Forté sponsor organizations are selected because of their continued commitment to women in business. Click on a sponsor link to read more about their unique programs, events and philosophies designed to support the academic and professional pursuits of talented women like you.
AT&T is bringing it all together for our customers, from revolutionary smartphones to next-generation TV services and sophisticated solutions for multi-national businesses.
For more than a century, we have consistently provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and excellent customer care. Today, our mission is to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else. We're fulfilling this vision by creating new solutions for consumers and businesses and by driving innovation in the communications and entertainment industry.
We're recognized as one of the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to businesses. We also have the nation's fastest mobile broadband network and the largest international coverage of any U.S. wireless carrier, offering the most phones that work in the most countries; the largest Wi-Fi network in the United States based on branded and operated hotspots; and the largest number of total broadband connections in the United States.
And we're making huge advances in the entertainment and communications industry. For example, we've expanded our video offerings to include television services such as AT&T U-verse® TV and AT&T|DIRECTV. It's part of our "three-screen" integration strategy to deliver services across the three screens people rely on most — the mobile device, the PC and the TV.
As we continue to break new ground and deliver new solutions, we're focused on delivering the high-quality customer service that is our heritage.
Bain & Company is a leading global business consulting firm with 5,000 individuals from varied backgrounds, working collaboratively across 47 offices in 30 countries. Bain was founded in 1973 on the principle that consultants should deliver results not just reports to their clients. Since then we have worked for over 4,600 clients in virtually every industry. Bain clients outperform the stock market 4 to 1. At Bain, you will learn how to make companies more valuable.
These results tell us that our people believe they are best positioned for career development and advancement; and they like the work they do, the people they work with and their work environment.
Sponsor Spotlights: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individuals, small- and middle-market businesses, large corporations, and governments with a full range of banking, investment management and other financial and risk management products and services. Since the beginning of 2010, we have made significant progress transforming the company into a simpler, more efficient enterprise by selling non-core assets, reducing risk exposures and building capital and products. We serve approximately 57 million consumers, clients and small businesses.Back to Top
Sponsor Spotlights: Barclays
At Barclays, we understand that the global marketplace is changing. In order for us to stand out we have to think along different lines to deliver the most innovative solutions to our clients. Having a diverse workforce gives us a valuable competitive edge and allows us to leverage the different perspectives of our employees in order to grow our business.
Barclays recognizes the role that women play in the success of our firm, and by ensuring that talented women have a seat at the table, we multiply our opportunities for success. In an effort to encourage, inspire and support women in achieving their career goals, we have established the Women’s Initiatives Network (WiN) in regional and branch offices. WiN members help the firm’s diversity mission by leading initiatives related to recruitment, professional development, networking, awareness and community outreach. In 2010, for the second consecutive year, WiN hosted its International Women’s Day Conference. Members of the firm’s Executive Committee participated in the event which began in Asia Pacific and over the course of the day passed the baton to Europe, and finally the US.
Our firm is committed to creating an inclusive workplace to attract women from top business schools across the country, and through our campus recruiting efforts; we have introduced a number of new initiatives to meet this goal.
Barclays continues to partner with organizations such as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Family Outreach, Dress for Success, Women’s Bond Club, Catalyst, and Women in Banking and Finance, along with non profit organizations who assist women, girls and families in need. Additionally, we have consistently been named to the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list.
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Sponsor Spotlights: BlackRock
BlackRock® is a premier provider of global investment management, risk management and advisory services to institutional and retail clients around the world. With offices located around the globe, the firm offers clients in-depth local knowledge and understanding, while leveraging the strength of its global presence and infrastructure to deliver focused investment solutions. Founded in 1988, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in 21 countries.
Guiding Principles on Diversity
BlackRock’s diversity guiding principles reflect our value of respect for differences as well as our business goal of employing a workforce as diverse as the markets in which we operate. We aim to:
For more information about careers at BlackRock, visit our website at:www.blackrock.com/careers.
Fostering a fully diverse workforce that provides opportunities for everyone based on their skills and experience has long been a priority at The Capital Group Companies. In addition to surfacing the best people for the job regardless of factors such as gender, ethnicity and nationality this commitment has contributed greatly to the Capital Group’s success and prominence in the investment management industry.
The Capital Group’s investment philosophy, established nearly 80 years ago, is reflected in a collegial work environment that encourages and values the input and active collaboration of associates throughout our organization. (The fact that we call all our employees ‘associates’ is itself an acknowledgment of this respect for the individual.) It is through this diversity that the best long-term investment ideas are born, resulting in consistent investment results for our clients and shareholders.
Inherent in our commitment to diversity is active support for the inclusion and advancement of women. More than 60% of our associates are female, and the Capital Group works closely with women’s organizations in key universities and business schools to recruit talented women and nurture their advancement.
We invest in our associates through a comprehensive benefits program that encourages continued education and training as well as support for working mothers through flexible work schedules and generous well-baby care and maternity benefits. It is all part of the Capital Group’s strong belief that our clients, shareholders, and associates all benefit when we help individuals succeed.
For more details about career opportunities at the Capital Group Companies, please visit capgroup.com.
Capital One is committed to providing an inclusive environment that values diversity – a company where the best people want to work; opportunities to develop are widely available; innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, corporate social responsibility and a healthy work/life balance are valued; and associates are encouraged to fulfill their professional and personal goals
Six-Point Diversity Strategy
At Capital One, we want our associates to feel valued for who they are and respected for what they bring to the table. Our diversity programs reflect our belief that when our people are at their best, we all win – our customers, our coworkers and our communities. Our six-point diversity strategy focuses on: Targeted Recruitment; Development and Advancement; Retention and Great Place to Work; Communication and Awareness; Accountability and Rewards; and Supplier Diversity.
Women’s Network: More than 9,000 associates are involved in at least one of our five Associate Networks, one of which is our popular Women’s Network. It was developed with the goal of recruiting, retaining and developing women while supporting our community efforts. All associates are welcome to join.
Group Coaching for Women: Tapping into the power of shared learning among women peers and leaders, this program brings together associates from across the organization to address common learning goals. Cohorts of 10 to 12 women meet with an expert coach to share experiences, prepare for leadership conversations and gain perspectives.
Future Leaders Forum for Young Women: Sponsored by our Women’s Network, this annual event invites approximately 300 high school students from across Virginia to participate in activities designed to inspire, encourage, and build leadership skills. Women volunteers from Capital One mentor the students, discussing their personal and professional experiences.
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Chevron is one of the world’s largest integrated energy companies. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, we conduct business worldwide. We are engaged in every aspect of the crude oil and natural gas industry, including exploration and production, manufacturing, marketing and transportation, chemicals manufacturing and sales, geothermal energy, and power generation. We’re also investing in renewables and advanced technologies.
The Chevron Way explains who we are, what we believe and what we plan to accomplish and at its heart is our vision: to be the global energy company most admired for its people, partnership and performance.
One aspect of Chevron’s commitment to people is its support of women’s leadership development. The Chevron Women’s Network is the largest of 10 employee networks, with members spanning 54 countries. This Network is committed to promoting awareness of women’s strategic issues at Chevron; fostering networking, mentoring and leadership opportunities; and encouraging personal, professional, and organizational growth.
Chevron offers several graduate development programs for a select group of talented, motivated individuals who want to accelerate their careers and become future company leaders: the Finance MBA, Global Gas Commercial Skills, Global Lubricants, Global Marketing, Global Supply & Trading MBA, Human Resources, and Procurement MBA Development Programs.
Sponsor Spotlights: Citi
At Citi, we recognize diversity as one of our competitive advantages which is enhanced by attracting, retaining and developing the top female talent in our industry.
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Cognizant (NASDAQ:CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world's leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 137,000 employees as of December 31, 2011, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 1000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world.
We are gratified that our passion for building stronger businesses is consistently recognized by independent sources and clients. Recent accolades include:
Cognizant Business Consulting
Cognizant Business Consulting (CBC) is a global consulting organization delivering strategic and domain consulting through industry and technology expertise. We have more than 3000 experienced consultants with a broad range of domain and subject matter expertise. Our focus is on driving our clients’ agendas through transforming operations around the “Future of Work”, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of IT, maximizing the value of enterprise solutions, and innovating with state of the art technologies. The CBC team is a high performing organization that is continually expanding its client base and increasingly recognized as a market leader by industry analysts such as Forrester and Gartner. A rapidly growing practice, CBC’s revenue jumped 46% in 2010 compared to 2009; and that trajectory continues.
