Programs and Events

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership enables women to reach their full potential through innovative education programs and events.

In addition to the following annual programs, CWEL sponsors dozens of events throughout the academic year. For a complete listing, check the CWEL events calendar below.

cwel-scholars-program.pngThe CWEL Scholars (CWELS) Program
Formerly the Women’s Leadership Program, CWEL Scholars provides undergraduate women with exclusive events, cutting edge experts and hands-on coaching. Students attend a minimum number of events over their four-year education to earn the “CWEL Scholar” designation. Learn more.


The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab
The WIN Lab is a unique, year-long program designed to empower 20 women to build their entrepreneurial ventures. WIN Lab is being directed by serial entrepreneur, and Blank Center entrepreneur in residence, Sharon Kan. Learn more.



Mentor Mashups
CWEL regularly host events where successful business women leaders and mentors share their stories and lead small group discussions on topics of interest to students. These events include food, drink, sharing business cards and making valuable connections. Learn more.


 The Babson Association of Women MBAs (BAWMBA)
BAWMBA helps women MBA students build networks, find and be a mentor, develop leadership skills and transition to their next professional opportunities.


Gender Enlightenment
CWEL supports and advances gender equality as a growth strategy for individuals and for organizations of all sizes, everywhere in the world. We do this through a variety of campus events and by supporting a growing community of faculty who do innovative research on women and gender, leadership and entrepreneurship. Learn more. ​​ ​​​​​​​​​

More CWEL Events

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

  • Strategic Networking Workshop
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    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Strategic Networking Workshop
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015
    6 to 7:30 PM
    Reynolds 241

    Open to the Babson College community! 

    This event doesn’t solely focus on how to get your dream job, but rather explores the tips and tactics necessary for success once you land it. Babson’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Scholars (CWEL Scholars) present a career panel about the do’s and don’ts of your first year on the job.

    The first half of the event will include a moderated question and answer session from our panelists about advice they have for students entering the workforce, exploring themes such as gender in the workplace, how to make a great first impression, and how to find mentors and sponsors within your organization.

    During the second half of the program speakers will host intimate roundtable discussions, offering students the opportunity to network and explore their career interests.

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  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Thursday, February 05, 2015

  • Disrupting the Status Quo (San Francisco c...
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    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Disrupting the Status Quo
    Thursday, February 5, 2015
    6 PM to 8 PM (PST)
    Babson San Francisco
    135 Main Street 
    3rd Floor 
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    RSVP Required

    Women tell it all, TED Talk-style.
    Networking & Refreshments included.

    MAIA BITTNER :: Co-Founder + CTO, Rocksbox
    Maia Bittner has worked at a handful of startups including Spock, a people search engine acquired by Intelius, and Hubspot, a marketing automation company that recently had its IPO. She holds a BSc in Engineering: Cognitive Science from the new and innovative Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, and likes to use information about the way our brains work to design intuitive user interfaces.

    KARA GOLDIN :: CEO, Hint Water
    Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of Hint Inc., which produces all-natural fruit-essence waters with zero calories, zero diet sweeteners, zero sugar, and zero preservatives. Since its launch in 2005, Hint has become a recognized leader in the beverage industry, collecting numerous industry and consumer accolades and triumphantly changing the notion that drinks must contain sugar or diet sweeteners to have market appeal. Before founding Hint, Goldin was the vice president of shopping and e-commerce partnerships at AOL.

    Susan G. Duffy :: Executive Director, Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership
    Before joining Babson, Susan was an assistant professor at Simmons College where she launched the undergraduate program in entrepreneurship and was named the 2011 “Professor of the Year.” From 2004–2007, she was a member of the GWU Department of Management faculty where she served as the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and founded the GWU Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) initiative.

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  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursday, February 12, 2015

  • Oil, Patriarchy, and Female Labor Force Pa...
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    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    CWEL Faculty Gender Research Luncheon

    Oil, Patriarchy, and Female Labor Force Participation
    Professor Mahdi Majbouri, Economics 

    February 12, 2015
    Noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Reynolds 241

    Lunch is provided. RSVP is required.

    Despite the rapid rise of women’s education and the fall of fertility rates, women’s participation in the labor markets of Middle East nations remains low. This paper argues that one reason, among many, is the joint impact of oil and patriarchal institutions.

    Celebrate our third year of gathering faculty and staff to share and discuss compelling research on gendered topics. 
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  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

  • Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference ...
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    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    The Nan Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015
    1 - 2:30 PM
    Knight Auditorium

    Sponsored by the Center for Women’s Entre­pre­neurial Leadership (CWEL), this annual award honors women whose work has had a significant, posi­tive impact on the Babson comm­unity in the last year.

    CWEL encourages the nomination of students, faculty, and staff who have coordinated and implemented programs/initiatives that brought diverse members of the Babson campus together. Nominees also may have led their teams, organizations, classes, or departments toward reaching goals that benefit their group and the College overall.

    Past award winners have been positive role models who have demonstrated strength, intelligence, and integrity in challenging others to achieve professionally, academically, and personally.
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  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

  • Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest Interna...
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    5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Florence Reed, President & Founder
    Sustainable Harvest International
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    Olin Hall 120
    5 PM


    Refreshments will be served

    In honor of Women's History month, please join us in welcoming Florence Reed. In 1997, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with rural Central American communities to implement sustainable land-use practices. As President of the organization, Reed divides her time between helping shape the future of programs in Central America and gathering resources in the United States, bringing together farmers, donors, volunteers, researchers and others to create a better future.  

    This presentation begins with a look at the global and local impacts of unsustainable farming practices in the tropics. It then focuses on Sustainable Harvest International’s unique and successful model for reversing this harmful trend.  The talk goes on to show how this simple approach helps to alleviate poverty, improve health, reverse deforestation, mitigate global climate change, reduce pollution, and much more.

    For more information on Sustainable Harvest International, visit 

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  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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