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At the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), we are building an entrepreneurial world in which all people thrive by dramatically increasing the impact of female leaders in every sector, enlightening the global community about the value of women’s entrepreneurial leadership, and empowering women and men to transform themselves, nations and generations while advancing equity, prosperity and progress for all.

The center does this by empowering women leaders through educational programs, events, and research while also promoting gender equity as a growth strategy that allows all individuals and organizations around the world to embrace their strengths and reach their full potential.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

  • The 6th Annual Disruption Dinner: The Futu...
    The 6th Annual Disruption Dinner: The Future of Fashion & the Business of Beauty Full Details [X]
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Babson Campus - Knight Auditorium
    <strong><span style="color: #006644;">The 6th Annual Disruption Dinner<br /> Ahead of the Trend: The Future of Fashion &amp; the Business of Beauty</span></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong> <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 16px; color: black;"><span style="color: #c00000;"><strong>THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.&nbsp;</strong></span><strong><br /> </strong><br /> Travel into the future of fashion and the business of beauty to expand your perspective!</span></p> <p><span>The Center for Women&rsquo;s Entrepreneurial Leadership, Babson Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative (FEI), and the Hoffman Family Undergraduate Center for Career Development, invite you to celebrate <a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/educational-programs/Pages/women-entrepreneurship-week.aspx">Women Entrepreneurship Week</a> with the Babson community at a trend-breaking evening of inspiration and discovery.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Meet women who are at the forefront of innovating the way we do business: shifting trends, changing business models, discovering new markets, and leveraging technology to reinvent the way we design, manufacture, buy and sell, distribute, and experience fashion and the business of beauty.</span></p> <p><span>Before the program, network over fashionable food and mocktails with alumni, corporate partners, and friends disrupting the fashion and beauty industries in their own unique ways. Ask your questions, build your network, and discover how you can make your mark with a forward-thinking approach to entrepreneurship and innovation in any field you pursue.&nbsp;<br /> </span></p> <p><strong><span>Featuring:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li><span>Rica Elysee, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BeautyLynk</span></li> <li><span>Susie Mulder, CEO of Nic &amp; Zoe</span></li> <li><span>Dr. Caroline Daniels, Director of the Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative (FEI)</span></li> </ul> <br /> <strong>Program Overview:</strong><br /> 5:30 &ndash; 6:30 p.m. &ndash; Dinner Reception&nbsp;<br /> 6:30 &ndash; 7:30 p.m. &ndash; Fireside Chat: The Future of Fashion &amp; the Business of Beauty<em><br /> </em>7:30 &ndash; 8:00 p.m. &ndash; Networking<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div> <strong>Date and Time:&nbsp;<br /> </strong>Tuesday, October 16, 2018<br /> 5:30 - 8 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Location:<br /> </strong>Knight Auditorium<br /> Babson College<br /> 271 Wellesley Avenue<br /> Wellesley, MA 02481<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div> <strong>Registration: </strong><span style="color: #c00000;"><strong>There are no tickets remaining for this event.&nbsp;</strong></span><em>Walkins welcome pending space availability.&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <hr /> <strong>Contact Information:<br /> </strong> Name: Valerie Paquette<br /> Phone: 781-239-4522<br /> Email: <span style="color: #006643;"><a href="mailto:vpaquette@babson.edu"><span style="color: #006643;">vpaquette@babson.edu</span></a></span><br /> <hr /> <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10px; color: #605f5d;">Babson College is pleased to pass along information regarding alumni volunteer activities and events that may be of interest to you. &nbsp;The College does not directly control these activities and events, and assumes no responsibility for any related damage, injury, or loss. This event is being photographed for display, distribution, and broadcast, including on television and the world wide web. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and waiving any and all claims regarding the use of the image.</span><br /> <hr />
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  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • | Babson Campus - Knight Auditorium

