Friday, March 16, 2012

A Special Message from Forté 's Executive Director, Elissa Sangster

Each year as we prepare and plan for our MBA Women’s Conference, I start to anticipate the buzz and energy that will fill the room when this group of amazing women comes together. I’m wondering how to communicate this experience to you so that you really get it…so that you can understand the importance of joining us. It’s just two days, but the impact is far reaching. And so often women don’t make the time for critical events like this—they seem indulgent or intangible. But the truth is these opportunities to network, build skills, and invest in yourself don’t come along very often. Make the commitment to be with us!

Perhaps a few words from last year’s attendees about how the conference impacted them will help paint the picture: “straight, honest talk”…”supportive environment”…”clarity”…”unexpectedly inspiring”…”overwhelmed by the talent overall—the high caliber of women”…”got me out of my comfort zone”…”feel more confident”.

Forté hosts this conference so that you can explore career opportunities at companies early on in the MBA cycle—it’s a chance to figure out what career path is right for you if you’re just beginning the MBA journey. If you’ve finished your first year of the MBA or recently graduated, you’ll also have the chance to network with other MBA women and our great speakers, panelists, and corporate representatives. At the same time, you’ll develop critical leadership skills through our professional development sessions that will boost your confidence as you re-enter the corporate world. And finally, you’ll have a head start on the other MBAs out there. Very few opportunities like this exist for MBA women. And because you have been admitted into a Forté sponsor school you are exclusively invited to take advantage of this one.

This year our theme is Advantage Women: Use Your Strengths to Build an Exceptional Career—and that’s exactly what we want to help you do. That’s exactly what we intend Forté’s MBA Women’s Conference to do for you—leave you with something unexpected, something that catapults you above and beyond your competition and inspires you to build an exceptional career. The women who attend the Forté conference will leave energized and committed to excelling in their career. And you need to make this investment in yourself. There are lots of reasons why you can’t or won’t, but I encourage you to make the time for this important conference and kick off your MBA career in grand style. If you’ve already registered, block your calendars and visit this blog regularly for the latest conference news; and if you haven’t – then make the commitment to be with us!

Hope to see you this summer!
-Elissa Sangster
Forté Executive Director

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