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Sessions June 28-29, 2019 / Chicago, IL

Friday, June 28, 2019

7:45–8:30 am

Breakfast & Networking

8:30–9:30 am

Conference Welcome & Opening Session

Welcome: Elissa Sangster, CEO, Forté

Keynote: Latriece Watkins, Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Consumables, Walmart Inc.

Sponsored by:

9:45–11:00 am

Dialogue with Leadership

Panelists:

  • Sponsor Welcome: Anne Bailey, Group Vice President, DaVita
  • Moderator: Wanda Wallace, President & CEO, Leadership Forum, LLC
  • Carla Harris, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Dana McNabb, President, U.S. Retail Cereal & Snacks, General Mills

Sponsored by:

11:15 am–12:00 pm

Lunch & Networking

Sponsor Welcome: Julie Ugalde, Senior Director, Finance Strategic Planning, Whirlpool Corporation

Sponsored by:

12:15–1:15 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 professionals currently working in these fields! List of panels subject to change.

  • Corporate Finance
  • General Management/LDP
  • Consulting
  • Technology
  • Marketing and Brand Management
  • Business Analytics
1:45–2:45 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, and Alternative Investments
  • Non-Profit and Government
  • Consulting
  • Technology
  • Operations/Supply Chain
  • Healthcare
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! List of panels subject to change.

  • Financial Services: Investment Banking
  • General Management/LDP
  • Consulting
  • Financial Technology
  • Marketing and Brand Management
  • Entrepreneurs
4:30–7:00 pm

Career Expo & Networking Reception

Forté’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 29, 2019

7:45–8:15 am

Breakfast & Networking

8:15–9:30 am

Morning Plenary Session

Sponsor Welcome: Noemie Tilghman, Principal, Strategy & Operations, Deloitte

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 winning the job over more experienced candidates. Start your quest today and learn how to best use your time this summer to gain an advantage.

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Panelists provided by:
              

9:45–10:45 am

Workshops and Panels

Participants will choose from one of the sessions below. Additional sessions TBA.

  • Career Acceleration: Bring Your A Game Panel
  • Leveraging Men as Mentors and Sponsors Panel
  • Interview Hero – How to Rock Any Interview, presented by Angela Guido, Founder, Career Protocol
  • Progressing Your Career: From Expert to Seasoned Leader, presented by Wanda Wallace, Author, President & CEO, Leadership Forum, LLC
  • Damned if you do and doomed if don't: Getting out of the double bind negotiating as a woman, presented by Elena Zinchenko, Director of Research Innovation, University of Chicago (Booth School of Business)
  • The Other “F” Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs [and MBA students] Put Failure To Work, presented by John Danner, WSJ best-selling author; UC Berkeley-Haas & Princeton faculty member, University of California – Berkeley (Haas School of Business)
11:00 am–12:00 pm

Workshops and Panels

Participants will choose from one of the sessions below. Additional sessions TBA.

  • Passport to Pursuing a Global Career Panel
  • Intersectionality: Changing Corporate Culture Panel
  • Tap Your Network to Build Your Own Personal Board of Directors Panel
  • Classroom Communication Strategies, presented by Joan Schmit, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin School of Business)
  • PowerUp Your Presence, presented by Sandra Corelli, Vice President, Corporate Class
  • Built for Growth: Understanding The Personality Characteristics of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs, presented by John Danner, WSJ best-selling author; UC Berkeley-Haas & Princeton faculty member University of California – Berkeley (Haas School of Business)
12:00–1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:00–2:00 pm

Power Pitch Finals

Women-led 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 sessions below. Additional sessions TBA.

  • Rock Your First Year with Tips from the Experts Panel
  • How to be the Smartest Person in the Room, presented by Angela Guido, Founder, Career Protocol
  • LinkedIn or LinkedOut?, presented by Diane Fennig, Senior Consultant, The Human Capital Group Inc.
  • Set Yourself Apart with Personal Branding, presented by Sandra Corelli, Vice President, Corporate Class
  • Women in Business – Breaking the Glass Ceiling Together, presented by Laura Wendt, PhD, Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion, A.T. Kearney
3:30–4:45 pm

Closing Plenary Session

Conversation with Jessica Bennett, author of the bestselling book, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace.

We’ll close out the day with a little inspiration and fun as we meet the new Edie Hunt Award Winner and announce the Forté Power Pitch Winners.

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Class of 2020-2021 Forté Fellowship recipients may be eligible for a $200 Conference travel stipend. Learn more.

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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."