Thursday, October 18, 2018

  • CWEL Circles: From Entrepreneur to Venture...
    CWEL Circles: From Entrepreneur to Venture Capital Full Details [X]
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Rogers pub
    <strong><span style="color: #006644;">CWEL Circles</span></strong><br /> <em>Tough Questions | Straight Answers| Real Strategies&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> Grab a seat and join the circle each Thursday with CWEL and our expert hosts, as we open up about men, women, and the workplace.&nbsp;Come with questions and leave with strategies to advance yourself, level-the-field, and lift others up, as you make your mark as an entrepreneurial leader.&nbsp;<br /> <p>No registration required. All members of the Babson community welcome!</p> <p><strong>OCTOBER 18: From Entrepreneur to Venture Capital<br /> </strong><br /> <em>Host: Catherine Friend White, MBA'86, Managing Director, Golden Seeds and Founder &amp; Director, FinArc Investments Inc., Advisory Board Member, Stephen J. Cutler Center for Finance and Investments</em><br /> <br /> Celebrate Women's Entrepreneurship Week with Babson alumna, Catherine Friend White. As the Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an early stage investment firm focused on women-led businesses, and an entrepreneur herself, Catherine is no stranger to what it takes for women to succeed in the world of launching and investing in new ventures. Whether you are looking for tips on how to attract investors or for first-hand advice on how to leverage your entrepreneurial mindset to make your mark in the world of venture capital, you won&rsquo;t want to miss this week&rsquo;s Circle!<br /> <br /> <strong>About&nbsp;Catherine Friend White</strong><br /> <br /> Catherine is an investor with Golden Seeds, a hybrid VC/angel investment group focused on women leaders. She mentors at Founder Institute and judges business plans at Goldman Sachs/Babson&rsquo;s 10,000 Small Businesses, MIT&rsquo;s Innovation Challenge, MassChallenge, among others.&nbsp; She founded and was president of FinArc, LLC (www.finarc.com), a money management firm specializing in socially responsible investments.&nbsp; Previously she was on the start-up team for International Heritage where she was a portfolio manager and limited partner of a growth and income mutual fund.&nbsp; White is a director of FinArc Investments, Inc. and the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance at Babson College.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> She has an MBA from the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Management at Babson College and BA from Dickinson College.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <strong>Date and Time:&nbsp;<br /> </strong>Thursday, October 18, 2018<br /> 4:30 - 6 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Location:<br /> </strong>Roger's Pub &amp; Grille<br /> Babson Wellesley Campus<br /> <br /> <strong>Event Cost:</strong>&nbsp;This event is complimentary for all Babson Community members. No pre-registration is required.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/educational-programs/Pages/campus-wide-programs.aspx">View the full CWEL Circles calendar.</a><br /> </strong><br /> <hr /> <strong>Contact Information:<br /> </strong>Name: Valerie Paquette<br /> Phone: 781-239-4522<br /> Email:&nbsp;<span style="color: #006643;"><a href="mailto:vpaquette@babson.edu">vpaquette@babson.edu</a><br /> </span><br /> <hr /> <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10px; color: #605f5d;">Babson College is pleased to pass along information regarding alumni volunteer activities and events that may be of interest to you. &nbsp;The College does not directly control these activities and events, and assumes no responsibility for any related damage, injury, or loss. This event is being photographed for display, distribution, and broadcast, including on television and the world wide web. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and waiving any and all claims regarding the use of the image.</span><br /> <hr /> <br />
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  • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • | Rogers pub

