Business School Sponsor Spotlights

Whether you are just starting to explore your business school options or are ready to get your MBA underway, with Forté sponsors you're sure to find the school that's right for you. Explore these top-rated programs, read student profiles, connect on social media and find events geared just for smart, ambitious women just like you.

Babson College (F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business)

At the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson, you not only earn a degree, you gain an entrepreneurial mindset necessary for creating sustainable economic and social value in our ever-changing global economy. And, as founders of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®, the methodology for turning ideas into action, you’ll learn how to create opportunity in any personal or professional situation.

Women today are reinventing the workplace and themselves. At Babson you can learn to do both.

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 the Two-Year MBA and the intensive One-Year MBA. Working professionals can choose the Fast-Track MBA, which allows future leaders with an average of ten years’ work experience to earn an MBA in just 24 months, or the Evening MBA, a self-paced program with flexible course scheduling.

Babson College is proud to be a founding member of the Forté 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, Forté Fellow

Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business)

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, consistently ranks among the top business schools in the world. The school’s legacy is closely tied to our pioneering work in introducing management science to the marketplace and B-school arena. More than 60 years ago, the school’s leadership brought forth their vision of a better way to succeed in business.

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.

Cornell University (The Johnson School of Management)

To foster the close-knit community that is the hallmark of the Johnson education, every incoming class is, by design, small and selective. It’s the only way we can deliver our truly unique, rich, and dynamic educational experience. Johnson leverages the extensive resources of one of the largest Ivy League universities to deliver a robust, thoughtfully designed curriculum that is tailored to your individual interests and needs.

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.

Johnson School of Management at Cornell University

Dartmouth College (Tuck School of Business)

Founded in 1900 as the first graduate school of management, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has long been recognized among the leading business schools in the world. It is one of three graduate schools of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Tuck offers only one degree—the full-time MBA. Our small scale promotes a community that values learning, collaboration, and sharing.  In this environment our graduates develop the knowledge, perspective, and skills to lead organizations.

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.

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Columbia Business School

Today’s lightning-fast business environment is more complex and unpredictable than ever before. To overcome increasingly multifaceted challenges, business leaders require skills and knowledge from a wide range of traditionally segregated fields. Columbia Business School’s cutting-edge initiatives unite academic divisions and encourage the cross-pollination of ideas in order to better train students to recognize and capture opportunity in a world where disciplines intersect and industries change rapidly.

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.

Duke University (The Fuqua School of Business)

In its relatively short history, The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has established itself as one of the leading business schools in the world. With talented faculty and renowned research centers, the school sits among top-ranked U.S. business schools. Fuqua enrolled its first class in 1970. Today, the annual enrollment in Fuqua's degree programs is more than 1,300.

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.

The Fuqua School of Business at Duke

Emory University (Goizueta Business School)

Our goal is to make a positive impact on society by developing future leaders through our suite of undergraduate, MBA, and PhD degree programs, and our tailored non-degree courses; and by creating and disseminating impactful knowledge and insights. We provide access to opportunities for graduates and alumni in globally competitive jobs with leading institutions, and equip them with the skills to found and lead new business ventures. Our programs combine a broad business perspective with opportunities for significant functional depth that, together, provide the platform for our graduates to excel in today’s increasingly complex environment.

Goizueta is a top-ranked business school in one of the world’s great global cities.

Goizueta's Full-Time MBA is unique as we offer:

  • A world-class business education in Two-Year & One-Year MBA formats and
  • The advantage of an intimate learning environment with
  • The benefits of being located in a dynamic, global city.

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.

A Network of Successful Women in Business

Women are key contributors at Goizueta. We are committed to enrolling top-quality female applicants each year at Goizueta, to continue the trend of increased representation of women in the highest ranks of business leadership. The best way to gauge whether an MBA program will provide the leadership opportunities you are looking for is to research the school's track record of women in leadership positions. This year women hold leadership positions in approximately half of the student run clubs and organizations.

Goizueta Women in Business (GWIB)

Goizueta Women in Business provides professional and personal development opportunities for women at Goizueta by fostering relationships inside and outside the Emory community. GWIB serves as a source of information to its diverse membership and facilitates relationships among its members and the business community through speakers, conferences, networking forums and social events. GWIB commits to building a strong community among women in business, while fostering their success.