Cognizant Business Consulting recently launched a new nationwide MBA campus recruiting program which provides an opportunity for MBAs with strong analytical, communication and consulting skills to join our rapidly growing, US-based consulting practice. In addition to this new campus program, we also launched a global Women’s Initiative in November of 2010 to put more strategic focus on attracting, engaging and retaining top female talent. We are excited about both of these programs and the professional opportunities we have to offer women MBAs.
More information about our exciting Business Consulting practice can be found on our website at http://www.cognizant.com/business-consulting. Information about our Women’s Initiative can be found in our Sustainability Report at http://www.cognizant.com/aboutus/SiteDocuments/Cognizant_Sustainability_online.pdf.
Sponsor Spotlights: Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse aims to be the employer of choice by attracting and retaining the best and most diverse talent. Our diversity strategy is based on the idea of “engaging difference”: leveraging the diverse perspectives of all of our employees to achieve our business goals.
We’re building a talent-driven culture, where the best people—regardless of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion or nationality—are free to realize their full potential.
Credit Suisse offers a variety of programs and professional networks to foster the career development of women. The Credit Suisse Americas Women’s Network (AWN) is focused on recruiting top female talent, fostering the promotion and advancement of women, and building women’s leadership. The AWN offers professional development, mentoring, advocacy, education, awareness programs. Examples of programs offered by the AWN in 2009 included:
The AWN is also a proud partner with a variety of external affiliates, including 100 Women in Hedge Funds, 85 Broads, Catalyst, the Financial Women's Association and The Women's Bond Club.
In addition to the AWN, Credit Suisse offers benefit programs to help women balance their professional and personal lives. We provide a full complement of flexible work arrangements, adoption assistance and adoption leave, domestic partner benefits, and back-up child and eldercare. We also offer health, nutrition, and wellness programs, and nursing areas for working mothers.
Our commitment to fostering the careers of women is demonstrated by the fact that we have been recognized for multiple consecutive years by Working Mother Magazine as among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.”
Sponsor Spotlights: Deloitte
Deloitte LLP, a professional services organization with over 40,000 people in the U.S., strives to continually innovate its talent management practices. We’ve recently hit some historic milestones in strengthening Deloitte’s inclusive environment. The 1,000 women partner, principal, and director mark was exceeded; minorities now serve as CEO for two of the four Deloitte businesses; and Deloitte continued to gain prestigious external recognition such as Diversity Inc’s "Top 50 Companies for Diversity” the 2010 Catalyst Award and were named a “model employer” by the Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything. Together, these milestones and achievements stand as testament to Deloitte’s unrelenting commitment “to celebrate and harness strength from diversity of all kinds backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to the benefit of our clients and ourselves.”
Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative (WIN), now in its 17th year, has been a driver of Deloitte’s success in developing programs to attract, retain, develop, and advance the careers of both women and men. Creating a culture where the best women choose to be has created an organization where the best people want to be.
Sponsor Spotlights: Deutsche Bank
About Deutsche Bank
Creative, adaptable and dedicated to performance, our people define the way we do business. Deutsche Bank values individual perspectives, yet is built on teamwork and collaboration. It's the ideal place to realize your full potential in the global banking industry.
Balancing passion with precision, we compete to be the leading global provider of financial solutions, creating lasting value for our clients, shareholders, people and the communities in which we operate.
We're highly respected within our own industry. For the second time in three years, we've been named Best Global Investment Bank by Euromoney magazine (Awards for Excellence 2012).
The following are some of the ways Deutsche Bank supports women’s leadership development:
We work with sophisticated global clients, who expect our teams to reflect their own. This is why we are committed to nurturing our diverse culture.
Setting Goals, creating senior leader accountability and measuring results: this is how we are embedding our commitment to diversity deep within our organization.
We continue to lead the street with our innovative products and services. Please visit our site to see our recent accolades and awards.
We welcome individuals interested in working in the investment banking industry to explore opportunities in our Global Graduate Programs. For information on the global graduate opportunities available, please visit our website. All applications for the programs must be made via our careers website.
Sponsor Spotlights: Dimensional Fund Advisors
Dimensional Fund Advisors is an independently owned company whose primary business is investment management. For more than three decades, we have been addressing complex investment challenges. Our goal is to deliver cost-effective investment solutions that add value by providing continuous access to the dimensions of higher expected returns. The firm, headquartered in Austin with offices in seven countries around the world, currently manages approximately $250 billion in client assets.
Our investment beliefs are straightforward: Securities are fairly priced in competitive markets, diversification is crucial, and investing involves trading off risks and costs with expected return.
We have developed a transparent, research-based approach designed to capture the dimensions of higher expected returns. Our goal is to add value through advanced portfolio structure and execution. We do that through a dynamic investment process that integrates portfolio design, management, and implementation. Dimensional's portfolio management and trading desks enable us to cover the global markets and manage strategies on a continuous basis. Our global investment team shares a consistent culture and fully integrated systems across offices and regions.
Over the years Dimensional has forged deep working relationships with leading financial economists—including Eugene Fama, Kenneth French, and Robert Merton—who work jointly with our Portfolio Management,Trading, and Research groups, in addition to serving on our Investment Policy Committee. These economists and our investment teams conduct research that has direct applicability to real-world investing. Dimensional's links to the academic community provide substantial support for existing investment strategies and create the foundation for new investment approaches.
We offer a broad set of global and regional equity and fixed income strategies, as well as global real estate and commodities strategies. All of our investment strategies share empirical and theoretical foundations consistent with our overall philosophy. We believe that our ability to provide investment solutions has helped Dimensional to become a trusted partner and resource for our clients. We believe that the longevity of our client relationships demonstrates our commitment to client service, the stability of our organization, the breadth of our strategies, and the consistency of our investment approach.
One of Dimensional's guiding principles is to create opportunities for our people to contribute both to our success and to their own. Accordingly, we endeavor to hire talented people who share our values for ethics, client focus, achievement, and collaboration.
Dimensional Fund Advisors is an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Diversification neither assures a profit nor guarantees against a loss in a declining market.
Sponsor Spotlights: Eli Lilly
Everything at Lilly begins with the unmet medical needs of people. We provide answers for these often complex, difficult problems in two ways: through the discovery and development of breakthrough medicines and through the health information we offer.
We are working to make sure patients have access to the medicines they need. We help low-income and uninsured patients in the U.S. through our Lilly Cares ™ program and voluntarily provide discounts on products for state-sponsored patient-assistance programs. At the same time, we are actively involved in lobbying and advocacy efforts to help expand access to medical care and medicines.
As our company touches the lives of people worldwide, we recognize that we have a responsibility to be a good corporate citizen in the communities we affect and to help preserve the environment for the generations to come.
Sponsor Spotlights: Ernst & Young
Creating an inclusive workplace is key to Ernst & Young’s culture. Our focus on developing women as professionals and as leaders continues to drive our progress and our award-winning reputation. We are fostering a culture where all our people have the tools they need to grow and succeed, including consistent support at every level of the organization. A strong “tone at the top” from our senior leaders holds our partners and principals accountable for the development and advancement of our women.
Sponsor Spotlights: ExxonMobil
Global energy demand continues to grow and create exciting opportunities within ExxonMobil for scientists, engineers and business professionals to work together to address the world's toughest energy challenges. ExxonMobil has a long-term career approach focused on attracting the best and brightest from college campuses and developing their abilities through challenging assignments tailored to the individual's interests and development needs while meeting the needs of the business.
In 2009, 38 percent of management and professional hires for ExxonMobil were women. Women hold senior management positions within corporate, operating, information technology and financial areas of the business. ExxonMobil fosters the advancement of women in the Corporation through thoughtful career development planning, mentoring, and professional networks.
Globally, our Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative helps women in developing countries fulfill their economic potential and drive positive change in their communities. Since 2005, we have invested more than $31 million in the program to provide women with training, resources and support. Within the corporation, ExxonMobil is committed to providing challenging and rewarding careers to men and women who have achieved excellence in their academic records, demonstrated superior leadership and analytical ability, and who are interested in shaping the future of energy through working with the oil and gas industry leader.
Sponsor Spotlights: Fidelity Investments
Fidelity’s values and our people help inspire us to do our best work. Our employees are our greatest asset, and their dedication and talent is what makes our success possible. Employee respect is one of Fidelity's core values, and we honor that by recognizing and rewarding employee ideas and talent.
