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One of Rotman’s mandates is to build women leaders. The Rotman Morning and Evening MBA is proud to showcase women like Rae Liu – a Forte Fellowship recipient who works full-time as a Fixed Income Analyst and is currently a student of the Evening MBA program at Rotman. Rae shared her experience and gave us some insight about the program.

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA at Rotman and what most appealed to you about the Evening MBA format?

I want to pursue a part-time Evening MBA degree at this time because it ties back closely to my career goals and to improve my strategic thinking and my leadership skills. I want to further excel in my current role as a fixed income analyst by applying what I will be learning in the Rotman MBA classroom back to my workplace the very day. 

The part-time format allows me to do exactly that. Rotman MBA also offers many finance courses that will be directly applicable to my job. These include risk modeling, options and derivatives, and private wealth management, just to name a few.

Do you have any advice to other women who are considering their MBA at Rotman?

I think this is a great program for women who want to pursue a career in business and learn more about leadership. You will meet so many wonderful, like-minded peers at Rotman and make meaningful connections for the rest of your life.

What are your plans for the future?

In the long term, I would love to become an entrepreneur and start a venture that can make a real, positive, and long lasting impact on the world. The ability to think big picture and to lead an organization are indispensable skills that I can acquire from a Rotman MBA education. 

I am particularly interested in the Creative Destruction Lab program, where I will have the opportunity to work with real-world start-ups and see what propels them. It allows me to explore areas outside of my comfort zone and gain exposure to leaders who have revolutionized their respective industries. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship major curriculum also offers various strategic thinking courses that I believe will be beneficial to my long-term career goals.

What do you think other people should know about Rotman?

Rotman offers various career and self-development opportunities and it also offers tremendous support for its students. For example, Rotman provides generous scholarships for students to make their education more affordable. They also have great extra-curricular activities and special programs (e.g. Creative Destruction Lab) to help you explore your passions and launch a career that you truly enjoy!

The Forté Foundation is a consortium of major corporations and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. The Forté Fellows Program was created with the intention of increasing the number of women applying to and enrolling in MBA programs by offering fellowships to women. At Rotman over the previous 2 years, over 30 Forté Fellows have been awarded more than $1M in total scholarships. To be considered for a fellowship, you must submit an MBA application – no additional application is required.

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