Forté scholarship - awarded to the two best female MBA applicants

Sitting having lunch with Forté Foundation 2020 MBA scholarship recipients: Ruchi Senthil and Xiaoting (Iris) He, to discuss their journey to being on the 2020 MBA cohort, was time well spent. Both ladies come from different backgrounds but share many common goals and desires – one being to be empowered to make a difference, especially after their MBA.

The opportunity to be selected by the Forté Foundation whose mission is to “Launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, professional development, and a community of successful women”, has provided them with an opportunity to broaden their horizons.

During our conversation, we asked each of them which women they admired and had inspired them to want to achieve more for themselves. Ruchi said her mother who is also a successful obstetrician and gynaecologist, is her role model. She went on to say her mother demonstrated that she can achieve anything she wants to. Her mother’s strength and determination encouraged her to pursue her desire of embarking on an MBA even though she has a young family.

 Xiaoting (Iris) who is passionate about building confidence in people through the power of public speaking, said Lark Doley, President of Toastmasters International, is her source of inspiration. She talked about Ms Doley visiting China during her term and was instrumental in the development of the Toastmaster series in China. Xiaoting said the impact on so many people has been significant.

The opportunity the Forté Foundation scholarship is providing them is already evident in how they articulate what they want to achieve after their MBA experience. You can read a more in-depth interview here.

Every year, the Forté Foundation supports more women who choose to embark on an MBA journey to transform their life and career prospects. They have committed to increasing women’s enrolment at MBA schools and so far has seen a 10% growth since 2001. The partnership with IMD opens up another opportunity for women who wish to apply for the 2021 cohort.

To be considered, you have to apply by May 1st. We encourage you to find out more here, and submit an application before the deadline.


Thrive as a woman in today's world of business
IMD is dedicated to supporting women leaders. Enjoy the support of IMD experts and your peers, so that you can advance and thrive in the workplace.

Challenge yourself, challenge us

Join our full-time MBA program, ranked among the best ones in Europe, and learn how to boost your leadership skills in a digital, entrepreneurial and global business environment. A life-changing journey in your career with incredible networking opportunities for those with the ambitions to make a real difference in a complex and rapidly changing world. Join our 1-year Master of Business Administration degree in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Image- impact item

Become a leader equipped to play a role in shaping our society

IMG- impact item 2

Understand how each domain responds to digitalization

IMG - impact item 3

Enhance your entrepreneurial drive, passion and mindset

Impact - IMG

Develop a global point of view, prepare to make an impact

Triple accreditation

The IMD MBA Program is internationally recognized by accreditation institutes and is consistently ranked among the best for Return on Investment.

Learn more


IMD complies with applicable laws and regulations, including with respect to international sanctions that may be imposed on individuals and countries. This policy applies to all applications for IMD programs from individuals or organizations, and any commercial or non-commercial partnerships.

We have reopened our Lausanne campus and resumed classroom learning while continuing our virtual and hybrid programs.

Learn more