Four Powerful Women with MBAs

These powerful women have proved that education is indeed extremely important to build a successful business career.

Women broke that very tough glass ceiling to reach success previously only accessible to men whether it is in business or politics. Twenty-first-century women have broken barriers and are currently excelling in various fields from international development to corporate finance and of course management.

In this article, we have listed some of the top female global business leaders who graduated with an MBA degree. These women have proved that an MBA adds excellence and value to a person's quest for success in the business world.


Melinda Gates - Duke University

She is a businesswoman, an author, and a prominent philanthropist. Melinda Gates met her husband Bill Gates while working at his own famous company Microsoft.

 Melinda Gates was elected to Duke University’s Board of Trustees in 1996 and she also serves on the school’s Academic Affairs committee. The powerful woman earned both her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Duke University which is why she decided to donate $20 million to the school to fund the launch of a program expanding interdisciplinary teaching and research.

 Melinda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics in 1986, then she decided to go for an MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business a year later. She then joined Microsoft right after graduating from Fuqua working as a product manager.

 In 2019, Melinda Gates pledged $1 billion to address women and girls causes around the world. It is very rare when a massive charitable pledge is focused on women issues, but that is perhaps why Melinda Gates steppe in. The pledge will focus on removing obstacles to women’s professional advancement; advancing women in many fields including technology, media, and politics; and backing reforms advanced by shareholders, employees, and customers.


Mary Barra - Stanford Graduate School of Business

Mary Barra graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electrical engineering from Kettering University which used to be called the General Motors Institute. She then decided to pursue an MBA at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

In 2014, this powerful woman made history as the first-ever female CEO of a major car manufacturer when she became CEO of General Motors!


Sheryl Sandberg - Harvard Business School

Sheryl Sandberg graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard University where she awarded the prestigious John H. Williams Prize for the top graduating student in Economics.

Sheryl later decided to pursue an MBA at the Harvard Business school and graduated top of her class! In 2008, this powerful woman was appointed as COO of Facebook!


Susan Wojcicki - UCLA Anderson School of Management

Susan Wojcicki graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in history and literature. In 1993, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of California and eventually graduated with an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management in 1998.

After graduating with an MBA, Susan joined Youtube and became the first-ever female marketing manager. She then convinced Google’s board of directors to go forward with the acquisition of Youtube!