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Spring 2021 Women of Color Symposium

This pre-conference virtual event will empower undergraduate women of color to realize that they are the future of business leadership through real-talk panels and networking sessions. African American/Black, Latinx, and Native American undergraduate women who are admitted to the National Campus to Business Leadership Conference will be invited to attend this very special pre-conference program.

Applications for our Spring 2021 event are no longer being accepted. Check back for details on our Fall 2021 events for undergraduate women of color.


4:00–4:45 pm ET

Women of Color Opening Session

  • Forté Kick Off
  • PIMCO Welcome Keynote

Sponsored by:

4:45–5:30 pm ET

Executive Presence for Women of Color

In the business world, how you present yourself is often just as important as what you present. Communication, appearance and gravitas are the three dimensions of Executive Presence, that “secret sauce” that lets your colleagues know you are ready and able to lead. This session will demystify executive presence for you and, more importantly, help you start crafting your own!

Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Bowman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Officer at Bank of America

5:45–6:30 pm ET

Real Talk Panels: Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work

Professional women from sponsor firms discuss their experiences and paths to their current roles in business. Our diverse panelists will share their stories, their wisdom, and their advice, with a focus on authenticity in the workplace.

6:45–7:30 pm ET

Real Talk Hot Topics

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

Talk through candid conversations with professional sponsors and attendees about how to face issues you may experience in the workplace as a woman of color. Topics include how to evaluate the culture of an organization, overcome bicultural stress, and develop relationships to build confidence.

7:30–7:45 pm ET

Closing Remarks


Find Your Place in the Business World

Discover how to bring your authentic self to the workplace and gain the confidence your need to position your diverse candidacy while appealing to potential employers.

Connect with Women of Color Leaders

Begin building your career support system with the help of Forté, partner corporations & b-schools, and other women of color undergrads from around the country.

"The Forté Women of Color Symposium delivers thoughtful and inspiring content, and brings together smart, ambitious women from diverse educational backgrounds. The energy of the conference is incredible."

— Stacie Sasaki, VP Campus Recruiting, PIMCO