Executive Women of Goizueta (EWG)

The mission of the Executive Women of Goizueta (EWG) is to provide a forum for Goizueta women to be successful leaders in their careers, communities and lives. EWG provides the environment in which to share experiences, learn about recent business trends and motivate one another to be successful leaders at work, at home and in our communities. To support this mission, EWG holds and sponsors a variety of events including discussion forums, an annual conference, and breakfast meetings with industry business leaders.

Alumni Mentor Program

The Alumni Mentor Program matches students with alumni, based on their functional areas of interest and affinity preferences. This mentorship fosters an exchange of professional ideas, friendship, and expertise. As a result, students receive guidance and support from experienced professionals, and build long-lasting relationships.

Center for Women at Emory University

As a forum for women’s intellectual, cultural, ethical, and spiritual lives, the Center for Women at Emory University is a place for female students, faculty and staff to gather and share their knowledge and experience.

Georgetown University (McDonough School of Business)

Founded in 1957, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a world renowned institution respected for its academic rigor and international focus. Distinguished by its emphasis on global business and immersive approach to practical learning, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration that prepare students and professionals to achieve new heights of leadership and influence.

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.

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.

Harvard Business School

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.

IE Business School

Recognized as one of the world’s top business schools, IE Business School has its main campus in Madrid. At IE, we have been working for the last 30 years to offer the best management education and corporate consulting services. The result is the "IE Experience." The experience of a school steeped in the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. A school that fosters applied research and promotes social responsibility initiatives. A school that leaves its own, differentiating mark.

The level of quality of IE master's and executive education programs have positioned it among the best in the world in international rankings drawn up by key publications that include Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Economist, Aspen Institute and América Economía.

IE Admissions carries out a rigorous selection process to ensure only the most outstanding candidates make it from the large number of applications. IE seeks highly potential individuals who are dynamic, motivated, and creative, who not only excel in their academic and professional lives, but also offer the kind of interpersonal skills that will allow them to get the most out of the program.

Diversity is rooted throughout the whole IE Experience. It starts from the recruitment process and continues beyond graduation. The initiatives portrayed below are just a brief sample of the multiple activities offered by all departments and programs at IE through which our students learn how to truly manage diversity on their path towards becoming global leaders.

IESE Business School

IESE Business School has a proven track record of innovation. It was the first school in Europe to establish a two-year MBA and the first in the world to offer a bilingual MBA. Today, IESE Business School has secured its position as a top business school globally, with campuses in Barcelona and Madrid, and pioneering activities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

IESE's mission is to transform business and society through management education and leadership development, creating a better world by growing better leaders: people with big aspirations and a spirit of service, equipped with the skills and capabilities to make a positive difference.

IESE Business School and its general management MBA provide a cross-cultural learning environment: one that transforms, inspires and impacts your future.

Indiana University - Bloomington (Kelley School of Business)

Today’s Kelley students are tomorrow’s leaders. For more than 90 years — first in Bloomington and later in Indianapolis, online, and for top companies — the Kelley School of Business has prepared students to lead organizations, start companies, develop new products and services, and shape business knowledge and policy. Kelley’s innovative education, rich in real-world learning opportunities, opens students to endless career possibilities.

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 Forté 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.

Kelley School of Business at Indiana

INSEAD

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to change lives and to transform organisations. A global perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of our research and teaching. With campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), and Abu Dhabi, INSEAD’s business education and research spans three continents.

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.

London Business School

Through London Business School's first-class programmes, global community and international links, we can deliver an educational experience to transform our students' futures. Both the School's full-time and Executive MBA programmes rank among the world's best, according to the Financial Times and BusinessWeek business education surveys. We're also one of only three business schools in the world, and the only one in Europe, to offer a Sloan MSc programme. And we're the only top business school to offer a specialist Masters in Finance programme.

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 2010Financial Timesrankings.

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. 

"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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

The MIT Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the world’s leading business schools — conducting cutting-edge research and providing management education to top students from more than 60 countries. The School is part of MIT’s rich intellectual tradition of education and research. MIT Sloan began in 1914 as engineering administration curriculum in the MIT Department of Economics and Statistics. The scope and depth of this educational focus have grown steadily in response to advances in the theory and practice of management to today’s broad-based management school.

