Stop. Forté Time.

It’s Forté time! Any ladies out there planning to apply to start their MBA in 2017 should look into this program — I’m a past participant and huge fan and can’t recommend it highly enough. Applications are open until November 15th!

The MBALaunch locations for this upcoming year are Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Houston, London, and Toronto. If you live near but not in one of those cities, you can travel to the city for the initial launch event then join Forté’s virtual program for the rest of the year.

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Have you decided to get an MBA but don’t have the network to stay focused or don’t feel prepared enough to make grad school a reality? Get focused with Forté MBALaunch, a 10-month program that pairs women seeking an MBA with a support network and provides a structured roadmap for applying to business schools.

What You’ll Get

  • 10 months of peer group meetings
  • 8 meetings with admissions experts
  • 3 months of GMAT test prep
  • 25+ webinars
  • 7 study sessions (and assigned homework)
  • 8 months of application prep
  • 2 in-person events to connect with women that have the same goal as you

Cost to Participate

$25 application fee + $500 program fee. Upon completion of the program, you’ll receive application fee waivers from more than 20 Forté schools and discounts from leading GMAT test prep providers and admissions consultants that can recoup the total cost of MBALaunch.

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Three Weeks In: Just Too Much to Keep Track Of

I’m three weeks in to my Kellogg experience, and a LOT has already happened. I became a little b school famous, survived orientation, finished two pre-term classes (including finals last weekend), had my last first day of school on Monday, and have already interviewed for extracurricular leadership positions.

People were not kidding when they said that starting an MBA program is like trying to drink from a fire hose, and I’m working on some posts about my first experiences at Kellogg to give you a sense of what that’s been like. Stay tuned for those!

In the meantime, I’ve got a couple of articles to share with you! The first is a fun article from Kaplan Prep: “4 Unlikely TV Shows MBA Students Can Learn From.” The second is a truly fantastic Forté blog post, “Be Willing to Take the Hits,” about a current Forté MBALauncher’s experience with the application process.

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8 Reasons Women Should Consider Business School

Excited to say that through the Forté Foundation, I was interviewed for this piece on Levo League about why women should consider going to business school!

Some highlights:

4. Because business school isn’t just for “business people.”

At the University of Michigan, 25 percent of first year b-school students had liberal arts majors as undergrads. “Women should have confidence knowing that what we’re looking for is a diversity of thought,” said Diana Economy. “The most common misconception is that business school is only for people who want to go into what they feel is ‘traditional business’: investment banking, consulting, and operations roles. The MBA offers incredible diversity in terms of post-MBA options. I have friends who are in leadership roles within school districts, they are consulting for non-profits, they are creating sustainable supply chains in emerging markets. I think an MBA program is a place where you can marry your passion with your profession.”

8. Because you’ll broaden your horizons, sharpen your skills, and get better at what you’re best at.

“I’m surprised at how much I’m interested in venturing outside of my comfort zone to meet different types of people and learn different types of subjects than what I’m typically used to,” said Sonie Guseh, 27, a second year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. “I’m learning so much about myself and the world around me through school, and that’s an incredible part of the experience.”

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MBA Intel Sessions: What I Learned

My last post was about setting up informational interviews with students and/or alumni from your target schools. I did a bunch of these intel sessions as I was applying, and I got great information not just about each school, but also about how to package myself as an applicant.

During my informational interview phase, I spoke to four students at UCLA Anderson, one Kellogg student, two Kellogg alums, a student at Indiana Kelley, a student at NYU Stern, and a student at Stanford GSB. Here is what I learned from them!

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Calling All Ladies: 2015 Forté Forums

This year’s Forté Forums are coming up!

They’ll be taking place in Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, New York, Toronto, and London between August 17th and October 1st.

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Registration is free, and there are over 90 schools participating! Forté was an invaluable part of my application experience, so I encourage all interested ladies to attend if the Forum is coming to your city!

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Pre-MBA Conferences: What I Learned

A few posts ago, I put together a list of pre-MBA conferences that are happening this summer and fall all around the US (and internationally!). I had the pleasure of attending two of these conferences last year and found them incredibly valuable.

So here are some application tips lovingly curated for you from last year’s Forté Foundation MBA Women’s Leadership Conference and Riordan Diversity MBA Admissions Conference.

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It Begins: Pre-MBA Conference Season

I’ve gotten a bunch of e-mails over the past couple of weeks about upcoming MBA diversity conferences, which are fantastic opportunities to hear from current MBA students, mingle with adcoms from your target schools, and get jazzed about applying.

These conferences are a really valuable resource, and I don’t know that I would have found out about them if not for getting involved with the Forté Foundation and joining a bunch of lists. So here’s some quick information about these conferences for you, in case you are (like I was) not familiar!

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In It to Win It: MBA Prep Programs

What can you do to get a leg up for MBA admissions? The same thing these super bendy, super attractive ballet dancers did to up their chances of getting into the American Ballet Company — do a prep program!

I can vouch for how amazing these prep programs are — I’m a proud graduate of the Forté Foundation’s MBALaunch 2014! Through Forté, I went from being clueless about MBA applications to knowing how to select schools, articulate my goals, and craft my story. I met monthly with a small group of fellow applicants and Forté-selected mentors, and Forté created an online platform so we could connect with admissions directors, admissions consultants, and students at our programs of interest. It was an amazing experience and had a huge impact on my admissions success.

Now that you know much I loved Forté MBALaunch, you’ll be thrilled to know that there are several other amazing pre-MBA prep programs out there! (NOTE: They focus on underrepresented applicants, so click through to see the eligibility requirements.) Intrigued? Read on!

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15-Minute Admish Tip: Join All the Lists

This time last year, I was working eighty-hour weeks on a particularly challenging reality show, and March through August were basically an MBA application black hole. Other applicants were using this precious time to polish their resumes, draft essays, and do informational interviews about schools they were interested in…and I was trying really hard to get a full night’s sleep once or twice a week.

I didn’t want to lose too much momentum with my applications, so I tried to find easy, quick, convenient ways to keep my head in the game. And I’m now working on a series of quick, fifteen-minute application tasks to help you do the same!

This first tip is about signing up for newsletters from MBA-centric websites, admissions consultants, and GMAT prep companies. I loved passively getting great MBA content in my inbox every day when I was deep in production — it kept my MBA aspirations front-of-mind and provided me with valuable insights, news, and educational opportunities.

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