Diversity - Women
Chicago Booth is committed to offering access to a top-tier business education for both US and international women. While at Chicago Booth, women use the resources available to them to enhance and enrich their leadership and networking skills, creating lasting relationships. From your first contact with an admissions staff member or current student to connecting with the Office of Diversity Affairs to becoming part of Chicago Women in Business (CWiB) and continuing to engage with Booth through Chicago Women in Business Alumnae Network (CWIBAN) - you'll benefit from all that Chicago Booth offers to provide extensive support, networking, and fellowship opportunities for women.
Chicago Booth hosts and participates in various admissions-related events designed to identify and encourage talented women to apply for admission to Chicago Booth. These events include the annual Forté Foundation's MBA Value Proposition Forum, Booth Live Diversity, the annual Booth Women Connect Conference, Women's Week, and undergraduate women in business conferences.
CHICAGO BOOTH ORGANIZATIONS
These 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) - Chicago Women in Business is one of the largest and most active student groups at Chicago Booth. CWiB's mission is to connect and provide support to all of the women at Chicago Booth through networking events, a 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. CWiB is pleased to speak with prospective and newly-admitted students and always welcomes new members.
- Chicago Women in Business Alumnae Network (CWIBAN) - Founded by alumnae volunteers in 2002, CWIBAN offers a global network for Chicago Booth women and supports and promotes women in business worldwide. In addition to participating in admission events, CWIBAN cohosts "Women's Week" receptions, events designed to allow interested students to learn more about Chicago Booth from a woman's perspective. Last year, Women's Week events were held in more than 30 cities around the globe. You can visit the CWIBAN website to learn more about the organization and its members or contact us to request a connection to a local alumna.
- Mothers at Booth (MaB) - Mothers at Booth seeks to enable student mothers and eventual working mothers-to-be to achieve academic and professional success, while maintaining a vibrant family life, by providing community support and resources. MaB believes that greater visibility and information about motherhood during and after business school will help both prospective and current students make more informed and satisfying academic and career decisions. The group hosts several events, including a Mother’s Day brunch and workshops with current students and alumnae, and participates in a local March of Dimes walk.
- The University of Chicago Women’s Business Group (UCWBG) - Celebrating over 30 years as an organization, UCWBG is a nonprofit alumnae association organized to address the professional, personal, and career developmental needs of women, primarily graduates of Chicago Booth. UCWBG offers Chicago Booth women and alumnae opportunities to network, enhance their skills through classes, lectures, and workshops, and develop strong relationships to Chicago Booth and the University of Chicago.
Chicago Booth is proud to work in partnership with these associations to increase the number of women in our program, support our current students, offer fellowship awards, provide mentorship and networking opportunities with other women.
- Forté Foundation - Chicago Booth is a founding sponsor and proud supporter of the Forté Foundation, 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 with the broad goal of igniting and sustaining 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. Additionally, Chicago Booth participates in yearly Forté Forums, educational and networking events that are designed to help women develop awareness about 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.
- 85 Broads - 85 Broads is a global networking community of 18,000 trailblazing women who want to leverage each other's connections, relationships, and intellectual capital to increase the return on their investment in their education, families, and careers. Chicago Booth is a proud member of 85 Broads, participating in annual events and networking opportunities.
- Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Conference - Knowing the path to an MBA starts early for motivated women. Chicago Booth is a proud sponsor of the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Annual Conference. In addition to presenting at the "Business School 101" panel, admissions staff also had the opportunity to meet with women during the conference’s Graduate School Fair.
While all students are considered for all available Scholarships and Fellowships, Chicago Booth is pleased to offer several fellowships that are offered specifically to admitted women.
- Forté Foundation Fellowship - Forté Fellowships are awarded each year to students in the Full-time MBA program who have exhibited exemplary academic, team, community, and/or creative leadership and who are committed to advancing the interests of women in business.
- The India Trust Fellowship - This merit-based fellowship, a one-time $10,000 tuition award, is given to two incoming students who live and work in India at the time of admission to the Full-Time MBA Program and who are committed to advancing the interests of women in business. This award recognizes students with outstanding leadership, academic, and extracurricular achievements.The Wallman Fellowship - The Wallman Fellowship provides full tuition for two years to students demonstrating outstanding leadership, academic and extracurricular achievements, and a commitment to advancing the interests of African Americans, Hispanics, and women in business.
- The Wallman Fellowship - The Wallman Fellowship provides full tuition for two years for students demonstrating outstanding leadership, academic, and extracurricular achievements, and a commitment to advancing the interests of African Americans, Hispanics, and women in business.