Johnson hosts 1st Forté Foundation Career Lab

Johnson hosts 1st Forté Foundation Career Lab for 30 undergraduate Cornell women

A vibrant buzz filled Sage Hall on April 28, 2011 as 30 undergraduate women joined first and second year Johnson students, faculty, staff, and alumni for Johnson’s first ever Forté Foundation Career Lab.  Sponsored by Johnson’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Fortés@Johnson planning committee (headed by Imani Grant, MBA ‘12), the Career Lab offered undergraduates an opportunity to gain insight from a panel of current Johnson MBA women from diverse backgrounds and various career tracks following completion of the MBA program.  The panelists spoke about the value of networking, finding your passion, and doing what you love.  Moderated by Angela Noble-Grange, MBA ’94 (Lecturer of Management Communication at Johnson), the panel included Trista Miller, MBA ’11, Kelly Dwyer, MBA ’11, Amy Wehrspann, MILR ’02, (VP of Human Resources, PNC Financial Services Group), Jocelyn Shields, JD ’08, MBA ’10 (Investment Banking Associate, JP Morgan Chase & CO), Anita Kacholia, MBA ’12, and Leticia Ayala, MBA ’12.
After the panel session, students practiced their elevator pitches, networked and traded career advice during a reception with current MBA students, faculty and staff at Johnson.


Forté Foundation’s Career Labs aim to explore how business knowledge can enhance women’s academic backgrounds, professional ambitions, and social or service interests, and help women segue into an exciting and opportunity-rich career. Through Career Lab’s industry panels, networking sessions, and interactive workshops, accomplished women from Forté Foundation sponsor companies and schools reveal the new world of business and help women envision their roles in it. 

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