Join our next WiBE Global Associate Convening on May 13, 2021
WiBE Associate is for advanced women leaders
looking to propel their career growth trajectory
Membership in WiBE Associate brings together women at the highest level of leadership in business schools from around the globe to connect on issues that matter.
Women who are current or former Associate, Vice, Deputy and Assistant Deans are eligible to join WiBE Associate.
As a member of WiBE Associate you will have the opportunity to:
Lead With Intention
Be in the driver’s seat to disrupt the status quo to the “same old same old” leadership in business education.
Stand Out From the Crowd
Use the WiBE platform to highlight your work, successes and potential at a global scale in our newsletters and social media.
Meet Your Peers
Build deep and enduring connections with women just like you, in discussion groups that meet monthly all year long.
Access Global Education
Virtual, live and pre-recorded workshops and resources tailored specifically for women at the senior levels of their career.
Don't keep running into a brick wall, let's break through it, together
From shuttered campuses, Zoom burnout, cancelled programs to disappointed students, Associate Deans are balancing how to manage those above them as well as lead those below. In WiBE Associate you will always know that no matter what is happening, you have a global community that always has your back.
What Our Founding Deans are Saying on Social Media
WiBE Deans launched in September, representing business schools located across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa. We are now offering your own membership community to Associate Deans. Come find out what it is all about!
Membership Time Commitment
WiBE is your place to fill your bucket with inspiration, connection and thought leadership. We focus on convenience, flexibility and connection in all that we do.
We arrange everything. Simply show up and enjoy.
Membership in WiBE Associate includes a monthly one hour peer group convening by Zoom where we discuss a different issue that is top of mind for advanced women leaders. This session repeats twice in one day (am and pm) so you can select the most convenient time for your schedule.
Doesn’t fit your schedule? Last minute meeting? No problem.
Ninety minute workshops are offered every month on practical topics. No preparation is needed, come as you are. Doesn’t fit into your schedule? All workshops are recorded and available on our private website that you can access anytime.
One day we’ll offer in-person events. Until then, we’ll connect virtually!
WiBE Members can connect in our private discussion forum and mobile app group where we post updates, member celebrations and introductions. Network at a time that is convenient to you. Our newsletter curates the news, research and member updates you need to know about the movement delivered to your inbox.
- WiBE Associate Global Virtual Convenings
- Monthly Live Workshops tailored to senior academic leaders
- Member Huddles (small groups) on topics of interest
- Library of recorded workshops
- Private jobs board for posting and searching
- Online Community Discussion Forum & Mobile App
- One registration to WiBE Momentum Virtual Summit
- Monthly bulletin with member highlights
Monthly Global Convenings
WiBE Associate meet monthly in peer groups of 6-8 of their peers for discussions on issues that are top of mind.
Recent topics include:
- Piecing together your institutional strategy in a puzzling world
- Shifting your strategic mindset for a changing world
- Activating Your Advisory Board
Participate in interactive workshops led by experts on variety of topics. Additional resources and recordings are always available in the library. Workshop topics have included:
Helping Your Team Thrive in Uncertain Times
Business as (Un)usual: Creative Problem Solving
Your. Next. Big. Thing. Taking a Leap in Business Academia.
Online Community Forum & Mobile app
Chat in our private community
Ask a question, respond to a post or follow our weekly hot topic. Each member level has their own closed private discussion forums along with open forums to the full membership.
Looking to hire? Post a position to all of our membership.
Or browse our listings for your next opportunity. Staff post new positions weekly.
Connect quarterly to tackle our toughest challenges
WiBE Associates connect virtually in in our member huddles to address common areas of experience or interest. Topics range from furthering your career to producing articles and thought leadership pieces on mutual areas of interest.
WiBE Associate members receive a complimentary registration to our Virtual Summit this Fall 2021.
Three days of engaging keynote speakers, panels, networking sessions on all things women in business education. Members have access to all recorded sessions in our library.
