In 1968, when Ann Evans Edwards was among eight women and 17 men who earned an Emory business degree, job opportunities were less available to women.
“Some of the big accounting firms wouldn’t interview women,” recalled Edwards, who went to Emory from her hometown of Dalton to be a medical librarian but switched to business after loving an accounting class. “I was the first woman professional on the staff of (the accounting firm) Arthur Andersen in D.C., and they told me they called clients to see if they minded having a woman on the audit team. The end of the ’60s was a time of great changes. In fact, both my husband and my daughter earned MBAs at Emory.”
Edwards and her family members are among the more than 23,000 Goizueta graduates whose careers have taken them around the world. Alumni now live in 104 countries, with the highest number in the U.S., China, South Korea, Japan and India. And school officials expect that number to grow considerably with the addition of the latest program, a master of science in business analytics.
Barefoot’s own career reflects how practical a business degree can be, she said.
“I was began my career as a banker and switched to academics,” she said. “You can be an art history major and get into a fine MBA program and change your career path. That’s what I mean about it being a very versatile degree.”
Information about Emory’s Goizueta Business School is online at goizueta.emory.edu.
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