Financial Services FAST Track
Growing the Pipeline of Women Interested in Financial Services
At Forté, we are committed to inspiring the best and brightest young
women in the country to pursue the many challenging and fulfilling
careers available to them in business. In June of 2008 we continued in
that tradition by launching our first industry-specific program: the
Financial Services FAST Track (FSFT).
* Created to encourage women to consider a career in finance.
* Offers candid descriptions of career experiences, expectations and opportunities in finance.
* Showcases the leadership, innovation and intellectual capital of our FSFT corporate sponsors.
* Differentiates Forté companies as the best place to work for high performance women in financial services.
understands the multi-dimensional interests that drive the career and
life decisions of our female future leaders: business, family, and
contributions to a global community. The FAST Track addresses those
needs through our innovative programming over the course of their
Learn more about life inside our sponsor firms by taking a glimpse at the
experiences of recent interns and full time employees.
New Features include:
How to Make a Good Impression—the First 90 Days
Erin Daly, Citigroup
first impression can having long-lasting effects at your new job.
Learn how one new graduate made the transition from student to financial
How to Make the Most of Your Internship
Eddwina Gregg, Citigroup
Make sure you’re summer internship is a success. Find out what one student did to prepare and stay focused.
The Best Advice I Ever Received
Jennifer Scully, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
advice from mentors can help mold and shape your career path. Gain
advice on how to get support from those important people around you.
2011 Conference Resource Section
Join the Forte FAST Track LinkedIn Group – For conference attendees only. Stay connected to FAST Track attendees and sponsors. Read updates and useful information on Finance Careers and provide your own tips and ideas on the career search process. And be sure to join the FAST Track LinkedIn Group.
A Career in Financial Services: Is it Right for You?
easy to close your eyes and imagine what your life would be like,
starting out in a financial services career, perhaps as an investment
banker, a bond trader, a research analyst or an investment manager.But
understanding exactly what a career in financial services entails, or
even what the term, “financial services” refers to, is far from simple.
So, let’s ask the so-called stupid question: What are financial
services? And what function do these services play in the world?
Financial Industry Career Options
you want to work in Investment Management, Investment Banking,
Corporate Banking, or Sales and Trading … here’s what it will be like:
Financial Services: Myths and Facts
You've heard all of the myths now get some facts and learn more about the financial services industry.
Career in Finance Webinar: Online Office Hours
FSFT corporate sponsors joined large audiences online for a 1-hour
office hours session to present information about their firm and answer
everyone’s questions. Did you miss it? Don’t worry—click below to access
the webinar recording.
our June Conference for incoming MBA’s Forté made a special effort to
interview the speakers so that you could learn from the Conference as
well. A three-part series, the FSFT podcast will take you inside the
world of financial services, the role of negotiating and what it takes
to be good, and insights on managing your career over time in this
- Episode #1:
Overview of Financial Services: The Big Picture
three-part series explores careers in financial services through
conversations with top women executives at several major firms. They
talk about the range of career opportunities for women interested in
finance, how to build a career for the long-term and the importance of
knowing how to negotiate. In our first episode, you'll hear from
Professor Laura Born and several vice presidents and managing directors
from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Citi, Fidelity and Deutsche Bank.
- Episode #2:
Corporate citizenship and managing your career over time
you get established in a career in financial services field, how do you
manage that career over time? What are the range of options and
possibilities for women in financial services? In this second
installment, we hear from corporate leaders at Wachovia, Citi, Deutsche
Bank and MetLife about defining their own path and creating career
satisfaction. We also talk about corporate social responsibility and the
options available to women in financial services who want to contribute
in this arena.
- Episode #3:
Dealmaking and Negotiation
suggests that many women struggle to build dealmaking and negotiation
skills, two capabilities that are crucial for many careers in financial
services. In this installment, we hear from Stacy Sonnenberg of Goldman
Sachs and Susan Fleming Cabrera, who worked in private equity before
pursuing academic research in management at Yale University. They talk
about the research on women and negotiation and how to cultivate your
negotiation skills for career success over the long term.
Financial Services FAST Track Conference
Incoming women MBA students from Forté schools are invited annually to submit an application to attend the Financial Services FAST
Track Conference—a deep-dive into the industry. In 2010, we had over 90
women from 25 MBA Programs from around the United States and Europe
apply for the FAST Track Conference.
participating in the conference were offered an in-depth look at
cross-functional views of finance and the opportunity to meet a variety
of senior level professionals in the industry. The conference offered
luncheons, seminars, panels and personal connections with top women in
the field--that motivated and informed the smartest women in the country
about the opportunities available to them in financial services. Click here to view the 2010 conference program.
STAY TUNED! The 2011 Financial Services FAST
Track will be in June of 2011. Please mark your calendar and bookmark
this web site. Additional information about the conference and how to
apply will be available in March, 2011.
Tips for Internship Recruiting
Download the Powerpoint Presentation, "Tips for Internship Recruiting" that was presented at the 2010 Financial Services FAST Track Conference with Deb Bertan, Director of Citi Campus Strategy and Diversity, Citi; Megan Connors, Assistant Vice President, CIB Graduate Resourcing, Deutsche Bank; Jennifer Kaplan, Americas Head of Campus Diversity Recruiting; Vicki Tung, Vice President, Human Capital Management, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The FSFT want to continue to conversation with the MBA’s online and help them prepare for the re-launch of their career. Listen to past webinars:
- November 16, 2009 Interview Do’s & Don’ts
Corporate Panel: Citi, Deutsche Bank and Goldman, Sachs & Co.
- February 11, 2009 Managing Your Career Over Time
Corporate Panel: Wachovia & MetLife
- November 17, 2008 Interview Do’s & Don’t’s
Corporate Panel: Citi, Deutsche Bank, & Goldman, Sachs & Co.