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.

 

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