The JGSB is engaged with organizations that help us influence the gender equality agenda. These collaborations strengthen our community of students, alumni, faculty and staff; guide us in opportunities for leadership; and support the inclusive culture at the Jones School.
FORTĂ‰ is a consortium of leading companies and business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling business careers through access to education, opportunities and a community of successful women.Â JGSB participates in the FORTĂ‰ Fellows program, recruiting fairs, webinars and the annual conference.
National Association for Women MBAS (NAWMBA)
NAWMBA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering female business professionals to propel more women into leadership positions in corporate America and to enhance the diversity of the nationâ€™s workforce.
The JGSB has been an integral partner to NAWMBA having served as the national headquarters for NAWMBA from 2002 â€“ 2012. We invested approximately $100,000 to be the first-ever lead academic sponsor for an annual NAWMBA conference (â€™09 Anaheim, California).Â
Many of our MBA alumna have served in key leadership roles within the organization. Tonya Olpin â€™08 is the former Executive Director (2007 â€“ 2011) and Laura Wright Southall â€™07 is on the national board.
The JGSB student chapter of NAWMBA hosts an always anticipated annual â€śWOMEN in LEADERSHIPâ€ť conference as well as various alumni and business community networking events throughout the academic year.
In addition to JGSBâ€™s involvement and support of NAWMBA at the institutional and national level, the school also supports the local Houston Professional Chapter of NAWMBA which is the nationâ€™s largest with four JGSB alumna at the helm as board members.Â