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Sessions June 15-17, 2017 / Seattle, WA

Thursday, June 15

4:00 - 5:30 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: Maria Renz, VP of Delivery Experience, Amazon

Presenters: Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation

Sponsored by:
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Friday, June 16 / Career Day

8:30 - 9:00 am

Conference Welcome

Presenters: Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation

9:00 - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote: Cracking the Confidence Code – What Women Need to Know

Presenter: Claire Shipman, Women's Leadership Expert; Longtime Television News Reporter; and New York Times Best-Selling Author, The Confidence Code and Womenomics.

Sponsored by:
Whirlpool

10:25 - 11:25 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!

  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing & Brand Management
  • Technology
  • General Management/LDP
11:45 - 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.

Presenters: Ann Marie Campbell, Executive Vice President, U.S. Stores, Home Depot; Aimee Johnson, Senior Vice President, Customer Relationship Management, Starbucks

Moderator: Tiffany Niver, Sr. Director of Product Management, Amazon Transportation

Sponsored by:
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12:30 - 1:15 pm

Lunch and Informal Networking

Sponsored by:
IBM

1:15 - 2:00 pm

Deepen the Dialogue: Perspectives from the C-Suite

This session will feature top executives who oversee a key function or a broad portfolio activities for their organization. . You’ll gain additional insights about the paths they have followed and wisdom for navigating your own career.

Presenters: Beverley Babcock, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Imperial Oil Limited; Brian Olsavsky, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Amazon; Sangita Woerner, Vice President, Marketing, Alaska Airlines

Moderator: Nicole Irvin, Goldman Sachs, Forté Board of Directors

2:20 - 3:20 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!

  • Financial Services: Investment Management, Private Wealth & Alternative Investments
  • Consulting
  • General Management/LDP
  • Non-Profit and Government
3:40 - 4:40 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!

  • Financial Services: Investment Banking
  • Operations/Manufacturing/Supply Chain
  • Consulting
  • Smaller Organizations and Other Paths
4:45 - 6:45 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.

Saturday, June 17 / Professional Development Day

8:00 - 8:30 am

Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 am

Saturday Welcome

Sponsored by:
IBM

9:00 - 10:00 am

Keynote: Personal Best, Professional Best

Presenter: Susan Ershler, History-Making Mountain Climber, Business Executive and Author of Together on Top of the World

Sponsored by:
Deloitte

10:20 - 11:20 am

Workshops and Panels

Participants will choose from one of the below sessions:

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 2017.

Presenter: Dean Erika Hayes James, 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 ACCELERATION: 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.

Blaze a Trail: WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Starting and running a successful business requires extraordinary leadership. Women entrepreneurs are a driving force in today‘s corporate world and comprise of almost half of all businesses owned today. How do you execute an idea? How do you raise money and form fruitful partnerships? How do you differentiate your idea from other companies attempting to take market share? This panel will feature female entrepreneurs from a breadth of industries as they discuss their unique paths to success. We will hear about what works, what doesn’t, and what makes a good idea great.

Through Their Eyes: Leading with Empathy

There’s a hunger for effective leadership in today’s workplace. Leaders must adopt an approach that simultaneously supports and motivates others. Empathetic Leadership does this by connecting leaders to team members in a way that leads to greater engagement and contribution.

In this interactive workshop, you will:

  • Explore how Empathetic Leadership can differentiate you as a leader
  • Assess your tendency towards empathy in the workplace
  • Acquire key techniques to enhance your leadership using The Empathetic Leader Model
  • Discover ways to overcome common obstacles
  • Obtain 2 tools to accelerate your Empathetic Leadership

 

If you currently lead a team or plan to lead one in the future, this workshop is for you.

Presenter: Patricia Bravo, Founder, Bravo for You, LLC


11:40 - 12:40 pm

Workshops and Panels

Participants will choose from one of the below sessions:

Jump-start Your Internship Search

Landing the right internship can set the stage for reaching your break-through potential. Get first-hand advice from MBA recruiters, corporate hiring managers and MBA career management directors 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 how to best use the summer before you start school. You‘ll learn how to make a great first impression, get an edge over your competition and win the job.

This session is intended for new MBAs, enrolling in 2017.

Negotiating with Confidence

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: Elizabeth Umphress, Associate Professor of Management; University of Washington, Foster School of Business

Bridging the Gender Communication Gap

Many people don’t realize that gender rules play out in business every day in a myriad of ways. Men and women grow up in different cultures and learn different lessons about “appropriate” teamwork, problem solving and leadership. Those differences are often difficult to see, let alone manage. This workshop will use humor to address the central factors that drive gender-related communication problems. You’ll gain insights on the invisible rules that drive each gender culture and how to make them more visible so that you can see and hear the world more accurately and navigate successfully. We emphasize the importance of men and women valuing each other’s strengths and you’ll leave the session with three tools to help you increase your effectiveness.

Presenter: Tammy Hughes, President, The Heim Group, LLC

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.

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.

Sponsored by:
IBM

 

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Power Pitch Finals and Lunch

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.

 

2:20 - 3:20 pm

Workshops and Panels

Participants will choose from one of the below sessions:

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 2017.

Out and Allied at School and in Business

This panel will provide insights for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LBT) MBAs looking to make the most of their time in business school and preparing to launch their career post-MBA.  What are key considerations for self-identifying during the recruitment process?  How can you assess if a school or workplace culture will be inclusive? How can you tap into key networks and resources on campus and at work? LBT alumnae, students and allies will share their experiences and perspectives to help you thrive at school and beyond.

Tap Your Network To Build A 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'.

Power Up Your Leadership Brand

To prosper professionally, it’s more important than ever that your personal brand cuts through the clutter and "captures the mindshare" of subordinates, supervisors, colleagues and clients. Because once you earn mindshare that is, heads, hearts, trust and loyalty your impact will grow. So how do you capture mindshare? How can you boost your credibility and quickly establish rapport? Learn the 3 P’s of executive presence and explore how you can use language to inspire others. What is the essential element that turns good leaders into great ones? How can you avoid being overly humble and confidently step into your power? Libby will provide insights that help you articulate your brand and fast-forward your leadership career.

Presenter: Libby Gill, Founder & CEO, Libby Gill & Company

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.

3:40 - 4:30 pm

Conference Closing: Keynote and Awards

Presenter: Stephanie Breedlove, Co-founder of Care.com HomePay



MBA Women's
Leadership Conference
Stipend Available for Forté Fellows!

Conference stipend available for Forté Fellowship recipients in the class of 2017 and 2018.

Additional details on the stipend will be communicated directly to Forté Fellows. Review the stipend policy.

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expert speakers and panel presenters

"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."