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Aug 15, 2019

Register for the 2019 Forté MBA Forums for Women

Register for the 2019 Forté MBA Forums for Women

Registration is open for the 2019 Forté MBA Forums.  Designed for women considering an MBA, the Forums provide an ideal opportunity to learn more about the value of an MBA from admissions reps, alumnae, and current students at top business schools. Open to all women—career changers, college students planning the future, or career professionals looking to go to the next level—the events provide a distinct MBA advantage.

About the Forté MBA Forums

The MBA Forums are FREE and held in 11 cities across the U.S. and Europe. The events are a chance for women to build their peer support network and meet other successful businesswomen from a diverse range of industries. The MBA Forums offers exclusive insights into the MBA admissions process.

“The Forté Forum event provided the exact insights we were looking for,” said Madeline Keulen, Forté MBA Forum attendee and 2019 HBS alum. “Most of the schools I was interested in had representatives at the event who could speak to the specifics of their programs, and panels of alumni enhanced the richness of the experience through their personal stories of why they chose to pursue an MBA. I have a much better sense of where I’d fit best.”

2019 Event Dates and Locations

  1. August 12, Washington, D.C.
  2. August 13, Houston, TX
  3. August 14,  Atlanta, GA
  4. August 15,  Boston, MA
  5. August 19,  Los Angeles, CA
  6. August 20, Seattle, WA
  7. August 22, San Francisco, CA
  8. August 26, Toronto, Canada
  9. August 27, Chicago, IL
  10. August 28, New York City, NY
  11. October 29, London, England

Sample Event Format

6–8:15 p.m. – Registration and School Fair

  • Connect with admissions at top business schools
  • Learn more about the admissions process
  • Find the right school for you
  • Networking reception

7–8 p.m. – MBA Alumnae Panel

Get advice and hear stories from top MBA women in a range of industries and at various career stages. Learn what motivated them to earn their MBA and the successes and challenges they’ve faced.

8:15–9 p.m. – Admissions Panel

Enjoy a panel of seasoned MBA admissions professionals from top programs. Learn more about admissions requirements, researching schools, applications, and financing.

Visit the site to see more details about locations and to register!


Aug 15, 2019

Top MBA Recruiters: Invesco

Top MBA Recruiters: Invesco

Founded in Atlanta in 1978, investment management firm Invesco has become a global leader in the field, with offices in 25 countries and over $11 billion in managed funds for its clients.

The firm, as of a July 2019, features around 8,000 employees. U.S. offices, in addition to the Atlanta headquarters, include Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Newport Beach, CA, Los Altos CA, Portland OR, Boston, and New York City.

MBAs with various levels of career experience contribute to the large talent pool from which Invesco hires. Here, we’ll break down the firm’s recruitment and hiring process, salary, and an overview of company culture.

Landing an Invesco Career

Invesco, like most global asset management firms of its size, has an in-house recruitment team that seeks graduate level students throughout the year. With an Early Career program for those just starting after their MBA studies, Invesco prides itself on grooming ‘future asset management leaders.’ Analyst roles are the most prevalent for recently graduated hires, and MBAs who possess previous work experience are obviously considered for commensurate positions.

An early career Properties Analyst in the Atlanta office says:

“What I like most about working at Invesco is the opportunities I’ve been given in my job. I’m a recent grad; at other companies I was just there and didn’t have a ton to do. Once I started my job at Invesco, I’ve had challenging assignments and so many interesting projects to work on – it’s really helped develop my skills and prepared me for my next role.”

The company’s website offers a talent network  which enables applicants to obtain optimal job matches for their backgrounds. It prides itself upon honoring their applicants’ individual areas of expertise; each new hire is asked questions regarding the division in which they believe they would function best. MBAs are sought in all divisions, but a large number are hired in Finance & Accounting, Quantitative Analytics, Investment Services & Operations, Marketing & Product Management, and Sales.

