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Forté Foundation events for current MBA Women (2012 & 2013) and for incoming MBA Women (2014)

Forté Foundation is a consortium of major corporations and top business schools that has become a powerful change agent in educating and directing talented women toward leadership roles in business.

Their mission is to provide an increasing number of women with the tools and resources to achieve a successful career in business. The events below serve for such a purpose! Register in before 25th April.

Friday, June 29 – Saturday, June 30
Los Angeles, California

The skills that matter most in business are changing.  Traditionally “feminine” characteristics of compassion, empathy and ethics are finally being recognized as the pathway toward greater corporate responsibility and as the definition of successful corporate leadership.  Women no longer have to change themselves to succeed in business; now they can use their strengths to cross the tipping point in influence, power and leadership.

Attend this conference to:

  • Hobnob with top businesswomen and hear how they combine their uniquely feminine strengths with acute business acumen to lead and grow their organizations
  • Discover why women have an advantage and how we can redefine corporate leadership in this new era
  • Get exclusive access to Fortune 500 recruiters at our company expo
  • Connect with hundreds of women like you who may someday be your colleagues, your links to new jobs, potential investors, and your friends.

Who Can Attend:  Forté Fellows and MBA women that are currently attending Forté sponsor schools (including Fellows alumnae and MBA alumnae who have attended these schools).

Registration Fee: $50 before April 9.  The fee will increase to $99 after April 10; and to $129 After June 11.

Location:  UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, CA

Learn more and register at:


A recent article in the Financial Times talks about the importance of helping women reach the C-suite, and eventually the Executive Board.  The author, Forté Foundation Executive Director Elissa Sangster writes:

“A number of things could be done to influence these various inflection points in a woman’s pre-MBA career path: educating and motivating women to pursue internships and majors beyond liberal arts, educating campus advisers to relay the value of an MBA to women, and steering women to resources to help them plan their college experience to better prepare for career success. Companies and organisations could offer financial incentives and support to women to relocate with their family, or significant other, to pursue a full-time MBA.”

With respect to providing financial incentives, IE Business School is now providing 3 annual scholarships for top women candidates who obtain admissions to IE Business School’s MBA or Master in Management programs.

To read the full Financial Times article, click here.

To learn about the IE Business School scholarships offered through our partnership with Forté Foundation, see the Financial Aid web site ( or the related blog entry by clicking here.

In addition to scholarships and student loan offers available directly from IE Business School, we also have several support and leadership development networks managed through our IE Center for Global Diversity in Management.  To see our brochure that details several of our women-focused initiatives click here.


IE Business School has joined Forté Foundation, a consortium of leading multinational corporations, top business schools in the U.S. and abroad, as well as the Graduate Management Admission Councilâ.  The Forté Foundation is the leading organization that provides a national infrastructure for college students, business school women, and working professionals to access the “real world” information, scholarship opportunities, and essential networking connections they need to succeed in business careers.

In joining the consortium, IE Business School will participate in the Forté Fellows Program, enabling three exceptional female candidates per year to join an IE Master program with a grant and receive special leadership mentoring during and after the program.  In addition, IE Business School will participate in a variety of Forté hosted recruiting activities, have access to the foundation’s international database, and collaborate on career placement and best practice activities.

“As the only partner school from Spain, IE Business School is proud to join Forté Foundation in the effort to boost women in business leadership roles,” says Professor Celia De Anca, Director of IE’s Center for Diversity in Global Management.  “Diversity is essential to the success, sustainability, and continued innovation in business, and this includes equal representation of women throughout – from the MBA classroom to the boardroom.”

Forté Foundation enables its corporate and business school sponsors to effectively reach, recruit and retain top female talent. Forté’s agenda to reach college-aged women, MBA candidates, and MBA alumnae will build on its founding commitment to increase the number of women in the early business pipeline, and will create partnerships with academic and advocacy groups, as well as its own sponsors, to attract and retain women in business careers.

“Forté Foundation welcomes these leading MBA programs, who, through a competitive process, have demonstrated their proven leadership in educating women in business,” said Elissa Sangster, Executive Director of Forté Foundation. “We’re looking forward to a fruitful partnership as we make an even greater impact over the next decade by expanding our outreach and aligning with their global and diverse networks and alumnae connections.”

When Forté Foundation was founded in 2001 it set out to direct women through educational gateways and into business leadership positions.  Ten years later, Forté has built an online community of over 60,000 women, reached thousands of MBA prospects through its Forté Forums educating women on the value of an MBA, supported over 750 MBA candidates with nearly $30 million in scholarships through the Forté Fellows program, driven the corporate recruiting dialogue through Corporate Best Practices Summit and Network of Women’s Networks events, and provided hundreds of MBA women at Forté sponsor schools with professional development workshops through its annual MBA Women’s Conference and Company Expo.

See the official release here.

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