Alison Davis-Blake didn't move from Minnesota to Michigan for the warmer climes. She moved here to become part of a small but growing elite: Women deans of university business schools. Stepping into the top slot at U-M's Ross School of Business, she makes history for the second time (the first was when she became the dean of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.Excerpt:
"Women deans are becoming an increasingly common sight on business school campuses, as I wrote about two years ago in an article on the topic. Of the 668 deans at AACSB-member schools in the U.S. in 2009, nearly 17 percent were women. At the time, I interviewed Davis-Blake about some of the unique challenges women deans face. Here's an excerpt from my conversation with her:
"I don't worry about people actually saying to my face: 'I won't deal with you because you are a woman,' that has never indeed happened," Davis-Blake said. "But there is always that moment, when people say, 'Oh, this person is different from the past five people I've dealt with. I wonder what this will be like.'"
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