Thursday, October 25, 2018

  • CWEL Circles: The Other Gender Gap: Rockin...
    CWEL Circles: The Other Gender Gap: Rocking Your Financial Future Full Details [X]
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Rogers pub
    <strong><span style="color: #006644;">CWEL Circles</span></strong><br /> <em>Tough Questions | Straight Answers| Real Strategies&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> Grab a seat and join the circle each Thursday with CWEL and our expert hosts, as we open up about men, women, and the workplace.&nbsp;Come with questions and leave with strategies to advance yourself, level-the-field, and lift others up, as you make your mark as an entrepreneurial leader.&nbsp;<br /> <p>No registration required. All members of the Babson community welcome!</p> <p><strong>OCTOBER 25:&nbsp;The Other Gender Gap: Rocking Your Financial Future<br /> </strong><br /> <em>Sumeit Aggarwal, MBA'05, Personal Finance Literacy Coach and Advocate, Co-Founder, Finhive LLC</em><br /> <br /> You've heard of the gender pay gap and are prepared to take that head on, but have you invested in Bitcoin yet? How about Tesla? How's your grandparents' GE stock doing? Research shows that women pay more for their debt and are investing less, and later, than men. In today's Circle, Sumeit Aggarwal, MBA'05, will share knowledge, strategies, and resources that will help you mind the gap and start investing now in your own financial future.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>About Sumeit Aggarwal</strong><br /> <br /> Sumeit Aggarwal is a personal finance literacy coach and advocate. She is the co-founder of Finhive, a social enterprise, dedicated towards providing educational services designed to build financial capability. Sumeit believes financial capability is a lifelong endeavor and a critical skill for personal success that requires mastery of financial education, behavior, and incentives. <br /> <br /> Sumeit earned her Masters of Business Administration from Babson College in 2005 and also holds an MS in Information Systems from Northeastern University and a Bachelors of Commerce in Accounting from Delhi University.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <strong>Date and Time:&nbsp;<br /> </strong>Thursday, October 25, 2018<br /> 4:30 - 6 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Location:<br /> </strong>Roger's Pub &amp; Grille<br /> Babson Wellesley Campus<br /> <br /> <strong>Event Cost:</strong>&nbsp;This event is complimentary for all Babson Community members. No pre-registration is required.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/educational-programs/Pages/campus-wide-programs.aspx">View the full CWEL Circles calendar.</a><br /> </strong><br /> <hr /> <strong>Contact Information:<br /> </strong>Name: Valerie Paquette<br /> Phone: 781-239-4522<br /> Email:&nbsp;<span style="color: #006643;"><a href="mailto:vpaquette@babson.edu">vpaquette@babson.edu</a><br /> </span><br /> <hr /> <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10px; color: #605f5d;">Babson College is pleased to pass along information regarding alumni volunteer activities and events that may be of interest to you. &nbsp;The College does not directly control these activities and events, and assumes no responsibility for any related damage, injury, or loss. This event is being photographed for display, distribution, and broadcast, including on television and the world wide web. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and waiving any and all claims regarding the use of the image.</span><br /> <hr /> <br />
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  • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • | Rogers pub

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

  • CWEL Graduate Mentor Program Kickoff Recep...
    CWEL Graduate Mentor Program Kickoff Reception Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Babson Campus - Olin Hall
    Babson Campus - Olin Hall - Needham/Wellesley Room
    <strong style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;"><span style="color: #006644;">CWEL Graduate Mentor Program Kickoff Reception</span></strong><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">Participants of the 2018-2019 CWEL Graduate Mentor Program will come together for an action-pack speed-networking session designed to support compatibility-based pairing for our registered&nbsp;mentors and mentees. <br /> <br /> You will also get to know your fellow professional and student participants over a casual dinner while learning strategies for successful mentoring relationships.&nbsp;<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;"><em>This event is for registered participants for the CWEL Graduate Mentoring Program, <a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/educational-programs/mentor-program/Pages/home.aspx">you may learn more and submit your mentor or mentee application here</a></em><a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/educational-programs/mentor-program/Pages/home.aspx">.</a>&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <strong style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Date and Time:&nbsp;</strong><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">Wednesday, November 7, 2018</span><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">6:00 - 8:00 p.m.</span><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <strong style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Location:</strong><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">Needham/Wellesley Room, Olin Hall<br /> </span><span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">Babson College<br /> 4 Babson College Drive<br /> Wellesley, MA 02482</span><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <a href="http://www.babson.edu/admission/visiting-babson/wellesley/Pages/campus-map.aspx" style="color: #21437f; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Campus Map</a><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <em style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Complimentary parking is available in the Knight parking lot.&nbsp;</em><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <strong style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Confirm your registration today</strong><span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">&nbsp;by clicking the button at the top!</span><br />
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  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • | Multiple Locations

