When Nitin Nohria was appointed dean in 2010, he made it his mission to close this gap.
He began by appointing Youngme Moon as senior associate dean of the MBA program,
the first woman to hold that position in the school's century-plus history.
He also created a new position for Robin Ely, an expert on gender and diversity.
Associate Dean Moon, working with Professor Frances Frei, spent the first year rigorously examining the school's culture.
They visited each classroom and discussed the challenges women and international students faced.
Then they used that knowledge to create what Dean Nohria calls "a level of mindfulness."
Without calling for major overhauls, they tackled the soft stuff—small adjustments students could make immediately,
like paying more attention to the language they used in class.
They laid out a new, communal definition of leadership:
"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."
They held students responsible for the impact their behavior had on others.
Those who violated that principle, or even hosted an event where that principle was violated, were held accountable.