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To Women Furthering Their Careers

by Jessica Krom

The Rice Business MBA program has a reputation for lifting our students up while preparing them for success in the business world. Now is your time to take the next step toward your future as a woman in business, make meaningful connections with other like-minded women, and grow your business network.

Why Women Choose the Rice MBA

At Rice Business, we’re committed to you and your goals. We want to see you fulfill your potential as an innovative thinker, a leader in the workplace and a problem solver in the community. With 39% of the full-time class made up of women and 34% of faculty, enrolling at Rice means you’re automatically in good company. From trailblazers in entrepreneurship to mentors in the C-suite, you’ll have the open door treatment and support you need.

MBA Student Opportunities

The Women in Leadership Conference is a student-led event that empowers women in numerous industries. You and your classmates plan and present one of the largest events at the school as part of our flagship recruiting event, Women Preview Weekend. Join the student government or a case competition to make your mark. Learn more about the opportunities and resources we offer to make you feel at home at Rice Business.

Interested in Rice Business?


Let some of the rich stories of our students and alumnae illuminate your own. We can’t wait to share yours. Get started and talk to a recruiter today or reach out to our women student ambassadors today.

Stories From Our Students And Alums

Ally Cedeno

Ally Cedeno is working to make the offshore industry more inclusive to women. 

Keyuri Popat

“One of the things the MBA program has given me is confidence — the feeling that there’s nothing I can’t explore.”

Sophie Randolph Headshot

Full-Time MBA Sophie Randolph's start-up, Green Room, was named one of Poets&Quant's most disruptive.

Raisha Smith

"In the Rice Business MBA program, everyone's learning. I’m learning from my peers; my peers are learning from me. I always appreciate the openness my classmates have to my insights and my experiences as a woman of color.”


“For a professional MBA program, I was expecting to come to class, finish my homework, take an exam and get a degree. However, my experience has been much more collaborative on so many levels.”

Casey Sherrod

“I decided to pursue my MBA because I want to bring the knowledge and skills I attain in business school back to the fight as a strategic leader in the Army.”

Owl Have You Know Podcast

Listen to episodes of Owl Have You Know, a podcast by Rice Business Alumni, to learn about more trailblazing women from Rice Business.

Featured Episodes:


Abbey Donnell '17

Abbey Donnell discusses how Rice Business empowered her to start her own company, the women entrepreneurship environment in Houston and how service providers can pivot through the pandemic. 


Patra Brannon-Isaac '11

Patra Brannon-Isaac discusses the process of being admitted to Rice Business, the impact her MBA has had on her career trajectory, and her involvement in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at the school.


Pranika Sinha '04

Pranika Sinha, Managing Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Organizational Development at Greystone joins host David Droogleever. Pranika talks about what stops her from hitting the snooze button in the morning, how a sense of belonging factors into diversity and inclusion, and what unconscious bias is and how to recognize it.



    Joan Dunlap '02

    Joan Dunlap discusses her experience in the Rice Business MBA program as an engineer, the role of team chemistry in entrepreneurship and how problem-solving plays a role in career satisfaction.


    Devina Bhojwani '06

    Devina Bhojwani, president and co-owner of IDEA Lab Kids International, talks about her pivot from working at an international offshore drilling contractor to entrepreneurship within the education space. Devina also digs into her reasons for deciding on Rice for her MBA and describes the hidden value of the Rice network.


    Runsi Sen '04

    Runsi Sen talks about her experience at Rice Business, her transition out of the corporate world and the life circumstances that led her to found an ovarian cancer non-profit foundation, Ovarcome.


    Julianne Katz '21

    Julianne Katz joined Owl Have You Know during the summer of 2020 to talk about her decision to switch from a career in fine arts in NYC to pursue a graduate degree in business. She talks about what it was like to have to shift from in-person classes to virtual learning during a global pandemic.


    Karen Crofton '10

    Karen Crofton, Rice Business graduate class of 2010, talks about her journey to entrepreneurship, from engineering school to Rice Business to teaching entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado and her role as an investor in data and financial technology startups.



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