Women’s Leadership Initiative

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School strives to be a leader in business education and to be an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff.

The Women’s Leadership Initiative at Carey creates awareness of the essential role women play as leaders of businesses and society. We work to identify, research, and create opportunities for the vital discussions that need to happen around the opportunities and challenges women face as leaders.

For questions about this initiative, contact Kristin Sneegas

Related Courses

Executive Education: Women In Leadership

More women occupy positions of leadership in today’s business world than ever before. However, women continue to face unique challenges that delay or stall their career advancement. In this interactive three-day course, participants will learn to hone their skills in negotiation, influencing others and leading groups and teams using exercises, discussion, and case studies as the foundation. Each participant will leave the course with the skills to strengthen their personal network and the ability to create and claim value.

Learn more about our training


Shelby Schemerhorn

Empowering Female Students

Did you know that nearly 50% of students at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are women? Shelby Schemerhorn, GMBA 2018, shares how the equal representation of women drove her decision to come to the Carey Business School.


Key Events

Women Share Stories of Leadership and Empowerment

Through the power of storytelling, a group of Baltimore women shared their personal experiences as leaders in “No Limits: Stories about female leadership, creativity, and resilience,” held March 6 at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. The evening was presented by Women in Business, a student-led organization at the Carey that aims to bring awareness of women’s leadership to both students and the broader community. 

Sylvia Long-Tolbert
March 6, 2019

Creating Your Magic: A Gendered Perspective on Personal Branding for Women

Personal branding requires that women rethink their brand story to expand beyond academic achievements and incorporate soft skills required for leadership. 

Sylvia Long-Tolbert
September 18, 2018

Trailblazing Women: Stories of Firsts, Risks, Self-Doubt and Success

Being “first” in a chosen field or profession can be both exhilarating and daunting. For women in leadership positions, it can prove doubly challenging yet ultimately extremely rewarding.  

Panelists included Alicia Wilson, senior vice president of Impact Investments and senior legal counsel, Sagamore Development; Donna Cichani, design strategy lead, KPMG, Experience Design and Engineering; Sharon Ritchey, head of change, T. Rowe Price; Sharonne Bonardi, deputy comptroller, State of Maryland; and Tracey Ford, president, Maryvale Prep. The event was moderated by Jill Green, associate dean for student development at the Carey Business School.
March 7, 2018

Women in Leadership: Opportunities and Challenges from the Athletic Field to the Boardroom

A diverse group of women leaders discusses how athletics and sports have contributed to their development as both leaders and executives. Research suggests that athletics can have a profound effect on shaping and nurturing leadership skills in women.

Participants in the panel discussion were Alanna Shanahan, director of Athletics and Recreation, Johns Hopkins University; Beth Hehir, vice president, Bank of America; Jennifer Baker, senior associate athletics director, Johns Hopkins University; and Kris Caverly, vice president, T. Rowe Price. The event was moderated by Colleen Stuart, assistant professor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
February 26, 2018

Leaders + Legends with Sen. Barbara Mikulski

Former United States Senator from Maryland Barbara Mikulski spoke at the Carey Business School on a host of topics ranging from women’s leadership to the economy in a lively one-on-one discussion with Carey Dean Bernard T. Ferrari.

Barbara Mikulski
November 13, 2017

Johnson & Johnson: Women’s Leadership Panel

Executives from Johnson & Johnson share their experiences as business leaders in an event was organized by Carey Women in Business.

two women discussing at the Johnson & Johnson leadership panel
October 24, 2017

Broadening Perspectives on Women in Work: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Women from leading industries and academic researchers in management science, business, technology, economics, psychology, and sociology discussed both the progress that women have made in attaining leadership and the barriers they still encounter. 

event attendees listen attentively
October 12-14, 2017