MEMBERSHIP

BEING A FORTIS MEMBER

We understand that powerful networks are one of the most important resources for personal and professional development. We uphold the Honor Pledge by sharing our unique expertise, experiences, and personal networks to help each other strategize and solve challenges, and above all we join forces to maximize our positive impact. Among other means, we achieve this synergy by exchanging and developing ideas, starting business ventures together, sharing job and fellowship opportunities, providing moral support, making relevant introductions, and providing insight from our region or country. 

ACTIVITIES

Given its global nature, the Fortis Society uses exclusive, web-based platforms to ensure easy, active communication among its Members around the world. The goal of engagement is to continuously maintain and strengthen the bonds between the Members.

WORKSHOPS

We learn from and educate others in virtual working groups that align with our interests. Emphasis is placed on organic dialogue that allows each of us to provide expert knowledge from our respective industries. We also benefit from exclusive small grant opportunities aimed at supporting our altruistic projects and initiatives.

MEMBERS-ONLY VIRTUAL PLATFORM

We have private access to the Fortis Society’s virtual platform which includes all shared resources within the Society, including: Members’ professional history and contact details, discussion forums, professional resources, and many more.

GLOBAL AND REGIONAL MEETINGS

Whether in-person or virtual, our Members’ convenings spark impactful connections and synergy among us. Gatherings in the form of global summits, sector-specific webinars, skills-based workshops, or informal hangouts allow us to unlock our potential growth through networking and peer-to-peer learning. 

 
 

GOVERNANCE

The Fortis Society is self-governed, led by Members who serve on operating Circles, and are elected to the Governing Board. The Circles below show the various functions they fulfill, maintaining the consistent programming and operations of the Society:

Cooptation

Engagement

Events

Finance

Steering

Fortis is at present mainly funded by the Future Leaders Foundation. It aims to be increasingly self-financed through donations, sponsorship, and Member contributions.

 

DEMOGRAPHICS

The Society has a strong global presence with 100+ Members representing 50 different national backgrounds, spanning 5 continents, and specializing in a wide range of expertise. Since the organization is in its early years, Fortis Members currently range from recent graduates to young professionals. 

 

Diversity is part of Fortis’s DNA. As such, Fortis stands firmly and actively against any form of discrimination, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

50+ NATIONALITIES REPRESENTED
50+
LANGUAGES SPOKEN
 

DISTINCTIONS

The merit of the Fortis Society is exemplified by its Members' impressive distinctions.

 

Members have graduated from renowned universities across the globe, earned the most coveted scholarships and fellowships, and excelled in diverse fields such as business, government, film, technology, medicine, sustainability, and many more. Among many other places, we:

Graduated from...

Ashesi University​

Harvard University

National University of Singapore

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peking University

Princeton University

Sciences-Po

Stanford University

Tshinghua University

University of Cambridge

University of Oxford

Yale University

Work at...

Accenture

Bezos Family Foundation

Bain & Co.

BlackRock

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

IBM

McKinsey & Company

Microsoft

United Nations

World Economic Forum

and several other entrepreneurs, social enterprises, and impressive start-ups

Are recognized by...

Acumen Fellowship

Gates Millennium Scholarship

Forbes 30 Under 30

Fulbright Scholarship

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

One Young World

Queen's Young Leaders

Rhodes Scholars

Schwarzman Scholarship

Skoll Emerging Leaders

Time's Most Influential People

World Economic Forum

Y Combinator

Yenching Scholarship

 

HONOR PLEDGE

I PLEDGE TO CREATE MEANINGFUL CHANGE 

By contributing to initiatives and by channeling my energy to create positive change on a global scale.

 

I PLEDGE TO UPHOLD THE PURPOSE OF THE FORTIS SOCIETY

By striving honestly and humbly in every way, with every word and by every deed to embrace its ideals and morals.

 

I PLEDGE TO STRIVE HONORABLY TOWARD AN INCREASINGLY HIGHER LEVEL OF INFLUENCE TO CREATE MAXIMUM POSITIVE IMPACT

To maximize my impact on the Fortis Society and on the world.

 

I PLEDGE TO RECIPROCAL SOLIDARITY WITH ALL MEMBERS

By actively sharing networks, and exchanging ideas, advice, opportunities, and above all solidarity with all Members as they have pledged to do the same with me.

By always supporting the advancement of other Members as they have pledged to do the same with me.  

By meaningfully engaging with all my peers regardless of ethnicity, age, nationality, religion, sexuality, gender and ability.

 

I PLEDGE TO STRENGTHEN THE FORTIS SOCIETY

By contributing to its betterment and growth through identifying and co-opting outstanding new Members who share our common values.

By contributing to the financial sustainability and growth of our Society when I reach financial success as an expression of my conviction in its powerful impact.

By committing to uphold the standards prescribed in the Fortis Constitution, Bylaws,

and Code of Conduct.

 

I PLEDGE TO THIS SOLEMN OATH

My participation and my engagement are crucial for my own success and for the success of all Members of the FORTIS Society.

I agree and fully commit to the call to action of this Honor Pledge.

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