Balance in Business Initiative

The aim of the Balance in Business Initiative is to engage and inspire current and future leaders on why Balance in Business matters, how to implement it and to recognise the value it can create.  

This is a fully volunteer-led initiative run by INSEAD alumni who are passionate about addressing gender balance. We also believe that by engaging and educating leaders they can become agents for change.  Our goal is two-fold:

  • to engage and empower INSEAD alumni with the knowledge and skills on why and how to achieve strategically balanced organisations; and 
  • to actively address the talent pipeline.

Central to our mission of Balance in Business is the development of a gender balanced talent pipeline.  The Impact Mentoring programme was born out of the desire to create a long-lasting legacy of bringing INSEAD alumni, men and women, together to address gender inequalities in business. Our mission is to have an impact on gender balance and to contribute to having more balanced businesses and, as a consequence, a more balanced society.

Currently the INSEAD Alumni Impact Mentoring Programme offers two tracks:

  • Women in mid to senior positions (for alumna with at least 10 years’ experience, post INSEAD MBA or equivalent
  • Young Leaders Programme (Alumna with a maximum of 5 years’ experience post INSEAD MBA)

The programme tackles challenges ranging from career moves, running start-ups and navigating company politics to building self-confidence, returning to work and supporting salary negotiations.  We are supported by a mentor network of over 220 INSEAD alumni, male and female, who volunteer their time to support the next generation of leaders achieve their aspirations.

Inspiring keynotes, practical advice and open roundtable discussions.  Our event series offers the opportunity to connect, learn and share with others.

Thought-provoking research, insights and global perspectives.  Our curated content on leadership, gender balance and career transitions.

Support our initiative by becoming an ambassador or strategic partner. There are a range of ways in which you, and your company, can engage with this critical initiative.

Our Principles

Bring actionable and practical insights
to empower, inspire and make change happen

Provide alumni with opportunities to connect and learn
from each other in safe, trusted environments

Ambition does not have a gender – engage everyone!

Founding Partners

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