"One of the most impactful pieces of advice I’ve received so far in business school is that the MBA should be a transformational experience, not a transactional experience. What does that mean? I think it means taking risks and challenging myself to “say yes” to classes or experiences that I would typically shy away from. It means being open-minded and present within and outside the MBA community. These two years in school are meant to grant me a safe space to grow as a leader so that I can make a bigger impact!"
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Over 300 women attended the 2014 Forté MBA Women's Leadership Conference from June 20 - 21 at UCLA Anderson School of Management. 75% of the attendees are starting business school this fall and we are happy to be the start of their MBA experience. See what attendees and alumnae had to say about the experience.
“It was so cool to see these senior women and top companies all talking about the importance of having women in the company. Having women in leadership is something I’ve been passionate about for a long time.”
The 2014 MBA Women's Leadership Conference was hosted by UCLA in late June. Attendees gained confidence from sessions by presenters including Cindy Solomon, Katrina Lake, and Ali Wing. Women had the opportunity to meet sponsor companies at the career expo and ended the event on a "Happy" note.
"I truly believe that when you present yourself well, people see your potential and want to help you along, and it’s my responsibility in turn to mentor someone else."
"I have not for one second regretted my decision to go to business school, but I think if I had done what was easy, I'd be living in a lifetime of 'what-ifs.'"
"One will never feel 100% prepared for business school, but with marketing experience in wide-ranging roles under my belt, I felt I could make a real contribution to the classroom."
"For those switching careers, don’t discount what you can do with an MBA! This is one of the only times in your life where you can really make a change in your career. The key is understanding your value, what you truly want out of the MBA, and how your experiences translate into your new career path."
"Getting an MBA was important to me because I come from a science background and then worked in the nonprofit sector, where I really felt a lack of foundational business strategy."