MBA Ally Challenge


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The Players

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as of Feb 2014

SchoolOverall RankMembership RankActivities RankAwareness RankCulture Rank


Gold Status Programs: Kellogg, Columbia

Silver Status Programs: Sloan

Bronze Status Programs: Ross, Tepper, HBS, Fuqua, UNC




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:

  1. Membership: Number of students who participate in at least one activity
  2. Activities: Number of events or campaigns executed that have an ally-specific component
  3. Outcomes: Baseline and end of year results on a short survey measuring a) LGBT awareness and b) the LGBT-friendliness of campus culture


Below are the raw numbers behind the current standings for each of the 12 top schools participating: 

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In addition to its rank, each school may achieve Gold, Silver, or Bronze status by achieving the following levels:

Bronze ProgramSilver ProgramGold Program
Outcomes50% average score75% average scoreTop 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 has doubled, with 12 of the top 20 US MBA programs participating. As of February 2014, participating schools have activated over 3,600 students and executed 74 ally-related activities across their campuses. The current Challenge has been featured in Businessweek, The Huffington Post, Clear Admit, and the MIT Sloan and Kellogg websites, among others. Updates on the schools' progress will be posted by Friendfactor throughout the year, and the final results will be announced in May 2014.


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. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds at Kellogg.

– Eric Mercep, Kellogg 2013


To learn more about the MBA Ally Challenge and get involved as a school participant or corporate sponsor, contact us.