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Agenda June 1, 2018 / New York, NY

Forté Liberal Arts to Business Leadership Conference

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks & Welcome

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Integrative Thinking: Creating Great Choices

Let's dive into integrative thinking. It is about solving wicked problems in new ways, using a robust set of tools for thinking differently about those problems. And it is a tool that you as liberal arts candidates are uniquely positioned to bring to the world of business. In this interactive workshop based on the new book Creating Great Choices, Jennifer Riel will explain the practice of integrative thinking, as demonstrated by business and non-profit executives, MBA students, even kids. We will focus on connections to the liberal arts, and ways you can apply integrative thinking when making your own choices.

Facilitated by: Jennifer Riel, Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto & Co-Author of Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking

10:45 - 11:45 AM

Panel: Liberal Arts Women Leading the Way

Hear from a panel of successful liberal arts women as they share their stories about the meaningful work they are doing after putting their liberal arts background to use in the business world. Learn firsthand how your skill set already makes you uniquely positioned to rock the business world.

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch & Learn: Develop Your Liberal Arts Toolkit

Welcome Coaches: Learn firsthand how your skill set already makes you uniquely positioned to rock the business world.

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Leveraging Design Thinking and Learn Startup to Generate Innovative Business Solutions

During this session teams of students will learn a human-centered design approach to solving a complex problem. Students will then, coached by a professional mentor, utilize the Business Model Canvas to define the unique value proposition of their solution and to explore the infrastructure, customers, and finances needed to make their solution viable as a business.

Facilitated by: Monica Dean & Zaza Kabayadondo, Smith College, The Design Thinking Initiative
Coaches: Corporate Sponsor Representatives

4:15 - 4:30 PM

Wrap Up

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Industry Showcase & Networking

Work the room and gain insights on a “day in the life” of women in various roles and career paths in business industries. Have your questions answered by this team of dynamic professionals who want to see you succeed post-graduation.


women-owned businesses in the U.S.