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LET’S CELEBRATE PROGRESS. Forté Foundation is thankful for leaders like you who advance and inspire women in business. Together, we make incredible progress in our mission to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, career opportunities, and a community of successful women. This Forté 2015 Year in Review and Donor Recognition summarizes milestones achieved and donor impact—all made possible by your continued support.

WE HAD A VISION—AND MADE IT A REALITY In 2011, the Forté Board of Directors developed a 5-year strategic plan, pushing us to double our membership base, budget, programing, and staff to serve more women. Additionally, it challenged us to increase women’s MBA enrollment at partner schools to 35%, while also reaching more women in the college years to encourage them to consider business careers even earlier. Thanks to our Board’s vision—and the hard work and generosity of supporters like you— Forté achieved the following milestones: •F  orté grew to become more than 70,000 individual members and 90+ sponsors strong. Student and professional women, 57% of whom are women of color, attend our live events and engage in our online community, connecting with school, company, and nonprofit sponsors in the process.

• Women’s MBA enrollment at our U.S. partner schools climbed to 36.2%, on average, with 12 schools achieving 40% or more women enrolled. Learn more in our Business 360º blog post, which links to the significant news coverage of this announcement and our related infographic.

•N  early 800 exceptional business women and men volunteered for Forté. They gave their time and incredible expertise by speaking during our events and webinars, and coaching and mentoring the students and young professional women in our membership.

• More than 850 MBA women starting business school received merit-based scholarships as Forté Fellows. Forté sponsor schools have awarded over $85 million in scholarships to 3,875+ Forté Fellows since 2003, when the program started with 33 scholarships.

•W  e expanded our undergraduate programming with the pilot of our Rising Star Initiative (RSI). Recognizing the need to reach women earlier in the pipeline, RSI helps college women compete for top jobs and has already enrolled 650 students from 10 partner schools in just the first semester.

Kathleen Bochman of Loomis, Sayles & Company coaches college students at the 2015 Forté Fast Track to Finance Conference.

• Forté doubled in size—both financially and as a team. Our budget surpassed $3.5 million and our staff grew to 17 professionals based throughout the U.S. • Our new Leadership Circle of major gift donors was launched. Over 25 generous members committed to supporting the pipeline of women in business with gifts of $1,000 or more ($500 for Forté Fellow alumnae).

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LET’S ACHIEVE MORE! DONORS MAKE A DIRECT IMPACT. When you give to Forté, you help thousands of women aspire to and prepare for leadership in their careers. Forté provides research-based training, education, and coaching for college and early-professional women that help them achieve fulfilling, significant business careers. Here are three tangible ways donors have made a direct impact through their financial support.

Travel Stipends

Forté hosts live events in key cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe to reach promising young women considering business careers and education—and we don’t want financial reasons to keep them from attending. For example, hear directly from a Smith College student who was able to attend Forté’s College to Business Leadership Conference because of this support.

Financial Programming

Knowing there’s a significant gap in the number of women pursuing careers in finance and investments, Forté has a range of initiatives to encourage young women to consider working in the industry—and inform, inspire, and connect them if they decide to do so.

• Young professionals in New York City raised over $2,700 at a Salon event to support more college women attending the Forté College to Business Leadership Conferences.

Debby McWhinney speaks to young professionals about corporate board service.

• Forté Fellow alumnae raised over $8,500 online to provide travel stipends for the new class of Fellows from their alma maters to attend Forté’s MBA Women’s Leadership Conference. Watch a brief video of thanks from the women who benefited.

Forté benefits tremendously from gifts intended to improve the overall quality of our programming and resources that increase the number of female business leaders. HERE’S HOW DONORS MADE A DIFFERENCE: • Hundreds of Citi employees personally donated a total of $15,000 for Forté in honor of International Women’s Day.

HERE’S HOW DONORS MADE A DIFFERENCE: • Forté board member Edie Hunt gave a leadership gift of $20,000 to support stipends for women with financial hardships—and encouraged other community leaders to join her with their own support.

Supporting the Forté Mission

2015 Forté Fast Track to Finance Conference case simulation winners

• Forté’s Honor a Champion campaign enables donors to recognize and thank the women and men who are doing their part to advance women in business.