The following are some of the ways Fidelity supports women’s leadership development:
Sponsor Spotlights: Goldman, Sachs & Co
The Goldman Sachs Group is a bank holding company and a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.
Sponsor Spotlights: IBM Global Business Services
Are you ready to help make the world work smarter? Join IBM.
In 1935, the founder of IBM, Thomas J. Watson Sr., launched a program to recruit collegeeducated women, and made what in those days was a startling statement: "Men and women will do the same kind of work for equal pay. They will have the same treatment, the same responsibilities and the same opportunity for advancement." And we've been building on creating a culture in which women feel welcomed and valued ever since.
In 2012, IBM welcomed Virginia “Ginni” Rometty as its Chief Executive Officer, becoming IBM’s first female CEO. She has been named to Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for seven consecutive years, ranking 7th in 2011.
We believe our commitment and leadership are making a difference for women in business -- and not just in our own business. As a reflection of our efforts, we are proud of our continuing recognition as one of Working Mother magazine's Top Companies for Working Mothers and Best Companies for Women of Color, as well as one of the National Association of Female Executives Top Companies for Executive Women.
For more information on IBM Global Business Services opportunities for MBAs, please visit www.ibm.com/start/consulting/mbagrad.
Sponsor Spotlights: Intel
Studies show that employees working in a diverse environment tend to feel more fulfilled, creative, and productive on the job. They also tend to experience higher levels of positive morale and job satisfaction. Intel is a place where employees can pursue their passions, support world-changing initiatives, and thrive intellectually.
Intel is a leader in innovative technologies. Throughout our history, we have pushed the boundaries of what's possible to improve how people work, live, and play. Our vision for the next decade is even more ambitious: to create and extend computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth. Our every success is due to the efforts of our global, diverse workforce. We respect, value, and celebrate the unique points of view and opportunities that come with diversity in our employees, communities, customers, suppliers, and other partners in the global marketplace. As a global leader, we take our corporate responsibility seriously by investing in external activities that will strengthen the pipeline, particularly with women and under-represented minorities, and build capacity in underserved communities. Our corporate business principles, policies, and strategic initiatives are designed to further develop and retain our diverse workforce.
Focusing on women, Intel's Women's Initiative builds enthusiasm among our female employees by delivering programs that foster development and retention and leveraging the strength of Intel's women VPs and Intel Fellows as visible role models. In addition, we partner with targeted external female-focused organizations to help position Intel as a diversity leader and employer of choice. Collaborating with Women at Intel Network (WIN) is an important piece of the Women's Initiative strategy. WIN is an Intel chartered employee network group with chapters located at Intel's major U.S. sites and internationally. WIN's mission is to demonstrate the value of a diverse workforce by encouraging women to achieve their full potential in their careers, in technology, and as leaders. Major sites host annual leadership and development conferences, networking opportunities and deliver monthly speakers events focused on topics such as career development, mentoring, communication and leadership. Local chapters are also active in their communities supporting a number of non-profit organizations and community efforts.
We take great pride in the collective and individual talents, skills and contributions of our diverse employees and believe that our business accomplishments are a direct result of our worldwide diverse workforce. Our long-standing commitment to diversity has helped Intel achieve great success and we continue to set our sights on becoming the industry leader in diversity.
Awards and Recognitions
For more information on Intel’s diversity initiatives and programs, please visit http://www.intel.com/diversity
Sponsor Spotlights: Liberty Mutual
Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global insurer and third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on A.M. Best Company’s report of 2010 net written premium. The Group also ranks 82nd on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2010 revenue.
"Inclusion is critical to our success. By tapping all available pools of talent we will better serve the needs of our customers in the communities we serve and want to serve. An inclusive company also treats people with dignity and respect and provides the opportunity to grow and succeed based on ability, performance and aspirations."
Edmund F. Kelly
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Sponsor Spotlights: New York Life
New York Life is proud to be a sponsor of the Forté Foundation. Through our cooperation with Forté, New York Life continues to focus on recruiting, developing and retaining women professionals throughout our organization.
Building the Best Team
Sponsor Spotlights: PIMCO
We are PIMCO, a leading global asset management firm. We manage investments and develop solutions across the full spectrum of asset classes, strategies and vehicles: fixed income, equities, commodities, asset allocation, portable alpha, absolute return, private equity and ETFs. PIMCO is one of the largest and most specialized investment managers, actively managing more than $1.77 trillion in assets for clients around the world.
PIMCO has over 1,900 employees in 11 offices globally.
PIMCO is recognized as an innovator, industry thought leader and trusted advisor to our clients.
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Sponsor Spotlights: The PNC Financial Services Group
PNC is a Fortune 500 financial services company. We're strong and now one of the largest banks by deposits in the U.S. But that doesn't mean we speak in banking lingo or hide behind spreadsheets. In fact, it's our down-to-earth approach with customers that's put us on the map -- in 19 states and the District of Columbia, plus offices nationwide.
We are a diversified financial institution that’s growing and performing based upon strong leadership and a business model that works. That means we need you to help continue our success and make it easy for our clients to achieve their goals, both big and small.
At PNC, our people are our greatest asset. Our success means investing in you. Our training programs are amongst the best in the business and will prepare you to tackle meaningful work that will encourage your development. When you achieve, we achieve. It’s that simple.
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Sponsor Spotlights: Unilever
On any given day, two billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life. With more than 400 brands focused on health and wellbeing, no company touches so many people’s lives in so many different ways. Our portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps, luxurious shampoos and everyday household care products. We produce world-leading brands including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s and Omo, alongside trusted local names such as Blue Band, Pureit and Suave. For us, sustainability is integral to how we do business. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sets out to decouple our growth from our environmental impact, while at the same time increasing our positive social impact. Many of our brands have long-standing, strong social missions, including Lifebuoy’s drive to promote hygiene through handwashing with soap, and Dove’s campaign for real beauty.
Women at Unilever
In 2009, CEO Paul Polman recognized that increasing gender diversity would help the business thrive, and he set an ambitious goal of achieving gender parity at all management levels. To achieve this goal, Unilever implemented a number of focused efforts, including the Global Diversity Board chaired by Mr. Polman, as well as gender balance accountability and targets for Unilever Leadership Executives (ULE), which include the CEO and his direct reports.
Gender diversity is integrated into the HR processes, such as talent management, career planning and leadership development. In addition, the Global Mentoring Program, which targets high-potential women in different regions, and Agile Working, a comprehensive flexible work program that supports sustainability in different regions were implemented. The Compass, Unilever’s strategy for sustainable growth, and the Sustainable Living Plan, which guides the responsible delivery of business operations, provide the initiatives’ over-arching framework and help maintain consistency and alignment across the business.
Rewards & Accolades
Sponsor Spotlights: Babson Graduate School of Business
Our “big-picture,” cross-disciplinary approach to learning about business and organizations gives you the knowledge to effectively transform enterprises. But it’s our hands-on, team-based environment that prepares you for action—to be a woman who exemplifies the best of collaborative problem-solving and world-class leadership. When you leave Babson, you can head for the C-Suite. Or launch your own enterprise. Or take charge in a global nonprofit. To us, being successful is about being a woman who makes an impact. Wherever you are. However you choose.
The classroom is only one place to learn.
At Babson, you are supported by people and resources that are committed to your academic success and your professional future. This includes:
Babson offers MBA programs to accommodate a variety of schedules. Full-Time programs include theTwo-Year MBAand the intensiveOne-Year MBA. Working professionals can choose theFast-Track MBA, which allows future leaders with an average of ten years’ work experience to earn an MBA in just 24 months, or theEvening MBA, a self-paced program with flexible course scheduling.
Babson College is proud to be a founding member of the Forte Foundation. We know that women’s career paths aren’t always straight or even well paved. But wherever you began this journey, wherever it takes you, Babson is there.
“WHERE ELSE could I have found a business school as dedicated to my success as a woman business leader? I have the resources and support of the Center for Women’s Leadership and the Babson Association of Women MBAs, and a faculty team that is more than 30 percent women.” Melissa Tansey M’08, Forte Fellow
Learn more about why Babson has been ranked a Top Ten Best Opportunity for Women by The Princeton Review for four consecutive years at mba.babson.edu.
Sponsor Spotlights: Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota
The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota is committed to being a constant seedbed for tomorrow’s female leadership. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of initiatives to help our female students lead and succeed in business. And we offer professional growth opportunities to women business leaders in the region’s business community.
