Blake Lively Sets Her Sights on Harvard Business School

Blake Lively
Age of Adaline star and Preserve founder Blake Lively told the UK's Stylist that she dreams of someday going to Harvard Business School Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

An Ivy League of her own! Blake Lively has already made her mark as both an actress and a lifestyle maven, but she's always looking for new challenges. One thing on her bucket list of achievements? Harvard Business School.

In an interview with UK magazine Stylist, the Age of Adaline star (and new mom to baby James, 4 months) said she hopes to someday attend the revered Ivy League institution to get a graduate degree.

"I have a dream to go to Harvard Business School and one of these days I will do that…in my spare time!" Lively, 27, told the mag.

Asked whether she has a brain for business, the Preserve founder replied, "I love it but I think it's more innate for me; it's not something I went to college for. My mom is someone who faced a lot of obstacles but never took no for an answer, and she showed me the only person who can limit you is yourself."

That said, Lively acknowledges that, as a woman, she may have to work harder to get where she wants to be. "There are a lot of women in business, but they don't get enough opportunities," she told Stylist. "If you look at the facts, women spend the most on e-commerce sites, yet less than 30 percent of the companies that venture capitalists fund are female-driven, even though female-run companies are the most successful. Women connect with other women. So why are we not looking at the numbers?"

She sees the same kind of underrepresentation in politics. "Look at what is happening with Hillary Clinton," the Gossip Girl alum, married to Ryan Reynolds since 2012, mused to the mag. "It's something to be proud of. It's so uplifting. But the fact that we have to be proud of this advancement is a bit upsetting." 

She elaborated: "I think whatever side you stand on, the fact that there's never been a woman leading this country where there are women leading households and leading companies, is a bit upsetting. What makes people think a man is more equipped to do that than a woman? Nothing."

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