05/18/2012 11:11 am ET

A Way Up for Women in Business

THE HAGUE - Using Mount Kilimanjaro as a metaphor for business, 15 business students set out to climb Africa's highest peak last September as part of an elective course at the Rotterdam School of Management.

One of the aims of the difficult nine-day trek was to force participants to work together to overcome physical and mental barriers, according to Dianne Bevelander, an associate dean of the school and the chief organizer of the trek.

All students participating in the exercise were women, and that, according to Ms. Bevelander, is the point.

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