Why MBA? Helping women to break the glass ceiling

"Elissa Sangster counts herself fortunate to have had early mentors who pushed to empower and promote women around them.

After business school, Sangster worked at Texas A&M University as assistant director of the MBA program, whose director, Sue Robertson, was her supervisor.

‘She was very much a supporter of women,’ said Sangster, now the chief executive of Forté, a San Antonio, Texas-based nonprofit that focuses on elevating women to leadership positions. ‘She had faced a lot of challenges that were gender-related in her career and she wanted me to have opportunity.’

Sangster applies that spirit in her work now to help women pursue MBAs and rise up in their work places.

Sangster chatted with Reuters about her work philosophy. Edited excerpts are below.

Q. What did you learn from your first job?

A. My first job before I graduated from college was working in the admissions office in the local community college in the town where I grew up, Lee College in Baytown, Texas. That set the stage for my career.

I was already a really hard worker. I learned that from school and my parents were hard workers. But at that job, I learned about having respectful work relationships with my peers, how to solve problems and how to help students navigate their educational experience." …