Our women’s initiatives include:
Minneapolis/St. Paul is home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of Fortune 500 headquarters, including Target, UnitedHealth Group, Best Buy, Supervalu, 3M, and U.S. Bancorp. The Carlson School has close ties with these businesses, providing our students with many opportunities to learn and advance their careers. We offer extensive financial support for women, including two full-tuition Forté fellowships.
To learn more about the school and its women’s initiatives, visit carlsonschool.umn.edu/women.
Sponsor Spotlights: Columbia Business School
Through an outreach strategy that is continually expanded and refined, Columbia Business School has created a culture where women’s voices are heard in numbers in the classroom and women hold leadership positions in student organizations and programs throughout the School.
Since the early 1990’s, Columbia Business School has routinely enrolled one of the highest percentages of female students amongst top business schools. Faculty, administrators, alumnae and current students work together to build a critical mass of female student leaders as well as a base of alumnae who will remain active and mentor new generations of women students.
Columbia Women in Business (CWIB) participates in admissions events for women, one-on-one mentoring for women applicants and, with an active membership of over 350, extended career and networking programming for current students.
The annual CWIB “Women in Business” conference has become a signature event for Columbia Business School and the New York business community. The Conference enables alumnae, business leaders, students and prospective students to network and share ideas on achieving success in the marketplace. Each year, the conference attracts more than 700 women.
In 2005, CWIB announced the establishment of a new scholarship - the Columbia Women in Business Scholarship. The purpose of the CWIB Scholarship is to provide financial support to a talented female student who embodies the spirit of community and strong leadership that the CWIB organization upholds.
To speak with some at Columbia Business School about opportunities and the MBA program, call 212.854.1961 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about Columbia Women in Business, please visit their web site at .gsb.columbia.edu/students/organizations/cwib.
Sponsor Spotlights: Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at Virginia
At Darden, we are proud to be one of the founding members of the Forté Foundation. Our commitment to strengthening our ties with Forté is reflected in our efforts to continually involve more members of the Darden community in the foundation’s work. Darden is proud to have had a member of the staff on the Executive Board of Forté for the past four years. Also, for the past two years a member of the Darden faculty has been a presenter at the Forté Annual Conference. These are win-win opportunities for both organizations as we both strive to create strong women business leaders.
At Darden, one way women can find leadership and networking opportunities is through our local chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs. The women at Darden involved with NAWMBA organize several workshops every year providing support and education to everyone in the Darden community. NAWMBA also connects all of our female students to successful alumnae and other women business leaders. The women at Darden make an impact both inside and outside our school. The Darden NAWMBA chapter is the largest financial contributor to our local women’s shelter for help and emergency.
Darden is one of the few MBA programs that provide dedicated career services resources for its alumni. The Alumni Career Services staff understands the career path of a woman may not always look like that of her male counterparts. Our professional staff provides Darden alumnae with programming and support as they “step-in” and “step-out” of the work force. They have offered re-entering the workforce workshops in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Chicago and most recently London.
More information about Darden can be found at darden.edu. If you would like to make a visit information can be found on our website at darden.virginia.edu/html/standard.aspx?menu_id=27&styleid=4&id=588.
Sponsor Spotlights: The Fuqua School of Business at Duke
At The Duke MBA, students have a voice and their voices are female in far greater numbers than you might expect. Women hold leadership roles in virtually every student organization, directing the course of their MBA education and gaining valuable leadership experience in the process.
With 25 female faculty members and more than 3,300 alumnae, The Duke MBA offers women tremendous opportunities for both learning and networking. The Association of Women in Business (AWIB) hosts a variety of events throughout the year for women, from career panels, brunches, and mixers, to a speaker series, the Women of the World dinner series, and the Duke/UNC Women in Business Conference. And each fall, The Duke MBA invites women to attend the Weekend for Women, an exciting four-day event that offers prospective female students a unique opportunity to sample Duke in the company of other women.
As a leader in business education, we are dedicated to building a diverse learning community that affords each woman the opportunity to reach her highest potential. Through AWIB and partnerships with leading organizations such as the Forte Foundation, we offer numerous scholarships, recruitment fairs, and networking sessions designed especially for women working toward careers in business.
To learn more about The Duke MBA and opportunities for women, we invite you to contact us via email a email@example.com, visit our Web site at www.fuqua.duke.edu/mba/daytime, or schedule a campus visit (http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/mba/daytime/visit/) so that you may sit in on a class, tour our facilities, and meet current Duke MBA students to find out what it’s like to be a student at Duke.
Sponsor Spotlights: Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Founded in 1789, Georgetown is the nation's oldest Catholic university. The McDonough School of Business has built on this tradition and, in the two decades since its foundation, has risen to become a top-tier graduate business program. Women represented in every graduating class since the school’s inception have played a vital role in the program’s development and success.
Our partnership with Forté Foundation is part of our larger ambition to enable talented women to excel in business and become leaders in their fields. Through participation in Forté and organizations such as Management Leadership for Tomorrow, we seek to broaden our outreach and support to future women MBAs. Georgetown MBA hosts a variety of intimate brunches and bi-annual Women in Business Forums through which you may interact with students and alumnae. All women are considered for merit-based scholarships, including the Forté Fellows program.
As student leaders, our women make meaningful decisions that shape the future of the School as well as their classmates’ experiences. Students expand their skills and networks through participation in Georgetown Women in Business, a robust chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs, which addresses issues specifically relevant to businesswomen. Through events hosted by the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative, students can hear directly from women business leaders about cutting-edge practices and trends.
We encourage you to experience the Georgetown MBA program personally. Join us on campus for Experience Georgetown, a half-day visit in which you will attend a class, participate in a student-led information session and building tour, and enjoy a coffee break with current students. When planning your visit to campus, consider scheduling a one-on-one, half-hour conversation with an MBA Student Host through our MBA Insider Program. For those unable to visit campus, we offer a limited number of MBA Insider appointments via Skype.
Visit our website: http://msb.georgetown.edu/mba/
Request Information: https://georgetownmsb.askadmissions.net/emtinterestpage.aspx?ip=request-information
Contact Georgetown Women in Business: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor Spotlights: Goizueta Business School at Emory
Goizueta is a top-ranked
business school in one of the world’s great global cities.
This unique combination creates exceptionally prepared students who graduate with the skills and opportunities to begin immediately making a difference in organizations around the world.
Sponsor Spotlights: Harvard Business School
The Harvard Business School (HBS) has been a pre-eminent business school for women since 1938, when the first two female graduates completed the Harvard Radcliffe Program on Business Administration on the Radcliffe campus. Since then, 9,100 women have completed our MBA and Executive Education Programs, including 6,800 who have earned the MBA degree on the HBS campus since 1965.
Through our membership in the Forté Foundation, we have taken an active leadership role in helping to increase women’s access to business education, mentoring and networking opportunities.
Women are a strong leadership presence on the HBS campus. Women represent 35% of the MBA Class of 2008 with almost 350 female students in total. One way that these women make a difference at HBS is through the Women’s Student Association (WSA). The WSA’s mission is to connect and support all women at HBS through mentoring programs, networking events, speaker series, the annual conference, and social events across sections and with other schools and organizations; to promote the diversity of women's achievements and contributions; to work with the HBS administration to make sure that issues that are relevant to women are being addressed; and to lay the foundations of a powerful network of female business leaders and connect current students to HBS alumnae.
Each January, the WSA hosts The Dynamic Women in Business Conference which brings together over 1,000 women across many industries and functions to promote women in business. The WSA also sponsors two mentoring programs -- one among students, and one between students and alumnae -- and activities addressing academics, career development, and student life. For more information about HBS, please visit our website at www.hbs.edu/mba.
Sponsor Spotlights: HEC-Paris
Committed to diversity, the HEC MBA Program has long been proactive in attracting women to its ranks. Today, 27% of its approximately 230 Full Time participants are women. Add to this more than 50 nationalities that are represented on the program and you have at HEC MBA a truly diverse, multicultural and international environment.
To attract top-quality women candidates, HEC MBA offers four Forté awards per graduating class of up to €15,000 to exceptional women.
Over the few years, HEC has focused on women and networking through a series of initiatives including the invitation of renowned speakers in the field. Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, who is the Founder and President of the European Professional Women’s Network, offered HEC MBA women elite access to its pan-European network.
With the increasing number of women in our program, several initiatives have been undertaken by participants to reflect their diversity, including the activities of the HEC Women in Leadership club.