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 Forté 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 School of Management

Michigan State University (Broad College of Business)

The Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management includes five departments (Accounting and Information Systems, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management), and one independent, industry-specific program, The School of Hospitality Business. In addition, prospective MBA students can pursue their degree in one of two types of programs at the Broad College: the Full-Time MBA and the Weekend MBA.

Currently, about 5,000 students are enrolled at the undergraduate level, and about 1,000 students are enrolled in specialized master’s, doctoral or MBA degree programs as well as various Executive Development Programs, making Broad one of the largest business schools in the country.

As one of the leading MBA programs in Michigan and the nation, we are proud of our international reputation for educating MBAs who understand global business and are ready and eager to contribute from day one.

Michigan State, Broad College of Business

Mills College (Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business)

At Mills, we take you beyond the traditional MBA. We provide the essentials of business education, and we do something more. We prepare you to be an ethical and socially responsible organizational leader who can deliver strong financial performance while also making a positive societal and environmental impact. Our strong business curriculum is flexible—not formulaic. Here, you will hone your critical thinking skills, master business fundamentals, and learn to lead and collaborate for success. Our small classes ensure that you interact closely with faculty, contribute actively to class discussions, and learn with and from your peers.

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.

New York University (Stern School of Business)

At Stern, we believe in the tremendous potential of individuals to solve global problems through the power of business. Founded on this belief, our vision is to develop people and ideas that transform 21st century problems into opportunities to create value for business and society. “An Education in Possible”is our promise to deliver a unique education that combines rigor in the classroom with engagement beyond the classroom to broaden perspectives and change mindsets. We promote disruptive thinking and encourage experimentation to create value. We fulfill our promise through four core values: Academic Excellence, IQ + EQ, Collaborative Community and The Energy of a Global Hub.

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.”
- Rebekah Ahn, MBA 2010, Forté Fellow and Edie Hunt Inspiration Award Recipient

Northwestern (Kellogg School of Management)

Kellogg is truly a different voice in management education. That’s why, for our community, “Think Bravely” is more than just a tagline. It’s how we approach our mission of educating, equipping and inspiring leaders for today’s global marketplace. We believe that business can be bravely led, passionately collaborative and world changing. It's a bold statement. It’s at the heart of our dynamic culture. And, it guides all we do as a premier, global management educator in the 21st century.

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.

Queen's School of Business

Queen's School of Business is one of the world's premier business schools, with a faculty team renowned for its business experience and academic credentials. The School has earned international recognition for its innovative approaches to team-based and experiential learning. In addition to its highly acclaimed MBA programs, Queen's School of Business is also home to Canada's most prestigious undergraduate business program and several outstanding graduate programs. As well, the School is one of the world's largest and most respected providers of executive education.

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.

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.

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Simmons School of Management

A leading center for innovative teaching, research and discourse on women, leadership and management, the School of Management (SOM) offers a demanding management education to women MBA and undergraduate students as well as a newly launched Health Care MBA and a Master of Science in Management. The SOM is also a leading-edge provider of executive education, consulting services, and applied research to senior management in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.

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.

Southern Methodist University (Cox School of Business)

Since 1920, the SMU Cox School of Business has equipped students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to succeed in business. Major publications—including BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The Wall Street Journal—rank SMU Cox among the top business schools in the nation and around the world.

Led by Dean Albert W. Niemi, Jr., an active teacher, scholar and author, SMU Cox offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as innovative professional development programs.

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.

Scholarships

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.

University of California - Berkeley (Haas School of Business)

As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business — which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 20 years. The school offers outstanding management education to about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year who come from around the world to study in one of its six degree-granting programs. The school has 40,000 alumni.

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 annual WIL Conference is 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 of social 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!

University of California - Los Angeles (Anderson School of Management)

Founded in the depth of the Great Depression, UCLA Anderson School of Management now ranks among the top-tier business schools in the world. An award-winning faculty renowned for research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment in the heart of Southern California.

UCLA Anderson's faculty comprises outstanding educators and researchers who share their scholarship and expertise in areas such as finance, marketing, accounting, business economics, decision sciences, operations and technology management, human resources and organizational behavior, information systems, and strategy and policy.

