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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!

Photo Gallery: Powerful Austin Women Networking Reception

Earlier this month, Laura Kilcrease, Texas MBA ’92 and current entrepreneur-in-residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at McCombs, hosted the Powerful Austin Women Networking Reception for McCombs’ Graduate Women in Business.

To view the full gallery of photos from the event, visit the Texas MBA Facebook page.

Texas MBA Students at Powerful Austin Women Networking Event

Texas MBA Students at Powerful Austin Women Networking Event Texas MBA Students at Powerful Austin Women Networking Event

All photos copyright © Virgil McCullough

Texas Evening MBA Women Pay It Forward

On March 22, five women in the Texas Evening MBA class of 2012—Mae Sattam, Marisa Maricich, Anna Hernandez, Shreedevi Niyogi, and Kim Zipfel—teamed up with the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders to put their skills and experience to use for the benefit of the school’s promising young women. Kim, who has been involved with the Ann Richards School for several years, recently spoke to me about the project.

What inspired you to do this?

Kimberly Zipfel

During a TEMBA 2012 women’s cocktail party we had at a cohort’s home, we got to discussing how some of the guys in our class volunteered at schools in Cambodia and Vietnam after our TEMBA Global Management trip to Ho Chi Minh City. We were so inspired we decided the ladies of our class also needed to “pay-it forward”; even though it would have to be on a much more local level!

What made you choose the Ann Richards School?

Since I moved to Austin in 2007, I have been affiliated with the Ann Richards School one way or another through various organizations and I knew just how much our skills and experience could be used to benefit the school’s promising young women. After attending a tour and appreciation breakfast at the school on behalf of the Texas Wall Street Women, I got to talking with the school’s Project Specialist who worked with us to come up with numerous ideas as to how the women of TEMBA 2012 could make the biggest impact.

How were you able to make the biggest impact?

The young women are in the process of interviewing for mandatory summer internships and college acceptance, so we coordinated a mock interview event with the students and collected and donated professional business attire for the young ladies. Two of our female cohorts even coordinated with their companies to make summer internships available for the students!

What kind of response did you get from the young ladies? How did they react to this opportunity?

We were forewarned that many of the young women who signed up for our event were on the more timid side, so they were very much looking forward to the interviewing practice to prepare them for their actual interviews later this spring. Before meeting the students, I was concerned that engaging in a conversation might be like pulling teeth, but I was immediately proven wrong.  Beginning with our first introduction, the students were confident, polished, prepared, and professional. We were blown away with their thorough and insightful answers. So much so that we discussed how they answered our questions better than we could! It was obvious the students put a lot of work into their preparation for our event.

What was the most rewarding part of the project?

I think we all walked away feeling so privileged to be a part of something so much larger than ourselves. These young women are in the process of making a huge impact both within their families and within our community. To be a part of that process is such an honor.


Working Professional and Executive MBA Programs 2012 Women’s Forums

On Saturday, March 24, the Texas MBA for Working Professional and Executive Programs held Women’s Forum events in Austin, Houston, and Dallas-Fort Worth, hosting more than 50 prospective women MBAs and showing them what makes the Texas MBA so special.

“From the students, faculty, and staff that contributed to the women that attended the Forum, the event brought the entire Texas MBA family together with the Longhorn Spirit. The alumni’s honesty and passion, Professor Meakin calling on the Forum attendees in his Business Law class, and the UT staff’s attention to detail while organizing the day all supported the legacy of the world renowned Texas MBA: high caliber, collaborative, and diverse.” – Nicole Wood, MBA Class of 2013 and a host of the Texas MBA at Houston Women’s Forum

Houston Women's Forum Attendees

Gina Whitfield, right, and Nicole Wood, second from right, meet with prospective MBA students at the Texas MBA at Houston Women's Forum on Saturday, March 24.

The Women’s Forum exhibited the well-rounded aspects of the Texas MBA and allowed attendees to discover how the Texas MBA Program can unlock their potential and help them develop as business leaders, advance their current career, or even make a career change. Women’s Forum attendees had the opportunity to hear an overview of the Texas MBA program, understand the value proposition of the Texas MBA, and connect with women in the program to learn about their Texas MBA experience.

“Choosing to pursue an MBA presents unique challenges for women, especially working professionals,” says Allison Kroll, a member of the MBA Class of 2013 and a host of the Texas MBA at Dallas-Fort Worth Women’s Forum. “What I believe the Women’s Forum provides is a realistic insight into the program and a candid discussion of the challenges working-professional students face, from the current and former students who have lived it.”

REMINDER: Texas MBA Women’s Forums Coming Up

MBA WomenDon’t forget that on Saturday, March 24, we will be hosting Women’s Forums in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin for our Texas MBA for Working Professionals and Executives programs.

Registration is still open for each event, and you can register on the Women’s Forum web pages listed below:

These events offer you the opportunity to discover how the Texas MBA Program can unlock your potential and help you develop as a business leader, whether you are looking to advance your current career or make a career change. Women’s Forum attendees will have the opportunity to hear an overview of the Texas MBA program, understand the value proposition of the Texas MBA, connect with current MBAs, alumni, faculty and staff, and experience what makes the Texas MBA special.

We hope you can join us at a Women’s Forum!

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