In 2001, a landmark study found that women had made significant headway in balancing out the enrollments in top medical and law schools. But in top business schools, there remained a distinct tilt favoring men.
The Forté Foundation subsequently was founded to address the under-representation. In July, the Notre Dame MBA became a foundation member, joining the consortium of leading multinational corporations, the Graduate Management Admission Council and top global business schools.
“This membership is extremely important in our continued commitment to promote women in business,” said Brian Lohr, Notre Dame MBA director of admissions. “Forté’s resources, such as its networking and professional development opportunities, will provide some significant support specifically targeted to the challenges women face.”
As part of the new partnership, the College offers a minimum of $60,000 to fund no fewer than four Forté Fellows—the top female admitted MBA students each year. Additional benefits for Notre Dame business undergraduates and alumnae include networking events, professional development tools and access to premium content on the Forté website.