Looking for a keynote speaker, an educational presentation, or an interactive workshop on how to make your workplace more diverse, inclusive, and supportive of gender equity?
Bring in Forté.
Since 2001, Forté’s leadership team has been working to help women succeed in business. Today, we have the support of more than 100,000 members and 150+ partners organizations—including top corporations and universities—and our efforts are changing the balance of power across industries.
Forté experts are available to share insights, training, and
best practices with your business or organization.
We can help you:
Develop a more inclusive workplace culture
Create opportunities for women to thrive
Support the next generation of women leaders
Shake up the status quo
“Forté’s workshop on ‘Engaging Men in the Gender Equity Conversation’ provided practical, hands-on advice for women AND men in fostering allyship at work. And their website had a wealth of information, ideas, and best practices for creating Male Ally groups.”
American Hospitality & Lodging Association’s ForWard: Women Advancing Hospitality Conference, 2019
Women in Business Big 10 Conference, 2019
Coalition for Collegiate Women’s Leadership Conference, 2019
William & Mary Stock Pitch Competition, 2019
The Forum on Workplace Inclusion, 2019
AACSB Redesigning the MBA Curriculum Conference, 2018
Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Conference, 2019
Simon’s International Women’s Day, 2019
Topics we address:
Targeted to workplace professionals or MBA students:
Diversity Matters in the 21st Century
Diversity and Inclusion has been a business imperative for nearly fifty years, yet despite efforts to recruit, develop, promote, and retain women and other underrepresented groups, progress to shift the leadership landscape has been slow. Women continue to be underrepresented in business, and causative factors include unconscious bias, lack of sponsors and mentors, and less access to the people, information, and opportunities that accelerate careers.
This disparity is especially pronounced for women of color, who face the most barriers to advancement and experience the steepest drop-offs with seniority. This engaging session draws on current and relevant research and real-life examples to explore the challenges and opportunities for the advancement of women in leadership in the workplace.
Men as Allies: Engaging Men in the Gender Equity Conversation
Gender equity isn’t just about women. Men must be part of the dialogue. But how do you invite men to a discussion from which they have been traditionally excluded or been stereotypically cast as the “bad guy?” In 2016, Forté launched its pioneering Men as Allies initiative across top business school campuses, and in 2018, we extended our efforts into the corporate space. This interactive session explores how to engage male colleagues in the gender equity conversation.
“Forté’s workshop on ‘Engaging Men in the Gender Equity Conversation’ provided practical, hands-on advice for women AND men in fostering allyship at work. And their website had a wealth of information, ideas, and best practices for creating Male Ally groups.” Rachel Joyce, Vice President, Operations, Interstate Hotels
"This session ended up being a terrific ‘therapy’ session for all of us to discuss workplace biases, success stories engaging with men, and ways to effect change.” Feedback from an audience member
Activating Allyship: Frameworks for Action
In this 60-80 minute session, facilitators Amy Orlov and Scott Brownlee will introduce a foundational allyship vocabulary to ground the conversation, before introducing the Ally Empower Framework, a powerful tool to create ongoing gender equity action within your organization.
Time will be spent in hands-on, case-study breakouts in which allyship can be better identified, implemented, and iterated to create an organizational culture that moves beyond discussions of allyship to tangible action.
Exploring the Ally Continuum
In this 60 minute session, facilitators Amy Orlov and Scott Brownlee will introduce foundational allyship vocabulary, explore myths associated with the concept of allyship, and introduce the Ally Continuum to demonstrate the importance of moving from apathy, to awareness, to action, and finally advocacy
As recommended follow-up exploration, attendees will be challenged at the conclusion of the session with some individual take-home assignments that they may contextualize the importance of ongoing allyship.
Targeted to undergraduate women:
Leverage the “Power of Now” to Create the Future You Want
Women hold 5% of Fortune 500 CEO positions, less than 2% of US Congressional roles, and they make anywhere from 54 cents to 80 cents for every dollar a white male makes. The “Power of Now” is the concept that there are actions undergraduate women can take now to change the balance of power in the future—not only for themselves, but for all women.
The “Power of Now” encompasses three Ps: your person, your profession, and your people.
From taking risks to exploring career paths to using your unique voice to make an impact, the power to create the life you want is within reach.