Paysa reports that the most valued skills as Invesco are related to investments, with 39 percent of hires possessing this type of background. This is followed by experience in mutual funds (29 percent of hires); general management (29 percent), and asset management (27 percent).

As for interviews, Glassdoor data shows that 66 percent surveyed reported a positive experience. Around 39 percent of those who interviewed applied online, 19 percent were interviewed via referral, and 28 percent were recruited either on a campus or from another employer.

Invesco Career Compensation

New York City Invesco employees typically see the highest annual salaries ($132,000), according to Paysa. Boston follows in second ($129,000), then San Francisco ($126,000), Atlanta ($116,000), and Dallas-Fort Worth ($105,000). The overall base salary average at Invesco is $102,661. This includes a base salary of $70,000 in the 25th percentile and $125,000 in the 25th percentile.

Accountants in various departments start out closer to the lower percentile. Fund accountants, along with those that manage corporate accounts, make an average of $54,000 and a range of $48,000-68,000. Senior accountants bump up to a range of $62,000-73,000. Analysts working in equities average $95,000 on average, while financial reporting analysts bring in an average of $80,000. Portfolio administrators typically earn around $60,000.

Averages for management roles at Invesco include the following:

  • Director – $109,000
  • Program Manager – $119,000
  • Project Lead – $108,000.

As for marketing roles, business analysts make $107,000 on average, Senior Business Analysts earn $116,000, and Marketing Managers earn $73,000, on average.

Invesco is in the top 300 highest paid finance companies according to Paysa, at 280th.

Life at Invesco

A July 2019 Indeed review on Invesco states, “Depending on the department, Invesco is a great company to work for. Some areas allow employees to work remote a few days a week and Friday’s and Monday’s are generally casual dress days. The work life balance is good in most departments and the benefits are okay. The health plan is way too expensive but it covers a lot. Most employees throughout the company are driven, intelligent and work hard because they really take pride in what they do and in the company as a whole.”

Another employee reports “great benefits and development opportunities,” and a veteran employee noted, “I worked at Invesco for 18 years so there were a lot of changes … Early morning and close of day were very busy. I had an excellent supervisor who was very supportive and made work a lot easier. Best company I ever worked for.”

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Employees at the Atlanta Invesco headquarters, seen here, typically earn more than $100,000 annually.

The company boasts a “diverse and inclusive culture,” though it is reported to be made up of a 52 percent white, male identifying workforce. About 31 percent of employees are female identifying, while 20 percent did not disclose gender. Around 36 percent did not disclose ethnicity, but those who did were 7 percent Asian, 4 percent LatinX, and 1 percent African descent.

Invesco makes an effort to involve employees in charitable organizations, with volunteer events and giving opportunities. The company also prides itself on responsible investment, as stated in its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The company offers competitive health coverage, parental leave, compensation for education and certifications, retirement planning and income protection. Like many of its peers, Invesco also offers compensation for gym memberships and wellness programs.


Jul 29, 2019

Top 5 Paying MBA Careers: Insurance

Top 5 Paying MBA Careers: Insurance

Insurance is a fast-growing career field. In the next 12 months, 63 percent of insurance companies plan to increase their staff numbers, according to a recent industry trend report.

In fact, by 2020, almost 400,000 insurance jobs are projected to be available. When combining that with the fact that millennials aren’t very interested in working in insurance—only a third demonstrate any interest—it’s a great career field to consider.

There’s a wide range of jobs, across a broad spectrum of career paths, within the insurance industry, and compensation is higher than average. Entry-level professionals can expect to earn more than $50,000 a year, and that number only increases as you gain experience.

In this article, we’re breaking down the highest paid insurance jobs, the companies where you’ll earn the most money, the top MBA programs, and where you should live. Continue reading…


Jul 23, 2019

Pick Your City: Should You Get an MBA in Miami or Atlanta?

Pick Your City: Should You Get an MBA in Miami or Atlanta?

