Let’s Accelerate Progress. Together.

Women in isolation won’t be able to
change business education
(Although not for lack of trying)

It takes a movement

Women in Business Education is a global network that champions women’s leadership in business academia.  WiBE is a woman-owned social enterprise working to make change through the WiBE Movement or WiBE Membership.  We invite you to join this entrepreneurial initiative making change across the globe in business education.

The WiBE Movement is comprised of both men and women looking to build greater diversity and gender balance at all leadership levels within business schools. Our inclusive global movement encourages everyone to participate in the conversation, dialogue and research. Whether you can offer new programs, thought leadership, leading webinars or mentoring, there is room and a role for everyone at our table.  Through our virtual events, blog, podcast and advisory board, we invite you to join this dynamic movement of leaders by subscribing to our mailing list.

We want to increase the number of women leaders

in business education, globally.

WiBE Membership is a collaborative and exclusive space for women in business academia looking to engage with their international peers to pursue the next step of their leadership journey. From future educators to the top ranks of management, we are here to make you thrive, and to bring global visibility to the incredible work you are doing. WiBE Membership is designed to engage women across all spectrums, so whether you are AACSB, AMBA, EFMD, AAPBS, CEEMAN or perhaps you are AOM, PRME or GBSN— we cut across all organizations to broaden your global connections.

It is easy to get caught up in the negative, in the holes and the gaps that remain and the uneven progress. WiBE recognizes the difficulties, but focuses on the future. We aim to be a source of inspiration and to be a place to highlight successes and change through collaboration and partnership. Lets not harp on what should have been, lets focus on what can be.

Covid-19 has the potential to eliminate the progress made for gender equity in business school leadership.


Women leaders in business schools, but they still lag considerably behind their peers with similar qualifications and experience. In the annual salary compensation and survey conducted by AACSB of over 400 business schools, women comprised only one out of four Deans, one out of three Associate Deans, and slightly more than one out of 5 Department Chairs. Women across all ranks still only earn 87¢ to the US$1 dollar earned by men.


Earned by women compared to $1 earned by men.


*Data from the AACSB 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Staff Compensation and Demographic data and also reported in the article, The Glass Ceiling in BizEd Magazine

About the Founder

20 years, 22 countries, almost 100 business schools

Where were the women?

In the last two decades I’ve worked with almost 100 different business schools in twenty two countries. From writing strategic plans, developing new programs to establishing partnerships, I was exposed to almost every aspect of a business school.   

Yet everywhere I traveled I discovered the same thing.  We would struggle for gender balance and diversity at every steering committee meeting, conference agenda, or dean’s council.  When I did have the rare opportunity to work with women at the top levels of leadership I very much enjoyed connecting with these trail blazing, brilliant, clever, rock star, courageous leaders! 

For years I have wanted to bring these change makers together to build a powerful and cohesive network. With the pandemic hammering universities–and women in particular–I couldn’t wait any longer.  I invite you to join WiBE membership as we build the pipeline of future leaders in business education.

—Lisa Leander, Founder & CEO, Women in Business Education