Cornell University, Applied Economics and Management
Class of 2020
Claire Pan knew she wanted to study business at Cornell, but she found the prospect of navigating career decisions daunting. Claire’s family had no background in finance to influence her career choices.
Claire Pan knew she wanted to study business at Cornell, but she always expected to navigate career decisions on her own. Her parents did not have a business background and were not in a position to influence her career path. Discovering Forté through its pilot undergraduate business club for women at Cornell, she gained a network of friends and tools that gave her the confidence to chase her dreams.
Learning about business careers as an undergraduate
When Claire arrived on campus, she applied for and was accepted into Forté’s undergraduate club for women in business at Cornell. All 60 members automatically enroll in Rising Stars and participate in business and social activities that further their understanding of business. These events have been invaluable to Claire’s understanding of challenges facing women in the workplace. “The corporate world is not 50-50. Women face a lot of issues like ‘impostor syndrome’ and the ‘double bind’, and Forté helped me be aware of them,” she says.