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Sessions June 14-16, 2018 / Atlanta, GA

Thursday, June 14

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Forté Fellow Reception

Open to Forté Fellowship recipients, Fellow alumnae and sponsors, and by invitation only

Start building your connections now! Network with current Fellows, Fellow alumnae, school representatives, and future employers.

Sponsor Welcome: IBM

Presenters: Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation

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Friday, June 15 / Career Day

8:30 - 8:50 am

Conference Welcome

Presenters: Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation

8:50 - 9:45 am

Opening Keynote: That's What She Said

Presenter: Joanne Lipman, author of That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together, veteran journalist, past Chief Content Officer of Gannett and Editor-in-Chief of USA Today

10:00 - 11:15 am

Career Insights Sessions

Don’t miss these career panel discussions with MBA alumnae and company representatives who will provide you with great insights and advice about the industries, functions, work, and specific opportunities for MBAs. What you learn can also be very valuable when selecting your electives and emphasis in your MBA program. Panelists will also cover any growth opportunities, how things are changing in the industry, and tips on how you successfully navigate each career path. Start building your network now by engaging with women currently working in these fields! List of panels subject to change.

  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing & Brand Management
  • Technology
  • General Management/LDP
  • Healthcare
11:30 - 12:30 pm

Dialogue with Leadership

Each year, we bring together leading women for a candid conversation on careers and business leadership in this exclusive event for conference participants and Forté sponsors. We invite you to learn how these successful women advanced to the top. Find out what inspires them, the challenges they faced along the way, and the critical success factors that led them to where they are today. Learn how these women built their careers with confidence.

Moderator: Erika James, Dean, Emory University (Goizueta Business School)
Panelists: Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture; Lori Heinel, EVP and Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer, State Street

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12:30 - 1:15 pm

Lunch and Informal Networking

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1:30 - 2:45 pm

Career Insights Sessions

Don’t miss these career panel discussions with MBA alumnae and company representatives who will provide you with great insights and advice about the industries, functions, work, and specific opportunities for MBAs. What you learn can also be very valuable when selecting your electives and emphasis in your MBA program. Panelists will also cover any growth opportunities, how things are changing in the industry, and tips on how you successfully navigate each career path. Start building your network now by engaging with women currently working in these fields! List of panels subject to change.

  • Financial Services: Investment Management, Private Wealth & Alternative Investments
  • Consulting
  • General Management/LDP
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Non-Profit and Government
3:00 - 4:15 pm

Career Insights Sessions

Don’t miss these career panel discussions with MBA alumnae and company representatives who will provide you with great insights and advice about the industries, functions, work, and specific opportunities for MBAs. What you learn can also be very valuable when selecting your electives and emphasis in your MBA program. Panelists will also cover any growth opportunities, how things are changing in the industry, and tips on how you successfully navigate each career path. Start building your network now by engaging with women currently working in these fields! List of panels subject to change.

  • Financial Services: Investment Banking
  • Operations/Manufacturing
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Financial Technology
4:30 - 7:15 pm

Career Expo & Networking Reception

Forté Foundation’s Career Expo brings together Fortune 100 recruiters and exceptional talent (that’s you!) in a welcoming environment and on a personal scale. At the Career Expo you will meet employers one-on-one, explore company culture, and learn about internships and long-range opportunities. Gain an advantage over your MBA peers by developing personal contacts with companies early in the job search process. It’s the only event of its kind where the most prestigious corporations in finance, consulting, energy, technology, and healthcare come face-to-face with a select group of the most talented and ambitious women in the country.

Wrap-up your day by networking with other MBAs and Forté sponsor schools and companies.

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Saturday, June 16 / Professional Development Day

8:00 - 8:30 am

Breakfast & Networking

8:30 - 9:30 am

Saturday Morning Plenary Session

Kickstart Your Internship Quest

Landing the right internship can set the stage for reaching your break-through potential. Get first-hand advice from the experts on how to navigate and prepare for the summer internship recruitment process. Hear strategies for dealing with the barrage of company visits, going after positions at companies not actively recruiting on campus and win the job over more experienced candidates. Start your quest today and learn how to best use your time this summer to gain an advantage.

