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2021 Forté MBA Candid Conversations

An exclusive online event for incoming African American/Black, Latinx, and Native American MBA women.

This virtual pre-conference symposium on June 17 will empower underrepresented MBA women of color to realize that they are the future of business leadership through real-talk panels and networking sessions. Incoming African American/Black, Latinx, and Native American MBA women who are registered to attend the 2021 Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference are invited to attend this very special pre-conference session.

Space is limited and registration is required. Qualified candidates will receive an invite from Forté to register for this free event separately. To qualify, you must be registered for the 2021 Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference.


1:30–2:15 PM ET

Welcome & Keynote

  • Forté welcome from Nogie Udevbulu, Managing Director, Head of Investment Research – EII, BlackRock and Forté Board of Directors
  • Keynote from Sonnia Shields, Senior Vice President, Global Campus Recruiting, Bank of America

Sponsored by:
Bank of America

2:30–3:30 PM ET

Real Talk: Opportunities and Obstacles for Women of Color in Business

Executive women from Forté partner companies will discuss their career experiences and offer insights. Listen in as they have a candid conversation about the paths they took to their current roles and what they’ve learned along the way. Over the course of this engaging hour, our diverse panelists will share their stories, their wisdom, and their advice — all to help women of color better navigate the workplace.

This session will cover:

  • Thriving in the current global social environment promoting
    racial equity
  • Bringing your authentic self into the work environment
  • Managing racial/ethnic identity challenges
  • The importance of developing strong networks
  • And more!

Sponsored by:
Bank of America      DaVita      Deloite      Walmart

3:45–4:45 PM ET

Real Talk: Candid Conversation Roundtables

Participate in candid conversations with MBA women alumni from Forté partner companies and attendees about how to face issues you may experience in the workplace or classroom as a woman of color. Topics include how to evaluate the culture of an organization, overcome bicultural stress, and develop relationships to build confidence.

Sponsored by:
Amazon      Bank of America      Liberty Mutual

5:00–5:30 PM ET

Closing Remarks

  • Cambrie Nelson, Senior Manager, Accenture

Sponsored by:


Join the New Cohort of Forté MBA Women

Following the conference, network with symposium attendees through our exclusive networking platform and find resources to support and drive your success during and after

Connect with Women of
Color Leaders

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

Find Your Place in the
Business World

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