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Forté Foundation

Along with 60 other business schools, company sponsors, and influential non-profits, the Tepper School of Business is a member of the Forté Foundation. The mission of the Forté Foundation is to substantially increase the number of women business leaders by increasing the flow of women into key educational gateways and business networks. The Forté Foundation was founded in 2001 to after a landmark study questioning why fewer women attend schools of business than schools of medicine or law. We retain a sense of urgency about our mission today, as women have been in mainstream business for 30 years, but still make up less than 16 percent of the corporate officers in America’s 500 largest companies.


Forté  Fellowships

Exceptional women candidates of all national origins who have been admitted to the Tepper School are eligible for a Forté Fellowship. Strong candidates for the fellowship demonstrate academic, team, professional, or community leadership and can articulate alignment with the mission of the Forté Foundation by demonstrating a commitment to women and girls. As with all merit based scholarships at the Tepper School, no additional application is required to be considered for a Forté Fellowship.  

In addition to financial benefits, fellows also gain exposure to leading companies in the Forté network and an immediate network of fellows at other leading business schools.

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2010 Dialogue with Leadership - Video

At the annual Forté Foundation MBA Women's conference, Deborah Doyle McWhinney, President of Citi's Personal Wealth Management division and Caitlin Pappas, President of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby businesses shared insights and dispensed advice on how to overcome the challenges of advancing to the top. Moderated by Pattie Sellers, Editor at Large of FORTUNE. This expert panel analyzed women’s distinctive leadership abilities to steer business in positive directions including ethical leadership and more connections to social enterprise. View the 2010 Dialogue with Leadership.

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