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Look to the Forté Foundation newsletter for valuable career and education resources and—especially in this issue—inspiration! In this summer 2010 issue, we share the highlights of our annual MBA Women’s Conference and celebrate the accomplishments of the second annual Edie Hunt Inspiration award, named in the honor of the first Forté Board Chair.  Read on to hear invaluable words of wisdom from our conference keynote speakers and participating presenters and sponsors. 


Forté Foundation recently wrapped up the 2010 MBA Women’s Conference, held for the first time in Chicago, IL.  For two action-packed days we brought together close to 400 students, speakers, and panelists, and I left the event energized and encouraged by how impressive a gathering of powerful women this conference represents.  To quote an attendee, “I'm standing among the future women leaders of America.”

This year’s conference focused on a side of business that isn’t always taught in the business school classroom:  the ability to make a difference while still earning a great living, the responsibilities we share in helping other women succeed in the business world, and the imperative to adapt to change to succeed long-term.  We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share the highlights in this Summer edition and give everyone a glimpse into this amazing event.

We’re also honored to announce the winner of this year’s Edie Hunt Inspiration award, presented to an MBA student who most embodies the Forté mission on campus and in her community.  Rebekah Ahn, NYU Stern Class of 2010, was officially recognized at the conference as this year’s winner.  Please read the rest of this issue to find out more about her work and the career choices she’s made along the way. 

Rebekah first started thinking about getting her MBA after attending a Forté Forum, and we hope you too will attend a Forum this fall if you are considering an MBA.  Learn about the career opportunities, admissions process and overall MBA value proposition from a uniquely female perspective.  Registration is now open at  We hope to see you there! 

Elissa Sangster
Executive Director, Forté Foundation

Exploring Leadership and Transformation  
The best and brightest women MBA students at Forté sponsor schools converged on Chicago in June to learn, network, and explore the role of women business leaders in generating constructive change in business and beyond. 
Read more about this year’s conference. >>

Stitching Together A Career
Deb Mcwhinney
When Deborah Doyle McWhinney wants to unwind, she picks up a needlepoint project. “I’m compulsive about it,” she says. “If I’m trying to sort out a problem, I’ll do some background stitching. If my mind wants to relax, I’ll do something detailed that requires counting stitches and changing threads.” 
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Rebekah Ahn Makes No Apologies, Inspires Others
Rebekah Ahn headshot
"Don’t apologize for who you are.  One of the great things about being a woman in business is that you can do things with finesse.” 
Inspiration from Forté Fellow and Edie Hunt Award winner Rebekah Ahn, Stern 2010. 
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Re-Making Afghanistan:  Connie Duckworth and Arzu Rugs
[object Object]In one of the world’s most underdeveloped and distressed countries, one woman and her for-benefit corporation are beginning to move the machinery of commerce through an ancient craft. Conference keynote speaker Connie Duckworth and Arzu Rugs combine business and social work to empower women and build communities.  This story was originally published in Fall 2009. 
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What's New at Forté:

2010 Forté Forums
Forté Forum:  The MBA Value Proposition

September 13 – October 5, 2010
Thinking about an MBA? We invite you to attend a Forté Forum event to learn, network, and discover what an MBA can do for your career.  Forums are held in cities throughout the U.S. and in London.  Meet with admissions representatives from over 35 top business schools across the country and talk to GMAT test-preparation companies.  Learn from the experiences of MBA alumnae and current employees at prestigious companies.  Pre-registration fee is $10; Onsite registration is $15. For a schedule of dates and locations, and to register, visit

Women MBA’s 2010 Virtual Career Fair
September 29, 2010
10am to 6pm EST 
Join us this Fall for the Women MBAs 2010 Virtual Career Fair.  Forté Foundation is proud to join Women MBA’s 2010 Virtual Career Fair as an organization partner.  Top MBA women from around the country will be there along with national recruiters from leading companies including Forté sponsors.  This virtual career fair allows you to video chat and interview with employers from around the country, from your home computer or laptop.  Traditional career fairs have become very expensive to attend and many companies have reduced their campus recruiting visits.  When you add in time away from school online interviewing makes more sense than ever.  Over 500 women MBAs from top schools are expected to register.  There is no cost for you to attend the virtual career fair and no software to download but space is limited.  Please review the attached invitation and sign up at!  If you have any questions, please contact Anne Montoya at

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