Simon Business School

Women at Simon and Forté


Simon Business School is deeply committed to creating opportunities for female leaders to learn and excel within their chosen professions. In addition to a world-class education, we offer our female MBA students platforms to network and gain practical on-the-job experience. Fellowships are also available to qualified female students.


Throughout their time at Simon, and long after they graduate, female MBA students can count on Simon Women in Business (SWiB), an organization that focuses on developing the tools, resources, and connections needed to help female students obtain fulfilling internships and successful careers. SWiB engages students, faculty, staff, and alumni through programs and information focusing on the real issues and concerns of women in the business world.

The organization hosts speakers and career-oriented events year-round. Past functions include:

  • Career Navigation for Women: Clearing Hurdles Through Mentoring, a roundtable series dedicated to advancing women’s participation in business, industry, as well as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields
  • Conversation with Gwen Greene, a J.P. Morgan Securities financial professional; event jointly hosted with the Financial Management Association (FMA)
  • Conversation and luncheon with Judy Schmeling, CEO and COO of HSN, Inc.
  • Personal Branding & Social Media event with Alexsandra Sukhoy '03S (MBA), author and career coach
  • Guest lecture by Deb Henretta, Group President – Beauty, Procter & Gamble
  • Internship panels for second-year women MBAs to share their interview and internship experiences
  • Dressing for Success workshop with Simon alum Tamika Nurse, Race Forward senior marketing strategist and author of The It Girl Rules
  • Valentine’s Day fundraiser for local organizations that support the educational, political, and financial stability of women
  • International Women's Day trip to the Susan B. Anthony House and Perkins Mansion


Forte LogoSimon Business School has a long history of support and engagement with Forté, a non-profit working to launch women into successful and significant careers. Through Forté’s alliance of leading companies, top schools, and pioneering donors, we empower women to rise higher.

  • Forté Forums—Explore higher education and career opportunities with this multi-city educational and networking series featuring business schools and corporations.
  • Forté Fellowships—Support ranging from $5,000 per year to full tuition for talented, civic-minded women in the MBA program.
  • Forté Scholar Symposiums—A platform for summer interns in New York-based companies to establish networks and share their experiences.

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Ten Reasons Women Should Apply to Simon

Join a panel of our Simon Women in Business club leaders as they discuss the advantages of being a female member of the Simon community and the resources the School offers. Simon Business School is ranked the No. 13 top MBA for women in the US by Financial Times, and a Simon degree offers our female students a top-notch business education that prepares them to lead from day one. (Date recorded: October 29, 2018)

Experience Simon Weekend with Women's Conference Programming

Join us at Women's Conference, a weekend event filled with opportunities to network with current students, alumnae, faculty, and administrators, and participate in sessions centered on current issues faced by women in business. Discover Simon’s affiliation with Forté and the associated benefits, including merit-based fellowships, networking, and career opportunities with designated corporate partners. The second part of your visit will include Experience Simon Weekend.

For additional information about opportunities for women in business, please contact us at or (585) 275-3533.

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Ranked as a Top 15 MBA for Women

Financial Times - 260w

March 2018

No. 13

Top MBAs for Women in the US

No. 21

Top MBAs for Women in the World

No. 1

for Women in the US in pay gap percentage (average female salary as a proportion of male salary)

No. 2

for Women in the US for salary percent increase (average difference in female alumni salary from before MBA to now)