Now more than ever, women are transforming the world of business.
ODI is here to support women as they become leaders, and help all students understand the nature of gender inequity, and the tools that can spark positive change. We work closely with the Women’s Management Council (WMC) and maintain partnerships with organizations such as the Forté Foundation to offer engaging personal development programs, and foster community among our female students.
Regular Programming for Women
Sandwiches and Sage Advice
Monthly casual conversations with Johnson women-identified faculty, staff, and students over lunch.
Some of the topics discussed have been imposter syndrome, boundary setting, showing up for other women, authenticity, and microaggressions.
Johnson Women Wednesdays
Monthly symposium by faculty, staff, and alumni on topics relevant to women in business.
Some of the topics that have been highlighted have been pivoting careers, women in the military, negotiating, research on gender discrimination, gender pay equity, and more!
Women's History Month
Each March, in collaboration with the Women’s Management Council, ODI hosts multiple events that highlight the contributions of women in business and celebrate the Women of Johnson. Some of these events are a women’s alumni panel, a Fiery Chat on gender equity, a Sage Social celebrating women and more!
Johnson Women's Management Council
The Women’s Management Council or WMC is dedicated to fostering a supportive, encouraging community that aims to address relevant topics concerning women.
Learn more about the WMC or join by clicking here!
All women enrolled at Johnson receive an annual Forté Foundation membership, giving them access to a network of leading companies and colleagues who work together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers. Forté membership allows women to participate in its Financial Services FAST Track, the annual Women’s Leadership Conference, webinars, and networking and community events.
Cornell University participates in Forté’s pre-MBA and undergraduate programming including Forté MBALaunch and Forté Rising Stars—in fact, we have a highly engaged undergraduate chapter called Forté Campus at Cornell. In 2018, Johnson became a sponsor school for Forte MBAExplore—a half-day program aimed at women who are just beginning their MBA exploration or those who aren’t sure if an MBA is right for them. MBAExplore is designed as a precursor to a Forté Forum or the 10-month MBALaunch program.
We also sponsor Johnson women to attend annual conferences throughout the year, with the summer conference being the largest, followed by the fall virtual conference.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers travel funding to all women, veterans, Black, Indigenous, Latinx/Hispanic, and LGBTQ+-identified students to attend professional development opportunities such as conferences, case competitions, leadership summits, and early recruiting. Information about this will be shared with students at Mosaic orientation.
Johnson’s partnership with Forté allows a number of MBAs to become Forté Fellows. The Forté Fellowship* offers financial support to MBA candidates who exhibit leadership in academics, community, and creativity and demonstrate a commitment to women and girls through personal mentorship or community involvement. These fellows comprise a strong network of support and mentorship that extends from current fellows to alumnae. Our Forté Fellows are dedicated leaders who are working to advance businesswomen and who actively participate in women’s programming, such as that from the Women’s Management Council and the annual Johnson Women in Business (JWiB) event.
The MBA admissions committee decides who will receive Forté Fellowships—no separate application is needed.
Forté Fellows benefit from:
Participation in the Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference
Inclusion in the Forté resume book distributed to sponsor companies
Special invitations for job openings and leadership opportunities
*Consideration for a Forté fellowship is open to candidates of all nationalities and gender who support Forte’s mission.