The great emphasis placed on multicultural diversity and a spirit of tolerance for new ideas makes the HEC MBA a fine business school for tomorrow’s business leaders, especially for women.
Sponsor Spotlights: Illinois MBA, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. The optimal class size at the Illinois MBA is ideal for strong interaction between our students and their peers and professors. The class size fosters a tight-knit community where your classmates, are also your closest friends. Our women, who represent 34% of the Class of 2010, have filled nearly 50% of the leadership positions available to students.
The University of Illinois is home to more than 60 clubs and organizations that are specific to women. Our women will find some way to share and expand their personal interests at Illinois, whether it’s athletic clubs, professional organizations such as the American Marketing Association, or community service groups. Also, the MBA-specific Women in Business Society (WiB) promotes student interaction with alumni, recruiters, and other women from across campus. The WiB annual conference is instrumental in drawing female keynote speakers who are well-known women in the world of business.
A long-term goal of the Illinois MBA is to increase the number of women candidates pursuing an MBA. The Illinois MBA participates in outreach activities that are designed to encourage undergraduate women to consider pursuing an MBA after gaining experience.
For more information about the Illinois MBA, please visit www.mba.illinois.edu. We can be reached at 217-244-7602 or at email@example.com.
Sponsor Spotlights: INSEAD
At INSEAD, we believe that a successful world economy demands diversity in management thinking, and we are committed to increasing representation of women in leadership positions across the business community. We are effective in positioning women for successful careers by facilitating valuable networks across sectors, industries and continents, as well as providing over €190,000 in targeted financial assistance to support women at INSEAD.
As one of the most innovative and influential of the world’s best business schools, we develop successful, responsible, and thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organisations and their communities. We invite you to learn more about how INSEAD can help you achieve your desired success by connecting with us on campus, or at one of the many events we host around the globe, or by visiting our website at www.insead.edu.
Sponsor Spotlights: Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University
The Johnson School is Cornell University's graduate school of management. Cornell University was conceived by its founders in 1865 as a university where "any person" could find instruction in "any study." The Johnson School embodies this 141-year-old vision of inclusiveness in several ways, including the establishment of The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, staffed by dedicated professionals, which exists to execute the school's goals and visions for a more diverse business community nationwide.
The Johnson School's programs in support of women in business include our partnerships with the Forté Foundation to reach more prospective women and encourage them to apply to business school; Woman2Woman recruiting events for admitted women; Camp $tart-Up entrepreneurial camp for high school girls; Women's Welcome Picnic for new and returning students; and our monthly Women's Power Lunch series for current students to network with each other, female faculty and prominent women executives.
The Women’s Management Council is a student club that sponsors efforts to increase the enrollment of women within the Johnson School. Members strive to promote and support women in business, provide a structure for connecting with present and future women leaders, and support the diverse professional and personal aspirations of women within the Johnson School.
The Johnson School is proud of its commitment to supporting diverse populations. If you would like to learn more about the Johnson School and our commitment to developing leaders who will make a real impact on the businesses of the future, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit johnson.cornell.edu.
Sponsor Spotlights: Kelley School of Business at Indiana
The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University provides talented women of all disciplines with the skills they need to lead corporations and business organizations worldwide. Our top-ranked faculty, innovative curriculum, and supportive learning environment prepare women for the challenges they face in the evolving workplace. To round out the Kelley experience, the program fosters a collaborative environment by bringing students together to work on teams inside and outside the classroom.
Another important and exciting resource for our women is the Kelley Association of Women MBAs (KAWMBA). This group provides increased opportunities and visibility for members, supports the professional endeavors of Kelley women, and develops networking opportunities within the program and with professionals committed to the development of women’s roles in business. KAWMBA sponsors events such as: Executive Speaker Series/Women in Business nights, the Faculty Auction Fundraiser and other philanthropic fundraising initiatives, community mentoring, and Girls’ Night Out social events.
Kelley is a proud member of the Forte Foundation, the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow. We award significant merit-based aid to approximately two thirds of each year’s incoming class.
To visit or learn more about the Kelley School of Business MBA Program and our commitment to providing women with the world-class experience they need to succeed in their careers and their lives, please email us at email@example.com and visit our website at kelley.indiana.edu/mba.
Sponsor Spotlights: The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern
At the Kellogg School, our students represent a wide diversity of work experience, interests, talents, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. They are distinguished by their intellectual acumen and strong spirit of involvement. Women at Kellogg contribute significantly to this strong culture through their leadership both inside and outside of the classroom. Kellogg women have gone on to become successful executives, entrepreneurs and philanthropists worldwide.
Women comprise more than 30% of the Kellogg student body. The Kellogg Women’s Business Association (WBA), provides development opportunities for women through a series of workshops, speakers and events. One of its most significant undertakings is to host the annual Women’s Business Association Conference, which brings together students, alumni and high level corporate representatives to share and discuss business issues facing women today. The WBA also hosts a “Wines of the World” event each year which brings together premier companies and its members in an informal setting to allow students to interact with high level executives on a direct, more personal level.
On a broader scale, in 2001, Kellogg established the Center for Executive Women which is dedicated to helping senior-level women advance to top executive and board positions throughout the world. The Center with its research-based insights, practical strategies for success, and a powerful network of executive women, is another way Kellogg continues to work to ensure all its students have the opportunity to develop their full potential. We are proud of the Kellogg School of Management’s unique commitment to women’s development at all levels and invite you to learn more about the Kellogg program at kellogg.northwestern.edu.
Sponsor Spotlights: London Business School
London Business School’s mission is to advance knowledge and nurture talent in a multi-cultural learning environment for positive impact on the way the world does business. Uniquely placed in the heart of the world’s most thriving, cosmopolitan centre, we are consistently ranked among the world’s top business schools, and our full-time MBA programme was ranked number one globally by the 2009 and 2010 Financial Times rankings.
As well as being a member of the Forté Foundation, London Business School has its own Women in Business Club and we regularly introduce initiatives to increase the number of women across our programmes, and seek to encourage and recognise exceptional female applicants. Within our extensive portfolio of merit based scholarship awards, there are a number specifically for women. We award two Forté Fellowships each year for £20,000 to outstanding women admitted to our MBA programme, and we are also delighted to have partnered with both Citigroup and Deutsche Bank to offer awards which provide both monetary and networking support to females. Full details on all scholarships available to women can be found on our website.
Our Women in Business Club also organises the annual Women in Business Conference. The event is firmly established as one of the leading women’s conferences in Europe and contributes to the School’s mission of developing global business leaders and exploring critical business, economic, political, and social issues. The Club has also set up a fantastic scholarship which underlines their commitment to recruiting talent to the School.
London Business School’s unparalleled location gives female students the opportunity to network extensively with senior women in business, building business connections and furthering professional development. Additionally, with over 100 alumni clubs throughout the world, our alumnae can continue growing these relationships through the Alumni Women’s International Network (WIN).
Women at London Business School are part of an ambitious and dynamic community of individuals who come from across the globe and who represent a wide range of professional backgrounds. To find out more about applying to London Business School or about the activities of women on campus, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website london.edu.
‘Although rankings helped narrow the choice, I felt it was really important to get to know the soul of the School. London has excellent academics, an amazingly diverse and talented student body and faculty, but most of all the sense of community is very strong. I simply cannot think of a more enriching and diverse environment in which to reflect and build on existing experiences.’
Thiri Thant Mon (Myanmar, MBA 2006) Associate, Morgan Stanley, London.
Sponsor Spotlights: USC Marshall School of Business
“At the USC Marshall School of Business, we are deeply committed to attracting more women into our classrooms and onto the corporate boardrooms of businesses across the globe."
In addition to Forté, USC Marshall is a member of the MBA Diversity Alliance, an organization focused on recruiting women and minorities to business school. As part of these groups, the school sponsors and participates in a number of women-only recruiting events in major cities across the nation every year. Recently, USC Marshall expanded their financing options for women with the addition of 2-3 women-only Forté scholarships per year in order to encourage more women to attend graduate business study.
Through the student run Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) organization, the school provides opportunities for women to network with each other. GWIB organizes several Success Workshops every year and also connects women students to successful alumnae and other women business leaders. USC Marshall is also a member of 85Broads, a network-based, co-mentoring partnership between students and alumnae of 23 top business schools in the nation. In addition, the women at USC Marshall take on a number of leadership positions in student government and other student clubs.
