepare, navigate, and thrive during their first 90 days serving on a nonprofit board.
Are you looking for thought leadership and research on DEI?
The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation supports research that shines a light on the gender gap facing women in the workplace and other key issues, as well as research that supports diversity broadly.
The center often participates in events that examine gender and diversity. Visit the Rustandy Center events page for more information on upcoming programs.
The Polsky Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship supports women through several initiatives. For example, we recently partnered with C200, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance women corporate leaders and entrepreneurs, to support networking and mentorship opportunities for Booth students through C200 Scholar Awards of $10,000. The Polsky Center also provides funding for women and other entrepreneurs through the annual Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge.
Find out how you can learn more about the Polsky Center's entrepreneurial programming and events.
The George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State supports research that promotes the power of markets to enhance human welfare. This research often spotlights issues affecting women worldwide, such as gender inequality and the unequal impact of the COVID-19 economy. The Stigler Center’s influential Capitalisn’t podcast also frequently spotlights women in episodes like “Is Discrimination Still Causing The Gender Pay Gap?”
Learn more about how you can subscribe to the Capitalisn't podcast.
Explore How Booth's Executive MBA Program Supports Women
Women who aspire to executive-level positions in business often face a daunting array of obstacles. That’s why Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA Program offers scholarships and other resources for women in our program.
- The Global Dean’s Initiative Scholarship for Women supports high-potential female students in the Executive MBA Program in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong.
- The 30 percent Club Scholarship for Women provides $50,000 in funding to support high-potential female students in the Executive MBA program in London.
- Our Guide to Writing a Business Case for Sponsorship offers tips on approaching your employer about enrolling in an EMBA program.
The Chicago-based investment research firm works closely with YWCA USA, one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation.
Venture capital firm GingerBread Capital works with Invest in Girls, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing financial literacy among girls and increasing the number of women working in finance.
Chicago Booth is a founding sponsor and proud supporter of the Forté Foundation, which offers scholarships, career resources, networking and mentoring opportunities, and live and online events. Each year, Chicago Booth sponsors several Forté Fellows who receive up to $20,000 in scholarship funding per year.
Other UChicago Resources for Women
The University of Chicago’s Office of LGBTQ Student Life provides current students, including Booth students, with a mentorship program that connects lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, and questioning students with LGBTQ staff, faculty, and graduate/professional mentors.
Global Resources for Alumni
Chicago Booth is a global business school with a powerful international presence. Our vibrant, 55,000-strong alumni community extends to more than 120 countries, and our campuses in London and Hong Kong provide a foundation for worldwide connections, research, and impact. We offer a wide range of resources for our global alumni community, from alumni events that aim to bring women together around the world to exciting opportunities for alumni to get alumnae involved and volunteer.
Resources for Staff
If you are an employee at the University of Chicago, there are a number of ways for you to get involved—from volunteering in the Hyde Park and surrounding South Side communities to joining UChicago resource groups and more.