And it has an interesting dynamic.
Just 20 percent of Turkey’s women are in the workforce, but 65 percent of the country’s top executives are female.
“I loved Turkey, but that made me even admire it more,” she said. “They’ve recognized the value of women in the workplace.”
Ficht hopes to return to Turkey with students in the future. She is just starting to plan a trip to Prague, Czech Republic, in 2015. Her own trip to Prague while she was an MBA student made her a strong believer in overseas study.
“The lens you view business with changes once you go abroad,” she said. “It is important to see firsthand what is happening in other countries. When you immerse yourself, you see it up close. You talk to the people, you deal with the currency exchange rate, and you live it. It takes what you are learning from theory to real experience. You can’t read that personal experience in a textbook.”
Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at email@example.com