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Sessions June 16-18, 2016 / Austin, TX

Thursday, June 16

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: Catherine Newell, Chief of Staff, General Counsel, and Vice President, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Presenters: Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation

Sponsored by:
Dimensional

Friday, June 17 / Career Day

8:30 - 9:00 am

Conference Welcome

Sponsor Welcome: Karen Dolan, Head of Marketing and Vice President, Dimensional

Presenters: Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forté Foundation

Sponsored by:
Dimensional

9:00 - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote

Sponsor Welcome: Pam Klyn, Vice President, Global Products Organization, Whirlpool Corporation

Presenter: Lindsey Pollak, Millenial Workplace Expert, Author

Sponsored by:
Whirlpool

10:15 - 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. The Career Exploration Session will provide a general introduction by career services staff for women who are less focused on specific paths or are unsure where to start. Start building your network now by engaging with women currently working in these fields!

  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing & Brand Management
  • Technology
  • Career Exploration: Changing Focus, Changing Careers
11:30 - 1:45 pm

Company Networking and Awards Lunch

Enjoy lunch with representatives from Forté sponsoring companies and continue building your “conference network." In addition to learning more about different functional areas, you will help celebrate the support of Forté sponsors and this year's recipient of the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award.

Award Sponsored by:
IBM

12:00 - 12:45 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.

Sponsor Welcome: Chakilla Robinson White, Group Vice President for Galaxy, DaVita

Moderator: Cindy Solomon, President & CEO, Cindy Solomon & Associates
Presenters: Christine Laurens, Chief Financial Officer, A.T. Kearney; Sue Mahony, Senior Vice President and President, Lilly Oncology, Eli Lilly and Company

Sponsored by:
DaVita

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Deepen the Dialogue: Marketing Leaders

This session will feature executive women who oversee the broad portfolio of marketing activities for their respective organizations and include women that represent consumer marketing, B2B, technology and more. You’ll gain additional insights about the paths they have followed and wisdom for navigating your own career.

Moderator:Margaret Molloy, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Siegel + Gale

Presenters: Karen Dolan, Head of Marketing and Vice President, Dimensional Fund Advisors; Melissa Eamer, Vice President, Sports, Outdoors, Toys, Treasure Truck, & Leadership Development, Amazon.com; Marissa Tarleton, Chief Marketing Officer, North America RetailMeNot Inc.

2:00 - 3:00 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
  • Energy
3:15 - 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!

  • Financial Services: Investment Banking
  • General Management/Operations & Supply Chain
  • Consulting
  • Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals/Biotech
4:30 - 7:00 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.

The Career Expo is open to students attending the Forté MBA Women's Leadership Conference in the classes of 2017 and 2018.

Wrap-up your day by networking with other MBA women attendees and Forté sponsor schools and companies.

Sponsored by:
Evercore

Saturday, June 18 / Professional Development Day

7:30 - 8:00 am

Breakfast and Welcome

 

8:30 - 9:30 am

Keynote: Powering Women Entrepreneurs

MBA Women entrepreneurs will share stories and insights about their experiences in starting a business, what has propelled their success, along with what inspires and sustains them, challenges that they have faced and any advice they might have for other women considering a similar path. The session will conclude with audience Q&A.

Moderator: Elaine Hagan, Executive Director, Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Panelists: Stephanie Breedlove, Co-Founder, Care.com Homepay; Katie May, CEO, ShippingEasy; Frida Polli, Founder and CEO, Pymetrics

Sponsored by:
Deloitte

9:45 - 10:45 am

Workshops and Panels

Sponsored by:
IBM

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 2016.

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

Empowered to Negotiate

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: Dr. Joyce Russell, Vice Dean, University of Maryland (Smith School of Business)

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.

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

Tap Your Network to Build Your Own 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'.


11:00 - 12:00 pm

Workshops and Panels

Sponsored by:
IBM

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 at this panel 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. You‘ll learn how to make a great first impression, win the job over more experienced candidates and get an edge over your competition.

