Start Your MBA Path at the Forté Forums

Start Your MBA Path at the Forté Forums


– Good evening everyone.
Thank you for coming tonight. My name is Denise Montana,
and I’m the Vice President of Partnerships and Programs
for Forté Foundation, and I am so excited to
see you all here tonight. I wanna congratulate
you on taking this step. The Forté Forums are
the most important event for early career women
who are interested in learning about, and thinking
about, and exploring an MBA. What is the value of an
MBA, from your perspective? – I come from an immigrant family, I’m the middle child of seven. I’m the only in my family to
have a higher education degree. And so, for me, the MBA was
just a little bit more than making a higher salary,
or having a better job. I love doing these events. It’s both giving back
and also being inspired, and so, you meet extraordinary women, and you’re able to tell your story, and help them through their story. So, it’s an awesome experience every time. – The big question that I can’t wrap my mind around right now, is how can you really find a
school that’s best fit for you? – Maybe one of the things
that’s perhaps the best about participating with
Forté at different events, when you shut the door and the
participants are all women, on the panel, as presenters,
asking questions, it feels like a place where
people can be really real about expectations, and things
they might be nervous about, or how do I navigate this,
and values propositions, and all of that, and so, for any of us to be able to
walk someone through the process or alleviate some anxiety,
or reiterate how much value an individual brings to any
organization or any MBA program, I think that we’ve done a good job. – I’m Lizzy, from Maddison.
It’s so nice to meet you. – I’m Kecia from the
University of Maryland. Nice to meet you. – Hi, nice to meet you.
Thank you so much for coming. – Oh, no, thank you for being here. – You can expect to see
about 50 business schools that are interested in talking to you, and helping you learn about their schools, and about their programs. You’ll see hundreds of women just like you who are interested in thinking about the next step in their career, and thinking about business school. And you’ll meet some
women who have an MBA, and they’ll talk to you
about their career paths, and you’ll have a chance to really get all of your questions answered. – There’s no point in making a decision just to meet a deadline or prove a point. And with everything, I
think with this process, be confident in whatever choice you make. – Yale SOM is a founding
sponsor of the Forté Foundation, meaning that we were one of the schools to first, kind of, buy
in to the idea about getting more women into
positions of business leadership, and into positions as students
of business schools, as well. – I wanted to sort of get an idea after talking to admissions
where I really wanted to apply. – It really is the start
of the relationships, we encourage students to stay in touch with us after they leave tonight. We hand out our business
cards pretty freely, so that when we do finally get to read a student’s application,
we can connect the dots and sort of remember
the breadcrumb trail of, oh we met at Forté and
now we see this person as an applicant, and then we advocate for them in the process perhaps, and then perhaps they get admitted, and then we get to call them and tell them they’ve been admitted, and
then we see them through their first day of orientation, and then the next thing we
know they’re graduating. So, it really is exciting
to meet somebody here, make that connection, and then kind of follow them through the process all the way to perhaps an alum one day.

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