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Membership in the Forté Foundation will open doors for women at Scheller College.
Membership in the Forté Foundation will open doors for women at Scheller College.
Scheller College officially joined the Forté Foundation community on April 1.
Scheller College officially joined the Forté Foundation community on April 1.

Scheller College Partners with Forté Foundation to Foster Opportunities for Women in Business

The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business has joined the Forté Foundation, a consortium of leading companies, top business schools, and the Graduate Management Admission Council that has become a powerful change agent in promoting educational and leadership opportunities for women in business.

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental values at Scheller College and Georgia Tech,” said Maryam Alavi, dean of the Scheller College of Business. “Chief among our strategic plan objectives was a goal to ‘foster a diverse, inclusive, vibrant, and innovative community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni’. Our partnership with the Forté Foundation will continue our trajectory to help advance women in the field of business.”

“We are thrilled to expand our already-outstanding group of institutional sponsors with the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business,” said Elissa Sangster, executive director of Forté Foundation. “We look forward to working with Scheller College to help motivate women to prepare for a business career through increasing women’s access to education and business networks, educating women on the value of an MBA, and providing the tools and resources they need to make an impact on business and our society, culture, environment, and economy.”

Scheller College officially joined the Forté Foundation community on April 1, bringing the invitation-only sponsor total to 50 member schools in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The forward thinking Forté Foundation network includes Harvard Business School, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, London Business School, and University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Partner schools help expand the foundation’s reach and impact by motivating women to prepare for a business career, increasing women’s access to education and business networks, educating women on the value of an MBA, and raising awareness of the impact women can make on business and the economy. Sponsor schools are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to women in business, diversity efforts, global reach, geographic location, industry/school focus, career opportunities, and leadership development.

“Scheller has a long-standing commitment to recruiting and supporting women in our MBA program,” said Nancy Gimbel, assistant dean of student engagement for MBA Programs at the Scheller College of Business. “Membership in Forté Foundation is a gratifying public acknowledgement of that commitment and will help us continue to attract amazingly talented women to Scheller and support them with additional opportunities throughout their time in our program.”

Forté Foundation began in 2001 to address inequity and its impact on the business landscape. The landmark research study, “Women and the MBA: Gateway to Opportunity,” which looked at why women were underrepresented in leading business schools compared with medical or law schools, spurred Forté Foundation to action. The foundation works to enable its corporate and business school sponsors to effectively reach and recruit top female talent. Forté Foundation’s agenda to reach college-aged women, MBA candidates, and MBA alumnae builds on its founding commitment to increase the number of women in the early business pipeline, and creates partnerships with academic and advocacy groups, as well as its own sponsors, to attract and retain women in business careers.

Scheller College’s Forté Foundation membership will provide its student community and MBA Fellows access to special programming, including the annual Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, networking events, mentoring, virtual forums, and career advancement programs.

Meet Scheller College representatives and learn more about Forté Foundation benefits and the Georgia Tech MBA program at on and off campus events, including MBA fairs and Forté Forums in cities around the U.S. starting July 14. Also, view our Business School Spotlight on Forté Foundation’s website.

About Forté Foundation
Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading multinational corporations, top business schools in the U.S. and abroad, and the Graduate Management Admission Council. Its mission is to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities and a community of successful women. Forté is the leading organization that provides a national infrastructure for women at all stages of the career continuum to access the information, scholarship support and networking connections they need to succeed in business careers.

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