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Spring 2021 Virtual Conference Agenda

The Forté National Campus to Business Leadership Conference will be a virtual experience for Spring 2021. Please check the virtual conference app (Pathable) for agenda updates when launched.

All sessions are in Eastern Standard Time Zone

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021

12:00–12:45 pm ET

Conference Opening Session

Sponsored by:

1:00–2:00 pm ET

Keynote Workshop: Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work with NYT bestselling author Lindsey Pollak

How do you start or advance your career in a remote work environment? How do you receive the feedback and mentoring you need in times of uncertainty? In this timely, inspirational and action-oriented presentation, New York Times bestselling author Lindsey Pollak promotes the importance of developing and maintaining a stellar personal brand and career action plan in today’s challenging times.

Keynote Speaker: Lindsey Pollak, Career & Workplace Expert, New York Times Bestselling Author

2:15–3:00 pm ET

Career Insight Panels: Session 1

Career panel discussions with company representatives who will provide you with great insights and advice about the industries, functions, work, and specific opportunities. What you learn can also be very valuable when selecting your major and coursework to support your future in business.

  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance: Investment Banking
  • Marketing
3:15–4:00 pm ET

Career Insight Panels: Session 2

Career panel discussions with company representatives who will provide you with great insights and advice about the industries, functions, work, and specific opportunities. What you learn can also be very valuable when selecting your major and coursework to support your future in business.

  • Finance: Investment Management
  • Consulting
  • Technology
  • General Management
4:00–4:30 pm ET

Closing Session: Making the Most of the Trade Show

4:30–6:00 pm ET

Trade Show Booths: Company & Business School Expo

🎥 Cameras on! This will be a highly interactive portion of the conference!

Forté’s Trade Show Booths bring together the company and b-school recruiters and exceptional talent (that’s you!) in a virtual booth. At the Trade Show, you can select which companies or schools you would like to visit, you will meet representatives in an online group chat, explore company culture, and learn about internships and long-range opportunities.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021

10:30–11:30 am ET

Dialogue with Leadership

This dialogue with leadership is a moderated discussion of women business leaders’ careers and business perspectives- gain insight into the future of business and trends for women in business.

11:45 am–
3:00 pm ET

Experience Business Career Paths through Simulations

🎥 Cameras on! This will be a highly interactive portion of the conference!

Dream Big! Dive deeper and experience business career paths through Forté’s Business Simulations. These interactive simulations will group participants in teams with the support of facilitators and professional coaches to work through a series of activities and dive deeper into the career path. You will experience the challenges and the rewards of business in these exciting and interactive experiences. Yes... there will be time for lunch during the fun.

Based on your profile, there is a path for you! Forté will help you identify what to attend to make the most of your conference experience. You will be able to chart your course and chose from one of three experiences:

Launch into Business: Liberal Arts & First Year Track
The Launch into Business Simulation places teams in an international business setting as managers of a consumer goods company with the support of a professional “coach”. Your company is launching a new product and your team is creating the strategy! You’ll define the right target market for the product, create a marketing strategy to capture the attention of your target market, develop an operations plan to support the launch, and forecast year 1 sales. You’ll experience the challenges and rewards of business in this educational and interactive environment!

Facilitator: Erin Flynn, Marketing Lecturer at Bentley University and Vice President at Blaze Partners

Forté’s Exclusive MBA Explore Program: Senior Track
This exclusive MBA Explore program features leading Forté b-school partners and successful MBA women. Each session will share insight into the application process and provide the information you need to jumpstart your business school journey. Connect with decision-makers at the admissions expert panel, dive into the specifics of the GMAT exam, and participate in a live case study. Other topics including financing your education, crafting your MBA elevator pitch, and exploring your career interests will be covered during this interactive simulation.

Features: Forté Business School Partners & MBA Women

Skills Based Simulation Track: Concurrent Simulations (Choose 2):

  • Level Up Your Finance Talk with Training the Street
    Don’t miss this TTS Interview Prep Simulation that will illustrate the fundamentals of accounting and valuation through discussion of common interview questions. Beginner to finance lingo-- learn key terms for the interview. More advanced- hear how you can apply key topics at an advanced level to impress your future boss.

    Facilitated by: Kristen Kelly, Training the Street

  • Consulting: Crack the Case with ZS
    More and more industries use a case interview to evaluate a candidate's ability to think about a structure of a solution to a business problem. They use the case method to test your ability to deal creatively with complex or ambiguous situations… not to see if you get the “right” answer. Students who know the case method and have practiced (and love doing so!) cases do well in these interviews and on the job. Dive into case prep with consulting professionals!

    Facilitated by ZS

  • TOM: Break the Marathon Down to Sprints: Agile Methodology by Cognizant
    Agile today stands as one of the most popular approaches to project management and software development because of its flexibility and evolutionary nature. Agile, in a nutshell, is an iterative and incremental approach to project management that helps teams keep up with the demands of the modern workplace. Join this simulation lead by Cognizant to learn the basics of agile and get a hands-on introduction to the power of Agile thinking.

    Facilitated by Cognizant
3:00–3:30 pm ET

Closing Remarks: Forté for Life!

Let's wrap up the conference together and how to stay connected with Forté (for Life)!

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