The McCombs community is full of strong, active women working to advance their education, build solid leadership skills and open themselves to new opportunities in the world of business. Texas MBA women are mentored by those who have proven to make a difference in society, from the outstanding female faculty members and alumni to notable women professionals who speak on campus each year. The moment you begin your experience in the program, McCombs offers support through our membership with the Forté Foundation, as well as various women’s events and organizations like the Graduate Women in Business (GWIB). These opportunities allow McCombs women to make outstanding contributions within and beyond the Texas MBA program.
McCombs is a founding member of the Forté Foundation—a national non-profit organization designed to substantially increase the number of women business owners and business leaders. We have joined other educational institutions, businesses and non-profit groups to build awareness of business education among young women, to increase the number of women entering business, and to support the careers of women through business networks. McCombs participates in Forte Forum events throughout the fall as well as the annual Forté MBA Women's Conference each summer. Explore additional Forté resources and start expanding your network now.
Forté Forum Fall Events
The Forté Forums are designed to provide information for all women interested in learning more about business school and the value of an MBA - including college graduates, current college students, and women with other Master’s or Professional degrees. McCombs admissions representatives participate in Forté Forum events each fall. Visit Forté Forums for more details and regular updates.
Each fall, McCombs awards select incoming MBA candidates with Forté Fellowship awards. Candidates exhibit exemplary leadership in one or more ways: academic leadership; team leadership; community leadership; creative leadership and demonstrate their commitment to the women's initiatives. Aside from the financial benefits, Forté Fellows receive additional leadership and networking opportunities within the Forte community.
Texas MBA Women's Forum
The Texas MBA Women's Forum event at the McCombs School of Business offers you the opportunity to meet many of our future female business leaders currently enrolled in the Texas MBA program, attend a class, meet faculty, and share alumni experiences. Additionally, you will gain knowledge about the admissions process, discover career opportunities, grasp the global experience, and picture yourself as a Texas MBA. This year's Women's Forum event will take place on October 24-25, 2014. You can find more information about the event on the Women's Forum website.
Graduate Women in Business
The Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) student organization strives to provide an atmosphere conducive to the professional and personal development of its members. Membership is open to all women enrolled in the full-time MBA program. Each year GWIB hosts events designed to encourage professional development, networking/social events and the annual Women in Business Leadership Conference.
- to improve the visibility of women in the McCombs School of Business;
- to offer career development resources to our members;
- to provide opportunities for members to enhance the skills they need to remain competitive in the
- marketplace (i.e. networking, golf skills);
- to be an informational resource for prospective McCombs students;
- to assist organizations serving women and girls in the Austin community;
- to connect members to articles and news stories that are related to women's issues in the workplace;
- to promote a spirit of camaraderie among members and women in the business community in a variety of social settings and events.
Women in Business Leadership Conference
Each year, McCombs hosts the annual Women in Business Leadership Conference. The mission of the conference is to cultivate and enrich the MBA women's academic experience, enhance career and mentorship networks for women, and celebrate the remarkable strengths women bring to corporate America. We bring together motivated MBA students, alumni, successful corporate businesswomen, and thriving entrepreneurs from all over the country to connect, discuss and learn more about issues facing women.
Women at McCombs Leadership Lunch Series
This year the MBA Program Office is sponsoring the Women at McCombs Leadership Lunch Series. These lunches bring together our current female students, faculty and staff two to three times during the semester to learn about business opportunities for women in various fields. Alumni are invited to come back and give presentations on specific functional areas, including finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. Each event brings a new opportunity for learning, community-building, and mentoring - all over a nice meal. Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?
Resources for Women in Business