On September 29, 2005, USC hosted "The Forté Leadership Launch: The Business Case for Following Your Dreams," an event targeting undergrad women from all disciplines to explore the possibilities of business careers. The event included USC Marshall women alumnae speaking on panels to undergraduate women from the Los Angeles area. “We were pleased to spearhead an undergraduate event in partnership with the Forté Foundation, as an ongoing part of our initiatives to increase the pipeline of women applying to business school.”
If you would like more information about applying to the USC Marshall School of Business, please email us at email@example.com or check out our website: marshall.usc.edu. We welcome you to visit our campus and participate in our Ambassador Program, which connects you with current first-year students, allows you to conduct a class visit, and attend an information session.
Sponsor Spotlights: McCombs School of Business at Texas
The University of Texas at Austin has a tradition of dynamic women—and the McCombs School of Business is part of that legacy. From a faculty rich in female scholars and a student population full of women leaders to a community of accomplished alumnae and friends, McCombs is dedicated to helping women advance in business.
Year after year, women at McCombs initiate some of the most important and visible organizations, conferences, and events on campus. They take full advantage of leadership opportunities, seeking out and engaging role models and mentors within the local and national business communities. In addition, our alumnae are everywhere. From Austin to Los Angeles to New York to London and beyond, McCombs women make up a community that continues to give back to the school—returning as speakers, providing career advice, or recruiting new generations of McCombs graduates.
Each year, McCombs women host the Women in Business Leadership Conference, bringing together students, alumni, faculty, staff, and influential businesswomen to address issues and challenges that affect women in today’s business environment. The conference is hosted by GWIB, a chapter of the National Graduate Women in Business organization. GWIB also sponsors a professional development series, meets with prospective students, offers a mentoring program, hosts social outings like dinners and golf lessons, and organizes an annual GWIB Boat Cruise across Lake Austin. Check out the GWIB website for more information.
In addition to the conference, McCombs invites all women interested in the Texas MBA program to our annual Texas MBA Women’s Forum held in October.
If you would like more information about the McCombs School of Business MBA program at The University of Texas at Austin, visit our website or e-mail us for further details. We encourage you to visit our campus and sit in on a class or tour the school with our students.
Sponsor Spotlights: Mills College, Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business
For more than 150 years, Mills College has been educating women for leadership. Today, we offer an MBA designed specifically to encourage women to pursue management degrees and advance to the executive suite. Founded in the same year and for the same reasons as the Forté Foundation, the Mills MBA was created to address the shortage of women in business schools and boardrooms nationwide.
Our program has successfully grown to become the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College with a new environmentally friendly 28,500-square-foot-building opening in fall 2009. Our mission is to prepare women for ethical business leadership. In an environment dedicated to women’s advancement, you will be encouraged to discover your professional passions, embrace an entrepreneurial spirit, and emerge a socially responsible leader.
The Mills MBA Program is built on a strong economics foundation that will prepare you to lead in for-profit or nonprofit organizations or to start your own business. You can choose to focus in one of five areas, including finance, accounting, marketing, nonprofit management, and socially responsible business. The program is designed to be flexible—with both full-time and part-time options, daytime and evening classes, and opportunities to transfer in some course work if taken recently. We waive the traditional five-year work requirement to enable you to pursue both your professional and personal goals.
The Mills MBA Program is led by an accomplished faculty who are uniquely committed to women’s advancement. Faculty are involved, engaged, and motivated to help you succeed. The student body is diverse in ethnicity, age, and interest but share a common commitment to each other’s success. You’ll enjoy small, interactive classes that encourage a powerful group dynamic while supporting individual growth. And you’ll benefit from a highly personalized career services program through your entire course of academic studies, including one-on-one career counseling and networking opportunities.
Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills serves approximately 950 undergraduate women and 500 graduate women and men on a beautiful 135-acre residential campus. In 2008, Mills launched the Center for Socially Responsible Business with the overarching vision of creating socially responsible leaders across all business sectors and providing educational outreach throughout the Bay Area community and beyond.
If you would like more information about the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College, visit our website:mills.edu/mba or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to visit our campus, sit in on a class, and meet our faculty and students.
Sponsor Spotlights: MIT Sloan School of Management
MIT Sloan’s intellect and pragmatism are embodied in its motto of mens and manusor mind and hand. We thrive in a paradoxical environment; we have an intense work ethic but are refreshed by our passion and commitment, we are demanding of ourselves but not competitive with each other, we prize self-reliance but our community is amazingly supportive, we deal in sophisticated concepts but as people we are down-to-earth. We know our diversity is a source of strength.
We like to talk about ideas, but even more we like to make things happen. We know the power of uniting mind and hand.
MIT Sloan is committed to increasing opportunities for women within its MBA program and promotes its alumni as successful professionals. MIT Sloan Women in Management Club (SWIM) was awarded a grant from Forte Foundation to create programming called Empowerment Series which included 6 workshops: Effective Communication Workshop, Negotiation Workshop, Networking Event, Mind/Body Wellness Workshop, Work/Life Balance Workshop, and Networking/Celebration.
MIT Sloan hosted last fall’s Leadership Launch for undergraduate women.
To request a hardcopy or email brochure: mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/. To visit campus or attend an event in our city, visit: mitsloan.mit.edu/mba/admissions/admission-events/.
Sponsor Spotlights: Queen's School of Business
Queen's School of Business is one of the world’s premier business schools, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and non-degree executive education programs. Queen's full-time MBA program was recently ranked #1 in the world outside the US byBusinessWeekfor the second time.
The School has earned international recognition for its innovative and forward-thinking programs, and has continuously introduced new technologies in business education and new ideas for the practice of management.
Last year, Queen’s School of Business launched “Women and the MBA” — a series of networking and information-sharing events for Canadian women considering an MBA. The School developed these events in response to a recent study of 400 Canadian business leaders that revealed more than half (56%) of women in senior positions believe there are multiple barriers to female enrolment in MBA programs.
In addition, QSB is a proud national sponsor of the Women of Influence luncheon series that profiles successful business women. Another student-run School initiative, Queen’s Women in Leadership (QWIL), helps provide role models and mentors to our undergraduate Commerce students.
Queen’s school of Business has the distinction of being fully accredited by all three of the world’s leading business school accreditation bodies — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs, and EQUIS through the European Foundation for Management Development. Visit Queen’s School of Business on the web at business.queensu.ca.
Sponsor Spotlights: The Ross School of Business at Michigan
Maximizing opportunities for women in business is a business issue. At Ross, we provide dedicated resources to ensure women meet their goals while developing the acumen to achieve them.
From day one, women at Ross are immersed in activities both in and outside the classroom that encourage them to facilitate change, engage in the community, and lead across interpersonal boundaries and cultures. The school’s action-based and career-centric curriculum hones such leadership skills as reality-based decision-making, project management, change management, and critical thinking.
Women comprise 34 percent of the MBA student population and peer support takes priority at Ross. The Ross Women’s Council, the first such organization at a leading business school, brings together industry leaders, alumni, and corporate partners via seminars and networking opportunities. The council is aligned with the Ross chapter of Michigan Business Women (MBW), which presents the annual Women in Leadership Conference each fall.
The capstone of Ross’ selective and challenging program is the seven-week Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) in which student teams go to work in local, national, and international firms. Theory becomes practice as Ross consultants deliver (and often implement) critical solutions to actual business problems in healthcare, biotech, and non-profit, to name a few. As a result of this and other forms of results-driven preparation, Ross is perennially ranked among the top MBA programs in the nation for hiring women graduates.
Women at Ross benefit from unparalleled opportunities that open the door to any career or industry. Some 23 dual degrees are offered with the MBA, including Asian Studies, Public Policy, and Natural Resources and the Environment.
The collegial and collaborative culture at Ross promotes an environment in which women play a vital role on campus and in society. We believe in maximizing opportunities for women at Ross because we believe in maximizing opportunities for women in business.
The Simmons School of Management (SOM) offers the only MBA program designed specifically for women in the United States. Our mission is to Educate Women for Power and Principled Leadership. As a leading center for innovative teaching, research and discourse on women, leadership and management, the SOM offers a demanding management education to women MBA and undergraduate students. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in management through excellence in education and research. Our academic programs offer rigorous, applied, management education designed for women. We focus on leadership, and our programs integrate the strategic, functional, and behavioral aspects of management. SOM students gain the knowledge, analytical skills, and confidence that they need to manage successfully in dynamic and global environments. We are invested in each student’s success and support her as she launches, advances, and/or changes her career.
