Jones Graduate School of Business joins international effort to boost women’s careers

Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business is one of six institutions named as 2014 business school sponsors of the Forté Foundation, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit consortium designed to help women launch meaningful careers.

The foundation was called to action in 2001 by a landmark research study, “Women and the MBA: Gateway to Opportunity,” which looked at why women are underrepresented in leading business schools compared with medical or law schools; the foundation was created to address this inequity and its impact on the business landscape.

“The Rice MBA program is privileged to partner with other top business schools, corporations and nonprofit organizations to support Forté,” said Melissa Blakeslee, interim assistant dean of degree programs and executive director of admissions at the Jones School. “We look forward to actively engaging with women from around the world to further Forte’s important mission and to recruit top talent to the Jones School.”

Sponsor schools are selected on their ability to expand Forté’s reach and impact with key segments of pre-MBA women, provide connections to prospective sponsor companies and enhance the foundation’s ability to reach and impact undergraduate women.

Forté now has 48 member schools in the U.S., Canada and Europe. For more information, visit

— Jeff Falk, Rice News