New undergraduate initiative supports advancement of women in business

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is launching the Kosoy Women in Business program to deliver tailored leadership development opportunities and support the advancement of women in the workplace. Made possible by the generosity of Brian and Andrea Kosoy (Parents’25), the cohort-based program, set to begin in Fall 2024, will connect participants to business leaders through skill-building workshops, speaker series, site visits, professional dinners, and other leadership development programming.

Women comprise 41% of the recent incoming undergraduate class at Georgetown McDonough. The Kosoy Women in Business program aims to foster leadership potential among those students and undergraduates of diverse backgrounds and any gender identity interested in advancing women in business.

“We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to support the extraordinary women students at McDonough as they grow as leaders on campus and thereafter in the business world,” said Brian and Andrea Kosoy. “We think it is important that women have access to unique and targeted resources as they strive to reach their full potential and ultimately shape the organizations they are affiliated with and the business world as a whole.”

In 2023, 53 women (10.6%) of Fortune 500 chief executives were women—an all-time-high, according to Pew Research Center. That share is still well below their percentage of the United States population, which stands at 50.4%.

Tailored support

Current first-year students, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply for The Kosoy Women in Business program. Participants are required to make a one-year commitment, during which they meet with women leaders in business and learn self-advocacy, negotiation, personal finance, and other crucial leadership and practical skills.

“This program reinforces our Jesuit value of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, to ensure each student receives tailored support that is unique to their circumstances, background, and professional goals,” said Christy Murray, associate dean and managing director of the McDonough Career Center.

The Kosoy Women in Business program will complement other undergraduate initiatives that mentor and empower women, including McDonough Women and Smart Women Securities.

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