A truth could be recognized to all, however it’s seldom that folks act on data. For instance, it is extremely well-known that the variety of ladies in STEM fields and company roles is scarce, however folks attempting to have an effect on change successfully are nonetheless insufficient.
One of many only a few folks attempting to result in this modification is Clara Lapiedra. Clara is the Founder & CEO of Aula Magna Enterprise Faculty. This primary-of-its-kind, women-oriented, worldwide, on-line enterprise college helps feminine leaders excel in enterprise environments, offering them with expertise that corporations need and wish.
The mission of Anula Magna Enterprise Faculty is to extend the proportion of ladies in administration positions. It provides packages that correspond to present business wants and are taught by ladies executives who’re themselves energetic professionals within the discipline. Its content material can also be powered by high enterprise faculties reminiscent of Harvard and Stanford.
Clara is a enterprise marketing consultant specializing in Company Entrepreneurship utilizing agile methodology and has labored on a number of initiatives with worldwide corporations. She is fluent in six languages and has an MBA from Esade and PDG from IESE Enterprise Faculty.
She has 10+ years of expertise in worldwide technique, enterprise improvement, and investments within the personal sector and has been straight answerable for the launching and coordinating of 20 Nation Managers. Clara is a Board Member of the Spanish Mentoring and Consulting Affiliation (AMCES) and in addition of the WomUp Affiliation for Govt Ladies.
She is a tutorial collaborator for ESADE and a member of the ESADE Social Consulting Program. She has been named the ambassador for the Ladies in Knowledge Science (WiDS) program in Barcelona & Madrid.
Clara Lapiedra, in an unique interview with Insights Success, describes how she empowers fellow feminine executives via her work.
Beneath are the highlights of the interview:
Briefly describe your skilled journey up till now.
My title is Clara Lapiedra. I’m born and raised primarily in Barcelona (Spain), though I’ve additionally lived overseas for research causes, within the US, Italy, Germany, and the UK. I’m a proud spouse and mother of two boys who’re 13 months aside. My household is what brings me vitality and pleasure on daily basis.
Within the skilled sphere, after finishing my diploma, a number of masters, and an MBA, I’ve been a supervisor in worldwide corporations for 20 years. Just lately, I based my very own firm, Aula Magna Enterprise Faculty, the primary woman-centric enterprise college that provides top-notch and up-to-date packages for girls in firms. I’m fluent in six languages and have been raised with a world background.
What challenges did you face alongside the best way?
Most likely probably the most exceptional problem I’ve had to date is stepping out of my consolation zone with two infants aged 6 months and 1.5 years. I give up a really well-paid job as a result of I wanted to really feel myself as a full girl in every sphere of my life, and my skilled profession was missing every thing I wanted to make me pleased. It’s been 5 years now since that second, and I haven’t regretted that call even for a day.
Coming to a better time, I’ve confronted the problem in receiving funding from traders. It’s not a straightforward job since many of the traders I meet with are males, and so they don’t see the ache that I’m exposing with the difficulty in conventional enterprise faculties. They haven’t skilled this or haven’t felt this can be a drawback. Nevertheless, it’s tough as a result of 100% of the businesses we’ve talked to to date within the final 2 years have agreed upon the truth that they’re missing extra feminine managers.
What vital affect have you ever dropped at your business?
I’ve been a lady, sitting in minority, in lessons of government packages reminiscent of my MBA in world-wide famend enterprise faculties. I’ve discovered in all processes what it’s wish to be in minority and what a program wants with the intention to be women-centric, accepted for working ladies, a few of them even mothers, who don’t want to hand over on their work-family steadiness with the intention to proceed studying and progressing of their skilled lives.
Inform us about your organization and its basis pillar.
At Aula Magna, we imagine in Nelson Mandela’s saying: “Schooling is probably the most highly effective weapon to vary society,” and we imagine that government schooling shouldn’t be a luxurious however accessible to anybody, particularly ladies.
That’s why we’ve created our personal eCampus and are current in 15 nations, however we plan to double this in 2023. Our packages are 100% on-line, and we don’t have educational lecturers. Nonetheless, very related ladies who’re professionally energetic of their fields of experience, and, on high of that, they train at Aula Magna. This helps us skip the bias of lecturers with many publications who’re missing actual exercise within the day by day lifetime of high sectors.
All our packages reply to the wants of present corporations: world, linked, inclusive, and data-driven. We’ve an Govt Growth Program, a Knowledge Analyst program, a certificates in Variety, Fairness & Inclusion, and in addition an academy for feminine founders referred to as Wompreneur.
What are the values that drive you in addition to your organization?
Our values are collaboration, effort, and striving for excellence. We’re additionally primarily based on 4 out of the 17 Sustainable Growth Objectives (SDGs) by the UN, specifically:
High quality Schooling, Gender Equality, First rate Work and Financial Progress, and Decreased Inequalities.
What methodologies do you implement that contribute to new development alternatives?
I comply with the motto, “the earlier, the higher.” There’s a saying that claims, “Should you’re not embarrassed by the primary model of your product, it means you launched too late.” There’s no such suggestions because the one by actual prospects who consumed your services or products. Steady enchancment comes subsequent, and that’s one thing we implement in every new cohort as a result of we take heed to the Voice of Clients (VoC) with their expertise, the info we get from our eCampus, and the surveys. That’s the one method during which you’re all the time creating, bettering, implementing adjustments, after which promoting once more the wheel of lean start-ups.
What would be the subsequent vital change in your business, and the way are you getting ready for it?
The following vital change in on-line schooling is to search out out the best way during which packages have to be delivered. There are millions of hours recorded in packages on the earth, and on-line packages dropout is near 50%. That’s most likely as a result of, more often than not, the obtainable packages haven’t been designed to be delivered and consumed on-line, largely by yourself (within the case of on-demand studying platforms).
That’s why Aula Magna’s providing doesn’t solely deliver the content material itself but in addition the connection to the community of worldwide Alumni, with personal channels during which enterprise occurs and mentoring additionally occurs. We’re giving a two-fold resolution to the primary pains: schooling and networking amongst skilled ladies who seldom have a spot during which they will speak enterprise, give firm suggestions or share job postings.
Final, however not least, we’ve partnered with the highest two enterprise faculties on the earth: Harvard, we’re associate educators, and our members can profit from their content material; and Stanford, by whom I’ve been named ambassador in Barcelona & Madrid for this system Ladies in Knowledge Science (WiDS).
What are your targets for the upcoming future?
I’m striving for a world during which ladies have the identical actual alternatives as males. However I imply actual alternatives, not those during which ladies can not afford to speculate an enormous quantity of unproductive hours in theoretical packages. I’m at present attempting to increase in a number of African nations, even when it’s pro-bono, to assist finish all gender gaps within the financial system.
Not solely do I need to cut back the gender breach but in addition the breach between underdeveloped nations and the remainder since, with globalization and entry to know-how, there shouldn’t be a wealth hole anymore.
What recommendation would you want to provide the subsequent technology of aspiring leaders?
I’d say, “A ‘no’ isn’t the tip. There are a variety of B-plans, C-plans… as much as Z.” To me, each ‘no’ has made me a stronger and extra resilient particular person and entrepreneur, so I thank all of them!