Women decision makers 2022: Transition trophy goes to Isabelle Huault (emlyon business school)

On the occasion of the Women Decision Makers 2022 evening at H7 in Lyon, Isabelle Huault received the Transition trophy on Tuesday May 31 from the hands of Fabien Bagnon (Lyon Parc Auto). The president of the management board of emlyon business school immediately highlighted the emlyon business school: “It’s an honor for my school, and thanks to honoring an institution of Education. Simone de Beauvoir said that all that was needed was a crisis for women’s rights to step down or disappear.”

One way of affirming during his reaction to the platform that the fight was not over in this area: “It’s important to return work to work to allow women to no longer censor themselves, negotiate their salaries, have trajectories similar to those of men. We are very committed to collectives. of women in the school, and we renamed one of our amphitheaters Julie. -Victoire Daubié, after the name of the first baccalaureate in France. “

His first reaction to the video


Her photo / Isabelle Huault, the egalitarian

Isabelle Huault has never been a victim of sexist remarks, or hindered in her professional trajectory by some macho posture. However, she enthusiastically defends gender equality.

Within the emlyon campus, the large amphitheater is named Julie-Victoire Daubié, a woman who promoted access to education for women. A journey that inspired Isabelle Huault, president of the management board of the Lyon business school.

“This kind of trajectory should also inspire our female students. We often speak of a paradigm, but it shouldn’t be taken from the angle of the paradigm, because I don’t believe there is a female management versus a male management. “We should instead show that we can draw professional trajectories as a female leader. Showing that this is possible is a divine approach in the sense that it allows them to show themselves.”illustrated by Isabelle Huault.

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The only daughter, who graduated in 1990 at the school she now runs, was raised with values ​​of equality and respect. “My husband, too, shares these values. In a family, in a couple, this is important because many blockages appear in the personal sphere, as the business world gradually opens up to the issue. this. ”

The leader specifically refers to the Copé-Zimmermann law which requires equal representation between men and women on boards of directors and board of directors.

A “hybrid” course

“In addition, networks and other women’s associations are places and structures for sharing, listening and support, I think especially the International Woman Forum, of which I am a member.”

And Isabelle Huault to point out that no specific reality in her life triggered her desire to advance gender equality: “These values ​​have been anchored in me ever since. It’s a battle, not in the spirit of war, but it enlivens me on a personal level. I’ve always considered that women have a role to play. equal to men. ‘men. “

The associate professor of management science, who thrived in an academic and university environment, has never been hindered in his career by an environment with malice towards him. “Instead I suffered some paternalistic but always kind posture.”

Moreover, it certainly is “the whole race, this hybrid journey” and this deep knowledge of the world of academia, both by professors-researchers and by students, which, according to him, has given him the skills to lead emlyon today.

Julien Thibert

His company

Isabelle Huault, Chairman of the Executive Board and Managing Director of emlyon. The Lyon business school welcomes 8,900 students on seven campuses around the world and 170 international professor-researchers.

His advice for getting started

Project yourself. Because it is important to project yourself into careers as leaders, especially for women.

His key to management

I am convinced that the success of an organization is always the result of collective work. So I’m even more proud to have brought together such a great team – of course, great – but also committed to an ambitious joint project with a strong CSR dimension for emlyon.

His leadership ritual

For me sport is a way to maintain the balance between an active professional and personal life. Physical fitness is really an important part of management functions and sports training every weekend allows me to “decompress” (cycling, jogging, fitness, downhill skiing or winter hiking).

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