Throughout March, nations around the world celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by honoring and celebrating the role women have played in shaping our past and driving our future. Goizueta Business School and Emory University commemorate Women’s History Month with lectures, panel discussions, events, and by elevating the stories of women who create a positive impact in their industries.

At Emory Business, we spotlight the remarkable women of Goizueta Business School all year long. As we look forward to celebrating Women’s History Month, we’re taking time this week to reflect on the many incredible contributions of women in the Goizueta community. We invite you to join us in finding inspiration in their stories.

The Advisory Board Chair

Laura Balser posing inside the Goizueta school building

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more loyal to the Goizueta community than Laura Balser 94BBA 01MBA, who began her term as Goizueta Advisory Board Chair on September 1, 2023. She’s an Atlanta native, Goizueta grad twice over, has spent nearly 20 years volunteering for the school, and is married to another equally successful and devoted Goizueta graduate.

Meet Laura Balsar.

The Educator, LinkedIn Leader, and Alumni Board Member

Lauren McGlory 16MBA loves to be “Day One Ready.” When she wakes up in the morning, her goal is to hit the ground running and make an impact. The Detroit, Michigan native spent five years with Teach for America after graduating from the University of Virginia. McGlory then turned to Goizueta’s Two-Year MBA program to help her level up her career and continue finding ways to expand access to others. She now leads global strategy and accounts for LinkedIn Media Productions and has served as a member of Goizueta’s Alumni Board for the past two years.

Meet Lauren McGlory.

The Physician and Scholarship Recipient

Anne Marie McKenzie-Brown MD 91R 25EMBA is this year’s recipient of the Executive Women of Goizueta’s namesake scholarship. She is not only a dedicated student in the EMBA program, but also carries a wealth of knowledge and experience in the healthcare field that began when she graduated from medical school in 1987. Now, she’s a professor of anesthesiology and the vice chair of professional development for Emory’s Department of Anesthesiology.

Meet Anne Marie McKenzie Brown.

The Navy Veteran Turned MBA Student

The U.S. Navy has always been a part of Grace Miller’s 25MBA life, with four family members serving in the branch. Miller followed in their footsteps after high school when she decided to attend the Naval Academy. She served in the Navy for five years after graduation. Now she’s pursuing her MBA at Goizueta to transition from military service to business leadership.

Meet Grace Miller.

The Big Wig in Basketball

Goizueta BBA Grad Lauren Cohen posing with the NBA’s Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy

Recently, Lauren Cohen 00BBA entered her 24th season with the National Basketball Association (NBA). But she doesn’t play basketball. She’s the vice president of partner management and operations lead for the NBA’s global partnerships group. Cohen credits two things with the stability and tenure she’s enjoyed at the NBA: the people she works with and her opportunities to change roles every few years.

Meet Lauren Cohen.

The Head of the Family Business

Maria Fernanda Genie 24MBA originally studied marketing and management at Georgetown University, where she spent semesters abroad in Hong Kong and Barcelona. After graduation, she spent more time traveling abroad and working in the U.S. and Mexico, before returning home to Honduras to join the family business. Genie created and now manages the marketing department for Henie Farma, a pharmaceutical company founded by her father and grandfather. Now, she has turned to Goizueta’s One-year MBA to teach her more about more about operation, strategy, and management.

Meet Maria Fernanda Genie.

The Hotel Industry Success Story

Cindy Murphy 10EMBA speaks fondly of her humble beginnings working at the local hotel. After a couple decades learning the ins and outs of the industry, she’s moved up in a big way. Murphy now serves as the regional vice president of operations at HEI Hotels & Resorts. Murphy credits the nationally ranked Executive MBA program at Goizueta with giving her the skills and deep business knowledge she needed to confidently close meetings and elevate her career.

Meet Cindy Murphy.

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