Admissions Straight Talk: Interview with Forte’s Elissa Ellis Sangster

Elissa Sangster, Forte FoundationWelcome to the first episode of Accepted Admissions Straight Talk, a biweekly podcast about what’s new, thought-provoking, and useful in the world of graduate admissions!

We had a great conversation with Elissa Sangster of Forté Foundation about women and MBA admissions. For advice, insight, and info, check out the full audio.

Show Notes

3:30:00 –     Why are women underrepresented in MBA programs?  What are the origins of Forte?

6:16:00 –     What women need to hear.

8:25:00 –     The virtual campus, Forte forums, MBA Women’s conference and Forte’s other awesome resources.

11:23:00- Forte Fellows- what and why.

13:12:00 – International Women’s Day- what are we celebrating anyway?

16:36:00 – Is an MBA still the gold standard? [or Are one-year programs – the new MBA? ]

18:52:00 – Women in the MBA application process- distinctive challenges?

21:40:00 – Networking is key (sound familiar?). Meet other women with similar career goals, and boost your chances for success.

22:53:00 Work-life balance- advanced planning will save the day.

25:50:00 Why entrepreneurship is a great option (and why Linda loves the number 5).

28:05:00- What Elissa wants every woman business school applicant to know.

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