The Simmons School of Management has established the premier Leadership Conference for Women. In 1979, a small group of Simmons School of Management alumnae decided to organize an annual event that would be part reunion, part continuing education. The result: the school’s first professional development conference that brought together 150 or so women business leaders from the Boston area. Hugely successful, the conference immediately became a local institution and a prime networking event. Now with such high-profile keynote speakers as Oprah, Queen Latifah, Christiane Amanpour, Dr. Maya Angelou and this year, Gloria Estefan, attendance draws an international audience- not only Simmons alumnae, but also the general public. Working Woman magazine has declared the event "one of the top conferences for your money!"
The SOM has also established the innovative Center for Gender Organizations where we analyze how gender is embedded in an organization's work practices and culture. Analyzing an organization through a gender lens creates opportunities to identify systems, practices, and norms that make it difficult for different groups of women (and often men) to be optimally effective. Our work with many organizations shows that performance is enhanced by gender equitable workplaces that enable both women and men to be productive contributors.
The Simmons School of Management is dedicated to educating women for power and principled leadership. To learn more about our innovative MBA program, call (617) 521-3840 or visit our website at simmons.edu/som/mba.
Sponsor Spotlights: SMU Cox School of Business
Whether it's to Wall Street, the corner office, a startup, alternative energy companies, or non-profit organizations, the Cox school of business is committed to the development of businesswomen who will become the world's leaders. This is accomplished through three key initiatives.
Sponsoring Membership with the Forté Foundation
The Cox Full-Time MBA program and the Forté Foundation share a common vision of providing resources and opportunities for women in business. Through this affiliation, women at Cox receive a jumpstart on their career search, a broad national network, and scholarships for attending business school. Women at Cox are encouraged to attend the annual Forté MBA Women's Conference to tap into those resources.
In order to be a sponsoring member of the Forté Foundation, MBA programs are required to offer two substantial scholarships to women MBA students each year (Forté Fellows). The Cox Full-Time MBA program has awarded more than 75 of these scholarships to women MBA students in the past five years. That's over seven times the requirement! All women applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships, but priority is given to applicants who apply in the first two rounds.
Women in Business Club
While at Cox, women MBA students are encouraged to participate in the Women in Business Club, a student-led organization that creates social and networking events, guest speakers, and mentoring opportunities for young girls in the area. This year, the Cox school was one of only four MBA programs that Harper's Bazaar chose to feature in its inaugural fashion series, "Work The Look." Harper's Bazaar will bring their fashion to campus, ensuring SMU MBA women are dressed for their future success. As an added perk of being a woman in the Cox Full-Time MBA program, each year Dean Neimi sends a few women on scholarship to the MBA Women International Leadership Conference & Career Fair, an outstanding opportunity to meet with hundreds of companies in a variety of industries.
Contact the Cox Women in Business Club or the admissions team, or start your application today and begin your Cox Full-time MBA journey!
Sponsor Spotlights: Stern School of Business at NYU
NYU Stern consistently enrolls one of the highest percentages of women among top business schools. Women at Stern are a unique mix of individuals from across the globe who bring with them expertise from a variety of industries. Female professors, representing more than 20% of our faculty, play a critical role in the school's success and teach some of the most popular classes at Stern, including Women in Business Leadership.
One of our many notable female faculty members is Sheila Wellington. Prior to coming to Stern, Professor Wellington spent over a decade as the president of Catalyst, the nation’s premier nonprofit research and advisory organization on women’s private-sector leadership.
Every year, Stern hosts two major events to welcome our female applicants. Our marquee recruiting event, Opening Doors for Women, is held each fall and includes breakfast with current students and alumnae and a student/alumnae panel. In the winter, Stern hosts Spotlight on Stern Women, a special interview day for women and an opportunity to attend our Stern Women in Business (SWIB) annual conference. The conference attracts professional women and student leaders from all fields to discuss issues affecting women in the workplace. Past speakers include, Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO, Avon Products, Kathleen A. Corbet, Former President, Standard & Poor’s and Carla Hendra, Chairman Global Strategy and Innovation, OgilvyOne North America.
“The Stern community offers such support for women to become leaders in business, from targeted recruiting efforts to opportunities through Stern Women in Business. This kind of development is invaluable in producing a network of bright, strong women who make a real impact on the Stern community and beyond.”
Forté Fellow and Edie Hunt Inspiration Award Recipient
To learn more about the NYU Stern School of Business, visit: www.stern.nyu.edu.
Sponsor Spotlights: Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon
At the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, our commitment to enhancing options and opportunities for women graduates is reflected in a culture that emphasizes transformation, teamwork and innovation. We believe in the potential of each student, and partner with you to develop both the hard skills strategic, analytical decision making and the soft skills confidence and poise that are necessary for leadership in today’s global marketplace.
Our alumni community, which spans 29 chapters in 12 countries, is a tight-knit family that opens doors for one another into a variety of job functions and industries. An MBA serves as an ideal platform for pursuing career paths that make a difference. From entrepreneurial start-ups to global enterprises, our students work in positions that directly impact both social and management issues.
Attracting and advancing women is a priority at the Tepper School of Business. In addition to offering Forté Fellowships, we participate in a portfolio of initiatives including Forté Forums, Forté Fellows and Forté Scholar Symposia. Each fall the Tepper School hosts a series of workshops, including “Women & The MBA.” These events that are are popular options for gaining a preview of academic and student life opportunities.
At the Tepper School, you won’t be a number our decidedly small class size ( approximately 170) facilitates exceptional opportunities for leadership, networking and community outreach. To learn more about the Tepper School of Business, visit tepper.cmu.edu or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Sponsor Spotlights: Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is deeply committed to attracting more women into our classrooms and into business leadership positions worldwide.
We are proud to be a founding member of the Forté Foundation and are fully aligned with the organization’s goals of empowering women in business. As part of this group, we sponsor and participate in a number of women-only recruiting events in major cities across the nation every year. We are very pleased to be funding 11 Forte Fellows in Tuck’s class of 2015.
We provide opportunities for women through our Tuck Women in Business Club (WIB). WIB arranges several networking events and speakers every year and partners with the Dartmouth Women in Business Club on networking and coaching opportunities. WIB also organizes mentoring programs between first and second year students, students and alumnae, and students and Dartmouth College undergraduate women. Tuck is a member of 85Broads, a network-based, co-mentoring partnership between students and alumnae of 23 top business schools in the nation. In addition, women at Tuck hold several leadership positions in student government and clubs.
Tuck hosts a Women in Business Conference each fall. Organized by WIB, the conference brings together alumnae, current and prospective students, visiting executives, and members of the Tuck community. It provides career networking opportunities, professional development sessions, business school admissions advice, and access to Tuck’s unmatched alumnae network.
To learn more about the Tuck School of Business, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website. We invite you to visit our campus by registering for a campus visit at our website. In addition, sign up for Tuck Connections which is a great way to connect one-on-one with a current student or Tuck alum.
At the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, we value the power of the individual, and are deeply committed to fostering a community of students with unique and diverse experiences. As a founding sponsor of the Forté Foundation, Chicago Booth is pleased to offer access to a top-tier business education for both U.S. and international women. Our diverse student body offers women exposure to students from a variety of backgrounds to increase their personal and professional networks. The relationships that are built here will last a lifetime, from your first contact with an Admissions staff member or current student to connecting with members of CWIBAN, our alumnae network created specifically for women. Through the Office of Diversity Affairs and Chicago Women in Business, Chicago Booth provides extensive support, networking, and fellowship opportunities for women.
Chicago Booth students also partner with the Career Services, Student Events and Programs, Admissions and Alumni Affairs Offices to host a variety of activities for our students and alumnae. Chicago Women in Business (CWiB) is one of the largest student groups at Chicago Booth. CWiB hosts many events, including the CWiB Fall Conference, the spring dinner, and dozens of activities throughout the year featuring speakers, career fairs, mentoring opportunities, community service functions and social/networking events.
Chicago Booth Women’s Week, co-sponsored by the Chicago Women in Business Alumnae Network (CWIBAN) and the Office of Admissions, is a unique event for women. In nearly forty cities each year, alumni, students and staff engage women in conversations around the world regarding the MBA and its impact on the careers of women in business, as well as the value of the unique Chicago Booth experience.
Scholarships for women are an integral part of recognizing excellence among Chicago Booth applicants and students. Chicago Booth offers several fellowships for women—including the Robert W. Baird, Forté Foundation, and Herman Family Fellowships—that are part of Chicago Booth's commitment , in cooperation with global corporations and private donors, to provide tuition scholarships specifically to women. Our fellowships go beyond the usual scholarship model, which typically begins and ends with tuition support; we also focus on mentoring, individual development and career options, and corporate access.
