Additional Resources

Forté Foundation

Robert H. Smith School of Business is now an official school partner of the Forté Foundation!  If you are unfamiliar with the Forté Foundation – please take some time to explore the website and learn more about their initiatives to advance the education and careers of women in business!  As a Smith Student – membership does have privileges!

  • EXPLORE: internship & job openings
  • CAREER ADVICE: videos, articles, blogs and events
  • SMARTBRIEFS: remain current on industry events and advancements
  • INVITATIONS: from Forté corporate sponsors
  • WEBINARS: negotiation, career transition, work/life balance, and more
  • WOMEN LEAD SERIES: events with leading women professionals

To join Forté, please use the following link:

http://www.Fortéfoundation.org/site/PageServer?pagename=join#.U8fdmLGootU

It is FREE to join Forté, and the opportunity to expand your network and access so many resources is invaluable.  (Be sure to use your “rhsmith.umd.edu” email address when you register)

American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) - ABWA’s stated mission is “to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition”. The web site includes ABWA events, educational programs, conference schedule, member information, and career resources. http://www.abwa.org/

The Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) – AWBC is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1998 and dedicated to securing economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of over 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBCs). WBCs help women success in business by providing training mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to nearly 200,000 women entrepreneurs each year. http://awbc.org


The Association of Women Professionals (AWP) – AWP is a “women’s organization dedicated to assisting women in expanding their networks, finding opportunities and developing their skills.” http://www.awoman.org


Catalyst - Catalyst is a nonprofit organization working to advance women in business and the professions. This research organization has systematically tracked women’s progress in the workplace through research and publishes this information on the web site. Its web site offers articles, news, and fact sheets related to its mission, and also provides links to useful web sites for professional women. Catalyst also offers for sale numerous studies on women and business. You can register with Catalyst to receive periodic e-mail alerts about additions to the web site.http://www.catalyst.org/


The Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) - The Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons School of Management is committed to improving organizational effectiveness by strengthening gender equity and diversity in the workplace. Integral to CGO’s approach is the recognition that gender operates with other dimensions of identity such as race, class, ethnicity, and sexual identity, in shaping organizational systems and practices as well as workers’ experiences. Through a blend of partnering with leading organizations, teaching, consulting and producing literary insights and commentaries on gender issues, the Center serves as a center for teaching, research and discourse on women and leadership.   http://www.simmons.edu/som/cgo/


The Center for Women and Work (CWW) – A premiere goal of the Center for Women and Work is to seek remedies for gender-based inequality in the workforce through disseminating information and promoting institutional change. Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, this site describes the Center’s mission and activities and provides a very useful “Virtual Library” of annotated links in more than twenty categories relating to women and work.  http://www.uml.edu/centers/women-work/

Executive Women International (EWI) - This nonprofit professional women’s organization was established in 1938. The web site estimates membership to be approximately 2000 companies and 2300 representatives with 70 chapters in major cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. EWI’s mission is to bring together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of networking and enhancing personal and professional development. http://www.ewiconnect.com/

Marie Forleo – Marie Forleo was named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation and one of Inc’s 500 fastest growing companies of 2014. The company is a 100% virtual, woman-owned and run, socially conscious company. Marie’s mission is to help business owners realize their greatest potential. She reaches over 275,000 readers in 193 countries worldwide, leads dynamic training programs and her website features constantly updated content that is relevant and entertaining. http://www.marieforleo.com

National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) – NAFE is the one of the largest businesswomen’s associations in the United States. It provides resources and information through education, networking and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve both career and personal success. The organization specializes in opportunities such as The NAFE Women of Excellence Interview Series, The NAFE Women of Excellence Awards, and NAFE Leadership Summits around the country. http://www.nafe.com/

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Founded in 1975, NAWBO represents the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries and boasts over 5,000 members and 60 chapters across the country. The site hosts a resource center that includes NAWBO smartbriefs, a library of articles and business resources. http://www.nawbo.org

National Business Women’s Council (NWBC) -  The National Business Women’s Council was created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, the Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council is the government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs and is committed to conducting research on issues important to women business owners and their organizations, and providing a platform for change. http://www.nwbc.gov/

Office of Women’s Business Ownership – The Office of Women’s Business Ownership operates in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Its mission is to establish and oversee a network of women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, businesswomen, especially economically or socially disadvantaged businesswomen, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a diversity of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.  http://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo

Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) – The Organization of Women in International Trade is a non-profit professional organization designed to provide networking and educational opportunities for women in international trade. http://www.owit.org/

The Real Women in Business Society – This site is a fresh, light-hearted resource for “real” women in business, focusing on business advice, articles, blog posts, webinars, and video interviews from “real” businesswomen who all share their “real” perspective on driving success. The site features opportunities to sign up for a free membership and purchase access to workshops. http://www.therealwomeninbusiness.com

US Women’s Chamber of Commerce - This nonprofit membership organization for business and career women is dedicated to developing leaders, accelerating economic growth, and providing a community voice for women. http://www.uswcc.org/

Women’s Information Network (WIN) - The Women’s Information Network is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization and a professional, political and social network dedicated to empowering young, pro-choice, Democratic women in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Founded on the idea that women can help women climb the ladder of success, WIN members pride themselves on the individual and collective successes of a membership base of over 1,250 DC women. WIN provides women with access to job and networking opportunities in the DC area. http://www.winonline.org/