The MBA Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business seeks to attract talented women who have a successful track record, will excel in business, and become leaders in their fields.

Georgetown participates in events for women as a sponsor school of the Forté Foundation, a consortium of major corporations, top business schools, and influential non-profit organizations that works to educate and direct talented women toward leadership roles in business. The McDonough School of Business awards a number of Forté scholarships to deserving women.

In addition, each year the Georgetown MBA Program hosts a variety of events during which prospective female applicants may interact with the school’s current students and alumnae. n conjunction with Georgetown Women in Business (GWiB) and other student organizations, Georgetown hosts the Focus on Diversity event in the fall semester that promotes the inclusive McDonough School of Business community. GWiB also has created a mentor program for women in both the MBA Full-Time and Evening Programs. Second-year women mentor their first-year counterparts, helping them to navigate classes, networking, and career opportunities.

Additionally, through forums hosted by the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative (GUWLI), prospective students can hear directly from women business leaders about cutting-edge practices and trends. GUWLI, dedicated to promoting the development and advancement of women leaders, also organizes the Gender in the Workplace Research Competition, where students from all disciplines at Georgetown University are invited to present research to a panel of successful businesswomen and research-trained faculty. Groups are judged based on the rigor of their research and the relevance of their findings. In 2010, a study about the roles women choose to play in group settings by four MBA second-year students won the competition. The women took their research one step further by writing an article for ForbesWoman.

Recent Speakers at the McDonough School of Business

  • Shannon Babe-Thomas, Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital
  • Sheila Bair, FDIC
  • Gloria Bohan, President and CEO, Omega World Travel
  • Suzanne Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Potomac Research Group
  • Joy Drass, Executive Vice President for Operations, MedStar Health
  • Geeta Rae Gupta, President, International Center for Research on Women
  • Cheryl Healton, President and CEO, American Legacy Foundation
  • Barbara Krumsiek, CEO and President, Calvert Group
  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders at the Aspen Institute
  • Kathleen Matthews, Vice President for Global Communications and Public Affairs, Marriott International
  • Pat McGinnis, President and CEO, Council for Excellence in Government
  • Robin Michel, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Giant Foods, USA
  • Karen Riordan, Managing Partner and President, Arnold DC
  • Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO, WETA
  • Ann Sarnoff, President, Dow Jones Ventures
  • Mary Schapiro, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Susan Schwab, Former U.S. Trade Representative