1st Place: Columbia Business School
2nd Place: Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern
3rd Place: Ross School of Business at University of Michigan
Most Improved: Darden School of Business at University of Virginia
Gold Status Programs: Columbia, Fuqua, Kellogg
Silver Status Programs: Anderson, Booth, Sloan
Bronze Status Programs: Darden, Kenan-Flagler, Ross, Tepper
Final, June 2014
|School||Overall Rank||Membership Rank||Activities Rank||Inclusion Score Rank|
|Columbia Business School||1||2||3||2|
|Carnegie Mellon Tepper||9||4||10||9|
|Harvard Business School||10||11||3||11|
The Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge is a friendly competition among business schools to build the largest and most impactful ally initiatives they can over the course of the school year. Participating schools are evaluated on three criteria:
Final standings are calculated by an equal weighting of school ranks based on each of the 3 evaluation criteria (33% for membership, 33% for reported activities, and 33% for inclusion scores).
Below are the raw numbers behind the final standings for each of the 12 participating schools:
*Inclusion score explained above. Schools with n/a did not obtain the minimum number of survey responses to calculate a score.
In addition to its rank, each school may achieve Gold, Silver, or Bronze status by achieving the following levels:
|Bronze Program||Silver Program||Gold Program|
|Outcomes||50% average score||60% average score||Top 25% of all programs|
About the Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge
In 2012 Friendfactor presented MBA student leaders with an audacious challenge: to build the largest and most impactful ally initiatives they could over the course of the school year. Six top schools took up the challenge. They activated over 900 MBA students and transformed the culture at their schools: they lifted awareness about LGBT issues by an average of 19%, and improved the inclusiveness of campus culture by an average of 24%. The results of the inaugural challenge are published here.
In its 2nd year the MBA Ally Challenge doubled, with 12 of the top 20 US MBA programs participating. They activated over 4,300 students and executed 106 ally-related activities across their campuses, improving 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%. The Challenge has been featured in Businessweek, The Huffington Post, Clear Admit, and the MIT Sloan and Kellogg websites, among others.
Here's what our participants have to say about the MBA Ally Challenge:
The MBA Ally Challenge added a lot of energy to our ally programming and really motivated us to have a greater impact as a club. Being connected to other schools made me feel like we were part of a much bigger community, and we all really fed off each other’s ideas and enthusiasm.
– Michael Chen, Yale SOM 2014
The Challenge demonstrated to me that there is a community of allies out there that wants to learn more about my struggles as an LGBT woman and be the most supportive that it can be. I’ve been inspired to engage the ally community more at Columbia and also in other arenas of my life.
– Dyanna Salcedo, Columbia 2014
I love the MBA Ally Challenge. There’s nothing like a good b-school competition to get folks focused on a cause! Participating in a cross business school challenge is a wonderful platform from which to engage classmates on issues affecting the LGBT community.
– Eric Mercep, Kellogg 2013
As of June 2014, 23 business schools are pre-registered to compete in the 2014-2015 MBA Ally Challenge, which will kick off in August 2014. Register your school to participate.