Expanding the Gender Pipeline Through Education

A discussion on the current and future state of women and minorities in pursuit of a business education and how we can increase these numbers.

Moderator: Professor Susan Stehlik


Susan Stehlik joined New York University Stern School of Business as an adjunct professor in 1999 and now serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Management Communication. She also manages a consulting practice, Prime Time Ideas, inc.

Her combined academic and profession projects have focused on developing communication strategies for enhancing the corporate and individual presence as well as responding to critical transitions. Her portfolio of specialties includes diversity and leadership training, executive coaching, and legal and ethical investigations, as well as work with emotional intelligence and core communication skills. She has worked with a broad range of clients large and small: ABC Television, SAC Capital, Vanguard Investments, Detica, Maharam, and Comedy Central, to name a few. She has addressed numerous issues with audiences at the Japan Society, University of Dar es Salaam, IBM, the McKinsey Global Business Institute, and many more academic institutions. Recently she appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° conducting a case analysis on gender issues in business.

Prior to her consulting work, Professor Stehlik spent 21 years in international finance as a member of the senior management teams at Bank of Boston and Nippon Credit Bank. She has also served as a corporate ethics officer.


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Since 2004, Elissa Sangster has served as Executive Director for the Forté Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women business leaders.  She has grown Forté from a small consortium of a handful of schools and companies to a preeminent internationally-recognized organization.  Ms. Sangster brings over 20 years of expertise addressing issues affecting women’s abilities to seek, prepare for and attain business leadership positions.  Prior to Forté, Elissa was Assistant Dean and Director of the MBA Program at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. There she oversaw all activities related to the full-time McCombs MBA program including marketing, admissions, student services, and alumni relations.

Elissa speaks frequently with the media, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and other top business outlets on women’s leadership and advancement topics, especially those tied to earning an MBA and the opportunities it provides for career advancement. In addition, Elissa is a regular speaker at national conferences including the Graduate Management Admission Council Industry Conference, The Conference Board’s Women’s Leadership Conference, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Annual Conference and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

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Holly Jackson has spent the bulk of her career using her analytical and creative talents to solve issues about which she is passionate. She began her career in marketing at Amnesty International, then served marketing strategy clients including Daimler Chrysler, Timberland and Godiva. More passionate about people than products, she then went on to guide Wharton MBA students in navigating their career paths. Holly currently works for Management Leadership for Tomorrow where she has helped hundreds apply successfully to the top business schools in the world. She graduated with a BA in English/Creative Writing from UCLA and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Holly lives in NJ and loves to cook for family and friends, refinish furniture, and hang out with her dog, Random.


Dr. Paula Steisel Goldfarb is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Graduate Financial Aid, and Admissions at the New York University Stern School of Business.  In Paula’s 16 years at NYU Stern she has served in leadership roles involved in marketing, recruiting, diversity, operations, admissions, academic advising, assessment, and financial aid.  Prior to NYU Stern, Paula worked for the American Pardes Foundation as the Director of New Leadership and Resource Development and at the Charles Bronfman Foundation in the areas of grant distribution and program development.

Paula received her BA in Psychology from Haverford College and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.  Paula completed her Doctorate in Higher and Postsecondary Education at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.  Paula's dissertation on women and graduate education received the National Business Education Association’s Dissertation Award.  Paula’s research has been featured at academic and professional conferences and she has published several case studies.  

Paula is an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Steinhardt School where she teaches several courses including Leadership in Higher Education, Colloquium in Workplace Education, and Designing and Managing Organizational Learning Programs.