CWEL GRADUATE Mentor Program

The CWEL Graduate Mentor Program connects women graduate students to senior-level women leaders to build strategic relationships that support leadership development and career advancement.

The CWEL Graduate Mentor Program begins in the fall and runs through the spring of each academic year. Women all graduate programs are invited to participate. The program is built on three essential pillars:

  1. Expertise. The program is designed and led by a mentoring expert. Professor Wendy Murphy is a respected researcher in the field of mentoring and careers and has years of experience managing successful mentor programs.
  2. Theory and Practice. The program offers the latest research on mentoring and entrepreneurial leadership development presented in high impact educational programs designed to give women tools for professional success in any career context.
  3. Custom Matching. Students and mentors are strategically matched to provide a successful foundation for the mentoring experience of both parties.

Benefits to Students

Students build their professional networks and gain access to outstanding women leaders from a wide array of settings including private sector companies and not-for-profits organizations, as well in their own entrepreneurial ventures. CWEL Mentors are women who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the next generation of women leaders. They are connected to their communities; have complex and rich lives outside of work; and have their own unique combination of expertise, experiences and networks to share.

Benefits for Mentors

We understand that serving as a mentor is a commitment of valuable time and energy. For that reason, this program is designed as a professional development opportunity for mentors as well as for students. Mentors learn mentoring “best practices,” drawn from research and from the CWEL’s partnership with some of the top organizations in the country. We provide training in the kinds of “mentoring skills” that are valuable to leadership progression. These include:

  • Active listening
  • Creative problem solving
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Collaborative coaching
  • Goal-setting
  • Assessment

In addition, mentors gain access to an extended network of professionals affiliated with the CWEL and an outstanding talent pool. We find that mentors who contribute their energy and insights are deeply gratified by the experience while the students who receive guidance are inspired beyond measure. All participants gain a valuable connection to the CWEL at Babson College, the premier resource for educating and advancing women entrepreneurial leaders.

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