(Austin, TX, June 19, 2014) – Today Forté Foundation, a consortium of major corporations, business schools and non-profit organizations that directs talented women towards leadership roles in business, will announce six new business school members at Forté’s annual sponsor meeting in Los Angeles.
Effective July 1, 2014, the newest academic institutions to join the Forté community are: Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business, George Washington University School of Business, Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, University of Maryland Smith School of Business, and Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.
Due to the strategic and deliberate nature of Forté’s sponsor selection process, 2014 is the first year Forté invited U.S.-based business schools to apply since 2011. In 2013, Forté achieved its goal of growing the number of European and Canadian business school sponsors by four. With the six new schools that have become sponsors this year, Forté now has 48 member schools in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
“We are thrilled to expand our already-outstanding group of institutional sponsors with these six unique and exemplary business schools. Our value proposition has always been clear to MBA programs committed to women’s advancement, and we evaluate prospective sponsors based on numerous criteria in a competitive application process,” said Elissa Ellis Sangster, executive director of Forté Foundation. “We were proud to see how much activity and support for women exists on all of our applicants’ campuses. Each of the accepted schools offers a diverse perspective that aligns with our mission-focused goal to attract and advance women in business careers — which is a must for both our school and business sponsors.”