Women’s Conference gives MBA candidates a taste of life at Simon and the chance to learn more about opportunities for leadership and career development. The programming also showcases Simon's commitment to women’s advancement in business management through our affiliation with Forté. This is an inclusive event for all prospective MBA students, and each year we look forward to enriching, engaging conversations with both our future women business leaders and our male allies.

Registration for the 2023 Women's Conference is now closed. Check back for updates in Summer 2024!

Creating opportunities for women in business.

Empowering women to succeed in business is a top priority at Simon. We’re a Forté partner and are also home to Simon Women in Business, an organization dedicated to supporting businesswomen in graduate school and beyond. Learn more about opportunities for women in business and how Simon is committed to their advancement through our affiliation with Forté.

#13
Top MBAs For Women In The US
Financial Times
42%
Of Students Are Women
Full-Time MBA Class of 2023

Event Highlights

Women’s Leadership Panel

Several distinguished business professionals will share their advice for prospective students embarking on their business school journey.

Sample Class

Get a taste of life as a Simon MBA by taking a class with Professor Ravi Mantena, MBA faculty director. 

Networking with Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Current Students

Get to know the Simon community alongside fellow prospective students.

Benet Career Management Center Session

Prospective students will interact with staff members from the Benet Center, learn about career resources the Center offers, and listen to a panel of current students to gain insight on their job search experiences.

11:15am
Shuttle Departs Hotel for Simon (for those with 11:30 interview)
11:30am
12:15pm
Admissions Interviews
12:00pm
Shuttle Departs Hotel for Simon
12:15pm
12:30pm
Check-In
12:30pm
1:30pm
Welcome and Introductions
1:45pm
2:45pm
Keynote Conversation
2:45pm
3:00pm
Networking Break
3:00pm
4:15pm
Simon’s Alumnae Leadership Panel
8:45am
Shuttle Departs the Hotel for Simon
9:00am
9:45am
Breakfast
9:45am
10:30am
Admissions Interviews, or Tour of Simon Business School and Campus, or Financial Aid Q&A
10:45am
11:30am
Admissions Interviews, or Financial Aid Q&A, or Tour of Simon Business School and Campus
11:45am
1:00pm
Career Management Center Presentation and Panel
1:00pm
1:45pm
Lunch
1:45pm
3:00pm
Simon Alumnae and Current Student Panel
3:15pm
4:30pm
Sample Class
4:45pm
Shuttle Departs Simon for the Hotel/Airport
4:30pm
5:30pm
Conference Reception
5:45pm
Shuttle Departs for Dinner
6:00pm
8:00pm
Dinner
8:00pm
Shuttle Departs Dinner for the Hotel

*A sample schedule is provided. Future schedules are subject to change. If you have any questions, please email events@simon.rochester.edu.

Keynote Speaker

  • Lisa Morris ’98S (MBA)
  • President & CEO
  • Pierre Fabre Group
Portrait of Lisa Morris '98S (MBA)

Recognized for building high-performing teams, developing talent, and delivering results, Lisa Morris brings 25 years of experience building global beauty, personal care, and health businesses with general management, marketing, and digital expertise. She spent 20 years with L’Oréal between London, Paris, and New York City, where she worked with globally recognized beauty brands such as Maybelline, Garnier, L’Oréal Paris, and L’Oréal Professionnel. 
 
Recently, Lisa served as the general manager of US Consumer Business at Galderma, owning the dermatological skincare brands Cetaphil and Differin, launching a dermatologist-focused skincare professional sales force, ensuring strong reach and frequency of health care professionals, and pioneering an analytics-first framework to diagnose and use problem-solving methodology to ensure clarity on business results. Prior to that she was vice president and head of marketing of Personal Health North America at Philips. During her time at Philips, Lisa transformed the business’s structure by initiating the development of new channels, including subscription and social Commerce, in addition to creating a fully integrated marketing arm with four strong category teams to own the consumer journey end to end.
 
As president and CEO of Pierre Fabre Group, USA, Lisa focuses on growing and scaling all brands within the portfolio, such as René Furterer, Glytone, Klorane, and Hemangeol, with particular attention to Eau Thermal Avène, and also ensuring Pierre Fabre’s global Green Mission is implemented across several business touchpoints. 

Past Alumni Participants

  • Crystal Park ’06S (MBA) SXM Media
  • Melanie Huet ’03S (MBA) Serta Simmons
  • Sheffali Welch ’02S (MBA) BNY Mellon
  • Nithya Ruff ’91S (MBA) Comcast
  • Lydia Perez Poole ’06S (MBA) McCormick & Company
  • Ipek Tunca ’00S (MBA) Facebook
  • Kimberly Young ’15 (MBA) Bank of America

Travel stipends available.

We make traveling here easy with generous travel stipends, complimentary hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, and meals during scheduled events. For more information, email events@simon.rochester.edu.