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1. Why women excel in flatter organizational structures

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Women could thrive in leadership roles as more companies look to flatten their organizational structures, research suggests. Female leaders are perceived as being more charismatic in these types of companies, whereas men are considered more charismatic in hierarchical organizations, according to a study by Raina Brands of the London Business School. Business Insider (06/12)


2. When in your career should you seek an MBA?

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

The right time to apply to an MBA program is after a few years of work experience -- and when and if you believe it can help you reach your career goals, says Shelly Taylor Heinrich, director of MBA admissions at Georgetown University. In this interview, Heinrich also discusses the value of the degree, corrects misconceptions about the MBA and explains what to do if you are not a stellar test-taker. Time.com (06/03)


3. Using an MBA to enhance your current career

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

About one-third of prospective business school students want to progress in their current careers rather than move into a new field, according to a recent survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Before choosing a school, these students should learn about the curriculum, talk to current students and examine which types of industries graduates typically enter, experts say. U.S. News & World Report (05/28)


4. Hudson's Bay president on leadership, work ethic

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Selling shoes was Liz Rodbell's first job and the place she discovered a passion for fashion and an affinity for connecting with customers. Now president of Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor, Rodbell talks about her leadership style, the work ethic she learned from her parents and what she looks for when hiring new employees. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/06)


5. How to boost the number of women in leadership roles

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

To increase the number of women in leadership, organizations must work to end subtle gender biases that keep colleagues from seeing women as natural leaders, Natalia Karelaia, an assistant professor at INSEAD, suggests. Organizations must examine how women are treated in areas such as salary, participation, recognition and career opportunities to root out any latent gender bias in such policies, she writes. Knowledge.Insead.edu (06/01)


6. Long work hours take a toll on gender equality

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/28)


7. What do female board members actually do differently?

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Women have accounted for about a quarter of board appointments made at S&P 500 companies in the past two years. In general, female board members are more likely to support gender and racial diversity and want to make IT strategy a priority, and are less tolerant of poor-performing company directors, according to research from PwC. Fortune (05/27)


8. How informational interviews can lead to a new job

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Instead of asking for a job, candidates should seek out professionals in the field they want to enter and secure several informational interviews, Natalie Nixon, director of the Strategic Design MBA at Philadelphia University, suggests. They should ask for a short meeting either by phone or in person and should ask for other names and referrals to generate leads, she writes. Inc. online (free registration) (06/18)


9. How much do MBA interns make?

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Poets & Quants (06/01)


10. 2-income households have become the norm

Forté Foundation SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

National Public Radio (06/22)




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