The initial partnerships will support pragmatic, flexible and shorter term programs, resulting in business and management certificates that can open doors for thousands of women whose financial and practical circumstances prevent them from receiving a traditional business education. There will also be a select number of MBA and BA degrees conferred.

In addition to funding tuition for business and management education, 10,000 Women will work with development organizations to better understand the local challenges girls and young women must overcome so more of them can realize economic opportunity and achieve their full potential. Many of these partnerships will seek to establish mentoring and networking channels for women and encourage career development opportunities.

10,000 Women has been in development for more than a year and was inspired by economic research from Goldman Sachs that showed the powerful effects of greater labor force participation of women on economies and societies. Goldman Sachs will commit $100 million to this initiative over the next five years. In addition, the people of Goldman Sachs will contribute their time and expertise through classroom instruction and mentoring.

Increase the entrepreneurial talent and managerial pool in developing and emerging economies – especially among women – is one of the most important means to reducing inequality and ensuring more share economic growth. Goldman Sachs also will announce in the coming months additional 10,000 Women program partnerships that will provide more business and management education for disadvantaged women in the United States.

Initial Academic Partners:

  1. American University of Afghanistan
  2. American University in Cairo
  3. Brown University
  4. Columbia Business School
  5. Harvard Business School
  6. Indian School of Business
  7. Pan-African University, Nigeria
  8. School of Finance and Banking, Rwanda
  9. Stanford Graduate School of Business
  10. Thunderbird School of Global Management
  11. United States International University, Kenya
  12. University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
  13. Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  14. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  15. William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan
  16. Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
More detailed information about 10,000 Women as well as specific program details for each of the program’s initial markets can be found in a fact sheet available for download at
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