The Wisconsin MBA Program provides an empowering environment that equips women for lifelong success in their careers and community life. Joining a close-knit group within a career specialization, students immerse themselves in a particular field, working closely with faculty, peers, Badger alumni, and other industry leaders who partner with the Wisconsin School of Business. This distinctive approach creates abundant opportunities for every student to develop leadership skills and build an enduring professional network.

We believe that all members of the MBA community—not just our female students—should have direct experience with accomplished women in a variety of fields. At the Wisconsin School of Business, we take specific steps to ensure that our educational and co-curricular programming reflects the strong presence of women in the business world. For example, we bring inspiring female leaders to campus to speak as part of the M. Keith Weikel Executive Leadership Speaker Series. Wisconsin MBA students learn from the knowledge and experiences of these influential leaders, and have the opportunity to network with them at receptions.

Networking Opportunities and Financial Support

Forté Sponsor School

Forté provides support for women at all stages of their careers to enhance their business acumen. Forté strives to increase the number of women applying to and enrolling in MBA programs by providing educational opportunities, networking and mentoring events, as well as professional conferences.

Incoming Wisconsin MBA women may participate in Forté events such as the MBA Women's Leadership Conference and MBA Financial Services FAST Track. All Wisconsin MBA students should explore professional development opportunities through webinar topics on leadership, communications skills, and personal finance, as well as career exploration and opportunities through the Forté Job Center. We encourage our students to explore the Forté resources and opportunities available to them. 

As a Forté Sponsor School, Wisconsin is able to award several Forté fellowships that will help defer the cost of a full-time MBA at UW–Madison. As fellows, women get support to achieve and surpass their career goals through access to business education, professional development, and a community of other successful women.

Logo for Forte More Women Leading

As a sponsor school, Wisconsin School of Business opens the door to opportunities and resources that support female business leadership.

Women in Business Award of Excellence

At the Wisconsin School of Business, we are committed to recruiting talented women who will contribute to a vibrant, inclusive MBA community. The Wisconsin MBA Program offers financial support with the cost of education to students who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to helping women advance in business and as community leaders. All accepted students will be considered for the Women in Business Award of Excellence, which may include a tuition award and scholarship.

Graduate Women in Business Builds Connections

Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is an active student organization that is dedicated to the support and empowerment of women in all MBA programs, including the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and Executive MBA programs.

GWIB creates opportunities for members to network with Wisconsin School of Business alumni and board members, creating a stronger connection between Wisconsin MBA students and professionals in all fields of business.

Recent events hosted by GWIB include the following:

  • A diversity panel co-hosted with other MBA clubs at the Wisconsin School of Business
  • A women’s business alumni network event with UW–Madison, including women from the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and Executive MBA programs
  • A networking event with the undergraduate Women in Business student organization
  • Private receptions and roundtables with influential female leaders who visit the Wisconsin School of Business for our Weikel Executive Leadership Speaker Series

GWIB also keeps women in the Wisconsin MBA Program up-to-date on professional development resources and articles about current events. Volunteer involvement in GWIB provides students with the opportunity to develop communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Specialize to Communicate Commitment to Employers

Aggie Howland (MBA ‘19) wanted to shift from business-to-business public relations to an in-house marketing role. She knew a specialized MBA would assure hiring employers of her commitment to the field. And as her career grows, Aggie will be able to market herself with or without the specialization, expanding her options.

Ellen Chen

Develop High-Level Strategic HR Skills

Ellen Chen (MBA '19) is taking her career to new heights by adding comprehensive business knowledge and high-level strategic thinking in the Wisconsin MBA's HR specialization. Leadership opportunities, classmate camaraderie, and applied learning experience add career value.

Emma Ebert

Propel Your Career From Banking to Finance

Emma Ebert (MBA '19) was in banking and aspired to more advanced finance roles. The Wisconsin MBA offered a respected general management core and specialization in corporate finance and investment banking. Collaboration with alumni and industry partners have positioned her for success.