HERE’S HOW DONORS MADE A DIFFERENCE: • The 100 Women in Hedge Funds Foundation gave a generous $500,000 gift as part of its Next Generation Initiative. It expanded Forté programming in this area to educate, motivate, and prepare more young women to pursue careers in the financial services industry.

Forté board member Karen Korn honored Fidelity’s Joel Tillinghast for mentoring women analysts and portfolio managers.


Visit Forté’s website to learn how you can give through a wide range of options, including donating online, mailing a gift, transferring a gift of stock, giving through a donor-advised fund (DAF), and leveraging an employer matching gift program. You can also contact Forté Director of Development Kate Purcell at or 713.303.9019.

LET’S THANK OUR 2015 DONORS AND LEADERS! The Forté Foundation—and the more than 70,000 amazing women members we support—benefited from the gifts of hundreds of generous donors in 2015. We recognize them here to show our gratitude. LEADERSHIP CIRCLE VISIONARIES $10,000+

William R. Ebsworth & Anandi Pratap Edith Hunt Dr. & Mrs. William T. Korn LEADERSHIP CIRCLE EXECUTIVES $5,000 - $9,999

Roxanne Hori Elizabeth M. Philipp LEADERSHIP CIRCLE CHAMPIONS $1,000 - $4,999

Elizabeth D. Black Stephanie Breedlove & William Davis Breedlove Jr. Randi Brosterman Capital Group Associate Matching Gift Program Alice Davison Ellen Glazerman Stacey Hadash Suni Harford Elizabeth Lerner Sarah McGinty Caitlin McLaughlin Kathleen McQuiggan Diane Morgan Sara O’Reilly Kate Purcell – Champion Grants Elissa Sangster Terri Sesay Laurie Stewart Uta Werner $100 - $999

Elizabeth Aab* Fatima Abdulla* Chantel Adams* American Express Foundation Employee Matching Brooke Austin* Sarah Austrin-Willis* Emily Bailey Berry Scarlet Batchelor* Andrea Beagan* Jamey Borell* Beth Bovis Rebecca Brunner* Michelle Charnas Yan Chen* Chevron Matching Employee Funds Sweeny Chhabra* Emily Crowell* * Forté Fellow alumna


Jocelyn Cunningham Jennifer Dahlgren* Daleela Farina Michelle Friedman Anjali Gautam* Julie Gobin Michaelle Gocko* Heather Goodchild Gloria Guo The Hershey Company Matching Gift Program Zoe Hillenmeyer^ Erin Hubbard* Sandra Hurse Marsha Kublall* Adam Lechner Gouri LeDonne^ Debora Lehrer Lisa Levey Rachel Lewis* Jane Li* McGraw hill Financial’s Matching Gift Program McKenzie Lock* Megan McGill Deborah Doyle McWhinney Denise Montana Amy Moore* Mariska Morse Katherine Oates* Oyinade Ogunbekun* Megan Pasricha Tamara Prather* Arrion Rathsack Sue Ringus* Liz Rittweger Tanvi Ritwik* Stephanie Soltis* Deborah Sterzing* Sandra Taylor* Tracey Vincel Bridget Weishaar* Vonetta Young Dafna Zilafro+ $1 - $99

Sibasish Acharya Jenifer Adams Kerry Adorno* James Alfonso Kamila Almeida Yamila Alonso Kathleen Alquero* Madhavi Ambavaram Michael Angelicola Ksenia Anikeeva Alfred Asante Noam Avidov* Cynthia Bailey Karima Baimbetova Gary Baker Priscila Bala*

Ronald Barilli Beanie Barnes* Jessica Barrett Deepika Batra* Robert Becher Jetta Benson Kathleen Berroth* Bianca Bickford Jessica Bindman* Amy Blumkin Rita Bolger Patrick Borst Gunjan Bothra Kathy Boyer Bridget Brennan* Clara Brooks Krystal Brooks Anika Brown* Julia Bruce* Nikki Bruce* Fernando Caligaris Pierre Carras Alissa Carter Melissa Casazza Thomas Cassel Chelsea Celistan Josie Chai Ananda Chaudhuri Ethan Chuang Jennifer Chung* Bene Cipolla Holly Clare* Norah Coelho* Carly Coho* Tyler Converse* Jennifer Cooke* Amanda Coox* Aline Copp* Kevin Costello Zachary Costello Constance Coutourier Theodore Cronin Michelle Crottier* Meghan Curran* Laura Darjatmoko Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation US Matching Gift Program Anna Dickstein* Lorraine DiMeo Lauren DiPerna* Rebecca Drejet* Katelynn Duffel* Amanda Engelland-Gay* Kathy Fan* Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Yang Fei* Yanilka FernandezMosquera* Kimberly Ferris* Elizabeth Fox*

