Dean of Villanova’s Business School: Road to More Female CEOs Begins in Finance

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Image of Joyce Russell via Michael Bryant, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Joyce Russell, Dean of Villanova’s Business School, believes that the key to more female CEOs is getting them interested in finance from an early age, writes Jane Von Bergen for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I have this whole theory on if we’re going to really impact society at the CEO level, we’ve got to get women in finance, because that’s the easiest route to becoming a CEO,” said Russell.

She that while STEM is doing an admirable job at building girls’ interests in fields like science, engineering, and technology, finance is still very much a male-dominated field.


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Russell believes the change needs to come early.

“How do we get girls excited about math?” she asked.

Girls who are good at math usually get steered toward engineering or STEM, but Russell believes that business should be added as an option.

Russell aims to get girls excited about business through several partnerships.

“We’re partnering with Girl Scouts. We’re partnering with all-girl schools,” she said. “We’re trying to do more to get girls excited about what the careers are in business.”

Read the entire interview in the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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