The MBA Slingshot for Women

Using Business School to Catapult Your Career

by Nicole M. Lindsay


An MBA furnishes more than knowledge ... it provides access to opportunity.

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April 2014


Pages 147
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Business/Careers
  Women's Studies/Business and Labor

A recognized expert in diversity and founder of illustrates how women in an MBA program can leverage the graduate school experience to catapult their professional careers.

Despite the fact that women have been in the workforce for decades and in top graduate schools for years, they represent only 15 percent of corporate boards and a paltry 3 percent of CEO positions. Is it that female executives run into professional roadblocks, or do they underestimate their own abilities to succeed in a business leadership environment? Accomplished author and speaker Nicole Lindsay explores this subject in great detail, providing a gender-based roadmap for developing the knowledge, skills, and relationships to succeed in business school and beyond.

Organized into four main themes, this powerful handbook provides a systematic approach, or "slingshot," for harnessing the business school experience to accelerate professional success. Topics covered include utilizing the social networking aspects of graduate school to pave the way for successful careers; preparing for the issues facing female students as they advance in their careers; developing a new approach to relationship management by leveraging personal connections to get ahead; and creating a consistent, powerful, personal brand.


  • Outlines the four channels that women can use to maximize their business school experience
  • Reveals the four styles of communication for success in class
  • Provides practical strategies and tactics for effective relationship and contact management
  • Offers tools and insights for gaining greater self-awareness and creating a personal brand
  • Reveals the importance of leveraging the 4C’s—classroom, community, career, and clubs
Author Info

Nicole M. Lindsay, MBA, JD, is founder of and author of MBAdvantage: Diversity Outreach Benchmarking Report. Previously, Lindsay was an MBA admissions officer, MBA recruiter, and nonprofit executive. She holds a master's degree in business administration and a juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia.

Lindsay's recent feature articles in the news include:
UK Financial Times:



"The MBA Slingshot for Women challenges women to plan their attack on business school and squeeze every ounce of career potential out of the experience. We're sure to see more women at the top as a result."—Elissa Ellis Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation

"Nicole M. Lindsay offers great insights for women pursuing an MBA. This book is an absolute must-read for women who want to get the most out of their business school experience and develop the network needed to achieve professional success."—Sylvia Ann Hewlett, President of Center for Talent Innovation and Author of Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor

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