Forté Edie Hunt Inspiration Award Winner


Current Forté Fellow

Raquel Franco Casey Furillo Karen Galbraith Justine Gamez Kemi Gee Reza Gharavi Nadia Ghassemi* Albert Gladden Melissa Graham Samantha Grant+ Caitlin Greene* Marian Grone* Jordan Gruber* Petra Hailu* Courtnie Harrell* Alantria Harris* Alyssa Haskins* Cassandra Henry* Rachel Heydlauff Marissa Hogan* Sean Holohan Farah Hussain* Shameer Hussein Sally Jacquemin* Kanika Jain* Joanna Jardim* Doug Johnson Michael Johnson Anne Johnston* Krystalyn Jones Dustin Jones Jenna Jost* Rana June* Marina Karavias* Cheryl Khan Irina Kharash Jayni Kosoff Chelsea Krause* Jillian Krivacek* Sonia Kumar Sophie Leal* Veronica Lee Karen Lefton Lindsay Lehman* Anastasia Leng Marissa Levi* Alexandra Levin Xue Li Renee Litinger Edward Liu Ana Londono* Beth Lopez Elizabeth Lovisa* Adrienne Lowenstein* Wendy Luan* Giang Luu Audrey Lysko* Noelia Marcos* Natalie Marko Kathryn McAllister Katrina McGhee* Maria McGlockling

Jason McKellar Maria McLemore* Stacey Meader* Heidy Medina* Raisha Medley* Sakshi Mehta* Timothy Mercurio Crystal Messina-Ferreira Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Taylor Miffleton* Josh Miller Nikita Mitchell*^ Rebecca Mix* Priti Mody* Maurizio Mondello Earl Morales Allison Morrow Diana Morse* Margaret Mountjoy* Barbara Mullaney Stacy Nagy* Soumya Nettimi Shilu Ni* Julia Niazov* Trina Ntamere* Andrea Nugent* Marta Obrebska-Daina* Monisola Odunuga* Kristine Pachuta Rajesh Pakallil Rajendran Keitha Pansy Julie Pantel* Kane Park Madhumita Patil* Cloverly Pe Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Sushmita Pilaka Saha* Margoth Pilla Tori Pinckney* Rajal Pitroda* Laura Placentra Alan Pollack Justin Pollack Katie Potochney* Jessica Pounds* Elizabeth Pratt* Silvana Ramos Shubha Rao* Ravi Rathi Ashley Ready* Erin Rehm Damali Rhett* Nadia Rhodes Nikki Rogers* Heraclio Rojas Elizabeth Roth* Natalie Rowe* Abigail Rybnicek Pamela Salnave Graig Saloom

Sarah Shen Heather Shover* Michael Sibilia Susan Singer* Arjun Singh Jean-Luc Sinniger Julie Siwemuke* Geoffrey Smith Arushi Sohi Lisabeth Sore Gisele Souza Michael Stallmeyer George Stathis Angela Steele Wayne Stephenson Shoshana Stewart* Si Min (Mandy) Su* Christine Su Sarah Sullivan Jen Sun+ Lauren Swenson* Jessica Szczepaniec Miriam Tawil Meghan Taylor* Cacilda Teixeira* Vineeth Thomas Kelle Thompson* Aynsley Toole Fragile Tossa* Marie Tripp Elizabeth Tsai Melissa Ulan* Sarah Vanden Broek* Mitch VanZandt Micaela Vassallo Wanda Vides* Kathleen Vieira* Michael Vondriska Hemali Vyas Rebecca Wald Thomas* Wendy Walker* Da Wang* Sarah Wardy* Simone Ware* Karren Watkins* Jessica Weaver* Gay Wehrli Suezette Weir Ellis Whitehurst Jocelyn Whittenburg Brittany Williams* Aerin Williams Slade Winchester Jean-Marie Winikates Patricia Withrow Kathleen Yohe Robert Young Diana Yuen* Mona Zaabi Rachel Zamsky* Vivian Zeldis* Sheng Zhong

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