This session is intended for new MBAs, enrolling in 2018.

Be Present: Mindfulness for MBA Life

Attention. Intention. Breath. The three ingredients you need to bring your full focus into the present moment are always with you. Do you know how to use them, though?

This session will equip you with the skills you need to manage distractions, counter your inner critic, build stronger relationships and find clarity in decision-making. We will practice intentional breathing, guided visualization, and other techniques to help you find a calm, steady center in the midst of your daily routine, and your most stressful moments.

Don't miss this chance to restore and recharge with a fresh perspective and new skills to catch your breath, and unleash your potential.

This session is intended for second-year MBA women or women attending a one-year program only.

Presenter: Shannon Demko, Founder, Mindful MBA

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9:45 - 10:45 am

Workshops and Panels

Participants will choose from one of the below sessions (additional sessions to come):

Find Your Voice and Make it Heard: Classroom Communications Strategies

Find your voice and make it heard in this interactive case-based session. You will come to the session having read and prepared a typical case study for discussion. Then, learn key class discussion skills as Dr. Erika Hayes James provides immediate coaching and feedback during the case discussion. Dr. James will also explain how faculty measure class contribution and impart strategies for talking with your professors outside of the classroom.

 This session is intended for new MBAs, enrolling in 2018.

Presenter: Erika James, Dean, Emory University (Goizueta Business School)

Interview Star: Shine in Your Interviews

Confident humility is the secret to power and influence. Without humility, confidence is vulnerable and translates as arrogance. Without confidence, your accomplishments can't shine through. In interviews, you must talk about yourself and your achievements with both confidence and humility to win the job. Join Angela Guido, Founder of Career Protocol, for this fun and interactive storytelling workshop and develop tools to speak powerfully about your successes and engender genuine human connection in interviews.

Presenter: Angela Guido, Founder, Career Protocol

Career Accelaration: Bring Your A-Game

Getting your career on the fast-track takes strategy and momentum. Learn how these MBA alumnae and senior corporate executives have kept their careers moving forward and up. During this panel discussion, you‘ll discover the strategies and resources used by women who have built successful careers in a variety of industries — and learn ways to build the momentum you need to fast-track your career.  Panelists share their go-to strategies for getting things done; making a successful transition to a new project, role or company; fostering key relationships, building your street cred, maintaining your edge, dealing with difficult people and more.

Turning the Mythical Knight into an Authentic Ally

Achieving gender equity in the workplace and on campus needs strong female voices. But then again, we need more than women talking to women about women. We need to include male voices in the conversation and make sure the environment is one that can foster the dialog. Male ally programs at b-schools and companies are one avenue towards this movement. Not meant to be "the knight in shining armor," male allies are men who genuinely and authentically want to be part of the solution better understanding what they can do and say to help women advance. This panel is for those who want to learn about gender equality: why it’s beneficial for organizations, men, and women; how gender norms are evolving; and how you can be part of this dynamic conversation.

IBM: Design Thinking

At IBM, we believe in solving business problems with a focus on the human experiences. That is why our people are trained in IBM Design Thinking. IBM Design Thinking is a user-centered, iterative approach for solving problems and achieving outcomes at speed and scale. At its core, IBM Design Thinking makes users the north star and continuously strives to improve their condition through an ongoing loop of observation, reflection, and making. When using this frame of mind, everything is a prototype and we’re never "done" because there is always something we can do better to achieve the outcomes we are after. In this session you will learn about the elements of IBM Design Thinking and experience what this truly cross-functional and collaborative approach feels like.


