What is the Forté Foundation?
This organization is a consortium of not only top companies but also top business schools, which work together to create business education and career resources for women.
The mission of Forté is to provide resources and education for women, but also to change perception about business careers among women. Forté works to show that women can have flexible and rewarding careers by conveying the benefits of an MBA while also providing resources, information, and networking.
Should I join if I’m thinking about an MBA?
The answer is yes! The Forté Foundation provides many benefits for women in undergraduate programs, pre-MBA candidates, current MBA students, and professionals.
For pre-MBA candidates, there are webinars focused on building competitive applications, interactions with sponsor schools and MBA alumnae, and career resource workshops. Forté also hosts networking opportunities at in-person MBA Forum events throughout late summer and into the fall.
Forté also offers a yearlong MBA preparation program called MBALaunch, which allows MBA candidates accepted into the MBA Launch program the opportunity to work on application skills, prepare for the GMAT exam, and connect with sponsor schools and MBA candidates.
One of the biggest benefits of Forté membership as you’re applying to business school is the opportunity to be awarded a Forté Fellowship. The Part-Time MBA program at the University of Maryland awards Forté Fellowships to select women each year. Besides the financial benefits of this fellowship, you are immediately exposed to top companies in the Forté network, as well as a network of peers that extends beyond the business school you attend.
After I’m accepted to business school, what can Forté do for me?
The resources available for current MBA students are similar to those for pre-MBA candidates, but with a different focus. There are webinars that include business skill building such as negotiations and delegating along with opportunities to network with other students, alumnae, and employers.
One of the most important aspects of being a Forté member in an MBA program is the opportunity to attend the yearly MBA Women’s Leadership Conference. This Forté event brings both resources and employers together in one encompassing event. This is a great opportunity to build a network and begin interacting with employers early on in your MBA journey.
How do I become a member of Forté?
There are a few different options for joining the Forté Foundation and the good news is if you are a pre-MBA candidate or a current MBA student, membership is free! You can click here to sign up.
Alley Benton is an Assistant Director of Part-Time MBA Admissions at the Smith School. She has hours at our Part Time MBA campus in Baltimore. You can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.