Women at Illinois Gies MBA

7Illinois is home to more than 60 clubs and organizations that are specific to women. Our women find ways to share and expand their personal interests at Illinois, whether it’s campus recreation sports, professional organizations, or community groups.

Many MBA women participate in the Women in Business Society (WiB), which is an MBA Association student club that promotes student interaction with alumnae, recruiters, and other women from across campus.

The small class size at the Illinois Gies MBA is ideal for strong interaction between our students, their peers, and professors. The class size fosters a tight-knit community where your peers are not only your classmates but also your friends. The Illinois Gies MBA has a substantial return on investment with the typical average salary doubling for women who graduate from the program.

Throughout the school year, WiB hosts events that provide support and opportunity for MBA women while also promoting diversity and inclusion. In the past, WiB has hosted both professional and social events. Professional events include corporate information sessions, alumni speaker series and professional workshops. WiB social events endeavor to further networking opportunities and have included wine tastings, silent auctions, and football tailgates.

WiB is a local chapter of MBA Women International and encourages members to attend the annual national leadership conference. There, students can develop professionally and personally through workshop sessions, seminars, industry panels, networking events and a career fair.


The Illinois Gies MBA is a proud member of Forté, which comprises an elite group of 41 schools. Forté was formed to positively promote the MBA and other forms of business education as practical, high-potential career investments for women. The Illinois Gies MBA, in partnership with Forté, honors select women with fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

Forté Fellows receive the following benefits through the Illinois Gies MBA:

  • gain exposure to leading companies in the Forté network
  • get the opportunity to attend the Annual Forté Fellow and Intern Symposium
  • have resumes included in a Forté-specific resume book
  • access the Fellow section of the Forté website
  • earn scholarship opportunities
  • connect with first- and second-year Fellows through Fellow listservs
  • create a lifelong connection with the Forté community

Forté recently highlighted 2017 MBA candidate and Forté Fellow Atulya Kumari.

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