The 2014-2015 MBA Ally Challenge features 23 participating schools (nearly double last year's competition), including 17 of Businessweek's top 20 U.S. MBA programs. Collectively, they have the potential to engage 17,000 emerging business leaders.
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Initial rankings as of Oct 2014
|Columbia Business School||1||UT Austin McCombs||13|
|UC Berkeley Haas||2||NYU Stern||14|
|UPenn Wharton||3||Michigan Ross||15|
|UCLA Anderson||4||Chicago Booth||16|
|Duke Fuqua||5||Vanderbilt Owen||17|
|Carnegie Mellon Tepper||6||BU School of Management||18|
|Harvard Business School||7||USC Marshall||19|
|Georgetown McDonough||8||UNC Kenan-Flagler||20|
|Northwestern Kellogg||9||Rochester Simon||21|
|Cornell Johnson||10||Wake Forest||22|
|Dartmouth Tuck||11||Stanford GSB||n/a*|
*Not ranked, insufficient data (<50 responses)
About the MBA Ally Challenge
The Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge is an annual friendly competition among business schools to build the most LGBT-inclusive campuses they can over the course of the school year. Participating schools are evaluated on three criteria:
Initial standings are based on pre-survey inclusion scores. Standings are then updated quarterly and calculated by an equal weighting of the 3 evaluation criteria (33% for membership rank, 33% for activities rank, and 33% for inclusion score rank). Final standings are calculated using end of the year post-survey inclusion scores and are announced in May.
In addition to its rank, each school may achieve Gold, Silver, or Bronze status by achieving the following membership and activity milestones:
|Bronze Program||Silver Program||Gold Program|
|Membership (% of student body)||10%||25%||50%|
The 2014-2015 school year is the 3rd annual MBA Ally Challenge, which launched in Fall 2012 and has nearly doubled year-over-year. Last year's 12 participating schools activated over 4,300 students and executed 106 ally-related activities across their campuses. Their efforts improved the inclusiveness of campus culture such that nearly 50% more LGBT students felt comfortable being out to everyone on campus by the end of the school year - an increase from 42% to 62%, putting these schools far above the national workplace average of 47% openly LGBT professionals. The Challenge has been featured in Businessweek, The Huffington Post, Clear Admit, and the MIT Sloan and Kellogg websites, among others.
Here's a rundown of the past participants and reigning champions:
|School||2013-2014 Rank||2012-2013 Rank|
|Columbia Business School||1||1|
|Carnegie Mellon Tepper||9|
|Harvard Business School||10|
|Yale School of Management||4|