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Forté Men as Allies Initiative

Gender Equity Is Everyone's Business

Today, women are underrepresented at every level of business leadership. To achieve gender equity, we need everyone — including male allies — to understand why it matters and how to get involved.

What does it mean to be a male ally? There’s no checklist, because allyship is an ongoing journey. A male ally actively supports gender equity at work and in life. He recognizes the challenges and biases that women continue to face, and takes intentional steps to build an environment where everyone has opportunities to succeed and advance.

Male allies who champion gender equity help businesses win bigger. You are likely aware of the business case for gender diversity: greater profitability, greater creativity and innovation, less risk — and with each new research study the list of benefits lengthens. From the MBA campus to the corporate arena, Forté’s Men as Allies Initiative provides inspiration and instruction to men engaging in the gender equity conversation.

Our Resources


Become an Ally

During four two-and-a-half hour sessions and a pre-conference keynote (Oct. 19 - Nov. 2), gain the knowledge and tools to take effective action on gender equity.


Next Generation Allies

Using the wisdom of established MBA male ally and women in business groups, this toolkit is a roadmap for starting a male ally group on campus.


The What & Why

The tools to help you understand what it means to be a male ally at work, why companies start male ally groups, and how they do it.


  1. Get informed: Review the research
    Explore research on the business case for gender equality and the need for men’s involvement.
  2. Get inspired: Meet men making a difference
    Learn from male allies on business school campuses and across industries as they support women’s career goals and encourage their ambitions.
  3. Get clear: Understand gender supportive behaviors
    Understand, identify, and incorporate gender supportive behaviors on the job and elsewhere.
  4. Get involved: Join the conversation
    Leverage our exclusively-designed MBA allyship curriculum, as well as provocative articles and videos to spark gender discussions.
  5. Get started:
    Request our MBA Toolkit to launch—or grow—a Male Ally group in business school.
    Order our Corporate Toolkit to help you understand what it means to be a male ally at work and how you and your company can create a successful Male Allies program.