Leadership themes permeate the curriculum at UCLA Anderson. MBA students have many opportunities to develop leadership skills in safe surroundings. This includes working in teams on real world management challenges through the Applied Management Research and the Global Access programs. There are also a multitude of leadership experiences available through the school's many student associations and activities.

The Women's Business Connection (WBC) assists MBA women in reaching their professional goals and lifestyle aspirations by providing events and resources that recognize and address the unique challenges that women face in business today. The WBC consists of more than 150 women enrolled in the full-time and part-time MBA programs at UCLA Anderson. The WBC focuses on career exploration, professional development, work-life balance and networking with alumnae in the Los Angeles business community to enrich the personal and professional lives of our members.

University of Chicago (Booth School of Business)

We are the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Since 1898, we have produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Our rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms our students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges. As part of the world-renowned University of Chicago, we share the university’s core values that shape our distinctive intellectual culture. At Chicago Booth, we constantly question and test ideas, and seek proof. This extraordinarily effective approach to business leads to new ideas and innovative solutions. Six of our faculty members have won Nobel Prizes for these ideas - the first business school to achieve this accomplishment.

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.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (College of Business)

The College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a Research One university and a business school that dominates in the fields of research and education – from accountancy to marketing, finance to strategy and all worthy business disciplines in between. Illinois faculty, students and alumni comprise an incomparable network of high-integrity people engaging together to innovate business in the global economy.

The ILLINOIS MBA has programs in accountancy, business administration, and finance. The College enrolls approximately 2,800 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students (MBA, masters & PhD).

UIUC is home to more than 60 clubs and organizations that are specific to women. Our women find ways to share and expand their personal interests at UIUC, whether it's campus recreation sports, professional organizations, or community groups. Many MBA women participate in the Women in Business (WiB) Society, which is an MBA Association student club that promotes student interaction with alumnae, recruiters, and other women from across campus.

The small 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 peers are not only your classmates, but your friends as well. The ILLINOIS MBA has a substantial return on investment, with the typical average salary doubling for women who graduate from the program.

Throughout the school year, WiB hosts events that provide support and opportunity for MBA women, while also promoting diversity and inclusion. In the past, WiB has hosted both professional and social events. Professional events include corporate information sessions, alumni speaker series and professional workshops.

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University of Michigan (Ross School of Business)

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today's dynamic global economy. At the Ross School of Business, our mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

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.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Carlson School of Management)

Established in 1919 and based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota is a recognized leader in business education and research. Its focus on experiential learning, international education, and maintaining strong ties to the business community exemplify the school’s commitment to excellence.

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:

  • Mentor circles half-day peer-mentoring sessions that include a 90-minute presentation from prominent female leaders
  • Inside the Boardroom high-profile public conversations with the nation’s top business leaders led by Marilyn Carlson Nelson
  • National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) the Carlson School hosts a thriving NAWMBA chapter that organizes networking and community events throughout the year
  • Women’s leadership conference our annual conference, organized collaboratively by students, staff, and faculty, is the premier gathering of female business leaders in Minneapolis

Females make up 23% of our tenured and tenure-track faculty, exceeding the national average of 20%. Our tenure-track faculty—the future of our research and teaching capabilities—are 30% female. We lead the Midwest in the increase in the percentage of women enrolling in our Full-Time MBA program. And the Carlson Undergraduate program freshman class is about 50% female.

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.

University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler Business School)

Today’s most effective leaders have heads for business. Just as importantly, they have hearts, too. Their focus goes beyond the bottom line, incorporating the greater good. UNC Kenan-Flagler has long understood what defines true business success & puts that understanding into practice. In & out of the classroom, through academic rigor & essential real-life learning experiences, we’re shaping exceptional leaders who make positive impacts on the corporations they lead & the communities they serve.

UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is deeply committed to the strong presence of women in our MBA faculty, staff and student body.

  • Women make up 30% of the MBA Class of 2014 and 26% of the MBA Class of 2013.
  • Women make up 37% of the leaders elected by the student body to the MBA Student Association Executive Board.
  • Women hold 4 of the 9 senior leadership positions reporting directly to the Dean.
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler is currently a member of both the Forté Foundation and The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
Fellowships for Women

 More than one third of MBA fellowship recipients at UNC are women. We supplement Forté 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.

