Monday, June 28, 2010

Check Out These Presenter Resources From the Conference

Whether you were unable to attend or would like even more information post-conference about our presenters, we've provided a listing of resources including books, handouts from the event and links to presenter's websites.

Presenters Slides and Handouts
•Jodi Glickman Brown, Presenter of Friday's Communicating for Success session - Slides
•Saturday's Embracing Social Enterprise session - Handout

Featured Publications
Networking for Career Success
& The Networking Survival Guide
by Diane Darling

New Job, New You
& How'd You Score that Gig
by Alexandra Levit

The Next Generation of Women Leaders
by Selena Rezvani

Featured Resources
MBA Math
Peter Regan

Great on the Job
Jodi Glickman

Friday, June 25, 2010

Tell Us What You Think

If you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes and fill out the Conference Feedback Questionnaire. Your opinion is important to us—your feedback helps us with programming and logistics planning for next year’s conference! Click here to get started: MBA Women's Conference Questionnaire. If you were unable to attend the MBA Women's Conference, please answer the questions that apply to you.

Thank you!

Exclusive Offer to Conference Participants: Receive 15% off the purchase of ARZU STUDIO HOPE Rugs

ARZU STUDIO HOPE Founder and CEO Connie K. Duckworth was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Forté Conference luncheon in Chicago on June 19, 2010. As a thank you, she extends an exclusive offer to conference participants - receive 15% off the purchase of ARZI STUDION HOPE Rugs.

Contact ARZU STUDIO HOPE Director of Global Sales Susan Mackenzie at 312.321.8663 or Offer applies to all in-stock rugs purchased directly through ARZU STUDIO HOPE. Please mention that you are part of the Forté Foundation Network to receive the 15% discount. Visit to view rug collections and to learn more.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Win an ARZU STUDIO HOPE rug at Saturday's Conference Luncheon!

Don't forget - Forte MBA Students have the opportunity to win an ARZU STUDIO HOPE rug simply by recruiting members to the ARZU Facebook Cause page "Empower Women of Afghanistan" (

The student who recruits the most new members before June 18 12pmCST will win an ARZU STUDIO HOPE Simplicity rug valued at $500!!!

See post Exclusive Opportunity for Forte Foundation MBA Students for more details.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

10 Things to Know Before You Go: Forté MBA Women's Conference

With the Forté MBA Women's Conference a little over one week out, we've been busy these last few months planning content that is sure to enrich your MBA education and beyond. Unlike other events of its kind, this conference takes an in-depth look at issues that are unlikely to be explored in the business school classroom.

To help get you ready for this event, we've included the "top 10" things to know before you go. These updates and important information will help make your experience at the Forté MBA Women's Conference a success!

1. The Agenda
2. The Presenters
3. Organizations & Companies participating
4. Companies that will exhibit at the MBA Company Expo
5. Forté Foundation Sponsor Profile Book - Get an in-depth look at the organizations that support us
6. Networking List - see who's registered to date and feel free to contact registrants before the conference (for privacy reasons we're unable to post this list. If you would like the list and you're registered, please email us.)
7. Location, Hotel (it's not too late...there are still a few hotel rooms available) & Transportation Information
8. What to Wear / What to Bring
9. Company Expo Webinar Recording - Prepare to Network with Participating Companies
10. Important Information about Friday's Networking Reception

If you have questions, please email them to

See you soon!

-The Forté Foundation

The Sustainable MBA: The Manager's Guide to Green Business

I am often approached by students who are interested in sustainability and want a career in this area. This is exciting and I am always happy to give advice when I can to show graduates how they can have a positive impact in the world through their jobs, whatever job that might be. The good news is that there are many ways to go about it.

A first step is to use your MBA as an opportunity to start gathering information and learning about sustainability and what parts of sustainability you are most interested in. Click here for 10 ways to turn any MBA into a Sustainable MBA.

Once you graduate and start working there are ways to bring sustainability into your job, regardless of whether you have the word sustainability in your job title. For some more ideas read 8 ways to bring sustainability into any job.

Finally, it is important that you do your research. My book, The Sustainable MBA: The Manager's Guide to Green Business aims to ensure that the next generation of business leaders have the ability to not just understand what sustainability is all about, but how to put it into practice. It is a guide for those interested in what the business sector can and is doing in business and sustainability with lots of tips on how to get involved and how to bring these ideas into your job, whatever job that might be.

It is organized like a business school course - allowing easy access to information on sustainability and Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Operations and Strategy. For more information and to follow my blog visit or Amazon.

For more tips and tools for finding a job in this area be sure to attend the Introduction to Socially Responsible Careers panel on June 18th at 3.30pm. See you there!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Exclusive Opportunity for Forte Foundation MBA Students!

ARZU STUDIO HOPE needs your help spreading hope - Join our Facebook Cause page "Empower Women of Afghanistan" ( and share with your friends and networks. The Forte student who recruits the most new members before the Chicago conference June 18-19 will win their very own unique ARZU STUDIO HOPE rug!

ARZU STUDIO HOPE is a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization. ARZU, which means "hope" in Dari, is an innovative model of social entrepreneurship that creates private sector jobs and funds sustainable community development through the sale of high-quality artisan rugs hand-knotted by destitute women weavers in rural Afghanistan.

Connie K. Duckworth, Founder and CEO of ARZU STUDIO HOPE, will be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Conference luncheon in Chicago on June 19. To learn more about ARZU STUDIO HOPE please visit our website and follow us on Facebook!

More details about the contest:

*winner must be part of Forte Foundation student network

*winner will be determined by highest number of recruits as of 12:00pmCST June 18

*winner will be announced at June 19 Forte luncheon

*winner need not be in attendance at event to win