Forté Foundation MBA Women's Conference
Math Prep: Build Your Quantitative IQ
Chicago, June 18, 2010
"This two-hour workshop will build on the pre-work coverage of finance and
accounting basics to develop insight into the ongoing credit market crisis.
Rather than do a broad but shallow survey of quant skills needed in the MBA
first year, I've picked a few tools and a relevant topic from the current
business press. We'll dig into the basics of bond valuation and balance sheet
leverage with two goals in mind:
Peter J. Regan
Whet your appetite for your upcoming MBA coursework
Provide a status check on your quantitative proficiency."
Founder, MBA Math
Adjunct Professor, Tuck School at Dartmouth
Adjunct Professor, Fuqua School at Duke
Visiting Adjunct Professor, Johnson School at Cornell
Registration is handled by Forté. Visit the conference web site for registration, timing, and
You will get the most out of the workshop if you prepare in advance by working
through the pre-work narrated lectures and individual exercises listed at the
left. The pre-work does not presume any prior experience with finance
or accounting. The workshop builds on this pre-work. The pre-work is adapted
for the Forté workshop from the 24 lessons of the full MBA Math course, which
covers finance, accounting, economics, statistics, and spreadsheets.
For many undergrad classes, professors introduce material in class. Student
responsibility to read texts and do homework comes later. MBA classes are
different. Faculty expect students to prepare for 3-4 hours before each class,
usually in study groups. Class time is the culmination, where everything is
supposed to come together. This approach makes much better use of your
professors' expertise and facilitates much higher quality student contribution
How long should the workshop pre-work take? Well, that depends on your
background. But I'd estimate between one and two hours.
Can you come to the workshop without doing the pre-work? Yes. But,
without doing the pre-work you'll likely just skim across the surface,
convinced that I understand the material but not locking in your own
Note about Pre-Work Excel Solutions: I took the pre-work Excel solution
tutorials directly from the MBA Math course. Some Excel tutorials refer to
values used in the narrated lecture. Those narrated lecture examples are
different than the Forte pre-work narrated lecture examples so the exact
numbers will not match. Use the Forte pre-work text exercise solutions to check
exact solution values. Use the Excel tutorials to understand how to build
What to Bring to the Workshop
Just the basics: paper and pen. A laptop is unnecessary. We will look at a few
things in Excel but you could follow along without a laptop, especially if you
have solved the pre-work problems in Excel.
Testimonials for the full MBA Math Quantitative Skills course
"As someone who hadn’t solved a math problem since high school I owe my
admission to the Tuck Class of 2009 to MBA Math. During the admission process I
relied on MBA Math as an additional indicator of my quantitative abilities."
- Anne T., Tuck '09
"The MBA Math internet tool was instrumental to my smooth transition to
graduate school. After completing the first semester and doing very well, I was
pleased with the time that I invested working through the respective mbamath
- Jelka D., McCombs '09
"MBA Math allowed me to learn at my own pace and focus on the areas in which I
had the most difficulty. The tutorials were very clear and the content was very
applicable to my first year courses."
- Lenika D., McDonough '08
"MBA Math is unique in that it provides the flexibility to work at one’s own
pace to meet personal objectives. It’s a great transition to graduate school."
- Jessica G., Olin '09