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Forté’s 2016 MBA Women’s Leadership Conference: What’s New—and Why It’s Powerful

elissa-sangsterForté’s annual MBA Women’s Leadership Conference is just months away—and we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s event in Austin, Texas, June 17 and 18! Today I’m announcing a new, time sensitive element of the conference for the first time, and reinforcing why this event is a powerful experience you don’t want to miss.

New Experiences Await: Our First Power Pitch Competition

We’re thrilled to add the Forté Power Pitch conference competition this year to encourage aspiring MBA women entrepreneurs—and award the winner $7,500 and a Microsoft Surface Book Laptop. We’re looking for both incoming and current MBA women—individuals and small teams—to pitch a great idea to gain valuable feedback from expert judges. The focus is business concepts, so a formal business plan isn’t required. Business ideas of all types are welcome.

MSSurface_Logo_stacked_C-Gray_CMYKMicrosoft Surface is generously underwriting Power Pitch—and will also provide a Surface Book Laptop to the winner. Additionally, we’ll have a prize for those presenting our audience’s favorite pitch.

Don’t Miss the April 22 Deadline

To enter Power Pitch by the April 22 deadline, simply submit a short registration form, two-page executive summary, and two-minute video of your pitch. Four to six finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas live at the conference on Saturday, June 18. Plus, finalists will receive a complimentary conference registration and travel stipend to attend. There are so many incentives to participate!

As always, we have other new conference features in store for you, too: a plenary session spotlighting MBAs who serve as chief marketing officers, an energy industry panel, and we’ll be in Austin for the first time—a fabulous destination.

Power Continues To Be Our Focus—For Good Reasons!

It’s appropriate that both the 2015 and 2016 conference themes have centered on power, because there’s truly nothing else like this event. You have exclusive access because you attend or are enrolling in a Forté sponsor school.

We hope you’ve reserved your spot—you’ll be energized by two full days of inspiration, learning, and community. You’ll also extend your network beyond your own campus to women attending leading business schools around the world. And you have access to many other conference highlights: 100 speakers; 12 career panels, including a dialogue with C-suite/executive women; 15 professional development sessions; and a career expo convening dozens of leading employers.

We’re Proud to Have a Conference Fan Club

Don’t just take my word that this is a worthwhile investment—read what past conference attendees shared:

“The conference was one of the best experiences of my life. My feeling resonates with many others who mentioned they wish they attended this conference earlier. Thanks for giving more than 450 of us such a warm welcome. I am indebted to Forté for life!”

Snigdha Jain, Attendee, Forté Fellow, University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business (Class of 2016)

“Last year, I left the conference feeling inspired and energized to start my first year. I felt that the big-picture, high-level thinking of the conference put me a step ahead of my peers when we started class and the internship search. As a second year, I returned to the conference hoping to again leave feeling inspired and motivated. Without a doubt, the conference delivered!”

-2015 Attendee Survey

“The conference was truly unlike any other I’ve attended—the sessions were thought-provoking, engaging, and relevant, and made for networking conversations that were inspiring and truly authentic. Hearing my fellow attendees’ unique perspectives really amplified the experience and helped me begin building a strong network of female colleagues. I hope the bonds forged will continue to provide a source of advice, insight, and inspiration in the years ahead.”

-Nilofer Ahmed, Attendee, Yale School of Management (Class of 2016)


See you in Austin!

Elissa Sangster
Forté Executive Director

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