Women at Fisher

The women of the Fisher MBA program come from a diverse set of backgrounds but all share one thing in common, the goal to see each and every one of their classmates succeed. You will find that support spreads throughout the college while interacting with faculty, staff and your fellow students.

At Fisher you will find top-notch female faculty who are committed to helping you reach your goals, as well as exclusive scholarships to help you fund your studies. You will be involved with organizations such as Fisher Graduate Women in Business, where you will build connections with successful business women while giving back to the community at large. And you will have the guidance of your academic advisor, Michelle Petrel, a 2012 graduate of the Fisher MBA program, who has returned to help support our current students.

Most importantly, you will find all of this at a premier college housed in a city that is nationally recognized for its population of successful women entrepreneurs and female business leaders.

What does this mean for you? It means you’ll have unique opportunities to learn from the accomplished women who are right here in Fisher's backyard and to continue to build your professional network throughout your time in the program.


Outstanding Alumni

Malika De Silva
Kara Towner-Larsen

Malika de Silva, '10
Kingmakers Board Game Parlour

After graduating, Malika spent several years working in San Francisco before returning to Columbus to open Kingmakers, a board game parlour.

Kara Towner-Larsen, '10
Head of Channel Development
Europe Retail and Business Bank

With a goal of working outside the United States, Kara took advantage of every international opportunity she could while at Fisher. Her travel and experience landed her a role with Barclays where she is currently the Head of Channel Development for European Retail and Business Banking.

Key Partnerships

Fisher College of Business partners with top women in business organizations  to create a powerful platform for success in business.

Forté Foundation

WPOFisher has partnered with the Forté Foundation to provide higher numbers of women with access to business education and networking opportunities and to encourage women to pursue careers in business. Forté hosts many events throughout the year focused on the professional and career development of prospective female MBA candidates, current students and alumni.

As a student at Fisher, you will be able to become a member of the Forté Foundation and participate in their yearly leadership conference, search their job center and attend focused career prep webinars. In addition, a select number of qualified incoming Fisher MBA students are awarded Forté Fellows each year which provides scholarship support, additional networking opportunities and a lifetime Forté membership.

National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA)

WPODedicated to empowering women MBAs, the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) works to propel women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance diversity in the nation’s workforce.

NAWMBA provides exceptional networking opportunities for Fisher students.


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