11:00 - 12:00 pm

Workshops and Panels

Participants will choose from one of the below sessions (additional sessions to come):

Gender Bilingual Communications

Men and women are not from different planets. Our culture imparts gender-specific communication styles and creates barriers of communication. Women don't need to become men to succeed in leadership, women (and men) need to communicate effectively with both genders. This fun, high-energy workshop is rich with new research and practical insights on what effective communication has to do with accelerating women's leadership and what it takes to create a better work environment for all. Participants will learn how to clearly communicate their value in terms that can't be misunderstood. They will also learn how to set themselves apart by leading with clarity and intention.

Presenter: Yesi Morillo-Gual, former Wall Street executive

Gender and Negotiations

How many times have you danced around the topic and not directly asked for what you wanted? Explore some popular beliefs about women’s skills and propensity for negotiation. Why women should negotiate more and how they can become more effective when they do. We’ll discuss findings on the internal and external barriers many women face in negotiation as well as the important strengths that women bring to the table. Finally, we will identify critical information and skills that empower women to become more confident, persuasive and successful in their negotiations.

Presenter: Erika Hall, Associate Professor, Emory University (Goizueta Business School)

Passport to Pursuing A Global Career

To be competitive, companies not only have to think and act globally — so do you. How can you position yourself to either work abroad or be open to traveling internationally? What are the benefits versus the challenges? And can you pursue a global career from your home base? Our panel of women leaders will share their global career experiences with you as well as: why working internationally now versus later makes sense, how to stay visible from a distance, and tips on maximizing your career locally or abroad.

Intersectionality: Changing Corporate Culture

Traditionally, there has been a tendency towards focusing on just gender, just race, just sexual orientation…the list goes on. However, the efforts aimed at changing the work environment one woman or one underrepresented minority at a time aren’t making much of a difference. Companies are now understanding that in order to change corporate cultures and paradigms, they need to engage with people at the many different “intersections” of what makes them unique. This panel will explore intersectionality and its role in leadership, management and organizational culture.

12:15 - 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

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1:00 - 2:00 pm

Power Pitch Finals

Women-lead teams will present their business ideas and respond to questions from a panel of judges in the Finals of Forté’s Power Pitch Competition.

2:15 - 3:15 pm

Workshops and Panels

Participants will choose from one of the below sessions (additional sessions to come):

Rock Your First Year with Tips from the Experts

You’ve heard all the stories about the first year of an MBA program: juggling classes, clubs, group work, recruiting and your personal life. This panel of second-year women and recent alumnae will share savvy advice for navigating the demands of the first year, including how to balance your time, set priorities, have a personal life and emerge at the end of your first year prepared for the challenges ahead.

 This session is intended for new MBAs, enrolling in 2018.

Build Your Own Personal Board of Directors

Do you wonder if career success depends on finding the right mentor or sponsor? How do you develop real professional relationships with women and men who can provide you with candid feedback and access to the right people and opportunities? This session will introduce the value of mentors/sponsors and suggest ways you can begin to build your own "board of directors."

The Future of Feminism

Successful women leaders don’t always describe themselves as feminists, even though Webster defines feminism as ‘the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities.’ Moreover, some argue that feminism should be rebranded by recasting issues in economic terms relevant to the working class, men as well as women. In this session, panelists will explore what feminism means to them, and the potential impact of feminism in their careers and life. The discussion will include the current state of feminism and what lies ahead for feminists in the workforce.

LinkedIn or LinkedOut?

How does your digital footprint define you? As LinkedIn continues to evolve and update its resources as the premier business networking too, so should you be reviewing and redefining your personal strategy on the site. This session will offer tactical best practices to help you create a personal plan for success and create connections that count.

Presenter: Diane Fennig, Senior Consultant, The Human Capital Group Inc.

3:40 - 4:30 pm

Conference Closing

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"Not only did I pick up skills and tools that I can use immediately in my MBA, I also broadened my horizons on possibilities post-MBA. The overall feeling I left with was enthusiasm. Many of the talks were inspirational and I am looking higher and farther than I was before I attended. I also feel more prepared to start my MBA in the fall and many of my questions have been answered."