Female Makers 2022: The Transition Trophy goes to Isabelle Huault (emlyon business school)

On the occasion of the Women Decision Makers 2022 evening on the H7 in Lyon, the Isabelle Huault received the Transition trophy on Tuesday 31 May from Fabien Bagnon (Lyon Parc Auto). The Chairman of the Board of Emlyon Business Schools immediately highlighted Emlyon Business School: “It is an honor for my school, and thank you for honoring an educational institution. Simone de Beauvoir said that all that is needed is a crisis for women’s rights to disappear or disappear.”

One way to confirm during his reaction to the platform that the fight is never over in this area: “It is important to put work back on the job to give women the opportunity to no longer censor themselves, negotiate their salaries, have courses identical to men’s. We have very committed women’s collectives in school, and we have renamed one of our amphitheaters to Julie. -Victoire Daubié, after the name of the first matriculation examination in France. “

His first reaction to video


Her portrait / Isabelle Huault, the egalitarian

Isabelle Huault has never been subjected to sexist remarks, nor hampered in her professional trajectory by a macho position. However, she persistently defends equality.

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

“This type of course should also inspire our female students. We often talk about a role model, but it should not be taken from an exemplary angle, because I do not think there is a female leadership versus a masculine leadership. We should rather demonstrate that we can draw professional trajectories as a female leader. To show that this is possible is a virtuous approach in the sense that it allows them to project themselves. “describes Isabelle Huault.

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An only daughter, the one who graduated in 1990 from the school she runs today, was brought up with values ​​of equality and respect. “My spouse also shares these values. In a family, in a relationship, it is important because many blockages occur in the personal sphere, while business has gradually been able to open up to this problem.”

The leader refers in particular to the Copé-Zimmermann Act, which requires a fair representation of men and women on boards of directors and supervisory boards.

A “hybrid” course

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

And Isabelle Huault to clarify that no specific fact in her life triggered her desire to promote equality: “These values ​​have been ingrained in me since forever. It is a struggle, not in the sense of war, but which excites me on a personal level. I have always considered women to have a role equal to that of men. ‘male .”

The associate professor of management science, who has progressed in an academic and university environment, has never in her career been hindered by an environment that is malicious towards her. “I rather suffered some paternalistic but always benevolent positions.”

Moreover, it is accurate “this whole career, this hybrid journey” and this in-depth knowledge of academia, both by professors-researchers and students, which, according to her, gave her the skills to lead emlyon today.

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His company

Isabelle Huault, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of emlyon. Lyon Business School welcomes 8,900 students on seven campuses around the world and 170 international professors-researchers.

His advice to get started

Projects themselves. For it is important to be able to project oneself into careers as leaders, especially for women.

His key to leadership

I am convinced that the success of an organization is always the result of collective work. I am therefore particularly proud to have brought together excellent teams – of course effective – but also committed to an ambitious joint project with a strong CSR dimension for emlyon.

Her leadership ritual

Sport is for me a way to maintain a balance between an active professional and private life. Physical fitness is actually an essential part of the management functions, and sports practice every weekend allows me to “decompress” (cycling, jogging, fitness, alpine skiing or winter hiking).

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