Women of Color Leadership Symposium - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the registration process? Students who are interested in attending the Women of Color Leadership Symposium will need to complete a registration form, which will collect profile and academic information and upload a resume to the Forté Job Center. Forté reserves the right to revoke registration at any time for any reason.
How much does it cost to attend the Women of Color Leadership Symposium? When registering for the Women of Color Leadership Symposium, students will be asked to submit a $20.00 deposit in order to reserve a seat. This deposit will be refunded after attending the symposium in its entirety. Please contact the Forté Undergraduate Programs Team at email@example.com should the deposit cause an undue financial hardship.
Is there a registration limit for the Women of Color Leadership Symposium? Registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registrants may be placed on a waitlist given the capacity restrictions of the event space. Students will be admitted from the waitlist based on registrant cancellations up to approximately one week before the event. Changes in registration status will be communicated by email - please keep an eye on your inbox!
What if I don’t know my schedule for the symposium dates yet or my schedule changes?
We know that life is busy and that your schedule is fluid. We encourage you to register now to reserve your seat. You'll have up to two weeks before the event to let us know if you will not be able to attend. There will be a waitlist for the Women of Color Leadership Symposium and, as a result, we would like to offer someone your seat if you are unable to attend.
What happens if I need to cancel my registration? Please cancel your registration by October 20, 2023 so that we can provide your space at the symposium to a person on the waitlist. You can cancel your registration by emailing the Forté Undergraduate Programs Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to cancel by October 20, 2023, may result in a forfeit of your deposit.
What happens after I’m registered? You will continue to receive communication from Forté after registering for the Women of Color Leadership Symposium. Do not opt-out of Forté emails or you may miss valuable event information.
Can I register for more than one Forté College symposium in an academic year? Yes, you may register for and attend more than one Forté College event during the 2023-2024 academic year.
Are travel stipends available to offset the cost of attending the symposium? Yes, all students from Forté undergraduate partner schools, or those who demonstrate financial need, are eligible for a stipend to help offset the transportation and lodging costs associated with attendance. Stipends are only available for students who have traveled more than 50 miles to attend. Please see the following webpage for more information about the travel stipend.
Can I get a “cash advance” for the travel stipend?
No, all travel stipends will be paid out to eligible attendees after they attend the event in its entirety and complete the event survey. There will be no allocations in advance of the event.
What are eligible and ineligible reimbursement expenses? Please see the following webpage for more information about the travel stipend.
Will Forté provide a suggested lodging option in the host city? Forté will not be providing a room block for the Forté Women of Color Leadership Symposium. Please note that reimbursements will not be given for non-commercial lodging establishments. For more information, please visit the following webpage.
What is the process to request a travel stipend? Information on how to request your travel stipend will be provided at the conclusion of the symposium. After the event, you will receive an email with a survey requesting your feedback about your experience at the event. You will be directed to a form where you can request your travel stipend after submitting your survey.
You will be required to complete a form which includes your profile information, confirmation of your eligibility for the travel stipend, documentation of your travel and lodging expenses, and a place to attach or upload images of your receipts.
Before issuing reimbursement, Forté will verify that you traveled 50+ miles to attend the symposium.
What is the deadline for submitting a travel stipend request?
You must complete the survey and submit the travel stipend form with receipts by November 17, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET. This is two weeks after the completion of the symposium. For more information, please visit the following webpage.
How long will it take to receive my travel reimbursement? All reimbursements will be processed after the conclusion of the symposium and within three weeks of receipt of the reimbursement application and supporting documentation. Once your reimbursement application is reviewed and approved, a check will be mailed to the address you provided with your reimbursement form. For more information, please visit the following webpage.
GENERAL SYMPOSIUM QUESTIONS
Whom do I notify about food allergies and/or accessibility accommodations? Please notify the Forté team via email at email@example.com. All requests must be made by Oct. 20, 2023 for consideration.
I have a class or other commitment that overlaps with the Forté Women of Color Leadership Symposium. Can I attend part of the event? For the best learning outcomes, registrants must commit to attending the one-day symposium in its entirety. Forté will not provide an absence letter for missing class or other academic commitments.
What should I wear during the symposium?
Business casual attire is appropriate for the Women of Color Leadership Symposium. You should be comfortable sitting and moving around throughout the day. Please reach out to the Forté Undergraduate Programs Team at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions about attire.
What items should I bring with me to the symposium? We recommend that you bring a notebook and pen with you to take notes throughout the symposium. Also, feel free to bring a batch of resumes with you as there will be opportunities to engage with corporate partners and recruiters throughout the programming.
Where can I store my luggage or coat during the symposium? There will be space provided in the event location for your items and belongings to be stored.
How can I connect with business leaders at the symposium? You will have many opportunities to engage with business professionals and recruiters throughout the symposium. The Career Expo, in particular, is a great opportunity to connect with organizations who support Forté’s mission of #MoreWomenLeading.
Will I be able to engage with symposium content online?
Unfortunately, there is no virtual component of the Women of Color Leadership Symposium for Fall 2023. Please consider engaging with Forté through any of the ongoing undergraduate programs that are offered during the academic year. The Forté Career Ready Certificate, Forté’s very own self-guided, online career accelerator, is a great way to engage with the organization in the online space.
AFTER THE SYMPOSIUM
I have attended the entire Women of Color Leadership Symposium. How can I receive my $20 deposit refund? If eligible, you will be issued a refund within 10 business days after you attend the symposium in its entirety.
How can I provide feedback to Forté about my experience at the symposium?
Forté will send you an online survey following the event. We welcome and appreciate your thoughts as we continually work to improve the student symposium experience. You are also welcome to reach out to the Forté Undergraduate Programs Team at any time by emailing email@example.com.
How can I get in contact with business professionals and recruiters from the symposium? Ask the professionals at the symposium for a business card or their contact information. You can also connect with them on LinkedIn after the event.