WASHINGTON -- The University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management was among 45 signees on a White House commitment this week to help create more business opportunities for women.

U of M's business school dean Sri Zaheer was at the White House this week talking about expanding opportunities for women business students.

White House officials point out that although women are equal players in the labor market, only 5 percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are female and only 17 percent of board seats in the Fortune 500 were held by women.

U of M officials say the Carlson School is committed to changing that. They plan to host 38 high school girls for a seven-day summit and are launching a MBA leadership development program crafted after a study looking at barriers to entry for women in the workforce.