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The 2016 Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference

From Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior MBA Admissions Officer 

Over 400 businesswomen descended upon Austin, Texas this past weekend for the 2016 Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC)! The event is orchestrated annually by the Forté Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on connecting & empowering women in business, and providing access to business opportunities and education. This year, The University of Texas at Austin had the pleasure of hosting these women in our own backyard at the AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center on campus.

The WLC reached a new attendance record this June, with 438 MBA students coming from almost 50 universities across the country!

The conference is geared toward incoming first year MBA students and rising second year MBA students, and gives women an opportunity to network with a plethora of top companies such as Whirlpool Corporation, Cognizant, Hines, Amazon, AT&T, Dow, Boston Consulting Group, IBM, and Wells Fargo.  Our MBA ladies took part in conference prep in the months leading up to the WLC so that they could make the most of the opportunities presented. These prep calls coached first year students on resume writing, networking with the company recruiters, and provided advice on how to follow up with leads generated at the conference.

The McCombs School of Business and the Texas MBA Program had the highest number of students in attendance (Hook ‘Em!) with 45 incoming and current MBA students from all our programs. The Class of 2018 newbies had the opportunity to meet one another before orientation in August and our incoming Forté Fellows also had the chance to meet each other at a reception on Thursday evening hosted by Dimensional Fund Advisors.  Additionally, thirteen Texas MBA alumni volunteered for panels & networking with current MBA women.

Texas MBA ’02 alumna and CMO of RetailMeNot, Marissa Tarleton, spoke on the challenges and opportunities of being a woman marketing executive. CEO of Austin-based startup Shipping Easy and Texas MBA ’94 alumna Katie May was featured on a panel about entrepreneurship. McCombs staff were also featured presenters at sessions such as “Leveraging Social Media for Your Career,” and the Texas MBA Graduate Women in Business organization (GWIB) hosted a fun happy hour on Saturday afternoon.

Join Us for Our Next Women’s Event in Austin!

Networking with and learning from so many successful and driven women is nothing short of inspirational. If you are making your plans for fall, our 2016 Women’s Forum registration is now open. Future women MBAs are strongly encouraged to attend this exclusive event to network with current students and alumni, meet McCombs faculty and staff, and attend info sessions about curriculum, career planning, experiential learning, and life in Austin, Texas.  Apply Now!

We look forward to seeing you soon. Hook ‘Em!

Meet Our Admissions Team On The Road!


From São Paulo to Los Angeles, New York to Beijing, and many more cities in between, the Texas MBA Admissions team is out on the road to meet the class of 2015. We are joining the best MBA programs from around the globe on the top MBA tours and we want you to meet us there.

This fall introduce yourself to the Texas MBA Program by attending Forte Foundation Forum, QS World MBA Tour, Kaplan’s Road to Business School, The MBA TourConsortium MAPS, and Inside the MBA Tour events in a city near you.

These events are an ideal opportunity to get a jump start on your MBA experience and application process. Our admissions officers will be on hand with alumni to answer your questions about everything, including our #1 ranked faculty, top-notch career management team, and flexible curriculum, as well as offer insight on how to best approach the application process.

Check out our events calendar to see where we will be and when. We look forward to meeting you!

Join Us At A Forte Forum Event Near You!

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Next month, you are invited to join us at one of the Forte Foundation Forums in cities across the United States to learn how a Texas MBA can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

The Texas MBA admissions team is excited to meet you and tell you about our extraordinary Texas MBA women and the plethora of opportunities available to you in the Texas MBA program. From student organizations like the Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) to the annual Women in Business Leadership Conference, our program is committed to cultivating strong and active women leaders. Texas MBA admissions officers will be on hand at the Forte Forum events to answer your questions about our program and tell you about its one-of-a-kind offerings. 

Each event will include alumnae and admissions panels and time for networking with over 30 top business schools in the United States and abroad. Check out the schedule below to see where we will be and when, and register here: www.fortefoundation.org/forum.

Los Angeles: September 13
San Francisco: September 14
Houston: September 15
New York I: September 19
New York II: September 20
Atlanta: September 26
Washington, DC: September 27
Boston: September 28
Chicago: September 29
*All events will take place from 6-9 p.m.

Now in its 10th year, the Forté Forum gives you a unique opportunity to learn how an MBA degree can advance your career and find your passion. We are proud to be a founding member of the Forté Foundation, which works with leading business schools and companies to provide women with the tools they need to achieve success in business.

We look forward to meeting you in your city!

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