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University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business)

The Mendoza College of Business is home to dedicated teachers, scholars and more than 2400 students who are engaged in undergraduate, graduate and executive studies. Degrees offered at the Mendoza College include: Bachelor of Business Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy, and Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA). Mendoza also offers a broad range of custom programs for businesses and organizations, as well as certificate programs for executives and nonprofit managers and leaders.

At the Mendoza College of Business, we prepare you to search for perspective, to ask penetrating questions, to plumb the depths of uncertainty with confidence. The stakes are high.

Can business help transform the world? We think it can. The forces of technology, transportation and the Internet are revolutionizing business practice. Take what you learn and help struggling people here and around the world live a better life.

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University of Oxford (Saïd Business School)

The Saïd Business School is one of Europe's youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools. An integral part of the University of Oxford, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs, and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world.

Women who have studied at Oxford include some of recent history’s great leaders and inspired minds. Distinguished examples include: Dorothy Hodgkin, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964, Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister (and Europe’s first female Prime Minister), Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of lastminute.com, Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Cornelia Sorabji, India’s first female lawyer and author Helen Fielding.

The Business School is strongly committed to continuing this tradition. Already our female alumni have gone on to work in a wide range of roles and industries all around the world. For example, Sally Fan from China is now a Vice President at Deutsche Bank in New York. Kuntha Chelvanathan from Australia is a Senior Consultant with Roland Berger in London. And Sarita James from the US worked for McKinsey, and was named a White House Fellow in 2008.

Some of our female alumni have also won prestigious awards such as, Ruthe Farmer (MBA 2007) who was named a ‘White House Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion’ in July 2013. Keely Stevenson (MBA 2004) was honoured by The World Economic Forum with its 2013 Young Global Leader (YGL) award. And Raheela Khan (OAMLP 2012) was named a 2013 Yale World Fellow in May 2013.

Oxford is a passionate proponent of women’s entrepreneurship as a force for change and global economic growth. Reflecting this philosophy, the Sa´d Business School invests in a wide range of initiatives to help create a thriving community of women leaders.

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University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)

WHARTON KNOWLEDGE is rooted in evidence, global thinking, and rigorous analysis. As a foundation for exceptional leadership, Wharton knowledge can solve difficult problems, pave the way to new opportunities, and create transformation. The first business school in the world, Wharton continues to lead in business education. Our knowledge fuels action with ever-expanding consequence through the leadership of our alumni, students, and faculty, extending into com- munities, businesses, and institutions around the world.

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:

  • Annual WWIB Conference with nearly 400 attendees
  • Brown bag lunches, corporate presentations, and industry panels
  • WWIB Career Fair
  • Annual Distinguished Alumna Award and Reception
  • Women's Receptions in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco
  • the Annual Prospective Student Day (in collaboration with the African American MBA Association)

Upon graduation, Wharton women find ample opportunity to build social and professional ties to last a lifetime, as they join a network of over 800,000 alumni worldwide.

University of Rochester (Simon Graduate School of Business)

You've always stood out among your peers. Now it is time to take the next step to make your mark on the rest of the world. The Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester is the place to do it. The School is ranked among the top business schools nationally and internationally by media and publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times of London, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.

With our small size, internationally diverse student population, and team-study approach, there is an opportunity for substantive, globally enriching interaction with faculty and fellow students. Simon gives you the tools you need to solve business problems creatively and to make tough decisions in real-world situations. You’ll achieve a superior level of leadership, both personally and professionally, in an environment that’s impressive all the way around: from our world-class curriculum and faculty to the inspiring Ivy League beauty of our riverside campus.

A Simon degree offers our female students a top-notch business education, as well as the best business connections the world has to offer. We are the top choice for companies recruiting women employees. The annual Simon Women's Weekend event provides networking between prospective female candidates and current female students, alumnae, faculty, and administrators, with sessions centered on current issues in business.

Simon is a place to stand up and stand out—a place that will leave an impression on you for the rest of your life.

University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business)

With an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, collaborative research and social responsibility, the USC Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment. Our guiding philosophy success demands an understanding of the inner workings of the global marketplace has established USC Marshall as a leader among the nation’s premier business schools.

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.

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.

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University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business)

One of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country, the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to educating the business leaders of tomorrow while creating knowledge for industry and society. Rankings tell only part of the story of what makes McCombs so great, but it’s a good beginning. We’re one of the few schools in the country to receive top marks in nearly all the business specialty areas ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report—at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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.