Five Steps to Spark Your Career
One of the best ways to exemplify strong leadership is through effective communication—but speaking out and speaking up can be scary prospects. How can undergraduate women overcome these fears and make sure their voices are heard? Using improv techniques and listening practices, this leadership and personal development session will give participants a toolkit of games, activities, and brainstorming skills that will enable them to come to the table at any meeting with quality ideas and a way to engage others to participate, too.
Five Steps to Career Savvy
A deep-dive into five essential topic areas: Personal Branding, Networking, Professional Values, Internship and Job Search, and Career Exploration. This session offers insightful tips to help undergraduate women develop the skills, career savvy, and confidence to succeed in the workplace.
Everyday Leadership: A Case Study
Diversity & Inclusion experts monitor certain numbers—including Equal Pay Day, the number of female business majors, and diversity hiring stats—as measures of gender equity in the business world.
But numbers only tell part of the story. Forté is dedicated to seeing #MoreWomenLeading in business and changing the status quo in terms of culture, behaviors, and attitudes.In this session, attendees participate in a case study discussion exploring what gender equity looks like beyond what is quantifiable. Following that, Forté will lead an interactive dialogue about the everyday actions that women in business can take to improve the gender equity balance.
“The session ended up being a terrific ‘therapy’ session for all of us to discuss workplace biases, success stories engaging with men, and ways to effect change.”
– feedback from an audience member
Meet our speakers:
Elissa Sangster serves as CEO of Forté and brings to the role extensive knowledge of issues affecting women's abilities to seek, prepare for, and attain business leadership positions, drawn from her prior experience as Assistant Dean and Director of the MBA Program at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. There she oversaw all activities related to the full-time McCombs MBA program, including marketing, admissions, student services, and alumni relations. Before McCombs, Elissa was Assistant Director of the MBA Program at Texas A&M University’s Mays School of Business.
Elissa recently served as Treasurer and Board Member for the Thirty Percent Coalition. She sits on the Women’s Initiative Council of the CFP Board (Certified Financial Planning Board). She is past Chair of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Annual Industry Conference and formerly served as chair of MBA Student Services Professionals (MBA SSP). Elissa sits on the board of Forté as an ex-officio member. She enjoys reading, running, cooking, Aggie football, and Astros baseball. She lives in San Antonio with her husband, Jeremy, and their daughter, Anna Leigh. Elissa received her MBA and her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University.
Director of Development, Corporate Partners
Ana Duarte-McCarthy has more than 30 years of experience as a subject expert and thought leader, dedicated to fostering equality, respect and ensuring individuals can achieve their full potential. Most recently, Ana was managing director and chief diversity officer, Citi, from 2002 through 2016, and led the development and integration of Citi’s global workforce diversity strategy for hiring and developing diverse talent, fostering an inclusive work environment and ensuring management accountability. During her tenure as managing director and chief diversity officer at Citi, Ana established a framework of policy and practices that advanced the organization’s recognition as a top company for diversity and inclusion. Ana joined Citi in 1995 and held previous roles within global diversity.
Before coming to Citi, Ana held leadership positions within educational opportunity and higher education at Passaic County College and the new School for Social Research. Ana left the New School in 1994 when she joined Kidder, Peabody, Inc. as Assistant Vice President of Compliance and Diversity Programs. Ana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Lafayette College and a master of education degree in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Among other recognitions, Ana has been named to Hispanic Business Magazine’s 25 Elite Women, was the YWCA of NYC’s Women of Influence and received Out & Equal Workplace Advocates’ Champion Award for her support and advocacy of workplace equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Ana currently resides in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, with her husband and daughter.
Vice President, Programs
Amy is the Vice President of Programs at Forté, a role in which she introduces women to new ideas and deep networks. She is constantly finding new ways to leverage and extend Forté's programming to provide additional impact for women in college, MBA and professional audiences. Amy is also a co-author and architect of the Forté Men as Allies initiatives which offer men a framework to be stronger allies in gender equity.
Prior to Forté, Amy was the Director of Professional Education and Training at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), managing a portfolio of onsite and online conferences, symposia and training events. Prior to that, Amy was the Director of the MBA Program Office and Student Services at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, Amy has also worked as an educational consultant, providing clients with program design and delivery, assessment and strategy input, and workshop facilitation and leadership program development. Amy holds a Master of Education from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Government and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Philadelphia with her human, canine, and feline daughters.
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