This session is intended for new MBAs, enrolling in 2016.

In the Driver's Seat: 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.

Design Your Life

Tired of life “happening” to you? This interactive experience is designed to inspire the audience to create a practical, integrated, and strategic plan for your life. We will focus on the key actions necessary to develop a sustainable plan for reaching your goals, dreams, and ambitions while creating the balance and abundance you desire in every area of your life. Design Your Life overviews the skills necessary to strategically plan every aspect of your life both professionally and personally.

Participants will:

  • Understand the mindset of a leader
  • Reignite the passion to take the action necessary to achieve your designed outcomes
  • Define success for themselves beyond the "should" of others
  • Understand how to craft a reward system designed to inspire you to take action

Presenter: Cornelia Shipley, Author of Design Your Life: How to Create a Meaningful Life, Advance Your Career and Live Your Dreams

Leading in Teams: Effectively Leveraging Power and Influence

Participants will emerge from this session with a better understanding of the ways in which power impacts one¹s ability to identify and leverage individuals¹ specialized knowledge toward achieving team performance. Special attention will be given to the role of relationships as a form of power and recognizing and capitalizing on opportunities to effectively exert influence.

Presenter: Melissa Thomas Hunt, Senior Associate Dean & Global Chief Diversity Officer Darden School of Business University of Virginia

Navigating Your Strengths

Is a focus on developing your weaknesses a pathway to success? Gallup research shows that people who focus on their strengths--a unique combination of talent, knowledge and skills--are more productive, much more engaged and enjoy a higher quality of life. Do you know what your strengths are and how to use your strengths to get things done and relate to those around you? Participants in this session will complete the Gallup Strengths Finder in advance and come prepared to learn how to use their individual results to increase their effectiveness.

 

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Power Pitch Finals and Lunch

Sponsored by:
Microsoft Surface

Power Pitch Judges: Sara Brand, Founder & General Partner, True Wealth Ventures; Elaine Hagan, Executive Director, Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of California Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management); Nicole Irvin, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz; Sohana Punithakumar, Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Surface

 

1:45 - 2:45 pm

Workshops and Panels

Sponsored by:
IBM

Participants will choose from one of the below sessions:

Energize 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 2016.

Leveraging Social Media for Your Career

Social media can be a powerful resource as you navigate your career. New platforms and media abound. In this session, you'll gain insights on best practices for leveraging social media to build your online professional presence—to facilitate your job search, gain business intelligence, build your network, connect with clients/partners/employees and much more.

Men As Allies

Understanding how to build strong professional relationships can make a huge difference in your b-school experience and ultimately determine your career success. And you are key to your colleagues’ success too! In this session, we’ll explore ways to effectively forge strong ally relationships with male peers, managers and subordinates to enhance both of your ability to accomplish goals, gain visibility and increase job satisfaction.

Do You Have a Rockstar Powerbase?

Your professional relationships give you power, create opportunities, and make work more fun. Effective Upward Management is the key to maintaining a power base that will support you as you pursue your dreams and fulfill your potential. In this interactive workshop with Angela Guido, Founder of Career Protocol, you’ll get to assess the strength of your professional network and develop tactical relationship management skills that will serve you throughout your entire career. Bring a notebook to capture all of Career Protocol's practical tips and actionable ideas.

Presenter: Angela Guido, Founder, Career Protocol

Making An Impact in Non-Profit or Government

With a strong desire in much of today’s society to maintain a healthy balance between one’s personal and professional life, a growing number of MBA students are seeking positions in non-profit and government agencies. The versatility of an MBA degree means that graduates can easily adapt their skills and knowledge to the advantage of these sectors. Hear from women who have experienced the unparalleled opportunity to contribute and excel while finding personal satisfaction in their careers with non-profits or government agencies.

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Closing Keynote

Presenter: Cindy Solomon, President and CEO, Cindy Solomon and Associates



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

Conference stipend available for Forté Fellowship recipients in the class of 2016 and 2017.

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

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