Women at Owen

Owen Graduate School of Management is creating opportunities for women from early career starters to seasoned executives to make an impact in their fields. Look into our MaCC and MSF programs for a post-undergrad focus in finance, consider our full-time MBA program for mid-career professionals or our Executive MBA or Americas MBA for Executives for those looking to advance their career while continuing to work.

Forté Foundation

Owen is a sponsoring member of the global Forté Foundation, which is dedicated to launching women into fulfilling careers. Forté partners with sponsors, like Vanderbilt, to increase the number of women pursuing MBAs and offers many benefits and resources to women who are members of the Forté Fellows program. For more information, go to www.fortefoundation.org

Owen Women's Business Association

All women in the full-time MBA program at Owen are members of the student-run WBA, whose mission is to provide opportunities to exchange ideas, network and develop strong business leadership skills, ensuring success while at Owen and long after graduation. Read their stories to discover how Vanderbilt shaped their lives and their careers. View website.

Women at Owen

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Executive MBA Schedule for Working Women

In 2009, Owen changed their Executive MBA format to Saturday-only on alternating weekends. Subsequently, the percentage of women participating in the program grew from 10% to 25% and is still growing. Why? Owen understands that women work extremely hard to keep all aspects of their professional and personal lives in balance. Owen's Executive MBA programs give women more of what they are seeking, including opportunities to learn and grow with a team of intellectual peers, more experience in a real world business environment, and more time for those things in life that are important.

Admissions and Scholarships

Owen offers scholarships for the full-time MBA program ranging from $10,000 to full tuition awarded based on the degree to which an individual demonstrates their support of the academic, personal or professional advancement of women. Click here to learn about our scholarships, including the Forte Foundation Fellowship.


Owen Women in Business Symposium
This event is especially targeted for individuals interested in learning about the challenges and opportunities facing women in business. Hear firsthand from students and alumni on what life is like as a woman in the Vanderbilt MBA program and in post-MBA and Executive MBA careers. A corporate guest speaker lets participants know why businesses value diversity and gives advice on how to succeed. Come learn more about Vanderbilt's commitment to diversity at Owen.

Women in Business Symposium
Friday, Oct 27 to Saturday, Oct 28, 2017

Tennessee Economic Summit for Women
This annual meeting of female minds focuses on motivating, appreciating, and elevating women in business. The event includes dynamic speakers and diverse networking opportunities.

National Association of Women MBAs National Conference

This conference and career fair is designed to assist women, both students and professionals, as they continue along the journey to develop and enhance their leadership skills.

Vanderbilt and Nashville Resources

85 Broads, Nashville Chapter
Junior League of Nashville
Ladies Who Launch, Nashville Chapter
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
Vanderbilt Women’s Club
Women’s Economic Council Foundation


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Nancy Abbott
EMBA 1991

Vice President, Organization and Development, GE Capital

The program prepared me to transfer to new functions by broadening my skills in areas where I had gaps and broadening my perspective in general. I I also built confidence that I could take on tough, new challenges and succeed. The EMBA was a good investment for my company and a great one for me.

Solvig Gentile 
Solvig Gentile
MBA 2014

Senior Consultant, North Highland

A competitive school doesn't have to be filled with excessively competitive people. I wanted a place with a culture of integrity and cooperation, where professors would have coffee with you and students would help each other out.