To learn more about Chicago Booth, the Full-Time MBA program, and events for women, please visit our website at www.chicagobooth.edu. Engage with us further by attending any of our worldwide events, reading our Admissions blog, or participating in on online chat.
Sponsor Spotlights: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
The Haas School of Business is committed to developing the next generation of women business leaders who seize opportunities, challenge conventional wisdom, and lead with creativity. The Berkeley MBA is shaped by a dynamic, student-driven community that values the essential role women play in business and, through our partnership with the Forté Foundation, we seek to actively increase the educational and networking opportunities available to women.
At Haas, women hold leadership positions in many of the clubs and organizations and play an integral role in fostering the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. In fact, female students founded two of the preeminent business plan competitions among business schools the Berkeley Business Plan Competition and the Global Social Venture Competition, the largest social venture competition in the world that combines a profitable bottom line with a sustainable social or environmental mission.
The Haas Women in Leadership Group (WIL) serves the entire Haas community through a series of professional, educational, and social events designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of women's roles in business while equipping WIL members to achieve success. The annualWIL Conferenceis the longest-running conference at Haas and provides a forum for hundreds of women to connect, empower, and transform their lives and careers. In addition to hosting the conference, WIL organizes a number o fsocial and networking events throughout the year including the Women’s Workshop and an annual retreat to Napa Valley.
At Haas, you will find an incredibly talented, diverse, collaborative community - one that will form an invaluable, lifelong network. We invite you learn more about the Berkeley MBA by visiting the campus, sitting in on a class, and enjoying lunch with some of our students through our campus visitation program. Our Haas Student Ambassadors are looking forward to hosting you!
Sponsor Spotlights: UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is deeply committed to the strong presence of women in our MBA faculty, staff and student body.
More than one third of MBA fellowship recipients at UNC are women. We supplement Forte Fellowships for outstanding women with full-tuition fellowships.
Activities and Events
UNC participates in Forté recruiting forums and sponsors an annual IKF:Diversity weekend. The student-run professional organization, Carolina Women in Business provides women in the program with career-advancing information, workshops and networking opportunities.
Recruiting Women around the World
To learn more about our recruiting events on and off campus this fall, visit: kenan-flagler.unc.edu/Programs/MBA/infoSessions.
Sponsor Spotlights: University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business
The Simon Graduate School of Business at University of Rochester Though highly selective, the Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester, encourages women with distinguished backgrounds to apply. Of our current class of M.B.A.s, 33 percent is female, while over 60 percent of our M.S. students are women. Attracting and advancing women is a priority at Simon. A Simon degree offers our female students a world-class business education, as well as the right corporate connections for our alumnae to succeed throughout their post-graduate careers.
Simon actively recruits candidates with zero to three years work experience through our Early Leaders initiative. The program is designed to help younger students get an early start on their graduate educational and professional objectives and thereby successfully balance both career responsibilities and personal priorities. The Simon School is also a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an organization that promotes diversity and inclusion in American business.
Current Simon School initiatives to enroll top female candidates include: Forté Forums a multi-city educational and networking series featuring business schools and corporations.
The Forté Career Lab helps current undergraduate women learn more about Simon. Annual Women’s Conference an on-campus event to introduce women to Simon graduate studies.
Forté Scholarships Monetary support to help defray the cost of a full-time M.B.A.
Simon Association of Women M.B.A.s a dynamic organization open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Simon School. The mission of the organization is to share programs and information focusing on the real issues and concerns of women in the Simon community and the business world. The club actively networks with Simon alumnae to further highlight the advancement of women in business.
For more information about the Simon Graduate School of Business, visit www.simon.rochester.edu or e-mail email@example.com.
Sponsor Spotlights: Wake Forest University Schools of Business
At Wake Forest, we continually look for new ways to help prepare women to assume leading roles in business. While we’re proud that 34% of our full-time MBA students are women, we also invest in longer-term efforts, such as encouraging women who are working on their undergraduate degrees to consider pursuing an MBA after gaining a few years of work experience.
Wake Forest’s Women in Business Club is a key professional and educational resource for women among our students, faculty, and staff. It addresses the evolving role of women in business by bringing together successful women with common career goals. Babcock’s chapter helps recruit students and stages outreach events that raise awareness of the school and the value of the MBA degree.
Lipstick and Blackberries is an event for prospective female students, held during our annual Showcase Weekend. It includes networking opportunities with alumnae and current students, faculty, and staff, and concludes with dinner and a panel discussion.
A hallmark of Wake Forest is the personal attention students receive. Our program is small enough for close relationships with other students and professors, yet large enough for students to experience different cultures and academic and work backgrounds.
For additional information, visit mba.wfu.edu.
Sponsor Spotlights: Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis
For over 90 years, the Olin Business School has been educating business leaders and transforming business thought. Women at Washington University’s Olin Business School are among the most active and visible leaders on our campus and in our community. Olin’s deliberately small size creates a highly collaborative, involved community that offers transformational leadership opportunities for women.
Olin and Washington University offer attractive advantages for female applicants including excellent academics, a personalized admissions process, extensive financial aid packages and scholarships, including Forté Fellowships, and a worldwide network of engaged alumni and mentors.
Olin is a proud member of the Forté Foundation and was honored to host the 2006 National Conference for the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA). More than 800 participants representing 49 MBA programs and 59 corporate sponsors attended the NAWMBA conference and career fair. The Olin Women in Business student organization works in partnership with faculty, alumni, fellow students, and corporate recruiters to help female graduate business students succeed both professionally and personally. Through initiatives including special recruiting/networking events, active mentoring programs, and ongoing professional development support, women at Olin have access to a wealth of resources.
For more information about Washington University’s Olin Business School, please visit our Web site at olin.wustl.edu.
Sponsor Spotlights: The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Wharton's Welcome to Women:
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1881, is recognized as the world’s leading institution of business education. Each year the Wharton MBA prepares hundreds of women worldwide to pursue their professional careers in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors.
Women come to Wharton for its collaborative learning and strong innovative leadership and academic excellence across every major discipline. With 200 faculty, 11 academic departments, 19 research centers, and leading programs at the undergraduate, MBA, doctoral, and executive education levels, the Wharton School has more impact on business practices worldwide than any other institution of its kind.
With one of the largest women MBA student populations anywhere, the school is home to Wharton Women in Business (WWIB). WWIB focuses on issues relevant to women in business, providing social and networking opportunities with fellow students, alumnae, faculty, administrators, executives, and entrepreneurs. WWIB is both a social and professional organization, spearheading efforts within Wharton and the greater business community regarding admissions, alumni outreach, professional development, and recruiting. WWIB organizes and sponsors a number of events, including:
Wharton encourages women who are interested in learning more about the school to engage with members of the Wharton community through our student2student discussion board, visiting our Admissions Blog!, or meeting us in person at a campus visit or one of our worldwide receptions.
The mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society; inspirational leaders who own and solve the hard problems that matter. An essential part of this goal is to recruit, support, and train women who want to make a positive difference in the world.
Yale SOM actively encourages more women to become business leaders. We work with the Forté Foundation and 85 Broads to reach women from a variety of backgrounds.
The Women in Management Club at Yale SOM supports students with a mentorship program and numerous networking opportunities throughout the year. The club also hosts monthly women speakers who share the stories of their careers. Women at SOM also hone their leadership skills by holding leadership positions in a variety of student clubs and in the student government.
If you would like more information about the Yale School of Management or to arrange a campus visit, please visit our web site mba.yale.edu or call Admissions at 203-432-5635.
Sponsor Spotlights: Graduate Management Admission Council
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is an association of leading graduate business schools worldwide distinguished for the quality of their educational programs, their students and the services they provide to ensure their students’ success in school and after graduation into professional careers. GMAC owns the Graduate Management Admission Test, the most widely used predictor of academic success in graduate business studies. The GMAT exam is a critical part of the competitive selection process for approximately 4,500 graduate management programs worldwide.
An incredible 122,843 women sat for the GMAT exam in 2012 for admission to business school—a new record number of women and the FOURTH year in a row that women broke the 100,000 mark. This growing demand for MBA and master’s degrees in management, accounting, and other specialized business fields shows the determination of women around the globe eager to gain a strong start or boost in a business career to open opportunities in the workplace.