When it comes to the Southeastern U.S., we’ve already compared Charlotte and Atlanta, but what if you’re looking for a little more fun in the sun? There’s few better locations for pristine beaches, great food, and fabulous nightlife than Miami. It’s a city steeped in culture and the gateway to Latin America, but how does it compare to Atlanta when it comes to business schools?

To help you out, our “Pick Your City” series is comparing Miami, FL, and Atlanta, GA. We’ll give you insight into the cost of living of each city, the job opportunities, the MBA programs, the culture, and more. Continue reading…


Jul 22, 2019

Top 5 Paying MBA Careers: Consulting

Top 5 Paying MBA Careers: Consulting

Consulting still is one of the top career choices for MBA graduates. Part of the reason is because consulting firms are very open to recruiting MBAs from a wide range of backgrounds.

According to the 2018 Prospective Student Survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), consulting is the most sought-after postgraduate industry. An estimated 34 percent of applicants consider consulting their career of choice.

Salary is a crucial factor in that choice. Although consulting salaries depend on a lot of factors—time, location, office, and position, to name a few—the pay is relatively high across the board.

Below, we’ll break down the highest paying jobs in consulting, where to work to earn the most money, what MBA programs are best for the career, and the top companies to work for. Continue reading…


Jun 24, 2019

Pick Your City: Should You Get an MBA in Charlotte or Atlanta?

Pick Your City: Should You Get an MBA in Charlotte or Atlanta?

Where should you go to school in the Southeastern U.S.? There are many different options, so it depends on what you’re looking for. To make the best choice, you need to compare the cost of living of each city, the MBA programs available, the job opportunities, and the benefits of each area.

To help you out, our “Pick Your City” series breaks down two similar locations to help you make the best decision for you. In this article, we’re comparing Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA to see what each offers. Continue reading…


Jun 4, 2019

New Emory MBA Deadlines for 2019-20 Revealed

New Emory MBA Deadlines for 2019-20 Revealed

Hopeful applicants to the next full-time MBA class at the Emory University Goizueta Business School have some new deadlines to remember.

New Emory University MBA Deadlines

Round One

Application Deadline: Oct. 4, 2019
Decision Notification: Nov. 29, 2019
Deposit Due: Dec. 20, 2019

Round Two

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2019
Decision Notification: Jan. 24, 2020
Deposit Due: Feb. 21, 2020 (International); April 20, 2020 (Domestic)

Round Three

Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020
Decision Notification: March 13, 2020 (International); March 20, 2020 (Domestic)
Deposit Due: April. 20, 2020

Round Four

Application Deadline: March 13, 2020
Decision Notification: May 1, 2020
Deposit Due: May 15, 2020


Learn more about the Emory Goizueta MBA program here.


Mar 14, 2019

School v. School: UNC Kenan-Flagler vs. Duke Fuqua School of Business

School v. School: UNC Kenan-Flagler vs. Duke Fuqua School of Business

The MBA application process is not for the faint of heart. Elite programs have increasingly required applicants to follow paths unique to their schools, which makes the process of narrowing down the options to find the right fit even more essential. Our School v. School series saves you the headache by offering a point-by-point comparison of two stand-out programs located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle: UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Read below to find out how the intense UNC vs Duke rivalry shakes down when it comes to business schools.

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Mar 5, 2019

PwC, Credit Suisse Highlight Newest MBA Finance Jobs

PwC, Credit Suisse Highlight Newest MBA Finance Jobs

While an MBA can be applied to any field, most graduates leverage their advance business degree to a new MBA job in the financial services field. Are you on the lookout for a hot new MBA job in the financial services sector? You’re in luck — here’s a selection of exciting new job opportunities at offices across the country. Continue reading…


Oct 19, 2018

Kennesaw Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Michael J. Coles College of Business

Kennesaw Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Michael J. Coles College of Business

On the 25th anniversary of the renaming of the Michael J. Coles College of Business, Michael Coles is still taken aback.

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