Erika Hayes James
  • James hosts 2017 First Day Town Hall event

    Erika James, John H. Harland Dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, delivered her annual Town Hall address Wednesday afternoon to a capacity crowd of faculty, staff and students. James, who is entering her fourth academic year leading the school, took the opportunity to detail success stories from the past calendar year and inspire action as the school nears its centennial celebration.

    James began by detailing the historical foundation of the business school one of the oldest in the nation. As customary, she then detailed the inspired leadership and inspiration the school gains from its namesake — Roberto C. Goizueta.

    James unveiled a set of guiding principles in her first Town Hall in September 2014. Those principles fit within the school’s new strategic framework and, according to James, codify what it means to be a part of a business school with such a powerful legacy and history of success.

    Guiding Principles

    • Garner influence with multiple stakeholders
    • Foster collaborative engagements
    • Acquire valued resources

    In the past year, Goizueta faculty members and/or research has been featured in major media publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

    James also spoke of student influence, including a 96-percent placement rate for BBA students three-months post graduation and a 95-percent rate for MBA graduates.

    The employment numbers remain among the best in the United States.

    James detailed new, collaborative business partnerships and revealed that, in the past calendar year, giving from individuals, corporations and family foundations increased from just more than $3 million to close to $19 million.

    For new students, faculty and staff in attendance, James reviewed the school’s strategic initiatives. Created in 2015, the focal areas cross between research, academic and market interest and serve as a guide for gathering resources and raising the influence of the school.

    James concluded the presentation unveiling aspects of “Goizueta Beyond,” a campaign designed to showcase the power business plays in the world and how Goizueta Business School’s strategic strengths can impact the community.

    “Goizueta Beyond is our charge to the world to restore business to its rightful role as a catalyst for positive and lasting change in society,” James said.

  • Dean Erika James selected as ‘Most Admired CEO’ in education

    Dean Erika James has been selected as the ‘Most Admired CEO’ for the education category by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Dean James will be honored during an awards ceremony on August 24.

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  • Alumni celebrate Emory’s 100 Years of Women

    During Women’s History Month, Erika James, John H. Harland Dean and a professor of organization & management, spoke at two events in Texas as part of the Emory Alumni Association’s faculty series. The series is one of several events comprising the 100 Years of Women of Excellence commemoration at Emory, which celebrates the lives of women who have trailblazed, made an impact, and broken barriers for education and equality.

    During the talk, Dean James related her life journey and shared leadership lessons that left an enduring impact. She advised listeners to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” and to recognize that because leadership success is seldom achieved by simply imitating other leaders, it’s important to “strive to be your authentic self.”

  • Dean Erika James named to Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016

    Goizueta Business School Dean Erika James has been selected to join the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016. James, who was named the school’s first female dean nearly one year ago, joins more than 80 local leaders on the list.

    According to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dean James and other participants will “learn more about metro Atlanta by participating in retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups and community tours, and other impactful experiential activities.

    “They also will critically examine themselves as leaders, challenge themselves to find ways to be more effective in their leadership roles and build relationships of trust and mutual understanding with each other.”

    According to its website, Leadership Atlanta is entering it’s 44th year. It is “the oldest sustained community leadership program in the nation” that focuses on “connecting and inspiring leaders to strengthen metro Atlanta’s communities.”

  • Work to be done increasing MBA popularity among women

    The value of an MBA offers a range of opportunities for women.

    At the Goizueta Business School, one recent alumna is working in Shanghai while being groomed for an executive role with a Fortune 50 company and her husband serves as a stay-at-home father.

    Another showed her value to a prospective employer as a consultant to the point she could stay in Atlanta instead of moving to New York. That company’s offer kept her from moving away from her spouse’s job location.

    “The MBA empowers women in ways that hardly any other degree can and does,” said Julie Barefoot, director of MBA admissions at the Goizueta. “It empowers you in a way that you can ask for and receive accommodation. That will help you achieve balance.”

    Attracting women to business schools has been an issue for decades, Barefoot said. When the Forte Foundation — a nonprofit group — was founded nearly 14 years ago, women made up about 25 percent of full-time students at business schools. Those numbers were approximately half of those in schools of law and medicine.

    Female Enrollment In Business, Law, Medicine And Education At Universities With Top 25 B-Schools

    Poets & Quants, May 7, 2011

    Poets & Quants, May 7, 2011

    The publication Poets & Quants, which covers elite business schools, quoted Forte Foundation executive director Elissa Sangster saying her goal is that business school female enrollment reach 40 percent. Sangster lamented that a study conducted some 14 years ago remains largely true: women had fewer role models in business and were less aware of career opportunities.

    More women may become doctors and lawyers because they can enroll in graduate programs straight from their undergraduate institution. These paths are also historically perceived as “helping professions.” Barefoot said a graduate business degree offers women career flexibility and the opportunity to take on a leadership roles.Skills that make someone a more valuable employee are developed in business school, such as expertise in analysis, strategic thinking and planning, Barefoot said.

    Historically, Goizueta enrolls about 30 percent of female candidates. Because statistics suggest women make up 47 percent of the workforce and 53 percent of them are primary breadwinners, the school works very proactively to recruit women.

    In recent years it’s taken that focus to the next level.

    “We must show the business world what the lack of women in graduate education means for the future,” said Goizueta Dean Erika James, the first black woman to lead a top 25-business school.

    According to James, the lack of female students will, undoubtedly, have a negative impact on businesses needing qualified workers.

    Being a member of the Forte Foundation, and putting on an annual event to attract more women are two reasons why Goizueta’s female enrollment has jumped about 10 percent in recent years.

    There is also an alumni group, the “Executive Women of Goizueta,” which offers a forum for women to discuss ways to succeed in their careers, communities, and lives. Patricia Arundel, the current president of the organization, is an executive at Google and an EMBA alumna.

    The “Advancing Women in Business Conference” weekend is a recruiting event each fall that provides robust programming for women. It also shows off Goizueta’s small, intimate and collaborative learning environment. Alumni and faculty provide their perspective on the experience.

    Last year the event was moved to the Woodruff Arts Center to accommodate a growing attendance. It has also played a role in creating a pipeline of candidates that appeal to top companies.

    After all, the reasons business schools recruit top candidates are the same as in corporate America.

    “From a class profile perspective, we want women to be equally represented in the classroom,” said Wendy Tsung, director of career management at Goizueta. “From a recruiting perspective, companies put in place many initiatives to attract talented women. They want their workforce to mirror the diversity of their customer base.”

    While life choices often cause women to take more time to reach leadership roles, there is less of a barrier than five or 10 years ago, Tsung said.

    “Women are advancing,” Tsung said. “The workforce wants more women in leadership roles. Women certainly can land these roles, and companies want to support women in that growth.”