Thursday, November 8, 2018

  • GEW: Golden Seeds Boston Office Hours
    GEW: Golden Seeds Boston Office Hours Full Details [X]
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Babson Campus - Olin Hall
    Register &gt;&gt; <a target="_blank" href="https://conta.cc/2OiR1fj">https://conta.cc/2OiR1fj</a> <br /> <br /> The Blank Center and the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership are pleased to be hosting Golden Seeds at Babson's Wellesley campus for Global Entrepreneurship Week! The program will begin with a one-hour funding presentation and companies may register in advance for a 30 minute Office Hours meeting with Boston Golden Seeds members. The event is limited to companies with a female entrepreneur in a senior management position.<br />
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  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • | Babson Campus - Olin Hall
  • CWEL Circles: Men as Allies: The Value Pro...
    CWEL Circles: Men as Allies: The Value Proposition for Equality Full Details [X]
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    <strong><span style="color: #006644;">CWEL Circles</span></strong><br /> <em>Tough Questions | Straight Answers| Real Strategies&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> Grab a seat and join the circle each Thursday with CWEL and our expert hosts, as we open up about men, women, and the workplace.&nbsp;Come with questions and leave with strategies to advance yourself, level-the-field, and lift others up, as you make your mark as an entrepreneurial leader.&nbsp;<br /> <p>No registration required. All members of the Babson community welcome!</p> <p><strong>NOVEMBER 8:&nbsp;Men as Allies: The Value Proposition for Equality&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <em>Lawler Kang, Founder and CEO, League of Allies</em><br /> <br /> Aspiring male leaders across campus cannot afford to miss this open dialogue led by Lawler Kang, Founder and CEO of the League of Allies, poised to help you realize, and benefit from, the accretive value of gender parity, balance and inclusion. Overcome hesitation, ask your questions, and prepare yourself for action as an inclusive leader and champion for gender equality in work and life.</p> <strong>About Lawler Kang<br /> </strong><br /> Lawler Kang, is the Founder/CEO of <a href="https://www.leagueofallies.com/">League of Allies</a>, a leading provider of strategic inclusion-services, geared for, and in response to, male executive demand. League of Allies was founded in the belief that the power of &ldquo;balanced&rdquo; inclusion significantly increases enterprise value. Lawler served as Chief People Officer at Rue La La, a leading fashion/lifestyle e-commerce business, and Sr. Director of People Strategy at Medullan, a health-focused software consultancy. He draws on 15 years of strategy, technology, incubator and turnaround consulting experiences, and has degrees from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and Vassar College.<br /> <div>&nbsp;</div> <br /> <strong>Date and Time:&nbsp;<br /> </strong>Thursday, November 8, 2018<br /> 4:30 - 6 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Location:<br /> </strong>Roger's Pub &amp; Grille<br /> Babson Wellesley Campus<br /> <br /> <strong>Event Cost:</strong>&nbsp;This event is complimentary for all Babson Community members. Registration is not required.<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/educational-programs/Pages/campus-wide-programs.aspx">View the full CWEL Circles calendar.</a><br /> </strong><br /> <hr /> <strong>Contact Information:<br /> </strong>Name: Valerie Paquette<br /> Phone: 781-239-4522<br /> Email:&nbsp;<span style="color: #006643;"><a href="mailto:vpaquette@babson.edu">vpaquette@babson.edu</a><br /> </span><br /> <hr /> <span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10px; color: #605f5d;">Babson College is pleased to pass along information regarding alumni volunteer activities and events that may be of interest to you. &nbsp;The College does not directly control these activities and events, and assumes no responsibility for any related damage, injury, or loss. This event is being photographed for display, distribution, and broadcast, including on television and the world wide web. By attending or participating in this event, you are giving your consent to be photographed and waiving any and all claims regarding the use of the image.</span><br /> <hr /> <br />
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  • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

  • CWEL Scholars Mentor Program Kickoff Recep...
    CWEL Scholars Mentor Program Kickoff Reception Full Details [X]
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Babson Campus - Reynolds Campus Center - 241
    <strong style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;"><span style="color: #006644;">CWEL Scholars Mentor Program Kickoff Reception</span></strong><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">Participants of the 2018-2019 CWEL Scholars Mentor Program will come together for an action-pack speed-networking session designed to support compatibility-based pairing for our registered&nbsp;mentors and mentees. <br /> <br /> Get to know your fellow professional and student participants over a casual dinner while learning strategies for successful mentoring relationships.&nbsp;<br /> </span><br /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;"><em>This program is for registered participants of the CWEL Scholars Mentoring Program, <a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/educational-programs/mentor-program/Pages/home.aspx">you may learn more and submit your mentor or mentee application here</a></em><a href="http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/cwel/educational-programs/mentor-program/Pages/home.aspx">.</a>&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <strong style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Date and Time:&nbsp;</strong><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">Tuesday, November 13, 2018</span><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">6:00 - 8:00 p.m.</span><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <strong style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Location:</strong><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">Reynolds Campus Center, Conference Room 241<br /> 21 Babson College Drive<br /> Wellesley, MA 02482</span><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <a href="http://www.babson.edu/admission/visiting-babson/wellesley/Pages/campus-map.aspx" style="color: #21437f; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Campus Map</a><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <em style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Complimentary parking is available in the Trim parking lot.&nbsp;</em><br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <br style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;" /> <strong style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px;">Confirm your registration today</strong><span style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;">&nbsp;by clicking the button at the top!</span><br />
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  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • | Babson Campus - Reynolds Campus Center - 241

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