WORKSHOP ASSOCIATE & DEANS: Speak Up and Speak Out
Thursday, June 10, 2021
4:00pm – 5:15pm (New York – EDT)
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Session 1 10:00am-11:00am (New York – EDT)
Session 2 7:00pm-8:00pm (New York – EDT)
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Session 1 10:00am-11:00am (New York – EDT)
Session 2 7:00pm-8:00pm (New York – EDT)
Join us on our mission to bring gender balance and
diversity to every level of leadership in the business school
- Open to current and former Associate, Vice, Deputy or Assistant Deans
- Join Monthly Convenings with small peer group discussions on issues and trends in business education (paired with those on the administrative or academic track)
- Quarterly Member Huddles to dive deeper into specific topics of interest
- Complimentary registration to Momentum, our 3-day Virtual Summit this Fall
- Virtual workshops led by experts from around the globe
- Library of archives in private membership site
- Private Discussion Forum on our website and our own mobile app for collaboration
- Jobs Board for posting and searching for new positions
Imagine what will be possible when you join
forces with other female leaders in business academia
I really appreciate the collegiality among the members of WiBE and the themes that have been discussed so far. They are timely and very informative. The workshops are also very well conducted with great speakers.
It is nice and very helpful to be able to have insightful conversations with your peers, who are experiencing similar situations. After each meeting, I feel energized and very grateful towards these wonderful women who care deeply about higher education in business. They are so inspired and inspiring.
By far the greatest value WiBE provides is the opportunity to have intentional, candid conversations with fellow women deans to address matters/issues we’re all encountering.
WiBE Membership is not only an investment in my professional development, but an opportunity to develop quality relationships. The supportive and encouraging environment lifts me up, and strengthens my courage to continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion in senior leadership in the academy.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment for membership?
We understand, Associate Deans are busy! We want to ensure that we work on your schedule and make this easy for you. Generally for the peer groups the commitment is one hour a month (although we know that not everyone can make each month.) Workshops generally run every month and can be attended live, or the recording can be accessed at any time on our private membership site.We offer a variety of events so that you can decide what is most attractive AND convenient to attend. Know that by being part of the movement, you are making a difference, even when you are not here!
What is included in my membership annual fee?
Members Benefits include:
Calendar invitations to Monthly Associate Convenings where we meet in small groups
Access to interactive workshops with experts from around the world
Participate in Member Huddles that meet virtually throughout the year
One complimentary registration to the WiBE Virtual Summit, three days of engaginge keynotes and interactive sessions
Access to our closed private website with our library of recorded sessions, events listings and the member directory.
Members also receive our monthly bulletin where we curate relevant news, research and celebrations of member successes.
Can I come check out WiBE before I commit to joining?
Definitely! All potential members are invited to attend one of our monthly Global Convenings. Check out our events page and email email@example.com to be added to the registration list.
I am a former Associate Dean, do I qualify?
We hope that WiBE will be your community of inspiration and celebration for life—even if the position of dean isn’t forever. The WiBE Associate category is open to current and former Associate Deans. Our leadership legacy is an important part of our mission, ensuring that we are both looking ahead and behind us as we blaze our trail. We have a number of former deans in WiBE Deans so you won’t be alone.
Do I have to be on the tenure track to qualify for membership?
No, you don’t have to be on the tenure track to qualify for membership. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure of which membership category to select.
How is WiBE different than WAME or HERS?
WiBE very much supports the missions of WAME and HERS, we always need more networks, pathways and opportunities for promotion. However, we also offer our own unique value proposition, check out some of our differences below:
- WiBE is a global membership organization focused on bringing gender balance and diversity to all levels of leadership in business schools.
- Through our community events or our closed membership activities we offer quality networking and practical workshops to drive success in your career—very specific and tailored for women in business education.
- Our focus is on peer mentoring—you will be in virtual events, workshops and your online community with women in similar positions as yourself
- Our activities fall within three key pillars: developing a deep connected international network, elevating the visibility of your work globally and driving a strong leadership legacy.
- Through our social media platforms, newsletter and outreach we highlight and champion the success of women leaders—increasing the global visibility of women in leadership roles is a key pillar of our activities
- We are open to women academics across all accreditation platforms around the world and offer an active line up of virtual meetings and workshops. In the future we plan more in-person and regional events.