Educational Institutions

The Forte Foundation

  • Austin, TX
  • www.fortefoundation.org

Mission Statement

THE FORTE FOUNDATION IS A CONSORTIUM OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, BUSINESSES, AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. THE PURPOSE OF THE FORTE FOUNDATION IS TO EDUCATE YOUNG WOMEN ABOUT CAREERS IN BUSINESS, POSITIVELY PROMOTE BUSINESS EDUCATION FOR WOMEN, AND TO ENCOURAGE AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF WOMEN PURSUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION IN BUSINESS AND RELATED FIELDS.

Main Programs

  1. Forte Career Labs
  2. Forte MBA Forums
  3. MBA Women's Conference & Company Expo
Service Areas

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International

Forte serves women internationally.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Elissa Sangster

Keywords

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higher education, women, business, leadership, business school, diversity

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EIN

61-1457145

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Home > About Forté About Forté Staff | Sponsors | Board Members | Partners MISSION Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of major corporations and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. We achieve this mission by: Motivating young women to prepare for a business careerIncreasing women's access to education and business networksEducating women on the value of an MBASupporting women financially in their business educationRaising awareness of the impact women can make on business and on society/culture/environment/economy Encouraging and supporting cutting-edge research on relevant topics HISTORY Called to action by a landmark research study, "Women and the MBA: Gateway to Opportunity," which explored why fewer women attend schools of business than schools of medicine or law, the Forté Foundation was founded in 2001 to address this inequity and its impact on the business landscape. 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. AUDIENCE We target the full continuum of existing and prospective women business leaders, from college students, through MBA candidates and business school alumnae. WORK A critical part of our work is influencing perceptions among women about business careers: that they can be flexible, philosophically rewarding, and aligned with a principled, multi-faceted life that women seek. At the same time, we want to convey the benefits of an MBA toward this end: that it is "a degree for life" and a credential affording women optimal opportunities and flexibility in business. We are the only organization that provides a national infrastructure for women to gather the essential information and resources they need before they make life-altering decisions about entering the business world. To provide our audience with mentoring, networking, and learning opportunities, we have developed a rich curriculum of career resources for professional women.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Forte Career Labs

Forte Foundation hosts 16 Career Labs on college campuses across the United States. These events educate young women on the opportunities available to them in business through women in leadership panels, workshops, and industry introduction panels.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 2

Forte MBA Forums

Annually, Forte hosts a series of MBA Forums in 9 cities around the U.S. These Forums educate young women about MBA programs through a women in business panel, school fair, and admssions workshop.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 3

MBA Women's Conference & Company Expo

Annually, Forte hosts an educational conference for MBA women that draws approximately 400 attendees. This event includes workshops, panel discussions, Company Expo, and Forte's Dialogue with Leadership featuring top women leaders in business.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Budget

$100,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Forte serves women internationally.

Funding Needs

Forte is actively seeking new corporate sponsors who are interested in building the pipeline of women interested in business careers. Forte is also interested in being considered by any foundations who grant funds to programs supporting women and business leadership.

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THE FORTE FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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The Forte Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Elissa Sangster

BIO

Forte Foundation, Executive Director, 9 years

University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Dean, MBA Program, 3 years

University of Texas at Austin, Director of Alumni Relations, MBA Program, 4 years

Texas A&M Universiy, Assistant Director, MBA Program, 3 years

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Roxanne Hori

Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Term: Oct 2011 - Oct 2014

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