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Forté Men as Allies Initiative

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Men who champion gender equity—known as male allies—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. Supporting women in the workplace is not a women’s issue it is a people issue. Male Ally groups on both business school campuses and within the workplace are excellent ways to begin changing an environment and culture.

Men in companies and business schools are increasingly partnering with female peers to encourage gender equity through male ally groups. However even those with the best intentions can fall short if they do not have resources to help them fully develop these male ally programs. Forté has thus created Toolkits, both for MBA Programs and for Corporates, which provide information, ideas and best practices so that you can be successful in your Male Ally initiative.


  1. Get educated: Review the research
    Explore evidence of women’s professional obstacles, changing norms for men at work and home, and the business case for gender equality and 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. Listen to podcasts of b-school male allies sharing their stories.
  3. Get clear: Understand gender supportive behaviors
    Identify and incorporate behaviors that can support gender equity on the job and elsewhere.
  4. Get involved: Join the conversation
    Leverage provocative articles and videos to spark gender discussions, and discover forums that are advancing the dialogue.
  5. Get started:
    Download our MBA Toolkit to launch—or grow—a Male Ally group.
    Download our Workplace guide to support your switch as a Male Ally on campus to a Male Ally at work.


  • Men considering starting a male ally group on campus
  • Women involved with a women’s leadership group on campus who want to get men more involved
  • Administrators and faculty who sponsor, support or work with women’s leadership and male ally groups
  • Men in any role students, faculty, administrators who want to learn what a male ally is and how he behaves
  • A resource for anyone who wants to learn about gender equality