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, we encourage you to visit our campus and sit in on a class or tour the school with our students.

University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management)

Canada's top business school, Rotman School of Management has built a global reputation on its ambitious vision for business education. Success in today’s global business landscape hinges on quickly adapting to volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments. At the Rotman School, our students receive a solid grounding in all the functional areas of business, and also learn how to go beyond them to consider the big picture. Through Integrative Thinking and Business Design, they gain the tools they need to solve the toughest problems, approaching each challenge with creativity and a willingness to take risks.

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has the #1 MBA program in Canada, according to the Financial Times. Rotman has built a global reputation on its ambitious vision for business education. Our unique approach to problem solving will transform your leadership potential and position you to tackle the global business challenges of the future.

The Initiative for Women in Business at the Rotman School of Management is a proven force for change. We provide professional women with leadership development opportunities, new ways of thinking and vital connections that help them advance and succeed in their careers. We are a trusted partner to forward-thinking corporations and organizations through our custom programs, presentations and events, and diversity consulting. We aspire to create a business landscape that is prosperous and equitable.

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University of Virginia (Darden School of Business)

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case study method, the highest-ranked faculty whose research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit learning environment to develop principled and complete leaders who are ready to make an impact.

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.

Wake Forest University Schools of Business

With six graduate business programs and four joint-degree programs, Wake Forest Schools of Business offer many options to pursue your graduate business degree. We offer full-time and part-time study in Winston-Salem (main campus) and part-time study, including a Saturday program, through our Charlotte campus. The Wake Forest University Schools of Business deliver a truly distinctive experience that focuses on a set of core philosophies and practices each working together to help ignite and fuel the fires of imagination, creativity, passion, and excellence among our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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.

Washington University in St. Louis (Olin Business School)

Located in the heart of the Midwest, the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis is one of the country's leading research-oriented business schools. Our degree programs are known for their demanding scholastic standards and emphasis on experiential learning.

“Research-driven thinking, applied” is the organizing principle across the school’s degree and nondegree programs, which emphasize developing the rigorously analytical, critical-thinking skills; applied learning; global competence; and communication and collaboration skills needed to solve today’s complex, unstructured business challenges.

Our small size allows for a deeper level of interaction, participation, and program customization, which, in turn, fosters key relationships that provide endless opportunities for continuous achievement.

Admission to the Olin MBA Program is competitive. Each applicant is carefully considered by the Olin Admissions Committee, using a holistic approach with both objective and subjective criteria. We consider your academic ability, leadership potential and experience – and how well you communicate those to us. To ensure diversity in each entering class, we admit students with varied backgrounds, talents and interests.

Yale School of Management

The founding mission of Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society. This mission has at least three interpretations, all of which are relevant and important: Yale SOM educates purposeful leaders who will pursue their work with integrity; Yale SOM educates leaders for all sectors of society—public, private, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial; and Yale SOM educates leaders who understand complexity within and among societies in an increasingly global world.

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.

York University (Schulich School of Business)

Known as Canada’s Global Business School™, the Schulich School of Business at York University is ranked among the world’s leading business schools by a number of global surveys. Schulich’s MBA program is ranked #1 in the world by the Aspen Institute in a global survey that identifies which schools are doing the best job of preparing future business leaders for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.

Global, innovative and diverse, Schulich offers business programs year-round at two Toronto campuses — its new state-of-the-art complex on York University’s main campus and its downtown Miles S. Nadal Management Centre located in the heart of the city’s financial district. The School also offers the Schulich MBA in India one of the first MBA programs to be delivered in that country by a leading international business school from outside India.

Women in Leadership (WIL) is a student organization serving undergraduate and graduate students at the Schulich School of Business. WIL’s mission is to empower female students to thrive in leadership roles in the workplace and beyond. We do this by creating a network of business students, alumni and businesswomen to inspire and support one another. WIL serves its members by providing a series of professional, educational and networking events, including our annual Inspire to Aspire Conference. These events aim to enhance the understanding and appreciation of women’s role in business, while assisting members to reach success in their chosen field. WIL also serves the community by partnering with local high schools to provide a forum for inspiring and motivating young girls to pursue academic excellence, their dreams and leadership opportunities.

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