Vanderbilt is committed to cultivating the next generation of women business leaders and is proud to partner with the Forté Foundation. The Forté Foundation is committed to empowering and launching women into significant careers through a variety of support including education, community, and professional development.
To learn more about how Vanderbilt University awards Forté Fellowships, click here.
Meet the Women of Vanderbilt Business
Vanderbilt Business is creating opportunities for women at every stage of their career. Hear from just a few of the women that make Owen a special place.
By the numbers
The number of women we have named as Forté Fellows since Vanderbilt became a partner with the Forté Foundation, an organization that helps launch women into careers in business.
Discover Vanderbilt Business: Women of Owen - February 3 & 4, 2023
This event for prospective MBA students 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 careers. A panel of corporate guest speakers lets discuss what their firms are doing to advance women and why companies value diversity. Participants then rotate in small group discussions with each panelist to ask questions and learn more about the companies they represent. To learn more about Discover Vanderbilt Business and our Women of Owen event, click here.
Forté events including Forté Women's Leadership Conference
Forté holds events throughout the year for college students and MBA candidates. In June, many Vanderbilt MBA Forté Fellows participate in their Forté MBA Women's Leadership & Career Conference. For a list of Forté events click here. For more about the benefits of joining the Forté Foundation, click here.
National Association of Women MBAs
Vanderbilt is a partner of NAWMBA as an academic chapter and NAWMBA also has a professional chapter in Nashville. NAWMBA provides professional and leadership development opportunities for its members through mentorship, networking and collaboration among partner schools and corporations. They host a career conference every fall for members.
The Owen Women's Business Association (WBA) strives to create an inclusive and empowering environment for all women. We promote and support women at Vanderbilt Business by providing opportunities for personal and professional development through a variety of workshops, networking opportunities, and social events. Membership is automatically extended to all women and there are no dues.
Email a Current WBA Member
Emmy DiGiovanni Banks
Hometown: Franklin, TN (USA)
Undergraduate Institution: Washington and Lee University
Undergraduate Major: Physics Engineering; Public Accounting
Fun Facts: Coffee with: Emily Ley
Dream Vacation: Hockey and hiking in Canada
Hometown: Potomac, MD (USA)
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Undergraduate Major: Media Studies; Foreign Affairs
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
Summer Internship: Deloitte Consulting
Owen Clubs: Women in Business Association; Owen Strategy & Consulting Club; Peer Coach
Fun Facts: My first job was working at a cupcake store.
Nashville Bucket List: See a show at Bluebird Cafe.
Hometown: Fujisawa, Kanagawa (Japan)
Undergraduate Institution: Sophia University
Undergraduate Major: International Business; Economics
Concentration: Consulting, Operations
Summer Internship: IRDP Internship, Johnson & Johnson
Owen Clubs: Women's Business Association; Japan Business Club; Operations Management Club
Fun Facts: I have visited all fifty states.
Nashville Bucket List: Biscuits at The Loveless Cafe
Hometown: McLean, VA (USA)
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Undergraduate Major: Economics
Fun Facts: Nashville Bucket List: Blue Bird Cafe
Dream Vacation: A multiple-night excursion in the Sahara Desert
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate Institution: Appalachian State University
Undergraduate Major: City & Regional Planning; Geography
Concentration: Human and Organizational Performance, Marketing
Summer Internship: Humana: Enterprise Marketing and Brand Strategy
Owen Clubs: Director, Prospective Students, Women’s Business Association; 1Y Leadership Board Member, Net Impact; Strategy & Consulting Club; Human and Organizational Performance Association; Outdoor Adventure Club; Sports Club; Cork & Barrel; Turner Family Center For Social Ventures; Affinity Pass.
Fun Facts: I’ve hiked every trail in Grand Teton National Park!
Nashville Bucket List: Bike the Natchez Trace Parkway
Hometown: Waterloo, IL (USA)
Undergraduate Institution: Illinois State University
Undergraduate Major: International Business; Marketing
Fun Facts: Coffee with: Sophia Bush
Dream Job: Travel Blogger
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN (USA)
Undergraduate Institution: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Undergraduate Major: Global Studies; Political Science
Fun Facts: Coffee with: Rihanna
Dream Job: Food writer or editor
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