Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Take Advantage of Forté Forums

Joanne Legler, Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business recently shared some additional advice about getting the most out of Forté Forums on the Booth Insider Full-Time Admissions Blog.

Joanne Legler
University of Chicago
Booth School of Business
“Besides getting great advice and meeting with admissions staff, Forté Forums are also a great way to network with other pre-MBA women; these strangers are friends you haven’t yet met, and potential future classmates or business partners.  The Forum provides an excellent opportunity to network with other motivated and talented women who are looking for what you are; a degree that will push, challenge and inspire you all to reach your career and personal goals.  You’ll notice that you’ll start to run into one another and recognize these new contacts at individual school events, both during the application process and later when you’ve been admitted and start attending Admit Weekends—and beyond that, when you’re registering for your first classes!

Forté Forums are some of my favorite events of the entire year; I am always inspired by the soon-to-be MBA women I meet, who are themselves excited, maybe a little nervous, but above all more than ready to take this next big step to gain the knowledge and experience needed to make a change.  I particularly love meeting a woman at the Forums, and then reading her application and possibly admitting her to join our class at Chicago Booth.  Seeing this relationship through to the end, from attending Admit Weekend to then seeing her at Orientation—these are the moments an admissions director live for!  The opportunity to make an impact at the crucial stage of deciding to apply to school is a major motivator for me.

The most important advice I can give you for the Forté Forums is to GO; you will find that other priorities, including work and friends, will try to prevent you from making the trek to your nearest Forum.  Put this in proverbial pen in your appointment book—you’ll thank me later!   Once you arrive, don’t be shy!  Come over, introduce yourself, leave your business card and strike up a conversation with Booth alumnae and staff.  Do the same with the woman you sit next to at the Alumnae and Admissions panels and start your MBA network now.  I’ll see you myself at the two Forums in New York City so if you’re a Big Apple dweller, I hope you’ll stop by the Chicago Booth table to say hello.

To read the complete article visit Women, Booth, and the Forté Foundation.

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