GMAC Experts Available to Comment About Women in Business Education

Reston, Virginia—As the world celebrates International Women’s Day and the achievements of women in society, several experts on women and management education at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) are available to provide insight and analysis to journalists.

GMAC is an international association of leading business schools and owner of the GMAT exam. The GMAT exam is used by thousands of MBA and other graduate management education programs around the world as part of the admissions process.

To download a comprehensive report with statistics about women in management education, visit www.gmac.com/datatogo. More information about women and graduate management education is at gmac.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=29197.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Sam Silverstein, manager of media and public affairs for GMAC, at +1-703-668-9777 or ssilverstein@gmac.com.

The following GMAC experts are available for interviews:

•    Julia Tyler, executive vice president of member services and school marketing. Tyler previously was associate dean of the MBA program at London Business School.

•    Peg Jobst, executive vice president of GMAT marketing operations. Jobst oversees the GMAT exam. She also is responsible for GMAC’s Research and Development department, which provides market intelligence about the global business school industry from the points of view of prospective and graduating students, alumni and recruiters.

•    Lamia Walker, regional director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at GMAC and former director of the Centre for Women in Business at London Business School. Walker is an expert on female participation in graduate management education.

•    Michelle Sparkman-Renz, director of research communications. Sparkman-Renz is responsible for analyzing shifts across international markets and diverse populations in graduate management education.

Key facts about women in management education:

•    Forty percent of the 263,979 GMAT exams taken worldwide during the year ending June 30, 2010, were taken by women. This is the second year in a row that the number of women GMAT examinees has topped 100,000.

•    GMAC research suggests that women are likely to first consider business school and sit for the GMAT exam at a younger age than men.

•    Women typically pay more attention to work-life balance when they approach business schools than men. Women also are more likely to consider flexible MBA programs deivered on campus, which combine full-time and part-time course delivery options.

About GMAC and the GMAT exam

The Graduate Management Admission Council (www.gmac.com) is a nonprofit education organization of leading graduate business schools and owner of the GMAT® exam, used by almost 5,000 graduate business and management programs worldwide. GMAC is based in Reston, Virginia, and has regional offices in London, New Delhi and Hong Kong. The GMAT exam—the only standardized test designed expressly for graduate business and management programs worldwide—is continuously available at more than 530 test centers in over 110 countries. More information about the GMAT is available at www.mba.com.