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BYU graduate blazes path for female leaders

As a young BYU student, Alison Davis-Blake remembers sitting in a class with only a few other women, bemoaning the lack of females studying economics and math." The faculty member said, 'Well, you're pioneers. You're doing a good service, blazing a trail,'" Davis-Blake recalled. "I remember thinking, 'I don't want to be a pioneer. That's hard.'"

Yet, throughout her schooling at BYU and in various faculty and administrative appointments now culminating in her recent promotion to be the first female dean at the prestigious University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Davis-Blake has continued to set an example and defy stereotypes.

"I'm a reluctant pioneer," she said with a laugh. "But I'm growing more comfortable with that role because someone has to be first. It's not because I desire to be first, but through accidents of history I've been first a number of times, and I find that creates important change."

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