Full-Time MBA

Gender Equality

Chicago Booth is committed to offering access to a top-tier business education for both US and international women. In partnership with the groups and associations listed below, we continue to work toward a greater percentage of women at Booth, while at the same time, providing support, networking, and fellowship opportunities.



Resources and support

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Chicago Booth Groups

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The following student and alumni organizations at Chicago Booth are key partners in our efforts to meet the educational and career goals of women students. 

Chicago Women in Business (CWiB) - CWiB is one of the largest and most active student groups at Chicago Booth. CWiB's mission is to connect and provide support to all women at Chicago Booth through networking events, luncheon speaker series, partnerships with other organizations, mentoring programs, and social events. CWiB creates a powerful forum at Chicago Booth where future female business leaders can learn from, share with, and inspire one another. 

Chicago Booth Women's Network - Founded by alumnae volunteers in 2002, Chicago Booth Women's Network offers a global community for Chicago Booth women while supporting and promoting women in business worldwide. In addition to participating in admission events, members cohost "Women's Week" receptions for interested students to learn more about Chicago Booth from a woman's perspective. 

Mothers at Booth (MaB) - MaB helps student mothers and eventual working mothers-to-be achieve academic and professional success while maintaining a vibrant family life. MaB believes that greater visibility and information about motherhood during and after business school will allow both prospective and current students to make more informed and satisfying academic and career decisions. The group hosts several professional and social events throughout the year that build community among its members and promote networking among colleagues and alumnae. 

University of Chicago Women’s Business Group (UCWBG) - UCWBG is a nonprofit alumnae association organized to address the professional, personal, and career developmental needs of women graduates of Chicago Booth. Celebrating over 30 years, UCWBG offers opportunities to network, enhance skills through classes, lectures, and workshops, as well as develop strong relationships to Chicago Booth and the University of Chicago.

Common Chromosome - Common Chromosome is an inclusive gender equity group with the mission to challenge the barriers that prevent inclusion and equal treatment of genders in the workplace. Members create a safe environment for open and honest conversation and seek to be at the forefront of the gender parity movement through a series of special guest lectures, discussions, and awareness campaigns.

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Partnerships

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Chicago Booth is proud to work in partnership with the following associations to increase the number of women in our program, support our current students, offer fellowship awards, and provide mentorship and networking opportunities with other women in business.

Forté Foundation - Chicago Booth is a founding sponsor and proud supporter of the Forté Foundation, which is a consortium of leading multinational corporations, top business schools in the US and abroad, and the Graduate Management Admission Council. Forté offers a combination of scholarships, career resources, networking and mentoring opportunities, and live and online events. The broad goal of the Forté Foundation is to ignite and sustain women’s participation in the global economy as corporate and entrepreneurial achievers. Each year, Chicago Booth sponsors several Forté Fellows who receive up to $20,000 in scholarship funds per year and join a strong network of other female students throughout the world. 

Ellevate Network - Ellevate Network is a global networking community of trailblazing women who want to leverage each other's connections, relationships, and intellectual capital to increase the return on investment in their education, families, and careers. 

MBA JumpStart - MBA JumpStart focuses on strengthening diversity and inclusion efforts in the financial services and consulting industries by creating a pipeline between those fields and highlighly qualified women and underrepresented MBA students through unique career development and employment opportunities. 

Posse Foundation - In partnership with the Posse Foundation, every year Chicago Booth offers a minimum of one full-tuition scholarship to a Posse alumnus who has been admitted into the Full-Time MBA Program.

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Events

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Chicago Booth hosts several events designed to identify and encourage talented women to apply for admission to our program. We encourage you to visit our Diversity Events page for opportunities to engage at functions throughout the year. Here are a few that we either host or attend annually: 

Forté Foundation Forums - Chicago Booth participates regularly in these educational and networking events designed to help women develop awareness around the value and flexibility of business careers. We encourage all preMBA and MBA women to become members of this powerful network of female business leaders and to take advantage of the membership benefits. 

Booth Women Connect Conference (BWCC) - Hosted by Chicago Booth, this large-scale event facilitates networking among Booth alumni, current students, and prospective MBA candidates. BWCC aims to inspire and empower women in navigating professional challenges in the workplace and in elevating their careers to the next level. 

Booth Women Connect Week - This series of gender equality events and interactions encourages discussion of the challenges around achieving gender inclusivitiy in the workplace. The week brings together members of the Chicago Booth and broader business communities to spark conversation surrounding research, career journeys, and the ever-changing dynamics in the professional marketplace. 

Robert and Enid Fogel Dinner - Each year, a dinner is hosted by Diversity Affairs and held at Chicago Booth's Gleacher Center. The tradition was started by the late Nobel Prize winner, professor Robert Fogel, and his late wife, Enid, who was the first African American to serve as associate dean at the school. The evening fosters Booth's continuing legacy of commitment to its diversity population and includes words of support from Chicago Booth's Dean's Office, members of Booth staff, and corporate sponsors.