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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College educates, inspires, and empowers women entrepreneurial leaders to reach their full potential to create economic and social value for themselves, their organizations, and society.

The Center does this through innovative education programs, events, and by supporting and widely disseminating research about the unique skills and experiences of women entrepreneurial leaders. Additionally, CWEL supports and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world.


 Spring Events Calendar

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

  • Capital W: The Boston Women's Venture Capi...
    Capital W: The Boston Women's Venture Capital Summit Full Details [X]
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    District Hall
    75 Northern Ave 
    Boston, MA 02210

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    Babson's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership and the WIN Lab are proud to sponsor Capital W: The Boston Women’s Venture Capital Summit. Join entrepreneurs, investors and those interested in the state of venture capital for women for a day of speakers, pitching, workshops and relationship-building.

    Who Should Attend?
    Investors, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in the state of venture capital for women. 

    Speakers include:
    Pam Randhawa, Founder and CEO of EMPIRIKO
    Prof. Candida Brush, Chair Entrepreneurship at Babson College
    Scott Friend, Partner at Bain Capital Ventures 

    Capital W will bring together local investors and women entrepreneurs to clarify the reality of fundraising and the experiences and challenges that women face. We will have coaching sessions on the fundraising process for women entrepreneurs as well as an introduction to the angel investing landscape for both entrepreneurs and potential angel investors.

    Capital W will also provide a showcase for investors to learn about opportunities to invest in women. The pitch sessions will provide local women entrepreneurs opportunities to pitch their ventures to an audience of investors (VCs and angel investors) while receiving feedback from top local VC ‘judges’ including:
    Pamela Aldsworth, Silicon Valley Bank
    Jeff Bussgang, Flybridge Capital Partners
    Maria Cirino, .406 Ventures
    Willma Davis, Former Senior Managing Director John Hancock
    Jodi Goldstein, Harvard iLab
    Paul Maeder, Highland Capital Partners
    Eric Paley, Managing Partner, Founder Collective
    Angelo Santinelli, Babson College
    Jonathan Seelig, Globespan Capital Partners

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  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  • Hands-On Negotiation Workshop
    Hands-On Negotiation Workshop Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Hands-on Negotiation Workshop
    Wednesday, April 15 
    6:30 – 8 PM
    Needham-Wellesley Room
    Olin Hall
    Babson College, Wellesley

    All undergrad and grad students welcome!
    Join the movement to close the wage gap via this interactive, skill-building negotiations workshop facilitated by Babson’s own Donna Sosnowski.
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  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Tiffani Faison at WIN Lab
    Tiffani Faison at WIN Lab Full Details [X]
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Chef Tiffani Faison at WIN Lab

    Tuesday, April 15, 2015
    7 - 9 PM
    711 Atlantic Avenue

    Join members of Babson College's Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab for an evening with Boston celebrity chef and TV show "Top Chef" star, Tiffani Faison. 

    Are you a food entrepreneur? If so, come prepared to participate in our Quick Service Incubator: Food entrepreneurs will each get two minutes to pitch business challenges to the audience, which divides into small groups for rapid brainstorming on possible solutions. Audience teams and guest expert Tiffani Faison then pitch ideas back to the entrepreneurs. Design emphasizes multidisciplinary problem solving and learning for the whole room.

    About Tiffani Faison
    Tiffani Faison began working in restaurants at the age of 14. She has worked her way from busser to Chef/Owner. She began cooking for Todd English in Boston and has traveled the country and the world working for such renowned chefs as Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse & Tony Maws. In 2009, Tiffani was tapped to run Rocca Kitchen & Bar, earning a three-star review from the Boston Globe. She then opened her first venture, Sweet Cheeks, adding another three-star review to her resume. Tiffani was the runner-up on Top Chef Season 1 and competed on Top Chef All-Stars and the upcoming Top Chef Duels. She is a tireless advocate for LGBT human rights issues and lives in Boston with her wife and furry kids.

    About WIN Lab
    The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab is a yearlong residency program for women entrepreneurs. The WIN Lab invests in women, empowering them to disrupt, experiment, and build successful businesses on their own terms. What makes WIN unique and different from other accelerators is that we invest in YOU! We invest our time developing your skills and women founder power to make your venture successful.
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  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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