At the 2014 Forté MBA Women's Leadership Conference in Los Angeles (from L to R): Jamie Mathews-Mead, senior director of graduate career management, Fisher College of Business; Laurie Stewart, director of school relations, Forté Foundation; Elissa Ellis-Sangster, executive director, Forté Foundation; and Danielle Wood (MBA '02), foreign service officer, management officer, US Embassy in Vancouver, British Columbia, and conference presenter.
Fisher College of Business has been named a Forté Foundation sponsor school for 2014-2015.
The partnership connects Fisher’s top-ranked MBA programs with the foundation, a nonprofit consortium of leading companies and business schools focused on launching women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities and a network of professionals.
“We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with the Forté Foundation, whose important work aligns with our college’s mission to prepare graduates to make lasting and meaningful impacts in their careers and in their communities,” said Nancy Lahmers, executive director of graduate programs at Fisher.
“We look forward to our partnership together to continue to advance and elevate women in business.”
Created in 2001, the foundation offers a number of educational development and networking opportunities, including Forté Forums in 11 cities across North America and one in Europe, a fellowship program for women MBA students at sponsor schools, and the annual MBA Women’s Leadership Conference and Financial Services FAST Track Conference.
“It all starts with an MBA,” the foundation explains in its mission statement, which aims to increase the percentage of women on Fortune 500 boards to 20 percent by 2020 as well as continue to bolster applications to and enrollment in full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs.